Charm bracelets are back in fashion – not that they really went away. Everyone loves charm bracelets, and they’re very easy to make.

Why Are Charm Bracelets So Special?
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These beautiful bracelets are a personalized gift to someone close for mother, weddings, children, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and all occasions. Like a history of life to carry everywhere. A gift that never stops giving. An instant reminder of those who are important to her.

Charm bracelets are not only a truly unique gift, but also the building bricks for future presents. Allowing you to add charms for every future occasion. It’s so much fun!

History Of Charms
Carrying charms to ward off evil dates to Neolithic times where hunters wore stones for luck.

Egyptians used charms for identification and to please their gods in the afterlife. In Roman times, Christians hid fish charms in their clothing to identify themselves to other believers – the Greek word for fish was an acronym for Christ. Charms protected medieval knights, and in the Dark Ages they represented heritage and religion.

Later, superstition made charms an important part of life for most people – even the common folk depended on them for well being. Today’s charm jewellery stems from Queen Victoria’s fascination with charms and pendants, making elaborate charm bracelets fashionable amongst the gentry of the time.

Why Wear A Charm Bracelet?
Charms are often collected as reminders of good times, and are carried because their sentiment makes the wearer feel comfortable.

Modern bracelets allow charms to be added and removed to express moods, explaining their continued popularity.

One is never too old for a charm bracelet. Many ageing celebrities decorate their wrists with them, and top hip-hop singers wear million-dollar Shamballa bracelets. All make you feel good and are great conversation starters.

How To Design Your Own Charm Bracelet
Charms are versatile – decide how simple or complicated you want. When choosing charms, apply your style and sentimental history. Go with a theme that tells a story – such as expression of love, favourite animals or colours.

Fine-boned wrists need tiny charms, unless you have big hands. Larger charms on a chunky bracelet are best for larger bones. Long and thin arms are lucky enough to be able to stack a multitude of charm bracelets, Cleopatra style. Charms on a bracelet should face outwards, although some prefer the other way.

How To Make a Charm Bracelet
  1. Get your charms, jump rings, clasps and chain ready.
  2. Open a jump ring with round-nosed pliers. Open ‘crooked’ so as to keep the ring’s shape.
  3. Put charm on the ring, making sure it’s facing the way you want.
  4. Thread the ring and charm into a hoop of the chain, and press the jump ring together with the pliers to close.
  5. When finished, add a small clasp the same way.
For a how to video, go to YouTube and search ‘How to make a charm bracelet’.

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