A brief look at vintage charm bracelets

Mickey | Jewelry | Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

If you think that a charm bracelet is a recent fad loved by fashion obsessed teenage girls well, you  should think again, charm bracelets have a very long history. Since the beginning of time people have had the desire to either collect small items that were meaningful to them or amulets and other trinkets that were supposed to protect them from illness, injury or bad luck.

Especially in times of war and battle or in the case of sailors, charms were particularly important as people wanted to wear something that they believe would keep them safe and also it was important to maintain a sense of identity and individuality and remember things from home and their loved ones. Queen Victoria loved charm bracelets and started the fashion of wearing them not as an amulet but as a fashion item. In the 20th century charm bracelets have been in and out of fashion. While in the 1970s they were not fashionable at all and forgotten, in the 1980s people started to search for vintage charm bracelets. Since then charm bracelets have been very fashionable. If you are looking for a vintage charm bracelet ensure that you know what you are buying and always do some research, you can be quite certain that you will be sold what you are looking for if you go to a reputable antique shop but unfortunately the same cannot be said about eBay (although there are good deals to be made if you know what you are doing). You will find that the word vintage is used liberally even to describe items that are only 10 or 20 years old but if you are looking for a genuine antique piece you might be prepared to invest a considerable amount of money. On the other hand, if you want to give a charm bracelet as a present you will be probably less likely to err if you buy a brand new bracelet that the recipient will be able to personalize over the years.

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