J’Adore Charms

Charm bracelets are the representation of  moments in time or personality traits to its bearer. I absolutely adore my charm bracelet. As it slowly accumulates, it’s starting to reflect who I am as an individual and the legacy I am leaving behind.

I deem, expression of
oneself is imperative to ones character growth. And because we tend to remember the not so great things in life, this is a great reminder of some of the triumphant milestones we have leaped and bound.

Can you guess what type of person I am or what my life story tells?pandora1

Prior to an essential element of a woman’s treasure box, charms encompassed a different function historically.

As expressions of faith, Egyptians used charms to adorn the dead for easy identification purposed for the gods and guidance to their proper position in the afterlife. Similarly, Christians used this same ideology during the Roman times in decorating with the symbol of a fish or an ichthys to identify themselves to other fellow Christians. The Middle Ages, however, used charms by knights and soldiers to ward of evil spirits during battle.

By the early 20th century, Queen Victoria fashioned charm bracelets among the European nobles. Reputation spread to emblems such as family crests, glass beads, and gold lockets. This marked the point in time for which bracelets and their charms a luxury and a fashion statement amongst women in place of mere necessity.

cateyeglassesJewelry designer Tracey Zabar referred to charm bracelets to a “history on a wrist”. Attached below is a piece from her book,”Charm Bracelets”.

There is something innately charming about a charm bracelet. Some people might love the signature jingle and jangle such a bracelet makes when the wearer is in motion, while others enjoy the fact that you really need to get up close and personal to examine each quirky little charm dangling from the links. But for me, the most irresistible and alluring thing about a charm bracelet is its ability to tell a story unique to its owner. Consider a charm bracelet “History on a Wrist”-there is nothing more personal or symbolic. Laden with tiny figurines, fond remembrances, and sweet forget-me-nots collected over the years, charm bracelets chronicle small moments in a life lived.