Both men and women might assume that charm bracelets are a fairly new jewelry option. However, they did exist in ancient times. Although the bracelet has undergone many changes over the centuries, people of all ages still love it. No one can say for sure when today’s version first appeared. Centuries ago, people added miniature figurines, charms, and more to a bracelet before wearing it as an amulet. They thought it would protect them from bad luck and evil spirits.
Charms in ancient times
In fact, hunters wore charms in the Neolithic area when they went out in search of food. They thought it would prevent them from harming themselves as they searched for food for the family. Both men and women made these bracelets using anything they could find, including animal bones, clay, rocks, seashells, and wood. Archaeologists have found shell charms 75,000 years old in what is now Africa. They also found mammoth bone charms in modern Germany that date back 30,000 years.
However, it was only among the ancient Egyptians that gold and silver were used for this purpose, at least historians believe. Pharaohs were often buried with their jewelry, including charms and charm bracelets. It is believed that they did this to prove their identity to the gods when they entered the afterlife. These bracelets have continued to evolve over the years, and the charm bracelets at Adina’s Jewels often show glimpses of this development.
Charms and religion
In ancient Rome, people used charms as a symbol of their life and religious beliefs. Christians did not want the public to know that they were following God because they feared persecution. To facilitate their identification by other Christians, they wore a small charm in the shape of a fish. The Greek word for fish was an acronym for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. However, the Greeks and Romans also wore other charms, as they were wary and believed that the charms would ward off bad luck. In addition, they used charms to show their respect for the gods.
Medallions were often worn because people believed that keeping information close to the heart and body would allow the body to absorb it better. Jewish scholars often wore amulets around their necks and wore small written passages of Jewish law in amulets for this reason. When men went to war, they wore a lock of their wife’s hair or other jewelry in a necklace to bring them good luck and to remind them who was waiting home for their safe return.
Queen Victoria’s influence
Of all the people, Queen Victoria has probably had the most influence on the public perception of charm bracelets. She liked any kind of charm and her followers noticed it. The elite and the wealthy alike regarded them as luxurious fashion items and wore them whenever possible. Thanks to Queen Victoria, sentimental and romantic charms have become commonplace. Her love affair with prince Albert is well known in history, and many charms from this period of history contained secret messages of love or affections. In fact, many patterns and symbols seen during this period of history continue to be seen in charm bracelets today.
The industrial age occurred during the reign of Queen Victoria, which also helped increase the popularity of charm bracelets. Manufacturers could produce charms in large quantities, which meant more people had access to them. Mourning charms were also becoming common around this time, as people began to carry pictures of a loved one or a strand of their hair in or on a charm.
In 1889, Tiffany & Co. designed its version of the popular bracelet. The original bracelet created by this company was nothing more than a delicate chain with a single heart hanging down. People immediately fell in love and wore the bracelet as a status symbol. The company continues to manufacture different versions of its original charm bracelet today.
The Second World War
During World War II, soldiers often picked up trinkets. They used the trinkets to remind them of the women waiting for them at home, the men they served with, and their time in battle. British soldiers and other parts of Europe collected small trinkets as they traveled from battle to battle. They would find something that reminded them of this place and give it to a loved one at home as a gift. There were times when they couldn’t buy items, so they would pick up items they found or gave as gifts. They summed up the memories of their time in service to their country and captured their emotions during this tumultuous time. This marks the period when charms began to be collected as keepsakes of good times. They allow the wearer to have a sentimental reminder of the good time with them wherever they go.
The second half of the 20th century
Thanks to their popularity during WWII, charm bracelets took off in America in the second half of the 20th century. Many girls have received this type of bracelet for their 16th or 18th birthday, during their engagement or at their wedding. Joan Crawford and Elizabeth Taylor are two celebrities who have been seen in movies wearing bracelets of this type, which has also helped fuel their popularity.
The charm bracelet fell into disuse for a few decades. Although some women chose to continue wearing their charm bracelets, they weren’t seen everywhere. However, this bracelet is back in fashion again, in part thanks to the many styles on offer today.
Modern charm bracelets can be changed, depending on what the wearer wants at any given time. Charms can be added or removed as desired. This allows the wearer to change the bracelet depending on their mood or thoughts at the time, which helps explain the popularity of charm bracelets. By changing one or more charms, the woman can have a new bracelet in a matter of minutes.
If you are planning to buy some new jewelry for the coming season, consider charm bracelets. With many styles available today, every woman will be able to find a bracelet that she loves and that reflects her personality. Check out the wide selection offered today, so you can have a bracelet that you want to wear regularly, a bracelet that goes with everything you own with a quick change of charms.