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Post  xiaofeifei on Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:54 am

The historical custom of wearing charm bracelets dates back millenia, despite the fact that the types of materials and designs in it have changed, the concept itself hasn't gone out of style.tiffany and co ,



This type of jewelry initially had a religous function, and goes back towards the prehistoric era.ugg sovler , Depending on data from Elizabeth Florence, president of the Jewelry Information Center, charm bracelets were first worn by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Hittites from 500 to 400 B.ugg schoenen ,C.ugg , Those charms were created from lapis lazuli, rock crystal along with other locally-available gems and were inscribed with symbolic designs, like figures of gods, humans and animals. They were closely associated with magical spiritual powers and served as protective talismans.

As time passed, charms diminished in religious significance and became fashion jewelry instead. The Victorians of the 1890's spurred a renaissance of charms, because of their passion for elaborate and intricate clothing and jewelry. Queen Victoria helped fuel the fad by putting on a charm bracelet of tiny lockets holding family portraits.

A second revival of charm bracelets occured in America within the World war ii era, as soldiers stationed abroad acquired charms as souvenirs in the European cities where these were stationed and brought these trinkets home as presents for wives and girlfriends. The style trend continued well into the 1950's.

Charms have never entirely gone out of vogue, and therefore are becoming increasingly popular today as personal keepsakes in an increasingly mass-produced jewelry market. Popular themes include horoscope signs, birthstone charms, travel souvenirs, and family keepsakes. A lot of women begin their charms collection when still in early childhood, and the charm bracelet grows together with them, reflecting hobbies and experiences. A charm bracelet holds a tiny replica of the sports trophy, a wedding bouquet, or even lockets holding family photos.

Too, charms are popular gifts because of their affordable cost. An intricate silver charm can be found for under 10 dollars, though it's possible to invest 100s of dollars on the 18k gold charm set with gems.

Italian charms, a genre in and of themselves, don't dangle from the chain like traditional charms. Instead, each pattern is soldered onto a flat link which snaps onto an extensible bracelet. The patterns contain letters, symbols, pictures, precious gems, or even have enamel pictures painted on them. Charms can be snapped off and on these modular bracelets to come up with new configurations to match different moods and outfits. These bracelets are traditionally manufactured of stainless, although the more expensive ones are available in 18k gold. Each italian charm is of a standard interchangeable size and also the resulting bracelet can be customized to any woman's wrist; the smallest size holds seventeen as well as less links, a medium eighteen, along with a large nineteen or even much more.

You will find different corporations which will make Italian charms, however all brands are supposed to be interchangable on the basic bracelet. The "starter" bracelet of blank links costs around 5 dollars, as well as on the typical charms run 15 dollars and better. Ironically, China also manufactures a lot of these "Italian" charms, and while they're popular due to their low cost, a limited number consumers report occasional oddities like reversed images and off-size fit on the standard bracelet.

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