The wearing of charms may have begun as a form of amulet to ward off evil spirits or bad luck. In ancient Egypt charms were used for identification and as symbols of faith and luck. Charms also served to identify an individual to the gods in the afterlife. Medieval knights wore charms for protection in battle. Charms also were worn in the Dark Ages to represent family origin, religious and political convictions.
Charm bracelets have been the subject of several waves of trends. Queen Victoria wore charm bracelets that started a fashion among the European noble classes. Soldiers returning home after World War II brought home trinkets made by craftsmen local to the area where they were fighting to give to loved ones, American teenagers in the 1950s and early 1960s collected charms to record the events in their lives. Although interest and production waned through the latter part of the 20th century, there was a resurgence of popularity after 2000 and collectors eagerly sought out vintage charms. Due to the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, the fashion in winter 2006 was bracelets with little charms of swords, crosses and skulls.
Since 2002, a new trend for European charm bracelets has emerged in both Europe and North America. These modular bracelets consist of a chain onto which different beads or 'charms' can be put. The charms are made from gold, silver or Murano glass and are interchangeable to allow the wearer to create their own look.
Unfortunately most of the charm bracelets I have bought or received have been rather cheap and have broken. I love the idea of creating my own individual charm bracelet which in unique to me. One of my goals for 2010 is to find myself a pretty charm bracelet. It can be a lot of fun to find lolita charms to add to it, keys, hearts, crowns, bows, butterflies. It’s traditional to buy charms for special events too, to help you remember them.
I followed-up on my Juicy Couture post and visited their one store in Atlanta. They had such a lovely selection of high quality charm bracelets plus gorgeous charms. The cupcake is a remembrance of the November meet-up. The tea cup will be a reminder of the fancy high tea meet up next week. I'm looking for a carousel charm for the carousel meet-up.
I also found this cute site for handmade lolita charms. Might be a nice option of a gift for your favorite Lolita
Andrea Nicole Baker