The History of the Charm Bracelet

Charm bracelets have been around for thousands years proving they are a timeless classic way of representing significant moments of the wearers life. Originally designed to ward off evil spirits or bad luck, charms would be made from shells, animal bones and clay. Moving forward, despite the Great Depression, during the 1920's and 1930's platinum and diamonds were introduced to charm bracelet manufacturing, along with other precious metals and gemstones. 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 as charms. American teenagers in the 1950's and early 1960's collected charms to record the events in their lives. Screen icons like Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford helped to fuel the interest and popularity of charm bracelets. Since 2002, a new trend for European charm bracelets has emerged like Pandora , Links of London and Thomas Sabo for example. These modular bracelets consist of a chain onto which different beads or 'charms' can be put. The charms are generally made from gold, silver or Murano glass and are interchangeable to allow the wearer to create their own style and look. These beads can be sculpted to simulate anything from animals to people. There are literally thousands of beads available for these bracelets as beads can be created to reflect any interest or category. The Italian Charm Bracelet, like Nomination, is configured differently. While each charm is separate and interchangeable, it lies flat against the wrist and is interlocking to the next charm, similarly to an expansion band. At Hugh Rice we have a large variety of charm bracelets and charms from Brands from all over the world to suit all styles and trends. See below a selection of some of our best-selling customer favourites or CLICK HERE to take you through to our website to view a wider collection of the charm bracelets we stock. Links of London Pandora Thomas Sabo Nomination   We'd love to hear what you think! Comment on our Blogs for a chance to win a 10% voucher. (If you can't see the comment box below click on the title to make it appear at the bottom of the page.)