9.09.2011

Charm Bracelets

Happy Friday friends!

Any big weekend plans?  Tonight I have a girls' night planned with some fun ladies!  Tomorrow I have another meeting related to the non-profit I'm working on with some incredible people (more details coming, I promise!) and Sunday, my god-brother's first child, a daughter, is being baptized!

Today, I wanted to share with you my love for charm bracelets.  Charm bracelets date back to the time of ancient Egypt.  The type of charm bracelets popular today, however, emerged during the era of World War II.  At this time, soldiers who were leaving the States would give their sweeties little handmade charms representing things from everyday life.

I started my first charm bracelet when I was 13.  One of my parents' best friends, who is like a second mother to me, gave me a charm bracelet for my 13th birthday with two charms on it:  A number 13, and a gorgeous Topaz charm (my birth stone).  Since then, I have accumulated enough charms to heftily fill two bracelets.  These bracelets are so special to me, because they have been bought by loved ones and represent many special times and parts of my life.

My bracelets:  the top one is the one I received on my 13th birthday!

Can you see the original "13" charm?

The second one!

Each charm is very special, but I do have a few favorites!  
  • A few Christmases ago my grandmother gave all of my cousins and me charms from her mother's charm    bracelet.  One of the charms I received from my great-grandmother's bracelet is the  silhouette of a little boy with "MIKE 8-7-59" engraved on it and a little baby's booty attached.  My great- grandmother got that charm when my dad was born and I think it is so special to now have it on my bracelet.
  • Another favorite is my charm of a dogwood flower.  The dogwood is Virginia's state flower and that charm represents my deep love for my home state.
  • Many of my charms are nautical related; I have a crab, starfish, boat; anchor; and lighthouse to name a few.  Having grown up on the water, all of these charms have great significance to me.  Boating is my favorite thing to do in the whole world and I feel most at home when I am on the water.
  • I also have many Christian charms:  a Cross, Bible, and praying girl.  I have avoided talking much about religion on this blog, because I personally am still trying to figure out my beliefs, however I was raised Catholic and the church has played a large role in my life and in who I am today.
  • Finally, the original Topaz charm is also one of my favorites.  The stone is centered in the most intricate silver, loopy frame.  Not only is it beautiful and reminds me of who first started my charm bracelet, but that charm also has broken twice.  Both times, I have recovered the charm and my uncle (who is a jeweler) has repaired it, so that too makes it meaningful to me.
I think charm bracelets are such a special piece of jewelry for any lady to have in her collection.  Not only do they represent the owner personally, but they are ever evolving and something that you can one day pass on to a daughter or grand daughter.

Do you own a charm bracelet?  What are some of your pieces of jewelry that are most special to you?

Have a great weekend!

27 comments:

  1. LOVE charm bracelets and yours are envy provoking! Fabulous even more I love the meaning behind the charms, how wonderful that each has a little story!! Just gorgeous..I have one too which I am constantly adding to.

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  2. Oh this is so fun! I love my charm bracelet but it's not nearly as full as yours. I think I have a clarinet on it and a heart from my parents. I can't remember the rest! Ha!

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  3. Your bracelets are just stunning!

    I started one at Christmas. My favorite charm so far is my mother's original wedding ring that my father engraved.

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  4. So pretty!! I gave up on my original charm bracelet when I was about 14, but my best friend got me a Pandora for my 21st birthday which I love. My favorite charm is a little owl with a graduation cap my brother gave me on my commencement :)

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  5. They are lovely! One of my favorite things to do when I was little was to ask my Grammy what each one of her charms meant...I never got sick of hearing the story behind each charm! xx

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  6. I wish I had a charm bracelet more like yours. I have the Tiffany charm bracelet with a few charms on it but it's not quite the same.

    xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

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  7. I love your charm bracelets.. they're gorgeous! I had a gold one when I was younger, but it no longer fits my wrist :/

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  8. I have a charm bracelet I got at 6 I believe. I have always loved it and taken special care of it to give to my {one day} daughter. It only has about 5 charms but I never really got into charm bracelets. Recently I was thinking that I wanted to start one now that I could wear and get charms from places I travel. Maybe this is my inspiration ;) I love bracelets. Yours are both beautiful and I love the sentiment.

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  9. I love your charm bracelets, they are gorgeous and I love that each charm has a story and special meaning behind it! I had a silver one when i was growing up, I know exactly where it is but never wear it anymore. I always had charms of ballet dancers and things of that nature because dance as my passion!

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  10. I also have a gold charm bracelet. I love it, and it was started when I graduated High School from my parents. It is very meaningful.

    Susan

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  11. I have charms but no bracelet yet...Have a great weekend! And have fun tonight :) I'll text you later about how today went....which was well!

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  12. I have many charm bracelets. My favorite is my gold one. My daughter has one too. Each summer we get matching charms when we travel. I love it! I have one silver bracelet that was started when I was a young girl. It is filled with memories...one fantastic charm is a crown from the Queen Mary. Oh they are so fun!

    Love,
    Mrs. Kindergarten

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  13. Thanks for helping out while I was away!! I am glad you stopped by today on my frist day back- I can't wait to catch back up:)

    I have a charm bracelet that looks like your 2nd one. Each & everyone has a special signifance as well. I love your meanings! xo


    PS: don't forget to swing by tomorrow for my blogaversary giveaway:)

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  14. I don't own a charm bracelet, but they are really pretty, and I may do one for Baby Diva. Hope you are well.

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  15. I do not have a charm bracelet but I love them and the sentimental thoughts behind them. So fun and special.

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  16. My grandmother passed on her charm bracelet to me... One of my favorite possessions! Yours is beautiful!

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  17. aw, charm bracelets are lovely :)

    xo
    Erin

    pinkandpolos.blogspot.com

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  18. I LOVE charm bracelets. I recently gave my two 11-year-old sister-in-law's charm bracelets as a gift for being my jr. bridesmaids! i love my charm bracelet, and i think it's such a fun family tradition!

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  19. How fun! I have a charm bracelet but I have never actually gotten the charms put on it...one day!

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  20. I got my first charm bracelet my sophomore year of college. Don't know why it didn't happen sooner. I still don't have it full but i started getting one for every vacation and it makes it more special that the last couple were with the grandmother who gave it to me.

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  21. This was such an interesting post. I've always meant to start up a charm bracelet and this just makes me want to even more!

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  22. Wow, your bracelet is amazing! I used to have a charm bracelet, but for some reason I never got more charms... Now my sister sort of stole it (with my permission, surprisingly...)

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  23. I love charm bracelets ~ yours are gorgeous!!!

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  24. Very pretty! I have a charm bracelet, but not nearly as many charms as you. My mom has one from when she was younger and I love looking at her's. xoxo

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  25. I love these! I have a charm bracelet, but it isn't as sentimental as these are. I'm hoping one day I can start a tradition like this with my daughter and/or nieces. ;)

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  26. The Chamilia beads can be split into various themes to simplify their range, like spiritual beads, romance beads, alphabet beads and lots more.

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  27. The Chamilia beads can be split into various themes to simplify their range, like spiritual beads, romance beads, alphabet beads and lots more.

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