Charms & pendants have been around for centuries. From ancient cultures to the resurgence of charms in the 2000’s to now, these little pieces of jewelry never really lost their charm. Though there have been bumps in their popularity such as in the 1950’s and 1960’s when young women would collect charms to mark events and memories, charms and charm bracelets and pendant necklaces remain popular for personalized gifts. It is a very versatile form of jewelry because you can add or change the charms and pendants according to occasion, taste or mood.
Both charms and pendants can be “detachable jewelry. A pendant is an ornament for a necklace and charms are worn on bracelets. A charm is generally lighter and smaller than a pendant. They can be worn interchangeably on bracelets or necklaces if the size of the trinket is not an obstacle. Too large a pendant worn on a bracelet could be awkward.
Ashley Greene wears a vintage Chanel charm bracelet gifted to her on her birthday in 2011 by Joe Jonas.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is seen here wearing a gold charm bracelet that was given to her in 2011 as a wedding gift by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The bracelet was personalized with both of their monograms. The single gold disc that dangles from the bracelet has a ‘C’ for Catherine and a coronet engraved on one side and a ‘C’ for Camilla and a crown engraved on the other.
Even though Kate Middleton and Ashley Greene were gifted their charm bracelets in 2011, charm bracelets still make great jewelry gifts. Charms and pendants add an individualized touch to jewelry. These are great options to give a heart-felt and sentimental gift to cherished people in our lives. They are a perfect choice to commemorate important events and hallmarks.
Charms and pendants can have special meaning. For example, charms and pendants can feature a special city or cherished pet or symbolize an interest such as a sport or hobby. A necklace can have an engraved or personalized pendant and a bracelet can be customized with its own set of meaningful charms. It’s no wonder then that these little trinkets of jewelry are still popular today.
The variety of designs and materials used to make charms is expansive. There are fashion jewelry charms and fine jewelry charms. Gold, silver, Murano glass, and Murano millefiori glass and gemstone charms to name a few.
Starter Charm Bracelets
There are generally four types of charm bracelets – the traditional link charm bracelets and bangle charm bracelets that uses spring-clip or clasp charms – there’s snake charm bracelets that use bead charms and Italian charm bracelets that are composed of modular links as the charms.
For most charm bracelet types, starter charm bracelets are available. That way you can select charms that have a special meaning for a personalized gift. You can stick with one brand or find charms that are compatible with the type of charm bracelet you buy.
Pandora has a great number of bead charms which they offer for their signature snake style charm bracelets. You can also find bead charms from other brands which can be used with your particular snake charm bracelet – just check the diameter to make sure it will fit.
Since link charm bracelets are most common and the traditional type, there are an abundant number of clasp type charms to choose from. (These are the type of charm bracelets worn by Kate Middleton and Ashley Greene.)
Italian charm bracelets are composed of modular links – this means you would adjust the number of link charms to fit the wearers wrist.
Charms as Pendants for Necklaces
Pandora has a charm necklace and you have this as an option for that very personalized gift. Another option is name plate or engraved pendant necklaces.