Alice Kwartler builds a romantic charm necklace. There is nothing more revealing, intimate and celebratory than creating your own individualized charm necklace. Although, we love the sound of our charm bracelets, and the look of them worn with bangles or other link style bracelets, the new alternative for telling our stories, commemorating our special occasions, and showing a glimpse into our lives, hobbies and beliefs is to combine our favorite charms into necklaces. Designers who work in modern jewelry have created charm stories based on a range of motifs and meanings. They have also developed chains and links that allow you to add more charms and help you to create your own personal wearable memoir of your life. The modern day maestro of the charm bracelet which led into her into charm necklaces is Monica Rich Kosann. Beth Bugdaycay of Foundrae and Michelle Fantaci, as well as a host of other designers, have resurrected the high-end charm business with creativity and symbolism.
For thousands of years, people have worn decorative items for protection against evil or to bring luck and prosperity to the owner. While these ancient charms and amulets are still eagerly sought after by collectors, later examples from the Victorian and Twentieth Century are just as appealing. Wearing, sharing and collecting charms continues to be a popular pastime, and the story of charm bracelets is filled with mystery, magic and style. Amulets were made specifically to keep away curses and ill wishes from the wearer.
A charm bracelet is a type of bracelet which carries personal jewelled ornaments or "charms", such as decorative pendants or trinkets. The decorative charms usually carry personal or sentimental attachment by the owner. The wearing of charms may have begun as a form of amulet or talisman to ward off evil spirits or bad luck. During the pre-historic period, jewellery charms would be made from shells, animal-bones and clay. Later charms were made out of gems, rocks, and wood.