CHARM BRACELETS: THE INCREDIBLE HISTORY OF CHARM BRACELETS
Bracelets have been known to exist in practically all civilizations since the Neolithic, but some of them began in the prehistoric Bronze Age and had a rather simple spiral or circular shape. The Egyptians followed with a cylindrical, two-piece piece that was adorned with inlaid beads and some emblems of the style. The Phoenicians were dedicated to making open rings and were finished with animal heads. The Greeks and Romans had circular or spiral shapes, basically imitating a snake, they were often adorned with stones and medals.
History of Charm Bracelets
In the Byzantine Empire these accessories had mosaics and miniatures of their origin, and the bracelet was also used in the upper classes. However, they did not seem very common and even less so in the West (except within the areas of Northern Europe), judging by the few remains of such accessories left by the Middle Ages. During the fifteenth century it was re-established its use in knights as a motto in the games of arms and in the Modern Age, ladies as a luxury item.
In ancient times, the bracelet was very similar to the design of the ring, because it has been found inside the mummies of Ancient Egypt and also in the European prehistoric tombs belonging to the Bronze Age and is often represented in the reliefs of many characters of the ancient Assyrian Empire.
In the monarchy of religion, the ancient Egyptians appreciated the beetle by rolling with a little dung in a ball, because the beetle’s mission re-memorized Ra, being the sun god, because they believed that the sun rolled through the sky every day. Thanks to the association of the beetle with creation and renewal, the ancient Egyptians revered the insect and the carved figures of beetles were placed in their jewels.
Image of the beetle
The image of the beetle was translated from hieroglyphics which came to mean “to become” or “to transform”. In addition, that the beetle was connected through the mind of the Egyptians with regeneration, beetle jewelry was very often buried with the dead. Pharaoh Tutankhamun was buried with a beetle of the heart, which was known as a protective amulet, usually made of green stone that was placed on the heart or chest of the deceased. Green was known as the symbolic color of rebirth for the Egyptians, and the flat base of the beetle could be inscribed with the name of a pharaoh or a god to protect the user during the afterlife.
According to Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley, the bracelets were extremely popular with women of all social classes from the pre-dynastic period (around 3100 B.C.) onwards, and women would often wear the wrist-decorated bracelets with slightly matching but slightly thicker ankle bracelets. The workshops attached to the palace handcrafted the pieces of jewelry for the pharaoh and his family, while the commoners bought them in the jewelry shops of the village market. Men, women and children wore white clothes, which provided a perfect background for the shiny jewelry.
The beetle in the jewelry store retained a very important role in the funeral ritual among the ancient Egyptians, just as the stones were very popular also as good luck charms among the living. The jewels reflected the beauty of the craftsmanship from very early in the morning.
The Christians of the Roman Empire used “Ichthys”, the symbol of a fish, underneath their clothes in order to identify themselves. These fish charms were used not only to affirm individuality, but also as key elements for meetings with other Christians. While Jewish intellectuals during the same period of time employed gold necklaces as an amulet in order to keep the handwritten sections of Jewish law symbolically close to their hearts.
During the Middle Ages they were used for protection and, also for the upper classes, to demonstrate their social status. The charms lost their popularity during the Renaissance, as people became less superstitious and a little more educated. However, people from the lower classes who lacked the necessary lighting still used them.
The history and the charmbracelets
It became popular with aristocrats again during the 19th century, as Queen Victoria wore bracelets that had medallions of family photos and other trinkets and had been given to her as a gift by other family members. The bracelets were made more for fashion and style of protection or good luck and during the 20th century, the most widespread bracelet became an appeal after World War II, when returning soldiers were carried back with charms they had obtained as souvenirs.
With the passing of time the charm bracelets have evolved and have been made in different ways and with different elements. Ancient civilizations wore bracelets on their wrists because they thought that metals were related to the stars and that they influenced the life cycles of human beings. Whereas, the Hindus, especially the women, used multiple accessories for their hair, neck and ears, and their arms were completely covered with bracelets.
The Greeks, more than an elaboration of accessories and bracelets, specialized more in sculpture, that’s why the ornaments they used in their hands and in the body in general, were sculpted miniatures that symbolized religious and mythological figures or heroic scenes. Nowadays, the ornaments that we use are not as primitive as those used in those times and it is that in the present time and with so much technology it has been possible to carve in Diamonds, Gold, Silver, Emeralds, Rubies and others, figures that can go from the very famous cross, to the happy faces, the shoes, the keys, the hearts and countless quantity of objects that we appreciate in the daily life.
Today, charm bracelets are known to be a common element that women and girls of all classes want to wear. They range from simple 14K gold or silver jewellery for very fine pieces made by top-of-the-range luxury designers. You will be able to find a charm for practically every situation, place or event that you are going to participate in.
TraceyZabar, known as a jewelry designer and writer, tells us that “the most irresistible and seductive thing about a bracelet is its ability to tell a completely unique story about its owner”. While they may still prove to be indicators of a lady’s wealth or position in society, the value of a bracelet is very personal.
Types of Charm Bracelets
In general, there are three different types of bracelets, the first, and most common, is the simple chain bracelet, while the charms bracelets are linked to the jumping ring chain, which are small metal rings that you can open or close using pliers. When it is full of charm, the chain bracelet is very often heavy and has a happy tinkling thanks to the charm they have and clash with each other.
Italian charm bracelets involve several flat metal links without tangles, as the charm is added, they are simply fastened to the bracelet. This type of bracelet was very popular around the world around the 1990s.
Another less common type of bracelet is the beaded style. With this style you could not simply add or remove the charms. A beaded bracelet involves a central cord or chain with pearls and charms that are chained along its entire length.
While, the traditional bracelets ranged from a simple chain or band with several pearls or gemstones hanging from the cuffs filled with medallions, ornaments or gemstones. The Italian bracelets have a specific style adapted, basically they were made up of modular rectangular bracelets, according to the Italian charm website the Italian charm came together to present a band shaped bracelet without the traditional pendant pieces of the typical charm bracelets.
Italian bracelets owe their name to their country of birth and it is thought that Italian artisans became the first to develop this style of metal bracelet through symbolic welding with images, words or with precious stones and flat metal links. The charms can be linked and unlinked to create different patterns and add or subtract from a bracelet. Although many of the fine Italian charm is, in fact, made in Italy, “Italian charm” refers to style, today, the charm is made in other countries, such as China.
The Italian bracelets were devised during the 1980s and gained much popularity in Europe when football players and fans began to use them, according to the Doggone Charm. Nowadays many Italian charm lovers use multiple bracelets at once to be able to include a wide variety of charm, because the number of charm in a bracelet is limited by the size of the wrist, according to the Alameda of the jewelry store. In addition, multiple bands could also be linked together with mega links, large links capable of having two or more rows of much smaller links.
Bracelets in modernity
In modern times, both the style and personalization of each bracelet have been expanded and different styles and models have been developed, such as the Bracelet, which differs from the bracelet in that it is much more ornate than the ordinary bracelet, due to the fact that it is usually encrusted with precious stones. It also tends to be worn slightly above the wrist, or in some cases above the elbow.
The handmade woven bracelet, which differs from the bracelets and the bracelets because they are made of metals or plastics (the latter material in most industries that make jewelry) are created with yarns or textile fibers. However, thanks to the material with which they are made, they can be created in different colors and designs.
Thanks to the symbolism with which they are usually accompanied, these bracelets are called as the bracelets of friendship or friendship bracelets.
In addition, the very common ones called “manillas”, being this the Colombian denomination of origin, are very used as a decorative element in the wrists (and in occasions in the ankles), they can be of diverse types like the made silicone bracelets that are frequently used by sportsmen, and to distinction of the sport bracelets, these do not offer us any type of benefit or utility.
Rubber bracelets that are personalized are intended to promote a cause, company, brand or charity. Such as the yellow Livestrong bracelet, which has as its main objective to raise awareness about cancer and at the same time raise funds for research into the disease. They are also well known as advertising bracelets, thanks to their malleability, these bracelets can be molded with all kinds of messages, logos and even with holograms that adapt to the requirements of the company.
Rubber bracelets, on the other hand, are a type of fashion accessory that is extremely popular with the youth population. These magnificent bracelets are made through the union of rubber bands frequently with rainbow loom products and are suggested for use by children over the age of 6.