Charm bracelets are a classic yet beautiful way through which women showcase their unique personality. In the modern day, charms have been used to mark major milestones in life such as a graduation, the birth of a child, a wedding ceremony, Christmas, and so on. Pandora charms are skillfully crafted using authentic materials that truly reflect the wearer's style and personality.
A Brief History of Charms
The origin of charms can be traced back to the Neolithic era where certain rare stones, animal bones, shells, or pieces of wood were believed to ward off enemies. Afterward, charms became popular during the era of the Egyptian Pharaohs who believed that they would guide them in the afterlife.
With time the role of charms changed, and they started being worn purely for their aesthetic value. This could be attributed to their use by royalty such as Queen Victoria. It wasn't until the end of World War II that charms evolved to know what we know them today. Soldiers bought trinkets that signified the various places they had been to for their sweethearts back at home. These presents became a means of encapsulating the moments the soldiers spent away from home. In turn, this led to their use in expressing the wearer's sentiments.
Types of Charms
There are close to 1000 Pandora charms, which guarantees that you can create a bracelet that resonates with you. However, there are 3 main types of charms, which are discussed below.
Traditional charms – traditional charms normally feature a chain link that's made of either silver or gold. The trinket or charm could be clipped on or permanently attached to the chain. Pandora has a wide range of charms to signify all your commemorative moments.
Italian charms – a typical Italian charm necklace has eighteen individual charm links that are joined on an elastic band to form a single bracelet. They are often made from a stainless steel backing and have a gold-plated charm face soldered on the charm link. Italian charms can follow a specific theme such as a certain color, hobby, or career or have a combination of several styles.
European charms – just like Italian charms, European charms are pieces of charm links joined together to form a band. In most cases, the bracelet is made of a rope while the trinket is a round bead or beads made from glass or enamel. The trinket can be swapped to create a completely different look.
What Makes a Typical Pandora Charm?
A typical Pandora charm bracelet has four main parts, that is, the bracelet, the clip, the charm, and spacers. The bracelet forms the foundation of the charm bracelet. Pandora has a huge range of bracelet designs and styles from which you can choose.
The clips refer to the decorative hinged pieces that clasp the bracelet into place. The clips are also meant to keep your charms balanced as well as prevent your bracelet from stretching.
The charms are what provides the aesthetic value. While some charms are threaded into the bracelet and are, therefore, stationary, others such as openworks and pave are not threaded onto the bracelet.
Spacers are used to frame the charms and cover the threaded spaces of your Pandora charm bracelet. Although they look almost similar to the charms, they are smaller and are not threaded onto the bracelet.
What Do Modern-Day Charms Mean?
Different charms have different meanings which makes them suitable or unsuitable for certain personality types and occasions. From Pandora, you can get:
Religious or spiritual charms – these include charms with Christian symbols such as the cross, sacred heart, Mary, and other saints. There are also charms with symbols from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Religious charms can be used to mark religious occasions such as a baptism.
Zodiac charms – such charms feature one or more of the 12 zodiac signs along with the gem or precious stone that's associated with the birth sign. They could also feature other astrology symbols or the planets. These charms make great birthday gifts.
Nature charms – these feature natural symbols such as plants, animals or insects. Some of the most popular nature charms feature a bee, a ladybird, a cat, a dog, a leaf, and so on. Such could be a perfect gift for nature or animal lover.
Luck, love, and inspirational charms – Pandora also offers charms that go back to the basic reasons for which charms were worn in the past: to offer luck, love, and protection. Such charms could have inspirational quotes, linked hearts to symbolize love or 'lucky rabbit's feet.'
Whichever your choice, browse through our Pandora charm portfolio and view the various designs at your disposal.