I don't think it's any secret that I love charms, charm bracelets and anything sparkly and dangling. I think it may be genetic. My grandmother and mother also have charm bracelets dripping with charms and trinkets. I love looking at them and asking questions about the origin and meaning of certain charms. It reveals pieces of their lives, moments that were important to them as women, wives, mothers and friends. That's really what a charm bracelet is, I suppose, a miniature storybook of one's life.
My own bracelet is full of charms from the places I've visited, the milestones in my life and myriad other meaningful events, moments, and people who are woven into the fabric of my life. There are many places I've been where I couldn't find a charm to buy, and I wish I could have. My story almost doesn't seem complete without them.
I recently decided to take on the daunting task of moving all of my charms on to this vintage double link bracelet. It's thicker than my original bracelet and can support the weight of the charms more easily. This bracelet is no light weight! Weighs a ton.
Here is another bracelet that I have filled with soldered charms (below). Most of them were made by Sally Jean. One was made by me (the black anagram tile) and one was made by Anne Garrison. (the small square cream and black script letter "A".) I used a very thick link bracelet for this one since the glass charms are quite heavy.
Here's a closer picture that shows some of the charms a little bit better.
And then there is this one. I realized I had several heart charms and decided to create an all-heart bracelet.
Some are simply old charms I found at a flea market, and others are more meaningful. A few of these hearts were actually my mom's from high school. Then I also added some old rhinestone buttons for filler and extra sparkle.
If you are considering starting a charm bracelet of your own, there is a wonderful book available on the topic. It is called Charmed Bracelets, by Tracey Zabar. It is full of large pictures of exquisite charm bracelets and lots of text to go along with it. A very good book. One flip through it, and you will want a charm bracelet....or two....or three!