usually worn in multiples on a link bracelet, were of great personal
significance to the woman of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Her charm
bracelet was a chronicle of her life; a time capsule of her loves,
her interests, her travels, her experiences. These precious objects
told her individual story, and preserved it for following generations.
probably received her first charm as a young girl; perhaps a ballerina
or a flower. Her teenage years may have seen the additions of a
love token from a sweetheart, a souvenir from a school trip, a jeweled
mortar board for graduation. Charms commemorating her engagement,
wedding, first home, children--all the major milestones of
mid-century vogue for travel enabled her to see much more
of the world than her mother and grandmother had. A small cruiseship
told of her honeymoon trip to the islands; an Eiffel Tower charm
of a spontaneous weekend in Paris. She spent many a cocktail party
explaining the numerous exotic mementos on her wrist.
a little pearl typewriter signified that, like many women of her
day, she enjoyed the independence of having a job outside the home.
She also enjoyed sports (golf and tennis) and was well-versed in
the arts (particularly painting and theatre). She often received
jeweled representations of her interests and hobbies as gifts.
charms were added to her bracelet simply for their beauty. In contrast
to the flat, stamped charms of modern times, vintage charms are
three-dimensional, highly detailed, and often jeweled-- tiny works
of art in their own right. They stood as testament to her exquisite
taste, as would a beautiful painting or vase.
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new vogue for vintage charms is developing,
perhaps in part due to fashion's focus on individuality. Women
today often wear a single charm from their collection on a bracelet,
or as a pendant. Collections are often beautifully displayed in
a shadow box, or hung from ribbons on a bulletin board, mirror
charms make wonderful, very personal gifts. At a recent wedding
shower, each guest gave the bride an antique charm representing
one of her (or the couple's) interests or experiences; they all
shared the cost of a charm bracelet. The bride wore it on her
wedding day. Another bride did the opposite, using antique charms
as personalized thank-you gifts for her bridesmaids. Yet another
woman treats herself each birthday to a charm with some relevance
to the preceding year of her life; she intends to start the same
tradition for her young daughters.