Charm bracelets have long been a popular jewellery choice. They make a personalised and thoughtful gift that can be built upon over time. More and more jewellery brands are providing new options for charms so there is no shortage of inspiration for people building charm bracelets.
Each charm bracelet tells a story of the wearer's life. It represents who they are, who they were, and what made them who they are today. Each charm should have a special meaning. There are a few easy steps to get started crafting a charm bracelet for yourself or for a dear friend.
Choose a charm bracelet that will fit your lifestyle. There are many types of charm bracelets. Some are fancier or larger than others. Make sure the weight and look of the bracelet you choose fits the lifestyle of yourself or the wearer so the bracelet does not get in the way of everyday tasks. Remember price as a factor, since some metals, like gold, are more expensive than others, like silver.
Pick a clasp that is easy for you to handle. Lobster clasps are the most common since it locks bracelets at each end. Toggle clasps are also popular as they are easy to put on and take off. Consider a safety chain for the bracelet. Safety chains ensure the bracelet will stay on the wrist in case the bracelet does come loose.
Think about what charms you want on the bracelet. There might be charms available that represent you as a person, a hobby of yours, or important events in your life. A wedding ring charm can help you remember your wedding. A baby shoe charm with your child's name engraved on the bottom can be another special charm.
Have charms that symbolise your family. If Christmas is a big event in the family, get a present charm or a tree charm that represents the holiday. Consider getting a charm for every important member of your family, or a charm that represents something you all accomplished together. This can be a volunteer experience you shared or a great trip you took together.
Pick out charms to places you have travelled to. Most places people visit have a major landmark. If you went to Paris, get the Eiffel Tower. If you went to America, get the Statue of Liberty. Even if there is not a large landmark, you can find a charm that represents the place. Perhaps a wave from a beach visit or a snowflake from a ski trip.
As you collect charms for your bracelet, you can place them on the chain securely. With some types of bracelet you can take them to a jeweller to have them soldered on, for extra security, if you want to. However, most people enjoy switching their charms around to match themes, outfits, or occasions. If that is the case, invest in high quality charms that have secure attachments to the chain.
Do not limit yourself when choosing charms for your bracelet. Be creative and understand it is your bracelet, so you can put whatever you want on it. Have fun when you go charm shopping. There is no need to stress when the perfect charm does not show up in a shop. Consider looking at internet sites that distribute high quality charms.
Do not stick to only gold and silver charms. Find some charms or beads with a splash of colour to really bring detail to the charm bracelet. Enamel and glass charms are a great way to do this. This adds colour to the bracelet and brightens your mood whenever you look at it.
Start asking for more charms for birthdays and Christmas. This is a great way to build your bracelet without having to spend a lot of money on it yourself. Consider getting friends and family charm bracelets as presents. This gives you years of present ideas without much effort.
Charm bracelets are often passed down through the generations. Tell your children the story of each charm and be sure to pass it down to them. Hopefully it will keep going through many grandchildren.