By the 1960s it seemed that sterling silver charm bracelets were the must have item for most little girls and young ladies. Traditionally a little girl would be given a starter bracelet whilst still at primary school. Her subsequent birthday gifts would include solid silver charms to add to the bracelet. Often milestones such as her sixteenth, eighteenth and twenty first birthdays would be commemorated with the additions of charms that had meaning and relevance. This very personal type of jewellery continued to be fashionable right up until the 1970s.
This post will give you a brief history of how charms have been cherished through the ages and used as powerful talismans. In the middle of the post the various categories of charms are described and illustrated. The last section gives details of how to care for gold and silver charms.