We love history as much as we love jewelry. Your personal history, along with ancient history is inspirational. So for fun: A little history lesson that we find completely fascinating.

Charms have been enchanting humans since prehistoric times. Frequently referred to as amulets or talisman, the wearing of charms has been associated with magic, mystique, protection, spirituality, faith, love and wealth.

We love charm bracelets because they're not only beautiful, but also meaningful. While the classic charm bracelet style is trending now more than ever, the style's history and tradition dates back for centuries. Did you know... Charm bracelets were worn even before history was recorded. It's been said that prehistoric charms, mostly made from different natural materials such as seashells, would ward off evil spirits and were sure to bring the wearer good luck. Knights and political leaders during the Medieval Times would also wear their charms for protection in battle and as symbols of religion.

Medieval Charms Deelytes Jewelry Collection

During the Roman Empire, Christians would use tiny fish charms hidden in their clothing to identify themselves to other Christians. Jewish scholars of the same period would write tiny passages of Jewish law and put them in amulets round their necks to keep the law close to their heart at all times. Medieval knights wore charms for protection in battle. Charms also were worn in the Dark Ages to denote family origin and religious and political convictions.

Charm bracelets have been the subject of several waves of trends. The first charm bracelets were worn by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Hittites and began appearing from 600 – 400 BC.

Queen Victoria further popularized charm bracelets in the 1800’s by wearing small lockets containing family portraits and locks of hair of her beloved husband that started a fashion among the European noble classes. She was instrumental to the popularity of charm bracelets, as she “loved to wear and give charm bracelets. When her beloved Prince Albert died, she even made “mourning” charms popular; lockets of hair from the deceased, miniature portraits of the deceased, charm bracelets carved in jet.” (fossilized wood)

Queen Victoria Charms

In 1889, Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelet — a link bracelet with a single heart dangling from it, a bracelet which is an iconic symbol for Tiffany today. 

Despite the Great Depression, during the 1920s and 1930s platinum and diamonds were introduced to charm bracelet manufacturing.

They were popular during World War II because it was easy for a soldier to bring his gal a gift of a small charm from overseas because it could be carried home in his pocket. They remained popular until the 1950s screen icons like Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford often wore their own charm bracelets, adding momentum to the craze. In the latter part of 20th century they fell into obscurity again, this time not coming back until the turn of the 21st century when these bracelets, which some refer to as a “history on a wrist,” once again became the rage.

 Today, charms are as popular as ever. The first piece of fine jewelry a young child receives is typically a charm of faith, such as a cross or religious medallion. People continue to use charms and charm bracelets to tell the story of their life, whether it be a simple heart charm worn around the neck or charm bracelet filled with tiny treasures.

Charm Collection Deelytes Jewelry Collection

There are two times in a woman’s life when she traditionally receives a charm bracelet; as a young girl and for her marriage. Quite often, charm bracelets are given from mother to daughter, either as a new gift or passing it on as a family heirloom. The daughter then adds her own charms to the bracelet, including ones that represent her favorite hobbies, interests and beliefs. As the daughter matures, so does her charm bracelet, increasing not only in number of charms, but also in sentimental value.

When a woman marries she is given a charm bracelet to celebrate her future. A charm bracelet with wedding bells or a marriage certificate can later be filled with charms representing the honeymoon, anniversaries and the birth of children. This bracelet is frequently referred to as her “Lifetime” bracelet, growing over the years to one day be passed on to her daughter, continuing the tradition of charm collecting from generation to generation."

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what fashion and jewelry trends of the future will look like. We can be sure that Charm Bracelets will never be a thing of the past. Quite the opposite actually!  Deelytes Jewelry Collection been hard at to find you high beautiful charms since they are a unique way to symbolize a snapshot of your life. They can represent you and your life story in a beautiful and charming way.