In our last blog, our PANDORA jewelry experts in New Jersey started giving you some interesting facts about charm bracelets throughout history. To recap, we’ve already talked about what charm bracelets meant and what they were made of. Keep reading to learn more!
#3. Trends in charms.
Although charms have been worn for centuries, they didn’t start to become what they are today until 1889, when Tiffany & Co. introduced the single heart charm bracelet to the world. Another big moment in charms’ history was the release of the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean in 2003. The charm bracelets trend had almost fizzled out completely until that movie was released, and the industry saw a major upswing in the amount of charms depicting daggers, skulls and the like. Vintage charms also started to become more popular around this time.
#4. Charms on the battlefield.
In our last blog, we talked about how charms were worn by knights in the middle ages to protect them in battle, but those aren’t the only time we’ve seen charms on the battlefield. During World War II, soldiers bought charms and other trinkets from local craftsmen in the areas they were fighting. The soldiers would give the charms as gifts to their loved ones when they returned home.
#5. The Queen’s charms.
Queen Victoria was famous for wearing charm bracelets, and she even started a trend within the noble class in Europe. She loved to both wear charms herself and give them as gifts. When Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria made mourning charms a trend. These charms were made with mementos from the deceased, including miniature portraits and locks of their hair.