Believe it or not, charms have been around and enchanting people since prehistoric time! Frequently referred to as amulets or talisman, the wearing of charms has bee associated with magic, mystique, protection, spirituality and love. As early as the stone age, people have been making jewelry from clay, animal bones and shells as objects of adornment.
During the Bronze Age, jewelry making became more sophisticated along with the materials used. Early charms were made of lapis lazuli, rock crystal, and other semi-precious gems. Different civilizations including the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians made and wore charms. The Babylonians are believed to be the first people to wear charms on a bracelet around 700 BC.
The Egyptians , as master goldsmiths, were the first to develop the ability to cast gold, using the lost-wax technique, which many jewelry manufacturers and dental labs still use today.
Only the wealthy and affluent could afford custom -made pieces of jewelry. Until the industrial revolution changed all that. The machine age introduced the technology to mine precious metals and mass-produce them into affordable jewelry for the growing middle class, both in Europe and the United States.
Charm bracelets reached their height of popularity in the United States after World War II. American soldiers returned home with souvenir charms from the cities they had liberated.
If you have a charm bracelet you no longer wear and you daughter thinks,”eewwh”, get real…..the wiser thing to do instead of letting it sit around, is come in with it to GoldWiser!