So your thinking of starting a charm bracelet but your not sure where to start. I've read articles and have seen posts with beautifully themed bracelets and charm collections all with a similar vibe or theme, but what really excites me is the eclectic mixes, the random assortments and mismatched unusual charms . I love seeing one off charms mixed with your more common ‘garden variety’ 60s novelties , or perhaps a Victorian love token or two . Better still are the celluloid cracker jack charms and Czech glass figurines thrown into the mix. These generally look stunning against silver and gold , which can begin to look samey when lots of the same metal is next to each other- it all blends in . Enamel charms or those with pretty crystal details are great additions to charm bracelets and particularly eye catching. I have a beautiful green jelly belly sterling silver frog on my bracelet that is still one of my favorites today .
You can pick up vintage charm bracelets in junk shops, antique stores or a good second hand jeweler. Quite often you might find a few smaller filler charms still attached which is a fab way to get you started . If you prefer a more delicate look to your bracelet hunting out specific daintier chains might be the key here . These are often lighter, smaller in length and are missing the characteristic heart padlock often seen on the chunkier heavier vintage charm bracelets of the 60s and 70s . From time to time I stock vintage charm bracelets myself which you can view prices for here. I also have some budget friendly vintage charms to get you started on your collection ( viewed here ), which make neat additions to new and old bracelets alike. I call these ‘filler’ charms which is slightly unfair to them (can you be unfair to a charm?), because actually they are pretty beautiful too, and most of my bracelet is made up of these unusual little one off pieces or star sign additions .
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