Find out what the value of charm bracelets for collectors

Find out what the value of charm bracelets for collectors

25 June 2019, 13:53
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For many centuries, charms or charm bracelets in one form or another have been popular jewelry. The prototypes of such antiquities were amulets, worn on the wrists by cavemen in the Neolithic era. Vintage bracelets served as a talisman against evil spirits, as well as to attract higher powers.

In ancient times, men carried the bones and teeth of animals, demonstrating their warlike spirit and strength. Many scientists call these ancient bracelets the first varieties of charms. Archaeological evidence confirms that charms have been prevalent throughout many centuries.

Charm bracelets, as jewelry made from precious stones and metals, appeared in the era of the Egyptian pharaohs. In the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt and in the tradition of many other peoples of the charms were used to attract good luck and as a defense against evil spirits.

In the Middle Ages, charms were often used by knights who believed that such charms could protect them in battle. Charm pendants at this time were often worn on belts, while demonstrating a profession, an origin, and even political views. The owners of charms were noble people, representatives of royal families and even kings.
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In the Victorian era, heart-shaped charms, decorated with bas-reliefs, various engraving methods and enamels, were widespread. Some antique bracelets contained complex mechanisms that allowed opening hearts through small keys.

Under the rule of Edward VII, sport began to actively develop in England. Bets on tournaments, frequent betting, participation in gambling - all this caused public interest in a new variety of charms, worn for good luck. Such charm bracelets were decorated with pendants with the image of pigs, horseshoes, beans.

At the time of Art Nouveau, a large number of styles and forms developed, which found their display in charm bracelets. During this period, many bracelets of silver, decorated with semi-precious stones, were created.

The First World War significantly undermined the European economy, but even in such difficult conditions Paris could become the center of the development of jewelry and fashion. Such well-known workshops as Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, turned the charm bracelets into a real fashion icon. Fashionistas of Europe preferred bracelets completely hung with charms. In some vintage bracelets the number of charms could reach forty pieces.

Pendants for bracelets that corresponded to Asian themes became widespread: such antiques were decorated with gold and silver images of rickshaws, pagodas, Buddha. They are often supplemented with precious and semi-precious stones. No less popular were charms in the form of various animals.
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