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Beaded Bracelets with Charms: Fashionable from the Nineties

Bracelets are the type of jewelry that renews every generation, so they never honestly go out of fashion. Instead, they change shape/form, and eventually, everyone still wants to wear bracelets because they look good.

Style gurus and commentators are saying that the end of 2021 and likely, a portion of 2022 is the new era of accessorizing (or ‘over-accessorizing’ as they say) because people have spent the better of the current year and last year being cooped up at home.

But, of course, being cooped up because of the pandemic is going to have an impact on self-expression, so as people begin to go out more again, expect folks to want to look good with their hair, with their clothes, and of course, their jewelry.

Are Beaded Bracelets with Charms in Style?

Remember that sweet, beaded bracelet you created for your closest pal when you were a kid?

Or the one is given to you by your childhood best buddy, which you still guard with your life?

It’s time to take them out of the cupboard and wear them again.

From sexy slip dresses and clunky footwear to padded headbands and bandanas, 90s trends have ruled the apparel, accessory, and hair worlds for the past several seasons. Fashion’s adoration for 1990s trends, on the other hand, is far from done.

One of the most prominent jewelry trends this year and beyond is unique and expressive jewelry. And since the 1990s is the closest era that people can remember, they’re going to call the rising trend “bringing back the nineties” – which is super cool!

Pearls are also hot right now, alongside silver, with distinctive freshwater styles and creative forms increasing. So say goodbye to perfectly round pearls and strand bracelets and necklaces from the past.  

However, if you prefer the classics, you’ll be pleased to learn that silver pendant necklaces are in for fall 2021. Enamel picks are still popular this season, but they’re now available in classic black and white colors.

There’s something for everyone this season, whether it’s a single delicate strand of silver beads or multiple layers of accent beads. Mixed beads, as well as themed bracelets, are becoming extremely popular now. If you’re a crafter, you might be interested in using letter charms to spell names, words, and even causes that you support.

Do you want to add another layer of nostalgia to your wardrobe? Let your nostalgic imagination fly!

What Do Charm Bracelets Represent?

A charm bracelet is a silver or gold chain worn around the wrist embellished with unique jewelry symbols known as charms.

Generally, the wearer starts with a plain chain and then selects and adds charms that have particular significance in her life. Though charm jewelry has been worn throughout history, the charm bracelet’s modern popularity peaked in the 1940s and continued until the early 1960s in the U.S.

A charm was once supposed to provide good luck or protection to the person who wore or carried it. Good luck charms, often known as amulets, have been worn on jewelry on the wrist and around the neck since at least 3000 B.C.E. in ancient Egypt. In addition, around 500 B.C.E., Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians wore bracelets with minor artifacts they believed had unique abilities tied to them.

The contemporary charm bracelet craze began in the late 1800s in England when Queen Victoria (1819–1901) began wearing a gold chain with lockets containing family photos. Many ladies imitated the queen by dangling glass beads and lockets from their bracelets, giving the charm bracelet a new identity as decorative jewelry with a personal purpose rather than an amulet for protection or luck.

As American service members went across the cities of Europe and Asia throughout the 1940s, they collected little jewelry charms as souvenirs to give to the women in their lives. Women wore them on charm bracelets, which quickly became fashionable, and American jewelers began producing miniature symbols specifically for charm bracelets. As a result, charm bracelets had become a staple of American middle-class girlhood by the 1950s.

A gold or silver chain was frequently given to a girl before she reached adolescence, and charms were added throughout her life. The charms usually represent significant events in the wearer’s life, such as a birth of a child, wedding, graduation, or sixteenth birthday.

Some charms also symbolize interest and hobbies. For example, a horse-loving girl would wear a silver saddle on her bracelet, while a tennis player might buy or get a tennis charm, too. As a result, charm bracelets became valued family heirlooms that were passed down from parent to child, and so on.

Charm bracelets fell out of favor during the late 1960s and early 1970s’ very casual trends, but they resurfaced in the 1980s. On the other hand, young women did not make their bracelets, preferring to purchase older charm bracelets made in the 1950s as part of a vintage aesthetic. New charm bracelets were introduced by fashion designers like Louis Vuitton later.

Styling Focal Points for Beaded Bracelets with Charms

As folks involved with jewelry creation, we all know that there’s a limitless horizon out there just waiting to journey. Today, we’re going to share with you two exciting collections from Xinar: sterling silver occupation charms and sterling silver food, household, and garden charms.

Occupation charms fit the current revival of the nineties aesthetic because silversmiths often rely on quirky visuals and humor to make these charms attractive and not to mention wearable. In addition, there’s a tradition in making charms that give even a silver handcuff charm a zany twist. Sometimes it’s in the angling of the shapes. Other times, it’s just the miniaturization of an everyday object that naturally makes these charms perfect for bracelet edits, necklaces, and other crafty items.

Another significant aspect about occupation charms is they’ve very inclusive, which sends a positive message to everyone–that jewelry is for anyone. Regardless of your values and what you do in life, you can wear a lovely beaded bracelet with symbols that matter to you. For example, consider our quirky movable meat scale charm we’re sure that it’s not just professional butchers who’d want this one. Jewelry is ultimately about self-expression, which would explain why there are so many variations, and the wheel of design keeps turning and turning.

What about food, household, and garden charms? There’s always something about domestic life that draws people back to their childhoods and ultimately the years they were growing up and the memories associated with those. These themed pendants add that touch of familiarity and warmth to beaded bracelets with charms and make them that much more special to people. For example, a person who used to collect insects as a kid would likely wear a quirky bracelet with a silver dragonfly charm or a silver mosquito charm. Of course, an Octoberfest fan would love to have charms like Xinar.com’s beer keg charm, too!

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for reading!

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