Sterling Silver Sports & Outdoor Charms
Bring the love of sports and competition to your jewelry creations with Xinar’s sterling silver outdoor charms and sports charms. Our 925 sterling silver charms are masterfully crafted and present the highest detailing across the different themes.
We have an ever-growing collection of beautiful silver charms for various themes and projects, and they’re the right size and make for even the most discerning crafters. So be sure to explore our sports charms and give unique jewelry to friends and family. We have charms like movable sneakers charm, the hot air balloon charm, the highly detailed marathon runner charm, and for the ultimate gym buffs, the classic dumbbell charm.
Xinar.com has been selling jewelry-making supplies for over twenty years. Our jewelry-making catalog is one of the most comprehensive, and you can find semiprecious metal beads, findings, and silver charms from the menu above. Xinar’s charms are also proudly made in the USA. Nickel-free and lead-free, our hypoallergenic charms will never cause itching and rashes once worn. Do you require something while shopping on our site? Email us, and we will be with you right away.
Special Feature: Sports in History
Sports have been around for at least 3,000 years. So many early games involved sparring and throwing various objects, from rocks to spears. So many of these sports were played because they were meant to prepare people for war or training as hunters.
When the first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC, the Ancient Greeks introduced traditional sports. This included foot and chariot races, wrestling, jumping, and discus and javelin throws.
It’s impossible to pinpoint the exact beginning date of organized sports. Sports have always been a part of children’s play, but one can only speculate about sports development as autotelic physical contests for adults. It’s not clear from prehistoric art whether the hunters depicted were acting out of grim necessity or with the joyous abandon of sportsmen when they pursued their prey.
However, it is inevitable that hunting soon became an end in itself—at least for royalty and nobility—as evidenced by the wealth of literary and iconographic evidence from all ancient civilizations. There is evidence that ball games were played by ancient cultures as diverse as the Chinese and the Aztecs, too. If ball games, like the Japanese football game kemari, were contests rather than noncompetitive ritual performances, then they were sports in the strictest sense. Furthermore, it is clear from Greek and Roman antiquity evidence that ball games were not just contests but enjoyable pastimes, like those advocated by the Greek physician Galen in the 2nd century CE.
Cricket: In the late 16th century, in the southeast of England, cricket was invented. This sport became a national pastime in the 18th century, and it spread around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. To create a grip for the modern cricket bat, an inventor in England in 1853 created the prototype using a willow blade, and a cane handle covered in rubber strips and then tied with twine. (The longest cricket game ever recorded lasted nine days in 1939.)
In 1845, Alexander Cartwright invented the baseball field. Members of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club in New York, which Cartwright then led, created the first set of regulations that have come to define modern baseball. Next, George Hancock invented softball, a form of indoor baseball.