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Men’s Charm Bracelets: How lucky are your charms?

The word “Charm” according to the Oxford Dictionaries  means: The power or quality of delighting, attracting, or fascinating others. While the Camridge English Dictionary says: an object or saying  that is thought to have magical powers, such as the ability to bring good luck.

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And according to The History of Charms and Charm Bracelets: A Short Introduction by David Clark: “Although it is almost impossible to determine when charm bracelets appeared in their modern form, charms, miniature figurines and decorative pendants used to be worn as an amulet to deter evil spirits and bad luck. Indeed the carrying of charms to ward off evil dates back to the Neolithic era in which hunters would carry interesting stones and trinkets for good luck. It wasn’t until the Egyptian Age that we have evidence of Pharaohs being buried with elaborate gold and silver jewelery and jewellery embedded with precious and rare stones. It is in many of such tombs that archaeologists rescued the first recognisable examples of charms and charm bracelets.”
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In the History of Charm Bracelets by Sierra Bailey, she says: “

“During the Roman Empire, Christians would use tiny fish charms hidden in their clothing to identify themselves to other Christians. Jewish scholars of the same period would write tiny passages of Jewish law and put them in amulets round their necks to keep the law close to their heart at all times. Medieval knights wore charms for protection in battle. Charms also were worn in the Dark Ages to denote family origin and religious and political convictions.

The first trend of charm bracelets were worn by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians and Hittites in the form of bracelets to which they attached small objects they believed had special powers around 500 bce.”

“The modern charm bracelet originated with Queen Victoria during the late 1800’s in England when she started wearing a gold bracelet chain with lockets containing family portraits.  Women in the European noble classes began to copy the Queen and wore bracelets adorned with hanging lockets and glass beads. Queen Victoria not only enjoyed wearing charm bracelets, but she would give them as gifts as well. When her beloved Prince Albert died, she even made “mourning” charms popular; lockets of hair from the deceased, miniature portraits of the deceased and charms carved in jet.

In 1889, Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelet: a silver link bracelet with a single heart dangling from it, a bracelet which is still an iconic symbol for Tiffany today.”

So how lucky are your charms???

 

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