i have always loved charm bracelets.
i love their little jingle. i love their uniqueness. i love that they can be huge and heavy, loaded with momentos from a full life. i love that they can be dainty and in the beginning phase of being filled. i love that they are a priceless yet tangible way to document and remember tender moments, grand events, celebrations, lives lived, babies being born, grandparent’s anniversary dates, sorority life, relationships, vacations, bucket list items being checked off. special little whatevers all jingling around together.
i love the charm of tiny little sentimental pieces that symbolize anything and everything. ask anyone wearing a charm bracelet about their charms and the stories behind the charms…you will most certainly be treated to a lifetime of stories symbolized in a little bracelet. i absolutely adore sitting and hearing an older lady telling about her charm bracelet, most often full of decades of memories.
i have a few charm bracelets and they might be my all time favorite jewelry, other than my wedding ring. which incidentally, speaking of sentiment, was my grandmother’s, given to her by my grandaddy as an anniversary gift. i always loved “trying it on” when i’d go visit her when i was a little girl. anyways. the eve of my wedding day to dan, my life long friend kristin gave me a james avery silver charm bracelet with a dogwood charm, which symbolized our spring wedding on Easter weekend and “the new beginning” of our life together. she and dan have added many many more charms over the years. i wore it consistantly for years until it became to heavy (& loud) to sleep in. when i began to just wear it occasionally, the girls would say, ” you need to wear your charm bracelet all the time. we can hear you coming:)”
that bracelet has “mary james” ( emi’s favorite shoes, mary janes, as she mispronounced them), ballet shoes and ballerina for madi, cheerleaders and megaphones for savannah, a butterfly symbolizing caroline’s “first day of spring birthday” and the list goes on. and on.
i also have another silver charm bracelet that is also very sentimental to me. a few months after gregg passed i began a bracelet with charms that all symbolized something either about him or our life together. he coached track, soccer and basketball. he used to live in hawaii and we traveled there just before he died, so i have a dolphin and a pineapple. a cactus charm he brought me home from a trip to arizona. and the list goes on. and on.
my precious friend cathy penton made some beautiful charms for me made from vintage french ledger papers on one side and with the girls initials on the other. she has made the girls and i some gorgeous photo charms that we treasure. ( i’ll share those another day).
when my mother in law, lil, passed away i inherited her gold charm bracelet with gold silhouette charms representing the girls. priceless.
i have a tiny little charm bracelet worn by my mom when she was little girl. i also started a charm bracelet for each of my girls when they were little.
i absolutely thoroughly enjoyed reading all your own favorite pieces of jewelry. from fun funky trendy pieces to priceless treasures from loved ones….thank you for sharing those with me.
congratulations lindsay, the #12 commenter. i will forward your email to michelle verbeeck for your custom cuff. everyone else, we will be doing another special together later in the winter….thank you!