Archive for December, 2011

A Charming History of Charm Bracelets

December 28th, 2011 by Lauren in Holidays, Just for Fun; No Comments »; Share

As we wind this year to a close, it’s always nice to look back and see where we’ve been. We’ve done a lot of growing here at Classic Charms… We have a thriving Facebook community, and we’re as committed as ever to bringing you the most gorgeous Rembrandt Charms, 14k Gold charms, silver charms, and other beautiful keepsake jewelry like lockets and earrings. While we’re looking back on this great year of 2011, we thought it might be fun to look back on the history of charm bracelets, too.

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Here’s a bit of what we dug up:

Charm bracelets actually date back tens of thousands of years. That means that if you’re wearing a charm bracelet today, you’re taking part in a time-honored tradition that has been around for centuries. The ancient Egyptians wore necklaces and charm bracelets to symbolize status—they believed that the charms would help the gods guide them into the afterlife.

In the Middle Ages, charms were worn for protection. The upper class also used them to display social status. As time wore on, charms fell out of favor during the Renaissance. (But they’d come back. Charms always come back!)

At different points in history, charms and charm bracelets gained and lost popularity. (They’ve always been special in our hearts, though!) By the early 20th century, charm bracelets started being worn to enhance personal style. We can thank England’s Queen Victoria for popularizing charm bracelets with dangling beads, trinkets, and lockets.

Tracey Zabar, a writer and jewelry designer, has said that “the most irresistible and alluring thing about a charm bracelet is its ability to tell a story unique to its owner.” Frankly, we couldn’t agree more.

Look to the past and look to the future with a charm bracelet from Classic Charms for 2012! Have a wonderful New Year! :-)

Christmas Eve Classic Charms Shopping Spree – A Fun Gift Idea!

December 23rd, 2011 by Lauren in Holidays, Just for Fun; No Comments »; Share

It’s easy to begin your own holiday tradition with a charm bracelet from Classic Charms. You’re never too old to enjoy the whimsy of a charm bracelet. Why do we love charms so much? They’re so easy to personalize! No two are alike—just like all of you out there. With the holiday season upon us, you can give your loved one the opportunity to start her own charm bracelet—or add to one that she already has. The list is virtually endless. Perhaps she’d like a zodiac sign, a state symbol, a “mother” charm, or a charm that represents one of her hobbies. The best part about a charm bracelet is that the wearer can really make it completely unique.

charm bracelet

If you’ve waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping, don’t worry! We’re always here to help at Classic Charms. It might be too late to get your gift by the holiday, but you can still give the gift of charms. Make some hot chocolate, bring your loved one to the computer, and the two of you can sit together and design the perfect charm bracelet. In fact, it might be a calming way to relieve some holiday stress. Spend some quiet time on the Classic Charms website and enjoy one another’s company. When you’re picking out charms together, you’ll also be able to relive some great memories!

Begin your own holiday tradition this year with a Christmas Eve Classic Charms shopping spree. Reminisce about some good times, and pick out some great gold and silver charms!

Have a Merry Christmas!

For When You Want it All – Pick Two Tone Charm Bracelets

December 16th, 2011 by Lauren in Holidays; No Comments »; Share

Silver and goldTwo Tone Charm Bracelets
Silver and gold
Everyone wishes
For silver and gold!
How do you measure,
It’s worth?
Just by the pleasure it,
Gives here on Earth
Silver and gold
Silver and gold

How do you measure the worth of the gift of one of our two tone charm bracelets? For a lady who enjoys both silver and gold in her jewelry, our two tone charm bracelets are just the thing to satisfy any of her moods or styles! While they’re not silver and gold, the white gold appeals to her desire for white metal in her ensemble.

Complimentary Colors
Both colors will compliment twice as many charms, making it possible for you to place both your white and yellow gold charms on the same bracelet! Such a unique combination that really can’t be beat! Coordinate this bracelet with many different outfits as well, with white or yellow gold earrings and necklaces! It really is the best gift for a lady who loves both stunning metals!

Charm with the brilliant shades of both yellow and white in a 14K gold bracelet for a holiday gift. Get the best of both worlds with our two tone charm bracelets here at ClassicCharms.com.

Don’t forget! Today is Free Shipping Day… So you can order your two tone charm bracelets and other gifts and ensure that everything is here by Christmas.

Charming Traditions: Our Winning Holiday Tradition Story

December 9th, 2011 by Lauren in Holidays, Monthly Contests; 2 Comments »; Share

Last month we asked all of our Facebook friends and fans to share their holiday tradition stories with us. We got an overwhelming amount of great responses! It’s so nice to hear how people celebrate the holidays with their family. We spend so much time working on making sure we have the perfect 14K gold and silver charms for you, and it’s nice to see how you put them to use. After all, charm bracelets are a great way to keep those holiday memories alive all year long.

As promised, here’s our winning holiday tradition story. It comes to us from Joan Sapienza. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Joan! Congratulations on winning the gorgeous family bead. And we’d like to thank everyone else that shared their holiday traditions with Classic Charms. With so many great entries, it really was tough to choose a winner.

Start your own unique holiday traditions, too!

Start your own unique holiday traditions, too!

Joan’s Holiday Tradition

My favorite holiday tradition began 15 or 16 years ago. My large family (4 brothers, 5 sisters, both parents alive at the time, many nieces and nephews) always gets together Christmas Eve. It is the only holiday where we all manage (barring illness or call of duty for our military/police/fire dept members) to get together.  It is a very busy, hectic time with lots of food and many presents for all.

My sister was busy in the days before with buying, wrapping and sorting all kinds of gifts. She was also telling her young son (he was about 3 at the time) the Christmas story of Jesus.  He, in his innocence, asked “If it is Jesus’ birthday why doesn’t he get any gifts?”  She was taken aback, but then asked what he would like to give Jesus. He had a small starfish that he had gotten earlier that year while they were on vacation. They wrapped the starfish up and then a family debate began as to how to get the present to Jesus. The idea was presented to send it to him via a balloon.

So, Christmas Eve after Mass, we all gathered outside with the starfish tied to a balloon and gave each child present another balloon and we sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus as loud as we could and then released the balloons. Every year since then we have continued the singing and balloon send off. The young boy who first thought of the idea is now a college freshman. We started out needing only about a dozen balloons, but are up to almost 3 dozen now! Even the neighbors join in our tribute. It is a wonderful tradition and one I hope continues for all time!

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to share this tradition with you.

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