International Women’s Day Charm Contest!

inspiring women classic charmsHere at Classic Charms, we love hearing about the stories that inspire your life. After all, the perfect charm bracelet is the perfect way to show the world where you’ve been and what makes you who you are. That’s why we’re going to celebrate International Women’s Day in style. International Women’s Day is March 8th, and it’s a day to celebrate and honor the great strides that women have made over the past century. As women, we’ve really come quite a long way! In the past 100 years, we’ve gotten the right to vote, and more and more of us are becoming powerful players in the business world—all while maintaining the home front. In celebration of the wonder that is “woman,” we invite you to share the story of a woman that truly inspires you.

Classic Charms International Women’s Day Story Contest

Tell us a story about a woman who is inspiring—this can be you or someone else. Women can do amazing things, and we want to hear about it! We believe that charms can tell any story, so use charms from our site (give us the item numbers, please!) to enhance your storytelling. If we think your story is the most inspiring, you’ll win a charm bracelet and the charms that you used to tell your story—up to a $150 value! The charms must be from our sterling silver charms collection.

We’ll announce the winner of the Classic Charms International Women’s Day story contest will be announced on March 8th.

Send your stories to stories@classiccharms.com. We’ll be waiting for your charming inspiration!

Bead Bracelets can Tell your Story, Too!

February 9th, 2012 by Lauren in Beads; No Comments »; Share

zoppini beadWe’re more than just charms here at Classic Charms! We also think you can share your story with a gorgeous bead bracelet. That’s why we have a selection of Zable, Zoppini, Biagi, SimStars, Kera, and Your Story Beads to help you make a true fashion statement. If you’re just getting started, a bead bracelet is a great way to create a piece of jewelry that truly represents you! Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect beaded bracelet for your style—and your budget.

  • When looking through our selection of charm beads, remember that you can really create something that can be passed on. After all, your bead bracelet tells a personal story—and that story is worth being shared.
  • Remember to have fun when you’re shopping for beads. We have a large selection, so you’re sure to find the perfect bead for the perfect occasion.
  • Don’t limit yourself! It’s your bead bracelet, so there’s no way to do it wrong. Add anything you want—as long as you feel some sort of personal connection to it.
  • Bead bracelets can really be a conversation starter. When you’re wearing your beads from Classic Charms, be ready to answer some questions. People love to hear the story behind your bead bracelet.
  • Your options are truly endless. Choose beads that represent your hobbies, important events in your life, your family, and places that you’ve traveled to. Think of your bead bracelet like a wearable scrapbook of your life.

Here at Classic Charms, we also have collegiate beads so you can show your school spirit and pride. We encourage you to take the time to look through our selection of beads and choose the ones that can help you create perfectly beautiful and personal beaded bracelet.

A Special One-Day Offer for Groundhog Day!

February 1st, 2012 by Lauren in Holidays, Special Occasions; No Comments »; Share

groundhog dayWe can’t wait to see what good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil has to say tomorrow morning! According to legend, if it’s cloudy when he leaves his burrow on that day, it’s a signal that the winter-like weather will soon end. If it’s a sunny day, he sees his shadow, retreats back to his burrow, and the winter is said to continue for six more weeks. Here at Classic Charms, we’re not exactly sure how good a big rodent is at meteorology… but who are we to argue with tradition? In fact, we think it’s kind of sweet.

The biggest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, PA, where the crowd can sometimes be as large as 40,000. The University of Dallas in Irving, TX actually has taken Groundhog Day as its official university holiday. They have a huge celebration each year to honor the Groundhog.

What can we do to help honor the Groundhog this year? Well, keep your eye to the sky tomorrow morning when Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction. If there’s supposed to be six more weeks of winter, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING from Classic Charms. But if we’re expecting an early spring, you’ll get a FREE BEAD from our grab bag. Either way, you come out a winner! With gorgeous Rembrandt charms and charming accessories to choose from, you’re sure to find something precious at Classic Charms. You just have to enter the code “FEB2” at checkout once the Groundhog makes his prediction tomorrow morning.

What are you hoping for?

Have a Slice… Happy Chocolate Cake Day!

January 27th, 2012 by Lauren in Holidays, Just for Fun; No Comments »; Share

Happy Chocolate Cake Day!

The calendar year is filled up with so many fun holidays, and we just couldn’t let this one pass by without a mention. If a girl loves anything more than jewelry, it’s got to be chocolate. So call up everyone you know and tell them that it’s Chocolate Cake Day! What do you think of when you think of the best piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever had? We think about those cozy Friday nights with a bunch of girlfriends and a good movie. Nothing puts your mind or heart at ease like having beautiful sweet friends—and some sweet chocolate cake. Do you have friends that are as sweet as chocolate cake? Why not show them how much they mean to you with a little charm for their charm bracelet? We especially love the 14K gold “Special Friend” charm. (But this 3D cake charm is pretty sweet, too!)

What’s better than a plain old chocolate cake? If you’re thinking about sharing it with some friends, you want to add a little something special. A charming idea would be to put some sweet filling inside! Here are some of our favorite chocolate cake filling ideas on this very special Chocolate Cake Day:

  • Traditional buttercream is always an excellent idea. Cocoa powder, melted chocolate, or vanilla flavoring add a special twist to traditional buttercream. You can even add some food coloring for an extra pop of excitement.
  • Have you heard of ganache? It’s made of equal parts high quality chocolate and heavy cream. It can create a smooth textured filling for your chocolate cake. You can flavor it with fruit purees, nut butters, or other flavoring extracts.
  • We can’t say enough about cream cheese. Mix it with butter, sugar, and vanilla for a great chocolate cake filling.
  • Chantilly frosting is made from whipped cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add some cookie crumble for a complementary flavored filling for chocolate cake.

What are you waiting for? Get your girlfriends together for some charming conversation, sweet treats, and great memories. Happy Chocolate Cake Day from Classic Charms!

A Locket is the Perfect Valentine for your Granddaughter

January 20th, 2012 by Lauren in Holidays, Special Occasions, Valentine's Day; No Comments »; Share

childrens locketIt’s not always easy for a grandmother to figure out the perfect gift to give a granddaughter on Valentine’s Day. After all, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, and there are few things more special than a grandmother’s love. So what’s a thoughtful grandma to do? Well, we’re about more than just charms here at Classic Charms (even though “charms” is in our name!). We also have a wide selection of gold and silver lockets that are perfect keepsake gifts for granddaughters on Valentine’s Day.

Really… what little girl (or full-grown woman, for that matter) doesn’t love jewelry? A locket will be a granddaughter’s cherished piece that she’s sure to appreciate for years to come. We love the idea of giving a locket to a little girl for Valentine’s Day. Choose from our many different sizes and styles—a locket can truly be chosen to fit the personality of the girl or woman that’s going to wear it. Heart lockets, round lockets, oval lockets, and Celtic lockets can be the perfect way to show your granddaughter just how special she is.

But the most special thing you can do is place a photo inside the locket for an added personal touch. The perfect starter picture for your granddaughter’s locket would be a picture of you holding her when she was first born.

A locket this Valentine’s Day is something that your granddaughter will never outgrow. And, let’s face it, they grow up so fast!

Give your Wife a Valentine’s Day to Remember!

January 13th, 2012 by Lauren in Valentine's Day; No Comments »; Share

We’re halfway through January already (can you believe it!?), and that means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! For any guys out there reading this, it’s never too early to start thinking about what you’re going to get your wife for this lovers’ holiday. All too often, we’re busy with family and kids—and we just don’t have the time to set aside for ourselves. With any of our gorgeous Valentine’s Day charms, you can make sure that the special woman in your life knows just how much you care. And once you’ve helped her add some sparkle to her charm bracelet, you can get the whole family together for some family-friendly Valentine’s Day fun. Because, after all, your wife has enough love to go around!

valentine bear charm

Have the kids help out first!

Before you give your wife her beautiful Valentine’s Day charms, get the kids together to help decorate the house. You can go out and get some Valentine’s Day decorations, or you can have the kids create their own. Decorated paper hearts, red and pink streamers, and Valentine’s Day signs are perfect homemade options. Your wife will know just how much the whole family loves her.

Valentine’s Day charm options

Here at Classic Charms we have some cute Valentine’s Day charms that your wife is sure to love. There’s the Rembrandt engravable “Be my Valentine” heart charm—perfect for sweethearts of all ages. You can also choose the “XO” heart charm or the ever-popular box of chocolates Valentine’s Day charm (this is great when paired up with actual chocolates!). And you can have the kiddos present mommy with a gorgeous LeStage Enamel 3-D Valentine Bear charm!

(Ladies, feel free to share this post with your husband. He’ll get the hint!)

Bridesmaid Charms and Other Gift Ideas

January 6th, 2012 by Lauren in Special Occasions; No Comments »; Share

With New Year’s Eve now behind us, we’re pretty sure that there are plenty of newly-engaged couples out there! If you got engaged over the holiday… Congratulations! You have a lot of planning to do now, don’t you? Well, we’re here to make sure that the little things are as easy as possible. If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been planning your wedding since you were a little girl. You know what you want the flowers to look like, and you know who you want your bridesmaids to be. But do you know what you want to give your bridesmaids as a token of your appreciation?

Start them out with a bridesmaid charm!

Start them out with a bridesmaid charm!

Giving jewelry to your bridesmaids is a win-win situation. You have a perfect opportunity to thank them for being part of your wedding, and you can help them look fabulous during the ceremony with a new little bauble! With the selection of Rembrandt charms and other gorgeous jewelry here at Classic Charms, it’s easy to choose jewelry that’s perfect for the occasion. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • We offer engraving, so you can get a gorgeous engraved charm for your bridesmaids. Have something personal put onto each piece. It’s sentimental, but it’s totally adorable.
  • If you want to help your bridesmaids start their own tradition, you can set them up with a charm bracelet and one or two charms to go with it. They can then build up and add to it on their own.
  • You can get them something personal without getting too cutesy by choosing charms with each bridesmaid’s initial. Initial charms are so classically chic.

As you enter this new chapter in your life, it’s always important to remember the people that helped to get you where you are today! Celebrate the New Year and your new life with the perfect jewelry gifts for your bridesmaids.

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.

charm bracelet

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.

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