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.

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.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Travel Charms to Announce A Trip

November 24th, 2011 by Lauren in Holidays; No Comments »; Share

You could slip a pair of tickets into a stocking, wrap them up in a giant box, or tuck them in a card but there are so many more exciting ways to announce a trip to a loved one for friends. For the holidays though, give tickets in a fun way. You can use travel charms to make the gift more exciting and the payoff much more immediate.travel charms

Big trips are planned months in advance, so this exciting trip you’ve created may be as far off as months or even a year. While the lucky recipient is waiting for her big trip, give her a charm as well so she has something to hold onto!

If you’re taking a road trip, then you don’t have tickets at all to include. Instead, pick out the states you’ll be passing through to design a road map to your trip bracelet! The bracelet will be a great reminder of the trip both before and after!

How can you give the charm?

  • Attach the travel charm to a card, tied up with a string around the tickets.
  • Find her charm bracelet and add the charm. Then, wrap it so she can discover the next big trip she’ll be taking!

There’s so many ways to make a Christmas travel gift even more special! The extra mile in presentation will go far this holiday!

Thanks and Giving – Ways to Embrace the Holidays!

November 18th, 2011 by Lauren in Holidays; No Comments »; Share

Be more kind, more thoughtful and, of course, more giving! These aren’t just ways to act during the holidays – they ought to apply year round! This Thanksgiving, promise yourself and loved ones a year of compassion and kindness. The way you look at yourself and your friends will be different when you’re thinking like you do on November 24th all year round! A sparkling reminder on your wrist or necklace will always keep the generosity of the holidays alive. Why not try one of these Thanksgiving bracelet and necklace ideas:thanksgiving charms

  • Make the holiday special with gifts like Thanksgiving themed bracelets. Choose lettering to spell out ‘T-H-A-N-K-S’ or ‘T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L.’ The addition of a few Thanksgiving themed charms makes it complete!
  • Add a Thanksgiving charm to your bracelet – or give one as a gift. The Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty charm is a sign of the great joys in your life that keep you going through even hard times. Thanksgiving charms remind you to be thankful and be plentiful with friends all year round!
  • A single plump and cheerful Turkey charm will make a perfect Thanksgiving necklace gift all on its own!

All year we want to be better, kinder people. With one of our Thanksgiving charms around your wrist, you’ll have a helpful reminder year round to be your best!

Family Values: What Matters Most to You?

November 10th, 2011 by Lauren in Monthly Contests; No Comments »; Share

There is no better time to remember what is so important about family than the month of November. Thanksgiving brings the family together for one big happy meal – soon you’ll all be together again for Christmas. In the meantime there are so many family traditions in between the two holidays. Here’s a few of our favorite traditions:beads and bracelets

Prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner – More than the meal, it’s getting the meal ready that’s the most fun for some families. From setting the table to basting the turkey, there’s something for everyone – it brings the whole family together!
Black Friday sales – will the whole family be waiting outside the store at 4 a.m. sharing hot cocoa?
Christmas shopping as a family! It’s so much fun because you get to sneak around the mall, buying gifts for each other -all while trying to hide from each other!
Opening up presents! There are so many Christmas joys on the morning of the 25th – one is getting to unwrap your presents and the second is seeing people unwrap the beautiful charms and beads you’ve given them!

We’d like to know your favorite Holiday Traditions – both traditional and unconventional! Email us at mail us at stories@classiccharms.com with your favorite Holiday Traditions by November 30th for a chance to win a Family Bead (valued at $40).

Alma Mater Beads and College Beads – Get In Touch with Your Roots

November 4th, 2011 by Lauren in New Products; No Comments »; Share

College was a simpler, happier time when you’d watch football games bundled up under blankets on a cold seat – not on a couch. Your biggest concern was passing the big test – not making it to through the work week. Recall all the great times with bracelets full of that old college charm with our college beads and crystal beads collections. There are so many different combinations to create with a college bead bracelet. It all depends on your school spirit!collegiate beads

  • Incorporate your graduation year with number beads. If you went back for your masters or doctorate you can include both graduation years, spaced apart on opposite side of the bracelet.
  • Be flashy! Show off your alma mater colors with a mix of our Swarovski Crystal school colors beads along with other collegiate beads. Choose just a pair of the colored beads for a simple bracelet that can be worn any day. That’s alma mater pride everyday!
  • Go all out with school spirit by putting together a bracelet with your graduation year, school colors, and collegiate logo. There’s no such thing as too much pride!

Check out the complete collegiate beads selection with beads from Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania colleges and other universities. Find out if your alma mater is part of our Collegiate Bead Collection – they fit Pandora bracelets as well - it’s 100 strong!

Charms and Other Happy Ideas to Finish off Your October

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

Every little lady dreams of a happy ending, whether it’s that grand, fantasy ending with her Prince Charming or the simple pleasure of a happy end to a long day. Sometimes it’s the sweet joy of adding the final charms to a charm bracelet! This October make your own happy endings a reality, and once upon a time happen today!

star charms

  • Plan a special dinner date with your Prince Charming, giving you something fun to look forward to for the end of the month!
  • Pick the perfect charm to complete your charm bracelet! Best of all? You?ll be able to start a new one now!
  • Go star gazing and try to spy a shooting star! If you can’t find one, make a wish one your star charm for a sweet ending to your night.

Another happy ending for all is to take advantage of our big deal starting today. From Oct 28 to October 31 when you use the code DONATE during checkout you?ll be getting free shipping on both of our sites, that’s both Classic-Charms.com and Classic-Beads.com. And to make it an even sweeter ending, when you use the code, we’ll be donating the shipping to the Susan G Komen Foundation.

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