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C.H.A.R.M 101

What is Charmco's collection?

Charmco has been creating customized charm bracelets for clients since 2002. We collect vintage and antique charms as well as manufacture our own line of 14K Gold charms in New York City. We are based in midtown Manhattan and sell exclusively online or by appointment at our showroom. Our collection is meant to be mixed and matched; vintage and new charms together for a completely personal and unique approach.

How do I find the right charm?

Recently we recategorized all of our charms by theme and combined the vintage and Charmco "collection" charms under each category heading. For instance, under "Beach & Nautical" charms, you will find all of the seashells, ships, anchors etc. that we currently offer online. Under "Movable Charms" you will find all the charms that open and close or flip around to do something fun and unexpected both new and old. Please email us if you do not find that certain charm as we are always searching for fabulous charms to offer our customers and will happily start a wish list for you.

What is the Vintage Vault?

Charmco has amassed one of the largest vintage charm collections in the United States, literally thousands of charms spanning every era from Victorian to Edwardian to classic 1940-1960's era. Many of these charms were created in 9k, 10k, 14k or 18k Gold depending on provenance. Charms are lovingly collected from our travels all over the world and catalogued with care in our vintage library. Under the "Vintage Vault" category, you will find our entire online offering of vintage and antique finds. These are also organized by theme so that you may search for that perfect charm in a way that makes sense for you. We encourage customers to email or chat with us if they are looking for a charm but do not see it online at info@charmco.com 

What is soldering? Do you recommend it?

Charmco strongly recommends soldering your charms onto your bracelet as well as soldering all rings on pendants closed. Jewelry is safest when it is permanently attached. Soldering is the process by which two metals are joined together and the rings that hold the charms are secured. 

What can be engraved? What engraving styles do you offer?

We can engrave an initial, monogram, name or date. We offer many styles of engraving but depending on the charm, we offer you a set of appropriate choices for your engravable item. If you do not see an option to engrave a charm, we are most likely unable to offer engraving for that charm. If you do not want an engravable charm to be engraved simply write "none" in the fields before selecting "no thanks!" on the drop down menu. We consider all engraved items to be a special order; please expect to add 2-3 business days to the shipment of your order as well as $15-$40 depending on the style of engraving.

How do I start my own charm bracelet?

Charm bracelets are traditionally built over time and charms are added for various rites of passage, important birthdays or special achievements. Today many people want to create a jam packed bracelet full of their chosen charms right away. There is no right or wrong way but a few of our favorite guidelines; 

A single charm on a fabulous bracelet makes the best canvas for a growing charm bracelet. A custom calendar or engraved disc is a simple and classic start. 

If you are considering multiple charms as you start your bracelet, think in terms of odd numbers. To begin 1, 3 or 5 charms look best; after 5 charms, add any time and in any number! 

Select the charm or charms you most love and leave the rest behind. Maybe even sleep on it. Charms are emotional and many times you will realize what is the "right" choice for you if you step away for a moment. 

If you are buying a gift and don't know the person well or are unsure of what to choose, give us a call at 1 (800) 616-6067. We work personally with each customer and offer great attention to find the exact right charm for you or your loved one.  

Charm bracelets may be the best gift of all time for men; so husbands, fathers, boyfriends, godfathers, take note! Start a charm bracelet and you will never have to think about that birthday gift or Christmas gift again.

Contact us if you have any questions about our gold charm collections. We offer free ground shipping.