How To Build a Charm Bracelet

Welcome to Charm Bracelet 101! First, a little history lesson. Charms have been worn for thousands of years, originally as symbols of luck, love, and spirituality. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt wore the earliest charm bracelets for safe passage to the afterlife. In the late 19th Century, Queen Victoria is credited with bringing charm bracelets back as a fashion craze, often personalizing charm bracelets as gifts. Post WWII, charms were popular keepsakes from soldiers stationed overseas who collected travel charms for sweethearts at home. Celebrities like Elizabeth Tayor, Bette Davis, and Natalie Wood popularized them as must-have jewelry in the mid-20th Century.

Modern-Day Charm Bracelets

Today, charm bracelets can be many things, an everyday heirloom or treasured special occasion jewelry, depending on your personal style. They celebrate life's most significant and everyday moments. This timeless accessory makes a great gift for you or a loved one. You can add charms one by one when you hit as you celebrate milestones or make a bold statement with a complete charm bracelet created all at once. Either way, your one-of-a-kind charm bracelet is sure to occupy a treasured and unique place in your jewelry box. We know getting started is the hardest part, but don't fret; we've compiled a list of some of our best tips. We've learned a thing or two after years of building countless gorgeous bracelets! Ready? Deep breath in...and out... Okay. Let's have some fun.

Choosing Your Bracelet

Choosing your bracelet sets the foundation for your custom charm bracelet. We have several to choose from, ranging from classic link bracelets, delicate and bold bracelets, and vintage-inspired designs. We also have vintage, one-of-a-kind bracelets which make your piece even more unique. Of course, you can't go wrong with a traditional double-link charm bracelet initially made famous by Jaqueline Kennedy, who is said to have worn her charm bracelet every single day of her honeymoon. We recommend a cable link bracelet for those looking for a clean and simple canvas. For a modern take, we suggest a bracelet with elongated links. Our best advice is to consider your lifestyle and the type of jewelry you're drawn to. Do you prefer delicate and dainty or bold statement pieces? Your charm bracelet should reflect your personality and feel cohesive with the rest of your collection.

The Charms

Charmco has one of the world's largest selections of 14k gold original, vintage, and vintage-inspired charms spanning every era with one-of-a-kind finds and something for everyone. Yes, that's a lot of charms, but we can't help it - we love them and have been collecting and designing them for over 20 years! Each charm we've created has meaning; consider what speaks to you as you ponder your selections. It may be a memorable date, a passion, or an accomplishment. Many charm bracelets are born on milestone occasions. The birth of a baby, graduation, a wedding, or an anniversary are classic moments to start a charm bracelet, and we have engravable styles ready to personalize that special date. Travel charms are our most popular category. Many charm bracelets are centered around adventures. But you don't have to wait for something "special" to start collecting. What are your hobbies? What puts a smile on your face? Whether you love to cook, play a sport, decorate the house, go shopping, or play with your dogs, there is a charm for you. Your bracelet could also be spiritual; some charms have secret meanings and offer daily inspirations to keep you feeling confident and optimistic. They can bring luck or ward off evil spirits. One of our favorite clients created a charm bracelet specifically to wear when flying to ward off misfortune. Charm bracelets are typically built over time, so if you don't find what you are looking for at first, keep coming back to our latest arrivals. We always find treasured vintage charms and add fabulous new styles to our collection.

Attachment Styles

When you shop for charms, you will be asked to select an "attachment" regarding your charm's jump ring before checking out. Picking the attachment style that is best for you is a vital step in building your custom charm bracelet. So, we've created a guide to help you!

Believe it or not, you're now ready to start building your very own custom, one-of-a-kind charm bracelet. We know you'll ace the test, but just in case you need some inspo, we've collected a few of our favorite stacks to help inspire you. 

Charm Bracelet Inspo