Charm Bracelets Part 1 – Traditional


I love charm bracelets. My mother received a silver one for her 16th birthday in 1944. Her parents gave her the bracelet and the lock, and each guest at her party brought her a charm. I loved it as a little girl and she gave it to me when I was about 15. The bracelet and charms are very heavy and solid.

Since then I have had  many charm bracelets. I had a silver-coloured one when I was about 12, collected from the charms in Christmas puddings. Do they still do that? Then I had a gold-coloured, one collected from free charms they had in Raadsal coffee in the 70s. The colour soon wore off but I loved it!

Charms are wonderful – your loved ones can buy them for you or you can buy them for yourself for special occasions. I especially love getting one in each place I travel to.


With traditional charms it is often best to have the rings soldered to the bracelet so that you don’t lose them.

Here is my mother’s one. I haven’t worn it a while so it is a little tarnished. Because of all the detail it takes a while to get nice and clean so I thought you would rather see a tarnished one than not see it at all!


The charms are:

  • Kruger shilling
  • working whistle
  • elephant
  • mannekin pis
  • horse
  • typewriter with moving parts
  • working scissors
  • carriage with moving wheels
  • bulldog
  • horseshoe and four-leaf clover
  • pick and shovel
  • wishbone
  • key and heart
  • gloves and walking stick
  • two charms fell off before I had all the charms soldered on – a sixpence from the year my mom was born, and a beautiful Coke bottle.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

5 thoughts

  1. Thanks for this post – you have a beautiful collection! As a child I was fascinated by my grand-aunt’s charm bracelet, so your post evokes happy memories 🙂

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