As you know, IYOS has added the Thomas Sabo charm and jewellery ranges to our list of products we proudly stock. Thomas Sabo fits in perfectly with our desires to have a piece of jewellery for every personality, every day, every event or occasion, and every important occurrence in the lives of our customers. With our strong focus on individualising and matching our products to each customer, charms definitely form a strong part of that focus.
Charms have been around for centuries. The first records of charms were found to date back as far as 600 BC, with items being made from shells, animal bones and clay. Later charms were made from wood, rocks and gems, and throughout the ages charms have been worn for many different reasons. It is speculated that the first charms were worn as amulets; warding off spirits or darkness, and our more modern meanings started in ancient Egypt where charms were worn for symbols of faith and luck. During the Dark Ages, Knights wore charms to denote family origin, religious views and even political convictions, giving the little ornaments a very important part in society at the time. Charms were a part of every culture; for hidden meanings, to show some alignment or belief, or simply for their beauty.
It only truly became a fashion trend in the early 1800’s. Queen Victoria was an avid lover of charm bracelets, and she started a charm craze amongst the European nobles. She wore them constantly, gave them as gifts, and had many special charms made including “mourning” charms, which she had commissioned after the death of her beloved Prince Albert.
Charm bracelets only grew from there. From dangling charms to bead charms, to the more modern flat, interlocking charms, they are definitely here to stay. I was asked once whether I believed the charms to be only a “craze” that will blow over, and all I can say is that after more than two centuries of growth I don’t think it will, and I wouldn’t want it to! Start your journey today, express feelings to loved ones, remember important events and pass your precious charms onto your children one day. Memories must never be assigned to the picture books and the archives; wear them and keep them with you every day.