A Brief History about Sterling Silver Charms
Charms are also known as amulets and pendants. They are as popular today as they have been throughout recorded history. Ancient Egyptians wore bracelets with charms or amulets. They were used to protect against bad luck and evil forces. They began with religious symbols and became a part of everyday dressing.
Charms and jewelry were made of almost any material of value to people in their time. Many were made of precious metal. Others were made with gemstones inlaid in them or mounted with precious metals in the form of necklaces, crowns, staffs, and bracelets. Queen Victoria gets the credit for popularizing jewelry charms throughout Europe by wearing lockets or charms on her royal bracelets
America became enchanted with Charms around the time frame of World War II. Soldiers returning from duty station brought with them various types of charms or pendants.During a war, particular items are given to the soldiers who are going off to fight. When a young teen-aged couple ’goes steady’ the young man generally gives the girl his ring or something of particular value to him. The girls might also do the same. Today popular charms are made from Gold and Sterling Silver. Other materials are still used in the making of charms.
Sterling Silver Charms today represent as many things as there are interests and personalities. Some charms or pendants represent the religious learnings of the wearer. They can also represent special interests of the wearer. Hobbies, zodiac signs, sports, and occupations, can all be represented by special charms. Imagination is the only limit for what a charm can represent. They are used to remember a special date or occasion significant only to the wearer. Charms whether made of Sterling Silver or some other materials represent the person who wears or carries them. As mentioned, they often represent the interests and personality of the wearer. You can learn a lot about a person by looking at their jewelry.
Silver is a soft metal and its usage has been favored for centuries. It is used to make charms often related to religious worship. Silver has been a symbol of comfortable living. Sterling Silver is much stronger than pure silver which is harder to work with when making pendants or charms. Sterling Silver is approximately ninety percent silver. The last ten percent or so can be any one of the following: copper, zinc, or nickel and is more durable than pure silver but it still retains its inherent beauty.