A Brief History about Sterling Silver Charms

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...

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It’s been said that silver jewelry makes a person look youthful and energetic, while gold makes a person look sophisticated and mature. Hence, silver is a popular choice of the young and the young at heart for their adornments. Silver is also more practical, as it costs less than gold jewelry and is more widely available. There are more specialty shops that sell silver earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets, for example, than those that specialize in gold jewelry. Silver jewelry has the impressive quality of being both affordable and stylish. Silver earrings are by no means “cheap” — in fact, it is highly recommended as a complement to dark clothing, making for a very elegant and chic combination. Silver sets off dark colors and plays more on contrast, which makes for an extremely effective fashion statement. Silver jewelry and black attire is a favorite ensemble of artistes, as well as advocates of the popular  “goth” movement. All over the world, and throughout history, silver is thought of as a complement to gold. Silver as an element has been associated with the moon, while gold has been associated with the sun. The moon makes soft, mesmerizing silver ripples as it is reflected on a still lake. Its close relationship with moon imagery has made silver the color most commonly associated with dreams, fantasy and magic. Folklore has also endowed silver with special powers and healing properties. Celebrities have also been known to patronize silver earrings. Oprah Winfrey and Sandra Bullock have sported chic chandelier-type silver pieces on more than one occasion. It is always interesting and a pleasure to behold the various styles and designs of celebrities’ silver jewelry, especially if it is worn in taste and in style. A jewelry style or design that has been worn by a celebrity is often  copied because it has become popular and trendy. If you are building a collection of earrings, don’t forget to include silver. In addition to being practical, the designs are limitless. Definitely worth the investment. Thanks for reading!!...

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