Blessing Bracelets are one piece of jewelry that never truly goes out of style. In early times, charms were made of animal bones or shells and were used as a means to ward off bad luck or evil spirits. But the days of charms being used as good luck amulets are long gone. Nowadays, many Blessing Bracelets are made of silver or gold and are ornamented with many charms that can express themselves or represent important events in the life of the person wearing them. Whether purchasing charms for yourself or as a gift, there are a series of things that you should keep in mind during the process.
1. Know Whether the Person Already Have A Charm Bracelet
If you are purchasing a gift, Blessing Bracelets are great. But the first thing you need to know before buying is whether the intended recipient already has a charm bracelet or a bracelet that can accommodate charms. We know that charms represent special events, so sometimes we can just buy a charm if the person already has a charm bracelet. Two char bracelets may be too much. But if the person does not have a bracelet to wear your charm, then you need to consider a charm bracelet. However, some people may already own a bracelet which is already full of charms. So be sure to confirm that there is open space on the intended bracelet and that the charm can actually be worn. My advice is to purchase a bracelet to go with the charm when in doubt.
2. Choose A Bracelet Chain That the Charm Need to Fit
A bracelet chain is the foundation of a charm bracelet and the basic chain comes in two main types: open link chains and solid link chains. Each type has its own distinct style of charms and it is generally not a good idea to purchase charms for one type of bracelet chain to try to fit on the other type. Now let me expound on the two types of chains and their charms.
Open Link Bracelet Chains
An open link bracelet is made up of a series of ovals or circles linked with each other. This chain is very flexible and fairly strong. Each link has a lot of open space where the charms can be attached to, which means that charms may swing from the link, but will not slide along the bracelet. Additionally, this produces the dangling effect that most people like.
Charms for Open Link Bracelet Chains
Once you have determined on an open link bracelet chain, then you need to decide which charms to purchase. Charms suitable for an open link bracelet are often made in small and sculptural that resemble tiny metal figurines. Often, these charms are simply plain metal that can be painted or studded with crystals. Additionally, these charms can also be flat, but still made to be very representative of items, hobbies, or events.
Solid Link Bracelet Chains
Solid link bracelet chains are usually made up of flat plates that are fitted together, which gives the chain a smooth, cord-like appearance that is somewhat less flexible than an open link chain. These chains are generally much smaller in diameter and so requires a higher level of craftsmanship.
Charms for Solid Link Bracelet Chains
Charms for this type of bracelet are, usually, beads which are more limited in terms of shapes and representative figures when compared with metal. However, these charms often incorporate glasswork, crystals into their designs. Some charms are even designed to have smaller charms hanging off them to create a traditional charm bracelet look. Since these charms tend to be less representative, they are great for symbolic gifts. Colored crystals can represent a birthday or anniversary and ornate beads can remind a person of a specific memory. So charms like this are a perfect choice for those who want a more elegant, clean look to their charm bracelet.
3. Choose A Theme
It is advised that you should have a theme in mind before you start buying, so that you don’t end up with a random pile of charms that don’t work together. Your theme can be either broad or narrow. You can put together a bracelet that filled with remembrances of one or two special vacations. Or you can make a bracelet of charms related to your profession, or one of all jeweled charms or all hearts or all animals or all zodiac charms. It all depends on the wearer’s preference.
4. Shop Around
Shopping around to compare the prices is a good idea which can give you the best bargain. Before you make a decision, first look in a variety of shops, both online and in person. Chain retailers may offer specialty cuts and may help you along through the process, but online retailers often offer a lower price.
5. Some Tips
Check the jeweler’s license before making the decision;
Buying from the stores may be much more guaranteed, but shopping online can save you much money;
If you want to buy one online, checking other buyers’ reviews on this product and this seller can be of great help;
Buy charms that represent what hobbies the recipient likes or the work that she does; Get the right length.
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