Although the charm bracelet dates back over 10,000 years ago, and was popularized during Queen Victoria's reign, it was the Bobby Soxer Era beginning in the 1950's when the charm bracelet became a "must have" accessory for girls. The bracelet's charms recorded major rites of passage, 16th birthdays, graduations, travel, weddings, etc. Charm bracelets began to lose favor during the disco era when bare gold chains without baubles became the new status symbol. Charm bracelets reappeared in the mid 1980's. During my daughters' childhoods, the Italian charm bracelets became very popular.
Here are a couple examples of vintage silver charm bracelets:
|Photo Source - Ruby Lane|
|Photo source - Etsy, Green Land Turtle|
And this is my charm bracelet. It's still in great condition.
A football. I was a loyal Vikings follower.
A graduation cap.
A record player.
A telephone. What girl didn't like listening to 45's and talking on the telephone?
The year I graduated.
My graduation photo.
I hope you enjoyed a look back at charm bracelets!