Charm bracelets are not just jewelry, they are an accessory. They are a reflection of who we are. They describe what we regard as our characters. Are mostly determined by our likes, hobbies and even some times, they are mementos of past loves or late friends and relatives. They are usually worn around the wrist.
Charm bracelets carry personal charms, pendants and or trinkets that we regard as descriptive of our various attributes and styles. They make for excellent gifts but here’s the tricky part, if you’re getting one for a friend or colleague, you need to really think long and hard about what they find interesting, what they hate, their hobbies, their preferences and so much more. A genuine gift may turn out to be your undoing. By all means, tread carefully.
Here’s what to do and what not to do when buying charm bracelets.
Italian or European
There are notable difference between Italian and European charm bracelet, including their arrangement of pendants or trinkets. This is the most notable. While on European charm bracelets the charms hang from the chain, Italian charms lie on the wrist and are interlocked to other chains similar to expansion bands. If you like customizing your bracelets, then do buy European charm bracelets as they are easier to customize.
Select a color
The first thing you should notice about your charm bracelet is its color. The color that mostly appeals to you should be your first pick but keep in mind it’s long term advantages. For example, gold coated charm bracelets are prone to discoloration after a few months and thus are ‘perishable’. Silver coated charm bracelets are prone to rusting. With this in mind, no matter how pretty the bracelet may look, ask yourself, would you like one that’s long term or its just for one event then you’re done with it. Don’t rush into the choice.
Make it about the wearer
If you’re buying it for yourself, or for another person, here is what you should have in mind. Their style,determines whether to get an Italian or European charm bracelet. Their hobbies determine which charms to have on the bracelet. The animals they love, their favorite sports also determine which charms to have on the charm bracelet. Their favorite colors determine the color of the charms.
Quality over cost
When buying something as delicate as a charm bracelet never sacrifice cost over quality. It may be pricey but the quality matches it. That’s the best type of investment mostly when buying it for someone else or even when surprising your spouse or friend. They will truly appreciate it. Even if the charm bracelet is for you, you will appreciate the service that it provides.
Go with your instincts
Your gut feeling is a good judge of character. The vendor may have a good idea of which charm bracelet to buy but let your instincts have the final say. You will not regret it.
Now that you have all the pointers, go out there and shop for a good charm bracelet either for yourself or your loved one. Make the right choice and it will surely pay off.