Charms Bracelets for Women

vw351rsIt doesn’t matter which time period you turn to. Charms and charm bracelets have been a staple in the jewelry collections of most women for many decades. These days, it’s all about Alex and Ani, with women of all ages collecting the bangles and meaningful charms. Chamilia is another option that’s popular right now as well. They are highly personalized, so no two are exactly the same.

Charms have changed over time with the style and fashion of the age, and it might surprise you to note that charms even appeared in the Neolithic period (4500-2300 BC). Let’s review the history of the charm and charm bracelet to see just how far this accessory has come.

Neolithic (4500-2300 BC)

You probably wouldn’t recognize these as charms if you were to see them today! When man would come across a strangely shaped piece of stone, shell, bone, wood, or clay, they would save it and attach it to a leather thong. There have been discoveries of bracelets at archeological sites all over the world from the Neolithic period that were quite elaborate, featuring numerous oddly shaped pieces combined together. It can’t be said why Neolithic man felt the need to don a bracelet such as this.

It could be that they were simply decorating their body, but many believe they attached meaning to the charms – they were a protection against different things, brought luck to the hunter, kept one healthy, etc. The oldest known man-made charm jewelry was discovered in a cave in Blombos, South Africa and date all the way back to the Middle Stone Age 75, 000 to 100, 000 years ago!

Bronze Age (2300-700 BC)

These charms were associated with protection and magic. They were often called amulets or talismans rather than charms, and each one represented protection, spirituality, love, magic, and more. In many different cultures, people were creating these shapes and figures out of natural materials in order to wear them, early cultures such as the Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Hittites, and others. Charms from this period were fashioned from rock crystal, lapis lazuli, and other stones considered semi-precious. Some were inscribed with designs that represented special powers.

It was during this period the first charm bracelets, as we know them appeared, worn by the Babylonians around 700 BC.

Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians, existing through both of the aforementioned time periods, did make their own elaborate jewelry using precious stones and metals. In 3000 BC, recognizable charms and pendants appeared, usually worn on head and neck pieces. Life spans were short – only 30 to 35 years – so they worked hard to prepare for the afterlife. Charms and bracelets were created in preparation for this day, usually used to keep evil spirits away, indicate one’s financial status, and enhance fertility. They were relied upon to guarantee the Gods blessed them with a good afterlife, and bringing prosperity and guarding them against evil while they were still alive. An example is the scarab amulet, worn to assure their safe passage into the afterlife. It was a symbol of renewal and regeneration.

Our 25th: Love my Man! # 5

2009-02-27 14:41:55 by the-Black-Widow

I dressed up for dinner. Corset held my breasts up nice & firm under a tight black sweater, unbuttoned a bit too far so nice, tight & deep cleavage. Wore necklaces to draw eye to my canyon, my big diamond ring that flashed so it was known I was my Man's, bracelets with black widow charms hanging from them to make noise to turn heads, nice tight jeans, and heeled black shoes that make you wonder if it's a boot. Heels high enough my thighs work my ass in a nice rhythmic strut. My cologne? Odd to some, but AXE for men! Why? I love to smell it and it makes me hot, men luv to wear it, I make my man hot, my Man luvs to 'wear' me

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