Italian Charms Bracelets for Children's

The charm bracelet was once a common gift used for the transitional age when a child looked towards becoming an adult. It was once the subject of fine craftsmanship as each charm contained delicate castings and intricate mechanisms. Today it has been largely replaced by the Pandora, which is a closed system of crudely manufactured components that emphasise fashion rather than meaning. Pandora is like the iPhone of jewellery. Components are all designed as modular units that fit together exclusively. A Pandora bracelet even comes with special ‘apps’. Older charm bracelets tell unique stories. On the verge of adulthood, the child is given a chain bracelet for the wrist. On the chain already are two or three intricate objects charged the meaning – a secret diary, a horseshoe for luck, a locket inscribed with the words ‘Travel time to happiness’ that opens to reveal a clock. Over the years, relatives returning from travels bring new component to fill out the bracelet – an enamel ladybird, a turtle, a French horn and guitar…

It seems a to be world made to measure for a small person. It’s a way of inspecting the things of the world at close range. There’s also perhaps an element of magic involved, as though these were seeds for the eventual possession of real objects. But they are also public goods, that draw others into conversation – a magnet for the incidental praise that surrounds the world of a growing child.

This may well be a good time to return to the roots of the charm bracelet. The Italian cimaruta is an ancient charm that takes the form of a ‘sprig of rue’, at the end of which are a number of symbols, such as moon, fish, dagger and flower. The is associated with the goddess Diana and often placed on the breasts of infants as protection, particularly against the evil eye. Without getting ‘neo pagan’ about such pre-modern symbols, the cimaruta offers an interesting model for jewellery as a form of symbolic value to be invested in the future.

So should the charm bracelet be revived? There is reason enough for their return as testaments to craft skills in gold and silver smithing. But as cultural artefact they can be seen as consumerist trainer wheels, preliminary to the eventual acquisition of domestic charm bracelet, featuring a Wedgewood dinner setting, Scandinavian furniture, French car and Milan coat.


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We had an account

2007-07-30 10:25:37 by evlmnky

For Our older Basenji. Had photos and everything. Then while browsing eBay we noticed that someone had used one of his black and white pics to make italian charm bracelets and sell them for a profit on ebay...
We emailed the lady and stopped her, but she had tons of other charms for breeds she was selling and im sure she got those pics from dogster also...


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2004-03-11 01:48:42 by Gift_Jewellery

Driven and successful Italian professional with an excellent track record is looking to establish a company based in San Francisco or in any other place in the US.
I know a number of Italian companies producing at low cost, marketable products in the Gift market: charms, gold and iron, leather and silver products and in the Jewellery market: all kind of bracelets, necklaces, rings.
I have a potential network of more than 2.000 manufacturers able to fulfil any kind of production.
I need an American investor, able to understand the potential of the business. We will discuss about strategies to market the products in the US and Canadian market


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