Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Queen Victoria and the Tiffianys spirit of Silver Charms

From Gold and Silver

Queen Victoria was sometimes given gifts of small silver charms by which she would place on a bracelet or fine chain and wear them.

Queen Victoria who was always fashionable would both wear and give gifts of these charm bracelets making them the must have jewellery of the nobility.

Because of the Queen the Silver Charm Braclet quickly became a very desirable and fashionable piece of jewellry.

When her beloved Prince Albert died, she even made “mourning” charms popular; lockets of hair from the deceased, miniature portraits of the deceased, charm bracelets carved in jet.

Near the end of her reign in 1889 Tiffany & Co launched their first charm bracelet at the Paris Exposition- a chain link bracelet with a single dangling heart pendent.

It was a hit with the public and the Silver Charm Bracelet was officially here to stay.

But the Charm Bracelet had a much older past than even the Victorians and charm bracelets have a more magical link with the past.

Charms have been used since prehistoric times for their talismanic properties and as long ago as 700AD. Silver charm bracelets have been found from Babylonian times and may have had a darker history.

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