We always found the origins of charms and silver charm bracelets very interesting. We have read that they originally started many years ago in ancient times to ward off bad spirits. They originally started off by being made of only rocks, shells and bones, but later progressed to materials such as nicer rocks, gemstones and even wood. They must have been really heavy to wear back then for sure and luckily someone came up with the idea to make them smaller. Imaging walking around with a charm bracelet that had a dinosaur bone on it or a piece of a tree! During the Roman Empire they would wear tiny fish charms to identify themselves and in Egypt they would be worn for good luck in various shapes.
Palm Tree Charm
We even read that people would wear these to show a certain political or religious conviction for themselves of the family they belong to. Queen Victoria was one of the first people in Europe to make the charm bracelet fashionable to signify various events in her life. Soldiers used to even buy charms to send home to relatives to show the places they were stationed around the world. It wasn’t really until around 1950 that it became mainstream to collector different types of charms to signify special events in your life, even though it had been done for many years before. The trend went away and had a resurgence over almost the last 20 years. Charm bracelets and the gold or silver charms on them seem to be a timeless way to commemorate times in your life and will be around a very long time.
It seems pretty obvious, but makes you think how it started and why people feel the ways they do about gold jewelry overall. It has always been seen in modern culture as a status symbol, but so many people wear it just because of the beautiful designs. Imagine a couple going out to dinner and the man giving the woman a loaf of bread instead of something like gold earrings or a silver chain for a present. It might go over well in some places, but most of the time we feel that the jewelry would have a better response. A man might be happy getting something like a new power tool or ladder, but he would probably enjoy a watch much more in most cases.
Gold Diamond Cut Earrings
It has been countless years since the idea of giving jewelry started. Maybe in caveman times, the men could come home with dinosaur bones and the women would be happy. We are pretty sure even back then if he brought home a necklace made of just rocks she would have a smile on her face. Actually, even now everyone is happy to have a spontaneous gift brought home to them, so maybe that wasn’t the best example. We are sure you get the idea of what we are saying about jewelry being fun to wear though. Overall it really is the thought that counts, so any type of gold jewelry such as necklaces, chains, bracelets, earrings or anything you bring home should be greatly appreciated.
We started thinking about why people started wearing gold chains for women and men and found some interesting information about it. You know how cavemen used to wear things like animal teeth, stones or shells around their neck in the movies…Well, that’s actually how it all began! They would find these cool items and save them, so when in the caves they had something to do to pass the time. That last part was a guess, but makes sense. Many years later older generations would start to include stones with color and include stones that had metal in them as well.
Gold Rope Chain
Eventually the Egyptians became known for using gold beads to accent these pieces to make them even more beautiful. Then even further along ancient Greeks would start to set stones of color into the gold to hold them in place. Eventually the jewelry became a status symbol among the wealthy. Now 14kt gold and silver chains have evolved into so many beautiful styles, because of the diverse selection. Jewelry Megastore is proud to continue the tradition of offering gold chains for men and women in styles such as Box, Rope, Pendant, Figaro, Curb and so many more.
The original quartz used in jewelry was purely just large and chunky, but now those styles have been tones down in some cases. The quartz bracelets that stretch have become extremely so popular! The traditional quartz has been called rock crystal, pure or clear quartz. These have been used in hardstone carvings for centuries, but someone must have noticed that it would look nice in smaller items that could be strung and worn as jewelry. Many of the most popular ones come in various different colors such as rose,amethyst,smoky and many others. Most quartz look alike unless you look with a loupe to see the various types.
The Quartz stone belongs to the Trigonal crystal system and the ideal shape is a six side prism with pyramids on each side. The rocks usually grow into each other under high magnification so a professional can easily identify them from other minerals. They have so many bands of color within that make them absolutely magnificent to look at closely. They make great quartz jewelry items such as bracelets, necklaces and rings for sure. The quartz stretch bracelets have become so popular and people love wearing them for the unique styles.
We got curious on how the origin of wearing gold bracelets came up so we did some research. It’s a lot more interesting than we even realized and glad we found out so much about this! It all started with materials such as stones and wood way back in Egyptian history dating as far back as 5000 BC. We noticed in the research that the Scarab Bracelet seems to have been the most popular for sure in old times, which everyone associates with a style of Egypt. People say the the Scarab is from someone named Khepri that would help the sun go across the sky.
A tradition years later in Bulgaria started called Martenitsa and that involved putting a string of different colors to make spring come earlier. In Greece the same was done as well and some countries the type of bracelet or bangle a women wears can even show her marital status. Whatever the reason we are so happy that everyone around the world loves bracelets and jewelry so much. They have evoloved over the years and now people wear gold bracelets and silver bracelets as a fashion item all over the world.
Melissa Rycroft-Tony Dovolani Dancing With The Stars Winners
Everyone has been waiting for this moment for a very long time and the world was so excited for Dancing With The Stars winners Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani. This show has become so incredibly popular and it’s so great families come together to watch shows like this. We are really happy that she likes to wear lots of jewelry like earrings and bracelets. We noticed that so many Hollywood stars including ones on this show have been wearing the hot new Sideways Cross Necklace. We have a big selection of them at Jewelry Megastore for our customers as well.