Bracelets That Work Like a Charm

If you're completely "brooched out" or can't stand the thought of buying yet another pair of chandelier earrings, then you'll be happy to know that there is a "charming" new trend in accessories. Charm bracelets appeal to everyone '- from the "less is more" crowd to those inclined to say "the more the merrier."

Charm bracelets have been around for centuries, but they became all the rage in the 1950s, when girls received charms for the major milestones in their lives. These meaningful objects told individual stories, and preserved them for future generations. Is it too late to start one if you're all grown up? No. In fact, it's time to start digging through your old "junk," your mother's old "junk" and your grandmother's old "junk." You know that silly little puppy charm you kept just for the heck of it? Well, that puppy could bring you big bucks in today's market!

And charm jewelry isn't just limited to bracelets these days. Take for example the above oversized safety pin with crystals, a wooden heart, a horseshoe for luck and a gunmetal revolver. This quirky combination, available at Ravinstyle.com for $62, will round out your jewelry box and spice up any sweater or jacket (and probably add a bit of a jingle to your step as well). Charms can also be found on necklaces, watches, earrings, keychains and even handbags and shoes.

Charms can be bought at department stores and jewelry stores and on any fashion-related Website imaginable. As with most jewelry, the prices will vary from quite reasonable to "my car doesn't even cost that much!" If you want something in gold, then obviously you'll pay a bit more, but if you're just going for "the look," then these won't set you back too much at all. Try Nordstrom.com, ShopIntuition.com and Fragments.com for some fun selections.

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