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« on: June 18, 2009 06:34:13 PM »

I love charm bracelets.  I am 25.  My mother in law (who is twice my age) says they are childish.  What do you think?


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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009 11:33:03 PM »

i think charm bracelets are wonderful! i have about five and love them. maybe it's a generational thing? i think you should just enjoy what you wear and leave it there. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009 03:49:53 PM »

I don't know about "elegant," but I think charm bracelets can be fun and whimsical.  They can also be tacky or over-done, if not put together tastefully.  But as regards to "childish," my mom LOVES charm bracelets, and she's closer to your MIL's age than yours (or mine, lol). 
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009 07:56:02 PM »

If you like them, that's all that matters. Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2009 03:29:56 AM »

Pfeh whatever. Who cares what she thinkgs?

I may have a different outlook on them because I come from a family of jewelers. All the older women in my family have charm bracelets which makes me feel like it's an older lady thing. They are covered in charms that represent milestones in their lives. I don't really like them when they are collected in that way because often times the bracelet becomes large, jangly, and full of charms that clash.

I have considered getting a charm bracelet type tattoo but the details would be too fine..I also am avoiding getting them because I'm 21 and roll my eyes at my mother who turns every mundane (and I mean mundane) detail of her life into a story of the past. (don't mean to rant on here...)

BUT I have seen other types of charm bracelets that are beautiful and wouldn't mind wearing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2009 09:06:01 AM »

I am close to your Mother In Laws age and if memory serves me right - they were the RAGE when I was younger.  They are back in style in the United States in a big way, so I would say she's nuts.  Don't tell her that- LOL.  I actually have 2 charm bracelets I had when I was younger and have never gotten rid of them.  They have memories.  
They are not gaudy.  The charms are small.
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2009 12:44:00 PM »

I love charm bracelets!  I wore them when I was your age and I will still wear them when I'm your MILs age.  I wouldn't worry about it.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2009 01:20:36 PM »

I love charm bracelets!  They did go out of fashion for a bit, so maybe your MIL just hasn't caught up?  Not to sound rude or anything though lol.

Whether they're in style/childish/whatever it's up to you what you wear.  If you like something, wear it.  Who cares what other people think.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2009 06:09:14 AM »

If you're making something you love, it comes out with a beauty that you don't get from a piece you didn't enjoy making, IMHO.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2009 07:55:50 AM »

"Charm bracelets" used to be popular years ago, then went out of style for many years.  They're back now especially with the younger crowd and some of the newer looks, but they're mostly different than the older ones were in a number of ways.  

It used to be that charm bracelets were heavy quality-metal chains hung with quality-metal charms (sometimes to "represent" things, as mentioned) though some also looked different (and children sometimes wore lighter versions of them sometimes with "stones").  But when plastic was invented, lots of little plastic danglies and doodads were manufactured and were cheap, so the newer versions of charm bracelets began to sport lighter chains and smaller, lighter, more colorful items --the whole look of those bracelets is lighter and more whimsical.  There have also been some charm bracelets with heavier beads/dangles or just a lot more of them too, being made especially by "beaders," or worn by people who like to wear jewelry or more noticeable jewelry.

Also, heavier charm bracelets especially can interfere with using one's hands in a lot of ways so they've never been worn much by people who work or do hobbies/etc with their hands (until and unless they want to "dress up").

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