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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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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2009 04:22:56 AM »

I don't think they are childish at all.  I collect charm bracelets and love the old ones.  There are some absolutely beautiful charm bracelets out there - even the jangly ones are sometimes fun. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2009 04:33:03 AM »

i don't think they're childish, neither do my family as they seem to be a bit a coming of age thing
my mam has one that she got when she started dating my dad she doesn't wear it now because the catch is broken (she's been telling me for 5 years that she'll get the catch fixed and i can have it)
i was bought one for my 21st (a Pandora which i love and only remove when i absolutely have to) with matching necklace
though i have one from when i was about 10-12 too, my parents bought me a winnie the pooh charm bracelet, i never had that one added though, i just never got round to it
but yea, in my family charm bracelets mean you're a lady now
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2009 04:36:00 AM »

Selnith - that's such a nice tradition!  My daughter received her first charm bracelet when she turned 12 - I thought that was an appropriate age.
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2009 04:58:50 AM »

yea, i think my mam bought me my first (the winnie the pooh) when i was about that age
and i got my swish Pandora for my 21st, my SIL has one and we got my mam one for mothers day
i hope one day to have a little girl of my own so i can pass the charms/charm bracelets on, aswell as the various other bits of jewellery i've inherited (and will have inherited, mam's already told me what she's giving me)
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2009 08:41:49 AM »

Charm bracelets arent tacky or childish in the slightest!

My mother has bought a charm for every year that I have been alive, such as a little penguin when I was 5, as i was obsessed (still love those chilly artic birds), the most recent being a mini sewing machine.
All the charms are gold and will be put on a gold bracelet when I turn 21.
My sister got hers last year and it is the most beautiful piece of jewellery she owns.

My mum has also started sending charms to my baby cousin and her toddler sister for my aunt to carry on the tradition.
I think they are beautiful. Someone had done a steampunk style Star Trek one, and as cheesy as it is, it is lovely and I would by it in a heartbeat if I wasn't saving for Uni.
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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2009 08:59:05 AM »

yea, my mam's charms all have a meaning behind them
mine are mostly birthdays and christmases
but there's one studded with amethyst, my birth stone
one with gold K's in it, my initial
a d6, because i roleplay
a dragon, i love them/am one
a fish, pisceas
the pisceas symbol
a turtle, i like discworld
a little girl, because i'm my mam's baby girl
an owl, for wisdom
one inlaid with blue enamel butterflies, for passing my blue belt grading
ok, so maybe most of them have meaning beyond being gifts *hasn't bought herself a single charm yet* but yea *luffs her Pandora*
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2009 05:39:16 AM »

Wear what you love - and don't worry about what others think. That's my .02!
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2009 12:10:15 PM »

Me I do not wear one but my wife (who is 26) loves them. I made her a special one for Christmas that I will make and add charms too for many years to come (I posted picture of it a few days ago). Personally I think charm bracelets carry more meaning to the wearer and they will like it more then anyone else because it will always bring back pleasant memories, so if you show it to someone else it may look pretty but to the wearer it hold more value then just being pretty. But man... they do make a lot of noise while she is doing stuff.
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« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2009 11:50:21 AM »

I don't think they're childish at all! I have two that I wear pretty regularly. One my husband made for me and the other was a wedding gift from a friend. They make noise when I'm doing stuff (and sometimes I just like to shake them to make more noise. Cheesy) but that's because all of my charms are stone, bone and metal.

I ask for them all the time in swaps because I love them. Wear what you love and don't let your MIL get you down. Wink
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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2009 10:17:11 AM »

I don't think charm bracelets are childish, necessarily. The only jewelry I know of that makes me think automatically of 'childish' is pony bead or macaroni necklaces. Even paper beads can be dressed up and made into something cool and mature. [Even pony beads can make nice animal keychains...but macaroni is stuck at kindergarten level, sorry...]

In fact, I'm thinking of doing a bit of jewelry called 'key chains' where it's a chain mail(le) bracelet made with washers and jumprings with old keys or key charms hanging from it.... I'm thinking of seeing if any of the local locksmiths will let me have their miskeys. LOL

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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2013 09:27:27 PM »

I don't think they're childish, but they can be annoying to wear if they're too heavy or the charms are too big. 

I have a couple of charm bracelets, both all silver.  I like to wear them with 2 or 3 additional bracelets that have color but don't dangle. 

I also have a charm necklace that my husband has pretty much filled--much easier to wear.  And I have a matching bracelet chain that's going to get the charms that don't fit on the necklace.
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2013 08:28:22 PM »

I think charm bracelets are beautiful! I personally love bright and cheery bracelets.
As long as you think they look good on you and you like them, you should wear them. I made this one:
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« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2013 01:53:18 PM »

I love chain bracelets and have had a few through my life, but not sure where they have gone.I have wanted a Pandora for years and finally got one for my 30th birthday last November. I want everyone else to buy me the charms as I love the thought of having a charm from everyone who means something to me. Life is short and anything can happen at any moment, and it is nice to have something a loved one has picked especially for you. Even without anything happening though I live miles away from all my family, so it is really nice to have something from them when I miss them. Lastly as a depressed lady with very low self esteem it is good to have a reminder of those who love me.
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