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heart braceletI have always been drawn to charm bracelets, even before I knew their history.  The wearing of charms was likely begun as a form of amulet or talisman to ward off evil spirits or bad luck.

During the pre-historic period, jewelry charms would be made from shells, animal-bones and clay. Later charms were made out of gems, rocks, and wood. In Germany, intricately carved mammoth tusk charms have been found from around 30,000 years ago. In ancient Egypt, charms were used for identification and as symbols of faith and luck. Charms also served to identify an individual to the gods in the afterlife.

During the Roman Empire, Christians would use tiny fish charms hidden in their clothing to identify themselves to other Christians. Jewish scholars of the same period would write tiny passages of Jewish law and put them in amulets round their necks to keep the law close to their heart at all times. Medieval knights wore charms for protection in battle. Charms also were worn in the Dark Ages to denote family origin and religious and political convictions.

Queen Victoria wore charm bracelets that started a fashion among the European noble classes. She was instrumental to the popularity of charm bracelets, as she “loved to wear and give charm bracelets. 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.”

In modern times, we've seen charm bracelets from Tiffany and Co., the teenager charm bracelet craze of the 50's and 60's, and even pirate-themed bracelets that were all the rage in 2006 after the movie Pirates of the Caribbean came out.

Whatever your favorite theme for a charm bracelet is, there is no doubt they are a delight to make and wear. Today we share the inspired bracelets of three individual Etsy artisans and a group of artisans who collaborate on Etsy.

First, meet SantaFeSilverworks' Gregory P. Segura; one of his masterpieces, 'Elvira's Love and Faith Charm Bracelet' is featured above. Gregory started perfecting his silversmithing skills in the 1990's. He had served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a hotel manager, financial planner, and sales manager, but his heart was looking for a new, more creative career path. In 2008, Gregory picked up his hammer and lit his torch and never looked back.

charm bracelet 1Although he had taken a metalworking class in the 1980s, Gregory’s expertise with silver is largely self-taught. “Working with silver just comes naturally to me,” he admits. “Sculpting, painting, and carving do not come to me with the ease and understanding I feel in working with silver and stones. I guess you could say I was born with a silver spoon (I made) in my mouth.”

Gregory’s work reflects his Spanish and Native American heritage. For each of his original designs, he draws on the legacy of New Mexico’s master silversmiths as well as rich culture and natural beauty of the region.

Gregory’s ancestors first arrived in Santa Fe around 1624, and he still calls it home with the love of his life and inspiration Debra and their four cats, Sugar, Benicio del Gato (Lil Buddy), Wally, Penelope and Murphy the dog. You can find more information at his website www.santafesilverworks.com and on Facebook - Santa Fe Silverworks.

Next up are husband and wife team Richard and Janette of RuthLindquistDesigns (see their stunning hand-woven Läckölink Bracelet to the left).

These two have lived in Sweden for many years, where they are inspired to create a lot of jewelry. They used to live on an island near an old castle, and the land all around them was a treasure trove for artifacts dating all the way back to Viking times. They have also spent many years in the US, where they live at the moment.

Finally, we feature the EtsyMetal Charm Swap 13 Bracelet (below on the right) from the creative collaborative EtsyMetal. This bracelet is an impressive collection of charms from 18 Etsy artisans (listed below). The story of EtsyMetal is especially interesting, as its members are accomplished metal artists who network to support one another and to market their respective works. Their talents include fabrication, forging, soldering, piercing, etching, engraving, stone setting, enameling, blacksmithing, casting, and more. Much of the proceeds of their sales benefit Cheekwood Art and Gardens in Nashville, TN, as well as children's art programs.

metal charm braceletCharms and contributing members of the bracelet shown here are:

1. Heads or Tails? Charm by L. Sue Szabo
https://www.etsy.com/shop/lsueszabo

2. Tiny Arm and Sleeve Charm by quenchmetalworks
https://www.etsy.com/shop/quenchmetalworks

3. Feather Charm by nodeform
https://www.etsy.com/shop/nodeform

4. Spring Blossoms Charm by Experimetal
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Experimetal

5. OM Landscape Charm by simplyMegA
https://www.etsy.com/shop/simplymega

6. Midnight Sun Charm by BrakenDesigns
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrackenDesigns

7. Nine Charm by tuizui
https://www.etsy.com/shop/tuizui

8. Lucky Number 13 Charm by michelegradydesigns
https://www.etsy.com/shop/michelegradydesigns

9. Transformation Charm by panicmama
https://www.etsy.com/shop/panicmama

10. Lucky Aventurine Charm by MetalLuxe
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MetalLuxe

11. 13 Course Dinner a.k.a. 12 unlucky little fish by amuckdesign
https://www.etsy.com/shop/amuckdesign

12. Mangrove Seed Pod Charm by ReaganHayhurst
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ReaganHayhurst

13. Apotrapaic Charm by citizenobjects
https://www.etsy.com/shop/citizenobjects

14. Flip ya for it! Charm by NinaGibsonDesigns
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ninagibsondesigns

15. Simple Sakura Charm by Iacua
https://www.etsy.com/shop/iacua

16. Famed Woodgrain Charm by AbellaBlue
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbellaBlue

17. Fehu Rune Charm by silentgoddess
https://www.etsy.com/shop/silentgoddess

18. Chime Charm by PeculiarForest
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeculiarForest

To see pictures of the charms that are still available for individual sale from this CS13 collection, see: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EtsyMetal/search?search_query=cs13&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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+1 # Gregory Segura 2017-05-04 17:12
Thank you for this write up. I very much appreciate the exposure. I will share on my social media.
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0 # Sortegomclaughlin 2017-05-04 17:29
Thank YOU!! Our very best to you and the other featured artisans. Amazing art!
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