That is the prettiest charm braclete i have ever seen Mrs BI've set and re-set my charm bracelet over the years. I tried one combination of charms, then another, then a third, then a fourth - and on and on and on. I finally got what I thought was the perfect combination of charms...and then found - despite being evenly spaced - that I disliked the way they'd all hang to one side or another when I moved my hand, leaving me with what looked like large gaps - which weren't really gaps at all - and 'clumps' of charms where they'd land together. So it was never the effect I wanted. Or even particularly close.
But still, I collected charms and loved them. I had a bunch custom made and decided in the end to just persevere with a combination of gold charms and enamel charms. It looked like this:
Pretty - but I felt as tho the styles didn't really match. So in the end, I decided to split them into gold charms and enamel charms and do two bracelets, very different in feel. But, still, that didn't address the problem of the drifting charms.
And then, one day I hit on *this* idea. I ran with it and, after a number of different line-ups, had a total 'AH HA!' moment where all my issues were solved in one hit and I had the charm bracelet of my dreams. And here it is - my collection of memories and significant events:
I absolutely LOVE it. It's perfect! Interesting, individual, sentimental - a whole bunch of things! There are charms there that celebrate my beating cancer, my move to the US, becoming a US citizen, my time in England, my love for Australia - all sorts of big, significant things. I think it's the perfect way to set charms - more grown up and less dangly and annoying than the traditional method, and - to my eye - far more interesting.
In a week or two, I'll have my enamel charm bracelet (set the same way), and I look forward to adding it, as well!
And I should DEFINITELY thank the good folks at DKJ for persevering through what ended up being a marathon project with more iterations and changes than any jeweler should have to tolerate! Thanks, David and Amy!
@mrs-b I'm good. Still hanging in. Agree the weather has been wild. This morning I was watching my trees sway with the strong winds, just hoping they didn't fall. Tree removal is on my list after today! I really do love how you made your charms wearable. I have my own childhood charm bracelet as well as my mothers, that just sit in the box. You have got me thinking about what I might do with them. I can't wait to see your enamel bracelet!@Lookinagain - how are you? Hasn't the weather around our part of the world been wild lately?! We lost a couple of large trees during the BIG storm a few weekends back, and the wind and rain last night has buried us in debris. More contribution to our gardener's son's college fund!
I'm so glad the dangling issue has now been sorted out. I haaaaated the way the charms hung apart, showing lots of bare wrist and not many charms. This method is a way of keeping them front and center at all times, and I love the eclectic-yet-balanced look of it all. Very, very pleased with where I've landed.
I love this @mrs-b ! The colours are amazing - it feels like Christmas just looking at it!Here are some photos of it assembled. FINALLY! Yaaaaay!
All the charms are 18kt and most of them are solid. It's a heavy bracelet and each charm is substantial and was a LOT of work. The wrist shots were taken on Amy's wrists, which are tiny - so the bracelet won't be as loose on my wrist.
Thank you, @OdetteOdile - it is indeed giving me a great deal of enjoyment!Both bracelets are perfection @mrs-b. I remember a few months ago you posted that you were changing up your charm bracelet and were going to link the charms to each other, rather than having them dangle. I couldn't picture what it would look like, but I was excited to see it. The bracelets are beautiful! I love the rich gold bracelet, and think it was fun and unexpected that you have the blue passport as a part of it! Now you have posted the colorful enamel bracelet and I love how whimsical it is. That is the kind of bracelet that will make a person feel happy when they look down and see it on their wrist. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your meaningful pieces!