Once upon a time, my grandparents traveled extensively. Over the years, Grandma F. collected numerous charms from around the world. She had a jeweler construct three charm bracelets, one for each of her young granddaughters. Each granddaughter received a bracelet on her sixteenth birthday. To avoid the appearance of favoritism, Grandma assigned these gifts the old fashioned way; by closing her eyes and reaching into her jewelry box. Chance would determine which bracelet fell to the birthday girl.
Isn’t that a sweet little story? So romantic! The darling tale of a budding heirloom.
Of course, ‘chance’ doesn’t much matter once the first two bracelets have been given away, so my little sister missed a little suspense and my brother was passed over entirely. But still! Darling!
I have always cherished my charm bracelet from Grandma F.
Cherished, mind you, but seldom worn. The bracelet jingles loudly and the charms get in my way, dooming it to life in a stuffy jewelry box for years.
Then one day in 2009, I happened upon this Work With What You’ve Got post, in which Erin transmogrified a charm bracelet into a charm necklace. Of course! Following her lead, I made my beloved charm bracelet into a necklace… which then languished in a box two more years. Keepin’ it real, folks.
Here is the historical bauble in question, which hit the town today and looked damn good:
Did you ever expect to learn this much about my chest? Learned quite a bit myself!
For anyone who wondered, the charms are:
Nederland coat of arms
Either a mermaid or a woman with malformed feet
Green enamel four-leaf clover
Sky blue enamel bell with pink roses (makes the piece extra pretty AND extra noisy)
Ball and chain
Spring-loaded toaster— push the lever, and two slices of toast pops up (People, it slays me every time.)
Windmill with turning vanes/blades
Royal flush (yep, had to look it up)
Stand globe with tiny continents
Amsterdam coat of arms
Upright piano with opening lid
Do you wear charm jewelry? Why or why not? Explain in 2000 words or less, using a sharpened #2 pencil