Charm bracelets have always been interesting because of the nature of the charms themselves. Each collector personifies her personality and interests with the type of charms they collect.
For most collectors, charms are usually mementos of the places they visited. Such charms have been sold since Victorian times and were commonly picked up at holiday destinations. Time does not seem to have dulled the interest in this pastime of discovering unique silver charms when on holiday.
This bracelet is an appealing one as it has a variety of charms that would appeal to most people because of their diversity. Its disparate charms include a large sombrero (with a beaded edge on the rim), a heart box that opens to reveal flowers, an apple with leaf, a Viking ship, a lady flamenco dancer, a horseshoe, a leprechaun’s hat, a Buddha that opens for storage, a vintage auto, Brighton Pavilion, a Chinese junk, a tea kettle that opens, a crown, a cat climbing a garbage can, a large heart-shaped padlock as a charm, an old-fashioned carriage, a tea pot, and a Middle-Eastern slipper.
All seventeen of these wonderfully cute charms are silver as it would not be worth the cost to plate them. Also, the heart locket is hallmarked silver, which is an indication that the entire chain is silver as the padlocks usually came with silver chains that were sold separately for the collector to affix the mementos as they were purchased. Some charms are marked silver, but most are not marked; they were sold in special cases in shops that specialized in them.
They are etched in great detail. I find the universality of these charms very appealing. This bracelet also sports a safety chain, which is a nice feature to have. And, of course, the wonderful silver heart padlock keeps this piece of jewelry securely on your wrist. One nice thing about having a padlock-closing is that there is a certain degree of adjustment available by closing there is a certain degree of adjustment available by closing the padlock on different links.
The weight of the bracelet is a hefty 104.5 grams. At about 7 inches around, it will fit the average size wrist.
It is in excellent condition.
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