Charm Base Bracelet w/ Vintage Chain

$275.00
About Details Inspiration
When we're on the hunt for antique jewelry, we always snap up Victorian guard chains. They were used by gentlemen in the late 1800's to keep track of their pocketwatches, but we knew we'd find a different and better use for them someday. Here's their new purpose: to serve as the base chain to hold your collection of charms. Load it up with the pendants your grandmother left you, the broken half-heart of your "best friend" necklace, the baby ring that belonged to your great-great aunt.....it's really up to you. 

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  • Materials: 10k gold split ring, rolled gold antique chain, gold filled clip and "ERICA WEINER" tag (it's removable, if you so wish.) 
  • Age: contemporary findings; split ring is handmade in NYC. Chains are Victorian, c. 1890, and will vary slightly in size, color, and style. 
  • Size: total bracelet length is 7". Split ring is 1/2" in diameter. Bracelets are sold without charms.  
  • The charm holders become more flexible over time. Should the space at the bottom of the charm holder become wider as you take the charms on and off, simply pop open the charm holder ensuring the split ring / both separators are open, then gently squeeze east / west with your thumb and pointer finger just below each separator. You’ll see the separators move slightly when you squeeze. Then when you pop the charm holder shut, you’ll see the space between the two separators has become smaller / less apparent. Repeat until the space is to your liking. But please note that you'll always want to leave a little room to get your fingernail or a pin to pop the charm holder open.

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      If you didn't inherit a collection of your grandmother's charms, then you've probably amassed some sentimental pieces to commemorate the important moments in your life. I've been thinking a lot about the word "comemmorate", and how it relates to memorial jewelry. It seems that when we collect charms, we're using a jewel to partner ("co") with a memory, triggering this memory over and over when we wear/see/touch the jewel. Miriam-Webster's dictionary says:

      When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that "commemorate" and other related memory-associated words (including "memorable," "memorial," "remember," and "memory" itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." Some distant older relatives are Old English "gemimor" ("well-known"), Greek mermēra ("care"), and Sanskrit "smarati" ("he remembers"). English speakers have been marking the memory of important events with "commemorate" since the late 16th century.

      The definition of "charm" is rich with meaning too:

      1.  the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation : a practice or expression believed to have magic power.

      2. something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune :  amulet. "wore a rabbit's foot as a good-luck charm." 

      3. a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights the charm of this imaginative story : a physical grace or attraction —used in plural "her feminine charms" : compelling attractiveness "the island possessed great charm"

      4. a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain "Her sister presented her with a sterling silver charm for her bracelet."

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      About Details Inspiration
      When we're on the hunt for antique jewelry, we always snap up Victorian guard chains. They were used by gentlemen in the late 1800's to keep track of their pocketwatches, but we knew we'd find a different and better use for them someday. Here's their new purpose: to serve as the base chain to hold your collection of charms. Load it up with the pendants your grandmother left you, the broken half-heart of your "best friend" necklace, the baby ring that belonged to your great-great aunt.....it's really up to you. 

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      • Materials: 10k gold split ring, rolled gold antique chain, gold filled clip and "ERICA WEINER" tag (it's removable, if you so wish.) 
      • Age: contemporary findings; split ring is handmade in NYC. Chains are Victorian, c. 1890, and will vary slightly in size, color, and style. 
      • Size: total bracelet length is 7". Split ring is 1/2" in diameter. Bracelets are sold without charms.  
      • The charm holders become more flexible over time. Should the space at the bottom of the charm holder become wider as you take the charms on and off, simply pop open the charm holder ensuring the split ring / both separators are open, then gently squeeze east / west with your thumb and pointer finger just below each separator. You’ll see the separators move slightly when you squeeze. Then when you pop the charm holder shut, you’ll see the space between the two separators has become smaller / less apparent. Repeat until the space is to your liking. But please note that you'll always want to leave a little room to get your fingernail or a pin to pop the charm holder open.

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          If you didn't inherit a collection of your grandmother's charms, then you've probably amassed some sentimental pieces to commemorate the important moments in your life. I've been thinking a lot about the word "comemmorate", and how it relates to memorial jewelry. It seems that when we collect charms, we're using a jewel to partner ("co") with a memory, triggering this memory over and over when we wear/see/touch the jewel. Miriam-Webster's dictionary says:

          When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that "commemorate" and other related memory-associated words (including "memorable," "memorial," "remember," and "memory" itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." Some distant older relatives are Old English "gemimor" ("well-known"), Greek mermēra ("care"), and Sanskrit "smarati" ("he remembers"). English speakers have been marking the memory of important events with "commemorate" since the late 16th century.

          The definition of "charm" is rich with meaning too:

          1.  the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation : a practice or expression believed to have magic power.

          2. something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune :  amulet. "wore a rabbit's foot as a good-luck charm." 

          3. a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights the charm of this imaginative story : a physical grace or attraction —used in plural "her feminine charms" : compelling attractiveness "the island possessed great charm"

          4. a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain "Her sister presented her with a sterling silver charm for her bracelet."

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