One can buy many different types of charm bracelet these days. However, the most common by far is the plain silver bracelet. Customers tend to go for this style of bracelet for a few reasons. |
1. It is often cheaper than gold plate alternatives.
2. It has a more contemporary feel than the chain link versions and offers a more high-end look compared to the string and leather options.
3. Perhaps most importantly, the silver snake chain can accommodate a large number of charms due to its design.
Old vs New
The older style of charm bracelets traditionally were composed of chain links and the charms themselves would clip onto these links and dangle down from the wrist. However, the new style of charm bracelet, offers a more secure method and flexible method of attaching charms.
Due to the nature of the snake chain, the charms are machined with a hollow centre. This allows them to slide over the ends of the bracelet and onto the main body. Therefore there is no "clipping" mechanism on each individual charm that could become unsafe. Some brands, such as pandora bracelets, have introduced an extra level of security, whereby both the charms and ends of the bracelet are threaded, like on nuts and bolts. This means that should the bracelet clasp come undone, the charm will not be able to slide over the end of the bracelet and get lost.
The Pandora bracelet clasp itself is something of a conundrum to open - fashioned like a clamshell and requiring extremely strong finger nails to prise apart! (They actually sell bracelet openers for the more manicure-conscious customers). Other brands, such as Lovelinks, tend to stick to the simple lobster style clasps.
One can now buy charm bracelets made from a variety of different metals and materials. Sterling silver and silver-plate are undoubtedly the most prevalent of these. However, Danish designer Trollbeads sell expensive 18ct charm bracelets for the ultra charm bracelet fanatic. In addition, more brands are now producing leather charm bracelets. These are particularly popular for men, as designed by the likes of Aagaard, Blog and Thomas Sabo. But leather charm bracelets are also available for women by makers such as Chamilia, Lovelinks, Pandora and many more. Leather bracelets are particularly popular because they tend to be the cheapest kind of charm bracelet on offer. Added to this they are available in a number of different of styles and colours. For instance you can get double wrap and now even triple wraparound leather charm bracelets.
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