This is the bracelet Caitlin gave me. I added the cross and fleur de lis this week.
Several years ago, while shopping in Canton, Texas, I came upon this WONDERFUL Christmas charm necklace. It is sterling silver and filled with retired James Avery Christmas charms...OK, I HAD to have it! I could just imagine taking that necklace out each year during the holiday season to wear. This would become a traditional piece of jewelry that one day could be passed down to Caitlin.
I take this necklace out to wear each year the day after Thanksgiving.
Another "charming" charm bracelet that ALL of the Rogenmoser girls have started is the Chamilia charm bracelet. I was the first to start one (naturally...). These bracelets have beads; some are stones, Murano glass and , of course, "theme" beads. The first beads I purchased for my Chamilia bracelet were Christmas beads. Each year, I anxiously await the arrival of the new beads of the season to add another one to my bracelet. The neat thing about these bracelets is that you can take the beads off yourself and change them out. I have some of the Louisiana themed beads, some beach themed ones and for David's wedding, I bought purple beads to go with my dress. The other girls have their favorites, but Caitlin has begun collecting the Christmas beads too...this is such a FUN bracelet to have and the beads make for great presents!
"Beach" themed Chamilia Bracelet
"Louisiana" themed beads
Christmas and various other beads...
This bracelet is a Brighton Bracelet. I call it my "Ya Ya" Bracelet! It has Parker Ann's initial, her birthstone and a little heart with pink footprints on it...I hope to add other grandchildren to this bracelet!
But, my absolute "favorite" charm bracelet is the one that started it all...my "traditional" charm bracelet. The sterling silver bracelet is vintage (bought at an antique shop in Canton, Texas). I love the little safety chain that hangs from it! This bracelet contains a LOT of charms and the thing that makes it so special is the fact that it tells a story. For many years, I either picked up charms from places I visited or people gave me charms for significant events that took place in my life. Whenever I look at the charms that are hanging from this bracelet, they evoke such powerful memories; and THAT, I believe is the purpose of the "charm" bracelet.
I LOVE this bracelet! It has a music charms from my childhood, a graduation one from my college graduation, ones from Christmas, Thanksgiving, ski trips, my children and MANY more...
"Charm" bracelets are a "Charming" way to remember "Charming" events in one's life!