A charm bracelet is perhaps the most thoughtful gift that you could ever give to someone. A sterling silver charm bracelet has got so much meaning to it, because each and every one of the charms that are on it have got a different meaning. There may be a huge selection of charms on the market these days, but in fact there are only two styles of charm bracelet to choose from. On the surface both of these styles may appear to be the same. They have both got the ability to hold many different charms to them, but the way in which the charms are attached to the bracelets are completely different on each one.
With Italian charms all of the individual charms attach to the charm next to it, but with a European charm bracelet the charms are strung in a fashion similar to pearls, this lets the charms hang down off of the wrist. The European style is the most popular choice, mainly because of them being simple to use and also easy to keep clean. The European styles also tend to cost quite a bit less than the Italian charm bracelets.
If you plan on assembling your own bracelet and adding new charms to them all the time then the European bracelet is the one you want to go for. You will have to get a good strong chain with a strong clasp, and that fits the wearer perfectly. The choices of charms are many, from silver charms to match the bracelet, or more interesting pieces like Murano glass or Swarovski crystals. You could even give precious stones some thought if they are not too expensive.
You have got to make sure the chain is the right length, this is very important. The best way to ensure this is to use a clothing tape measure, or perhaps even a piece of string. After taking the measurement, you should add roughly 2cm to the length, so that that chain will be loose on the wrist but wont fall off. Children’s bracelets should be a little bit bigger to accommodate for their growth.
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