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Bacio

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Bacio jewelry, based in Arezzo,Tuscany, Italy, was founded in 1995. This is another brand of European-style charm bracelets, and they have two main bead collections: Bacio Italy and Bacio Junior.

The bracelets come in sterling silver with stoppers, plated silver (no stoppers), marine cable (several colors, no stoppers), rubber (with magnetic clasps) or leather (no stoppers, several different colors), both in single and triple wrap versions. There are a few different clasps to choose from, all lobster-style. They also have necklaces, in sterling silver, cotton or silk (as well as key holders and belt buckles).

The beads and charms are handmade in Italy from sterling silver with enamel, Murano glass, ceramic, pearl, cubic zirconia and Swarovski crystals. They currently have around 900 different beads, and release new collections every year. There is also quite a large selection of stopper beads to choose from (for the bracelets without built-in stoppers), as well as beads with dangle charms.

Bacio is definitely on the more affordable end of the price range when it comes to European charm bracelets. Here is a one that I put together, and it ended up at $534 (click on it for a larger image):

All photos: Bacio

Bacio Junior
The Bacio Junior collection consists of silver, and cotton bracelets and necklaces, and sterling silver and enamel beads. Whereas some other companies’ junior lines are intended for teenagers, these beads are definitely geared more towards younger kids, with colorful images of robots, castles, dinosaurs, etc.

Compatibility
You can put Chamilia charms, Troll beads, Lovelinks and Pandora beads on the Bacio bracelet, and Bacio charms on all of theirs except the Troll bracelets.


Charms, Charms And More Charms – A Directory Of Artists, Manufacturers And Designers

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

For quite some time now, I have been “collecting” names of artists, designers and manufacturers of charms and charm bracelets. Then it dawned on me: perhaps others could also benefit from this list, and find new favorite designers and styles? I asked a few friends, who all said YES! so I decided it would be a good idea to share it with you all.

You will see that it is a wide variety – everything from famous fashion designers to relatively unknown artists working out of their home studio. The list is constantly growing and I keep finding new and exciting designs all the time. However, I don’t put “just anyone” on the list – only original designs and I have to like them. So I guess you can say it’s a “curated list”.

As I mentioned above, this list is by no means complete, and I will keep adding to it on a regular basis. If you have a favorite designer you think belongs on this list (from anywhere in the world), please contact me and I will check them out and if I like what I see, I’ll add them.

Since charms come in several styles these days, I have created a little style “key” so that you can easily find the types of charms you are looking for:

European-style = bead charms
Vintage = no longer in production, but can be found at auctions, etc. Traditional-style charms unless noted otherwise
Traditional = Regular charms (with jump or split ring attachments. NOTE that traditional does not necessarily mean traditional looking bracelets; it just describes the type of charm
Clip on charms = Traditional charms with a clasp attachment
Italian charms = Modular link-style
Craft = mini charms suitable for scrap booking, etc.
Kids = charm bracelets for children
Rings = interchangeable charm or bead rings, or rings with charms attached
Earrings = interchangeable charm or bead earrings
Necklaces = interchangeable charm or bead necklaces
Mobile = cell phone charms
Pre-made = already assembled charm bracelets, usually with the charms soldered on. Pre-made in parenthesis means it is the only type they offer, Pre-made on its own means they offer that in addition to separate charms
Slide = slide charms
Watch = charm watches

A
Aaron Basha – Traditional (kids)
Accessories & Beyond – Traditional (pre-made)
Accurist – watch (European-style)
Adamantus – Clip on
Affinity - Clip on
Ajda Lampwork – European-style
Alengio - European-style
Alex and Ani – Traditional (pre-made) bangles
Alex Monroe - Traditional & Pre-made
Alex Woo – Traditional (pre-made)
Alia Jewelry – European-style
Altruette - Traditional & Pre-made
Amore & Baci – European-style, Kids
Amore La Vita – Clip on
AmuletGifts - Traditional & Pre-made (lucky charms)
Analece Design – Traditional, Clip on,
Anna Rose Jewelry – Traditional & Pre-made
Anna Sui - Traditional (pre-made)
Annika Bertilsdotter - Traditional, Clip on
Annina Vogel – Pre made (from vintage pieces)
Anson - Vintage
Archive Jewelry – Traditional (pre-made), Vintage
Art-Charms – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Ashley Pittman – Traditional (pre-made)
Assya - Traditional (pre-made)
Astley Clarke - Traditional (pre-made)
Aurélie Bidermann – Traditional (pre-made)
Avindy - Traditional (pre-made)
Avon - Vintage
Azendi - European-style, Traditional
Azuni - Traditional (pre-made)

B
Baby Phat – Clip on, Pre-made
Baci Beads – European-style
Bacio - European-style, Kids
Badgley Mischka – Traditional (pre-made)
Baglady - European-style, Traditional, Clip on
Barbara Bixby – Traditional
Basch - Traditional (pre-made)
Bates & Klinke – Vintage
Beau Sterling – Vintage
Bell Trading Post – Vintage
Belleek Living – Traditional (pre-made)
Bellina Beads – European-style
Betsey Johson – Traditional (pre-made)
Betty Design – European-style
Beverly K – Traditional (pre-made)
Beyond Words – Traditional
Biagi beads – European-style, Clip on, Kids
Bill Levine – Traditional
Bing Bang - Traditional (pre-made)
Birdland Creations – Traditional (pre-made)
Blee Inara – Traditional (pre-made)
Blossom Copenhagen – Traditional
Boho Soho – Clip on
Bombay Duck – Clip on
Bongo - Traditional (pre-made)
Bon Bon Charms – Traditional
Bonn Bons – Slide
Bottega Veneta – Clip on
Boxing - Italian
Boucheron - Vintage
Breadner - Vintage
Brighton Charms – European-style, Clip on
Bruno Zanetti – Italian
Bugard Studio – Rings
Bulgari - Clip on, Pre-made,
Burberry - Traditional (pre-made)

C
Carl Art – Vintage
Carolee - Clip on
Carolina Bucci – Traditional (pre-made)
Carolyn Pollack – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Cartier - Vintage, Clip on
Casa d’oro – Italian
Cassandra Erin – Traditional (pre-made)
Cath Kidston – Traditional (pre-made)
Catherine Canino – Traditional (pre-made)
Catherine Michiels – Traditional
Cathy Dailey – European-style, Traditional
Cathy Waterman – Traditional, Pre-made
Cellini - Traditional, Vintage
Chamilia beads – European-style, Kids
Chanel - Vintage, Clip on, Traditional
Charity Charms – Clip on, Pre-made
Charles Horner – Vintage
Charm Barn – Craft
Charm Factory – Traditional, European-style, Pre-made
Charm It – Clip on (kids)
Charmco - Traditional
Charmed Memories – European-style
Charming by Ti Sento – Clip on
Charming Life - Traditional & Pre-made
Charmology - Traditional (pre-made)
Charms UK – European-style, Clip on
Charmworks - Traditional
Chelsea Taylor – European-style, Clip on
CherieO - European-style, Traditional
Cherished Time Designs – Traditional, Pre-made
Chim - Vintage
Chloe - Traditional (pre-made)
Creed - Vintage
Christie Martin – Traditional
Christy Lea Payne (CLP) - Traditional & Pre-made
Chrysalis - European-style, Clip on, Necklaces
ChuBo Beads – European-style
Clogau Gold – European-style, Clip on, Traditional, Pre-made
Coach - Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
Coloured Rocks – European-style, Clip on, Pre-made
Coro (Corocraft) - Vintage
Courtney Simmelkjaer - Traditional (pre-made)
Cousin Claudine - Traditional (pre-made)
Crea - Vintage
Crystalbead888 - European-style

D
D for Diamonds – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Damas Jewellery – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Danecraft - Vintage
Dangerous Goods – Traditional, Clip on
David Andersen – Vintage
David Yurman – Traditional
DaVinci Beads - European-style
Dazzlers - Clip on
Dazzling - Traditional (pre-made)
De-ani, Inc. – Clip on
Deffego - European-style, Italian
Diddi Design – Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
Dinky Fingerprint Company, The – Traditional, Pre-made, European-style
Dinny Hall – Traditional (pre-made)
Dior - Clip on & Pre-made
Disney Couture – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Dogeared - Traditional (pre-made)
Dolce & Gabbana – Traditional (pre-made)
Donatella - European-style, Traditional
Doriwallace Jewelry – European-style
Dower & Hall – Pre made & Traditional
Dyrberg/Kern – Traditional (pre-made)

E
Edblad & Co – Traditional (pre-made)
Ecuus Designs - European-style
Elco - Vintage
Elle Jewelry – Clip on
Elsa Peretti (for Tiffany) – Vintage, Pre-made
Elsa Schiaparelli - Vintage
Embracelets - Traditional, Pre-made
Erickson Beamon – Traditional (pre-made)
Essenza Beads – European-style
Ettika - Traditional (pre-made)
Evolve New Zealand – European-style
Extasia - Clip on

F
Fabergé - Vintage
Femme Metale – Traditional & Pre-made
Field & Rose (Laura Love Rose) – Traditional & Pre-made
Fiorelli - Traditional (pre-made)
Florenza - Vintage
Formia Design – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Forstner - Vintage
Fort of Providence – Vintage
Fossil - Clip on, Pre-made
Free People – Traditional, Vintage

G
Garold Miller – Traditional (pre-made)
George Jensen – Clip on, Vintage
George Shiebler – Vintage
Gioielli Italy – Mobile, Italian
Giorgio Martello – Clip on
Glassbeadstudio - European-style
Glitzy Girls - Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Good Charma – Traditional (pre-made), Necklaces, Kids
GP Firenze - Italian
Granchelli - European-style
Gucci - Traditional (pre-made)
Guess - Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)

H
Halia - European-style
Harrods - Mobile
Heather Moore – Traditional, Pre-made
Helen Ficalora – Traditional
Hellobead - European-style
Henry Dankner & Sons – Vintage
HighChi – Tradtitional & Pre-made
High IntenCITY – Clip on (kids)
Hilla Design – European-style
Hint Charms - Traditional
Hot Diamonds – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Hultquist-Copenhagen – Traditional (pre-made)

I
Ideal Jewelry Manufacturing Company (trademark Theda) – Vintage
Individuality - European-style
Intercast - Vintage
Ippolita - Traditional

J
James Avery Charms – Traditional
Jay Strongwater – Clip on
Jayposon - Vintage
Jemma Lulu – Traditional (pre-made)
Jennifer Zeuner – Traditional (pre-made)
Jessica Elliot - Traditional (pre-made)
Jewelart Sterling – Vintage
Jewellery Tree, The – Traditional (custom made)
Jill Schiff - Traditional & Pre-made
JM Fisher Company - Vintage
Jo for Girls – European-style, Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Joan Rivers – Traditional (pre-made)
John Hardy – Traditional (pre-made)
John Lewis – European-style (pre-made)
Jon Richard – Clip on, Pre-made, European-style
JouJou - Clip on
Joulberry - Traditional (custom)
Joy Everly - Traditional, Pre-made, Kids
Juicy Couture – Clip on
Just Divine – Traditional (pre-made)
Just J – Clip on

K
K&Company – Craft
Kalassmycken - Clip on, Pre-made (kids)
Karen Foster Design – Craft
Karen Hill Tribe Silver – European-style, Traditional
KC Designs – Traditional (pre-made)
Kelly Waters – Traditional
Kieselstein Cord – Traditional (pre-made)
Kinney - Vintage
Kirks Folly – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Kit Heath – Traditional (pre-made), European-style (their own version, only fits their chains), Kids, Clip on
Konstantino – Traditional (pre-made)
Kranz & Ziegler – Traditional

L
La Vie Parisienne – Traditional (pre-made)
Lacey Ryan – Traditional (pre-made)
Lagos - Traditional (pre-made)
Landmark Beads – European-style
Lauren Sigman – Traditional (pre-made)
Les Néréides – Traditional, Pre made
Leslie MacInnes – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Lilyme - Traditional
Links of London – Traditional
Linx & More – Tiny charms to go in their lockets, Italian
Liz Claiborne – Traditional (pre-made)
Lois Hill – Traditional (pre-made)
LOLA of Paris – European-style, Clip on
London Road Jewellery – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Loop Collection, The – Traditional (pre-made)
Louis Vuitton – Clip on
Lovelinks - European-style, Kids
LovingTheBead - European-style, Clip on, Rings, Earrings, Necklaces
LTD Art Glass – European-style
Lucky Brand – Clip on
Lulu Guinness – Traditional (pre-made)
Lunch at the Ritz – Traditional (pre-made bracelets)
Lutrick - European-style
Luv Links – European-style

M
M & B Vintage – Vintage, Traditional
Magdalena Ruiz Pasieka – European-style
Maisel’s Indian Trading Post – Vintage
Maloa - Traditional (pre-made)
Manolo Blahnik (for TOUS) – Traditional (launches in March 2011)
Marc Jacobs – Traditional (pre-made)
Marcus Max Design – Rings
Mark Poulin - Traditional (pre-made), Necklaces
MarMalaid – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Martick - Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Maryann Wilkin Designs – Traditional & Pre-made
Mathot Design – European-style
Me to You – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Medical Alert Link – Italian (medical alert bracelets)
Mercedes Salazar – Traditional (pre-made)
Mi Lajki – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Michele Baratta – Traditional & Pre-made
Mikey Jewellery – Clip on
Milly - Traditional (pre-made)
Molly Brown – Traditional & Pre-made
Monet (aka Monocraft Products Company) - Vintage
Monica Rich Kosann - Traditional, Necklaces, Pre-made
Monserat de Lucca – Traditional (pre-made)
Moritz Glik – Traditional (pre-made)
Muano - European-style
Muru - Clip on

N
Nagara by SeaZen
– European-style
Napier - Vintage
Nelle & Lizzy – Traditional, Pre-made
Nick Hubbard – Traditional, Pre-made
Nicky Vankets – Traditional (pre-made)
Nina Designs – Traditional
Nina/STHLM – Traditional (pre-made)
Nomination - Italian
Nuvo - Vintage

O
Oh la la – Traditional (pre-made) using ribbons instead of chains
OHMBeads - European-style
Ole Lynggaard – Traditional & Pre-made
OneJewels – European-style for their own line of rings and necklaces
Oriana Jewelry – European-style
Oscar de la Renta – Traditional (pre-made)
Otis Jaxon – Clip on
Oxxo Design – Traditional, Clip on

P
P & B Sterling – Vintage
Page Sargisson – Traditional, Necklaces
Pandora Jewelry – European-style
Pastiche - Clip on
Paul Morelli – Clip on
Peace of Mind
- Traditional
Pearl Affection, The – Clip on
Pearls for Girls – Clip on
Pedro Boregaard – Traditional
Penny Preville – Traditional
Perlamore - European-style
Personality - European-style
Personalized Boutique – Clip on
Peruzzi - Vintage
Pia Jewellery – European-style, Clip on
Pianegonda - Clip on
Pick Up Sticks Jewelry Co. - Traditional
Pilgrim - Clip on, Traditional, Necklaces, Earrings
Playboy - Traditional (pre-made), Mobile
Pnut Jewelry – Traditional (but very unusual!), Pre-made
Polkadot Magpie - Traditional
Privileged - Traditional & Pre-made
Pugster - European-style, Italian, Clip on, Traditional
Puzzle Collection – Italian

Q
Queen Baby – Traditional (pre-made)

R
Raymond Yard – Vintage
ReFlorence - Italian
Rembrandt Charms – Traditional, clip on
Reller - European-style, Traditional
R.L. Griffith – Vintage
Romano Passavinti - Italian
Rosecraft - Vintage
Royal London - Clip on
RYLDesigns - Traditional
RYRY - Italian

S
Sacred Charms
– Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
SarahDipiti – Traditional
Saskia Rose Design – Clip on, Pre-made
Satya Jewelry – Traditional (pre-made)
Scribble - Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Seidengang - Traditional (pre-made)
Serena’s Beadery – European-style
Shane Co – Traditional (w option to add clip on)
Shanti - Clip on, Pre-made, European-style
Siena Jewellery – Clip on
Silver by Mail – Clip on
Silverado - European-style, Kids
Simstars - European-style
Slane & Slane – Traditional (pre-made)
SNÖ of Sweden - Traditional (pre-made)
Sparkling Sage – Traditional (pre-made)
Spencer - Vintage
Spinning Jewelry – European-style, Rings
Stella & Dot – Traditional
Stephen Einhorn – Traditional, Pre-made
Storm Jewellery – European-style, Clip on, Necklaces, Pre made
Storywheels - European-style
Stuller - Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Style Naturale – Traditional (pre-made)
Sundance Catalog – Traditional, Pre-made
Suuz Design – European-style
Svane & Lührs – Clip on
Swarovksi - Clip on

T
Talexia - Italian
Talkatoo - Clip on (recordable!)
Tarina Tarantino – Traditional (pre-made)
Taxco - Vintage
Tedora - European-style
Temple St.Clair – Traditional, Pre-made
TerraCast - Traditional
Terranova - Vintage
Thea Grant - Traditional (pre-made)
Theda - Vintage
Theo Fennell – Clip on
Thomas L Mott – Vintage
Thomas Sabo Charm Club – Clip on
Three Sisters Jewelry Design – Traditional
Ti Sento – Clip on, Pre-made
Tiffany & Co – Traditional
Timebeads - European-style watch beads
Tina Tang – Traditional
TLM (Thomas L Mott) – Vintage
Tous -Traditional (pre-made), Toric joint
Trifari - Vintage
Trina Turk - Traditional (pre-made)
Troll beads - European-style
Truth - European-style, Clip on, Necklaces, Kids (“Truth Cutie”)
Tur-Agamo - European-style

U
Unodomani - Italian

V
Van Cleef & Arpels – Vintage
Verdura - Vintage, Pre-made
Viva Beads – European-style
Våga - Clip on

W
Walt Disney Productions – Vintage
Walter Lampl - Vintage
We Three Designs – Traditional, Necklaces
Wells Sterling – Vintage
WellsWare - Traditional & Pre-made
William Ruser – Vintage

X
Xenox - Clip on, Pre-made
Xixis Beads – European-style
XOXO - Traditional (pre-made)

Z
Zable - European-style, Earrings, Necklaces
Zoppini - Italian


Biagi Beads

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Carlo Biagi jewelry hails from Firenze, Italy, but theirs are not what you would think of as a traditional Italian charm bracelet. Their collection consists of bracelets, necklaces and anklets that hold both their European-style beads (like Troll beads, Lovelinks, Chamilia beads, and Pandora) and their line of traditional-style charms (but with the added convenience of a lobster clasp, like the charms from the Thomas Sabo charm club).

The Biagi bracelets are unique in that with the help of a charm carrier (which looks like a plain, silver European-style bead with a little eye to hook the charm into, again, very similar to the ones from Thomas Sabo), you can add any of the clip-on charms to the European-style bracelets (or necklaces or anklets), so you end up with a charm bracelet that has two different type of charms.

The Carlo Biagi beads are made by Unodomani (in Italy) and come in a huge variety of styles and materials: sterling silver, gold, Murano glass, plain glass, glow in the dark glass, pave, wood, rubber, Swarovski crystals, enamel, pearls, semi-precious stones and cubic zirconia. The collection currently consists of over 1,000 beads and several different charm carriers.

The Biagi charms are made from sterling silver, cubic zirconia, enamel and resin, and the collection is steadily growing.

The base bracelets come in silver, leather, crystal, nautical cord and they also have bangle bracelets made from stainless steel. Necklaces come in silver and leather, and anklets are made from silver.

There is also a collection especially for children called Kidz, which consists of around 200 European-style smaller-sized beads (in sterling silver, rubber, glass and enamel), and base bracelets made form silver or rubber in many different colors. There are also rubber necklaces that can be decorated with the beads.

These charms and beads are definitely on the more affordable end of the price scale, with genuine Biagi beads starting around $18 and topping out around $50. The Kidz line of beads sell for $2.50 – $12.00. Unlike some of the other European-style bracelet brands, Biagi do not have their own brand name stores, but there are many authorized online retailers that carry their jewelry.

Compatibility
Some Biagi beads are threaded and some are not, and there are no stoppers on the the bracelets (you keep the beads in certain areas with the help of cover lock clips). The beads (and charm carriers) are compatible with the Chamilia bracelet, Lovelinks, and the Pandora bracelet, and they also fit on Trollbeads bracelets, however, Troll beads will not fit on Biagi bracelets.

NOTE: Trollbeads recently released a new line, Universal Uniques, that fits other brand’s snake chains, including Biagi. For photos and more, see my Trollbeads News post.

Photos: Biagi


What Is An Italian Charm Bracelet?

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Charms come in many shapes and forms, and so far we have talked about European charms (such as Lovelinks, the Chamilia beads, Troll beads, and perhaps the most famous of them all: the Pandora bracelet) and traditional charms, both “regular” and those “with a twist” (such as the the Thomas Sabo charm collection). Today, it’s time explore the Italian charm bracelet.

Paolo Gensini (from a small town near Florence in Italy) is credited with inventing the Italian charm bracelet (he is now doing business under the name Nomination), but there are lots of other companies and designers who make them as well (among the most well known are Zoppini, Charisma, Firenze, and Talexia).

Italian charm bracelet charms are different from all the ones mentioned above, and is yet another take on a charm bracelet. Instead of being round or in the shape of something, they are rectangular flat links with different designs on top (either horizontally or vertically placed). A bracelet is put together by connecting the links with each other (a standard size Italian bracelet usually consists of 18 links) with the help of a built-in spring-loaded clasp mechanism.

They come in different sizes and designs, and while most do not have anything hanging from them, there are some with a little charm dangling from the flat link. The regular sized charms are 9mm; other sizes offered are 15 and 18mm, and megalinks, which are square 18mm links you can hook two strands of regular links to (so you end up with a double bracelet).

The designs consist of pretty much anything you can think of (Elvis, pets, good luck charms, medical alert messages for example), so you can mix and match or create a themed bracelet (such as a Christmas, anniversary, favorite pet, Hello Kitty, or Disney Italian charm bracelet), and are most often made from stainless steel with a variety of other materials (enamel, titanium, 18K gold, crystal, semi-precious stones) used in the designs on top. You can also get customized photo, logo or text charms made.

Here is one that I put together, and the final price came to $795.00 (to see it larger, click on it, it will open in a new window):

Prices vary quite a bit on these, depending on if you get the precious metals and stones links, or simple plated ones. I have seen them priced from $0.25 on sale (stainless steel with enamel) to $71 for a tourmaline stone dangle link.