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Charmed Bracelets And Necklaces For Mother’s Day

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

When I was (much) younger and asked my Mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she always replied “a hug and nice children”. Easy to give and I was happy to do so, but of course she deserved more than that. Even at a young age, I realized that being a Mom is not an easy job, and I was always looking for something special that would surprise and delight her. Sadly, my Mom is not with us anymore, but I still send her a (mental) hug on Mother’s Day.

For those who are lucky enough to still have their Mothers around, here are some recent finds that I think any Mom would love to receive:

Art-Charms

Who doesn’t love kids’ drawings and paintings? They are so creative and honest. I have one on the fridge that my best friend’s daughter did of me and my dog 4 years ago and it still makes me smile every time I see it. Cleveland-based company Art-Charms, founded by goldsmith Chad Verhoff, make adorable charms, pendants and cuff links from your child’s drawings (using only recycled precious metals). They come in circle, oval, heart or square shapes with the drawing engraved into the charm. I love the idea, and the final results really do look like the original drawing.

Photos: Art-Charms

Cut-out Art Charms

Swedish-born goldsmith Mia van Beek started her company Formia Design in Stockholm in 2001, but fate and love brought her to the US, and since 2004, she operates her business out of Virginia. Mia also creates jewelry from children’s’ art, but with a different look. Her charms, earrings, brooches, pendants, bookmarks and key chains come in gold and silver, and instead of being engraved into the pieces, they are cut out of the metal. The idea for the art jewelry came to her when she was trying to think of a personalized gift for her 3-year old daughter’s pre-school teacher. Her daughter drew a scribble, called it earrings, and that’s exactly what Mia turned her daughter’s drawing into.

Photos: Formia Design

Charmed Necklaces

Zoe, founder and owner of Three Sisters Jewelry Design, used to be an attorney, but a series of life-changing events made her change course. She opened a photography studio in one of my favorite places on earth – Solana Beach, CA – and also started taking metal smith classes. Eventually, Three Sisters Jewelry (named after her three daughters) was born, and today, she creates a large variety of hand-stamped silver and gold charm bracelets and necklaces. My sister-in-law has a charm necklace from Three Sisters, the “gigi’s jewelry box”, which has a locket with the silhouette of her daughter and two hand-stamped charms with initials. It is absolutely adorable, and my niece loves opening the locket to look at her own profile.

Photos: Three Sisters Jewelry Design

Recycled Charms

Retired TV and movie costumer Suz of Polkadot Magpie turns metal scraps from her custom knife maker husband’s workshop into these adorable personalized hand stamped charms and pendants. They come in several different shapes: hearts, cats, stars, birds, bunnies, etc. The bunny charms have a very special story: Suz worked on the set of Crash with the late Dennis Hopper (whom she called “The Bunny”) and when he told her that his illness had taken a turn for the worse, she created these charms to help raise funds for ACS (and still donates the profits from the bunny charms to them).

Photos: Polkadot Magpie

Fingerprint Charms

Therese and Sandra, the two artists (and Moms) behind London-based company Joulberry create these darling silver fingerprint charms and pendants. When you place an order, you first receive a print kit so that you can take an impression. The charm is then created from the print, and can also be engraved on the front and/or back with your child’s name, birth date, or any other message you would like.

Photos: Joulberry

Also check out the baby teeth charms on the Unusual Charm Bracelet Charms post, and don’t miss my post about Men Gifts for Father’s Day

Christmas And Winter Holiday Charms And Beads – Santa’s Sleigh

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Few things are as symbolic of Christmas in American culture as Santa traveling across the dark winter sky in his sleigh pulled by reindeers. He supposedly travels from the North Pole and delivers packages all over the world, although his home base varies depending on where you live: in Denmark, everybody knows he lives on Greenland, in Finland, he calls the mountain Korvatunturi home, and a few years ago, a Swedish company determined that Kyrgyzstan would be the ideal location for him, based on the rotation of the earth and where the majority of people are located.

Although in Sweden, he doesn’t arrive by sleigh at all; he walks, knocks on the door and comes in and hands out gifts in person. And in Holland, Sinterklaas arrives by boat from Spain. Regardless of what you believe, the image of Santa and his sleigh is a compelling one, and for today’s post, I have selected some of my favorite sleigh charms:

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1. Sterling silver charm bead by Chamilia

2. Sterling silver and garnet charm bead by Pandora

3. Sterling silver and red enamel charm by Links of London USA

4. 14k gold and enamel charm by HJ

5. Sterling silver and 9k gold charm from Clogau Gold

6. Sterling silver (also comes in 9, 14 and 18k gold) charm by Amanda Jo

7. Oxidized sterling silver charm by LGU

8. Enamel and gold plate charm necklace with a tiny diamante by Sparkle Thots

9. Sterling silver charm from JewelryWeb

10. Antique copper charm bracelet with pink glass beads by Ambient Zebra

For more Christmas-related charms, also see my Christmas Tree charms post.

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Guinea Pig Charms And Pendants

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

In honor of March being Adopt a Guinea Pig Month, I thought we’d do a post featuring Guinea Pig charms and pendants. I love guinea pigs, they are so adorable, friendly and personable. It’s so cute how they start “talking” to you (more like squeaky happy little guinea pig sounds) as soon as you walk into the room, and how they sometimes jump straight up in the air (“popcorning”) when they are excited or happy.

Guinea Pigs, whose scientific name is Cavia porcellus, (they are often called Cavies) originated in South America where they were domesticated around 5000 BC already (although not so much for their cuteness but as a food source). The Peruvian Moche people worshipped them and often depicted them in their art, and statues of Guinea Pigs dating back to 500 BC to 500 AD have been found in both Peru and Ecuador.

They made their way to Europe in the 1500s where they became popular pets (Queen Elizabeth 1 of England was very fond of them). Today, they are popular all over the world, and it is estimated that there are around 3.5 million guinea pigs kept as pets in the US.

Unfortunately, many of those pets end up in shelters for a variety of reasons – changing family and living situations, unplanned guinea pig babies, lack of time, failure to understand the extent of the commitment of owning a pet before getting one, etc. It is such a shame, because guinea pigs really are wonderful pets, quite low-maintenance, and so much fun.

Typical guinea pig life expectancy is around five to seven years (although they can live longer) and they are very social animals (they live in large herds in the wild), so if you consider adopting, please don’t get just one, your cavy needs a friend.

They will need a large cage with a solid floor to live in, toys to play with and a house to hide in, bedding to sleep on, and lots of time to exercise outside of the cage. Their diet should consist of lots of top quality hay, pellets (especially made for guinea pigs) and a variety of vegetables, especially those that contain a lot of vitamin C – guinea pigs do not produce vitamin C on their own, but they need it for their survival. The ASPCA has lots of great information about caring for guinea pigs, and a downloadable pdf with care tips.

If you are interested in adopting (or fostering) guinea pigs, contact your local shelter or go to Petfinder.com and type in your zip code to search for available pets in your area.

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1. Sterling silver necklace with a tiny handmade guinea pig charm by California artist Sue of Lulu Bug Jewelry

2. 3D charms in 14k yellow or white gold from Esquivel & Fees

3. Sterling silver necklace with a trigger clasp pendant by Graham Gillett. From The Winking Cavy

4. Sterling silver charm bead (fits most European-style bracelets) by Ohm

5. Sterling silver clip-on charm from Charms by Carol

6. Custom-made (from your photo), hand painted Polymer clay charm by Michigan artist Jen of Blue Desert Rose

7. Pendant with a Beatrix Potter illustration of gardening guinea pigs by Funck Love Designs

8. Fused glass pendant with a tiny painting of a guinea pig. Handmade by Canadian artist Fanny Dallaire

9. Stainless steel Italian charm bracelet link by Clearly Charming

10. Sterling silver necklace with a hand detailed guinea pig pendant by Rochester-based artist and metalsmith Mary Walke

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March Birthstone Charms And Pendants – Aquamarine

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

In the modern tradition, the birthstone for March is the gorgeous Aquamarine (in the mystical tradition it’s Jade and in all others Bloodstone – more on those in separate posts).

Morganite, Aquamarine and Heliodor

Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family, which also includes Emeralds (green), Morganite (pink – purple), Heliodor (yellow), Goshenite (Clear) and Bixbite (red, very rare). Pure beryl has no color – these stones get their different hues from impurities, and in the case of Aquamarine it comes from iron. The stones are also almost always heat treated which enhances the blue color by removing some of the green and/or yellow that may be present.

The word Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua (water) and mare (sea) and it certainly is an apt description of the colors of these stones, which range from a pale light blue to deep greenish hues. They are fairly abundant and are mainly mined in Brazil, but also in Madagascar, India, Nigeria, Russia, China and the US.

The stones can come in huge sizes and it is not unusual to see large cut aquamarines of 40 – 50ct. Aquamarines can be quite affordable, but the price of course depends on size and quality. Greenish-blue ones with lots of inclusions are at the lowest end of the price scale, while clear (no inclusions), intensely sky and dark blue stones usually fetch the highest prices. Having said that, beryl sometimes have inclusions that produce rare asterism (star) and cat’s eye effects, and aquamarines with either of those can be quite costly.

Aquamarine Healing Properties

Aquamarines are said to protect seafarers, enhance communication, help you stick to your goals in life, become less self-centered, alleviate depression and anxiety, calm fears, promote tranquility and a light heart and boost creativity and intuition. Holding an aquamarine while meditating helps you focus and go deeper into the meditation. It is also believed to help with the immune system (allergies), the thymus gland, spleen, heart, throat, lymph nodes, eye inflammation, arthritis, and varicose veins.

In addition to being the birthstone of March, it is the planetary stone for Pisces, the state gem for Colorado, the birthstone for October in the Roman, Hebrew and Arabic tradition, and the 19th wedding anniversary stone.

I love aquamarine and always carry a small rondelle with me when I’m not wearing aquamarine jewelry – I find it calms and centers me, especially when I hold it in my hand. Give it try yourself and see what you experience.

As usual, I have selected a few favorite aquamarine charms and pendants:

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1. Handmade sterling silver and aquamarine necklace pendant by Colorado-based artist Nancy Green

2. Sterling silver Donatella flower charm with an aquamarine dangle. From Macy’s

3. Handmade sterling silver and aquamarine Tree of Life pendant by Florida-based artist Miss M. Turner of Phoenix Fire Designs

4. Vintage 14k gold bracelet with amethysts and aquamarines from Ross-Simons

5. Handmade silver and aquamarine owl charm by British silversmith and artist Caroline of Little Bird Studio 22

6. 14k white gold necklace with an aquamarine and diamond flower pendant from Angara

7. Copper, tin and brass Hamsa hand talisman with aquamarine, glass and Swarovski Crystals. From AmuletGifts.com

8. 14k gold and aquamarine bead charm from Pandora

9. Tiny sterling silver and aquamarine charm from The Black Bow

10. Handmade hammered sterling silver and aquamarine pendant by TatianaG

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December Birthstone Charms – Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, Turquoise, Zircon And Ruby

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Birthstones in general are thought to have begun with the biblical breastplate of Aaron (around 1300 B.C.) – a garment set with 12 precious stones – and it is believed that each stone was associated with a zodiac sign (like in Vedic astrology and Ayurvedic medicine). The tradition of associating specific gemstones with particular months is rumored to have begun in Poland in the 1700s, and the list as we know it today here in the US was adopted as a standard by the National Association of Jewelers in 1912.

The Birthstones For December

While most agree on which stone(s) go with which month, there are some variations. For December, the standardized stones in the modern tradition are Tanzanite, Turquoise and Zircon. Some also include Blue Topaz, but in several ancient traditions (as well as Ayurveda), Ruby is the stone for this month. So the December birthstone color is mainly variations of blue, with the blood red ruby as an exception.

As always with gemstones, each birthstone is said to have certain properties, meanings and powers. Here is a little bit of information on each stone (scroll down to the end of the post to see my selection of a few favorite charms incorporating these stones):

Tanzanite

A mineral discovered in Tanzania as late as 1967, Tanzanite (scientifically known as blue Zoisite) didn’t become an official birthstone of December until 2002 (and is the only addition to the original list from 1912). Its natural color is a brownish red, and it takes a good bit of heat to bring out that purple/deep blue color. It was discovered after a wildfire on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro by geologist Manuel D’Souza who brought it to Tiffany & Co’s attention. They re-named the Zoisite “Tanzanite” and brought it to the market with great success. It is a popular, rare and consequently expensive stone – it is only found in Tanzania and once the supply is gone, it’s gone. Tanzanite is also the anniversary gemstone for the 24th year of marriage.

Tanzanite is said to help open the heart and third eye chakras and aid in communication with the spiritual world.

Zircon

The word Zircon derives from the Arabic and means gold and color, and Zircon (not to be confused with cubic zirconia) does come in a variety of colors. Its natural hues are in the brown, orange and red family, but it also comes in green and yellow and, with the help of heat treatment, clear and blue. The clear variety has long been used as a diamond imitation, but today, the most popular hue is blue (a very pretty light pastel aqua color). Zircon can be found in many places around the world (although most are mined in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam), and it is a relatively inexpensive, and very popular, gemstone.

Zircon is an important stone in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is thought to bring wisdom, a noble heart, good luck, joy and wealth. It also relieves pain, helps with sleep problems, and protects the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. I think we can all use one of these! 🙂

Blue Topaz

Pure Topaz is clear as glass, but thanks to a variety of impurities, it also comes in many colors, including red, pink, brown, yellow (November’s birthstone), orange, purple, green and blue. The blue variety is the most popular one, and while it does sometimes occur naturally, the blue color is most often achieved with the help of irradiation (radiation) and heat treatment. The resulting colors range from a pale baby blue (known as Sky Blue) to the crisp Swiss blue to a nice, rich deep, almost teal, blue (called London or Super Blue). Blue Topaz, which is also the anniversary gemstone for the 4th year of marriage, is available in abundance, and as with all gemstones, the price depends on the purity and size of the stone, but in general, it is quite affordable.

Blue Topaz is said to balance one’s emotions, bring mental clarity, truth, abundance, joy and love, and help the third eye’s ability to see at a higher level. Other topaz healing uses include wounds and eating disorders.

Turquoise

Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones, used and appreciated for thousands of years, not only for its beauty, but also because it was believed to be a good luck talisman. Turquoise is of course turquoise, and it gets its blue-green color from copper. There are other, less common, variations on the color such as a deeper blue-green and bright green, and the color depends on the chemical composition of the earth where it is formed. The best quality Turquoise is a solid robin’s egg blue with no discolorations or veins, and most of these can be found in Iran and the southwestern part of the US. Turquoise, which is also the 11th wedding anniversary gemstone, is plentiful and affordable.

An important stone in crystal healing, turquoise is thought to protect the (physical) body, help the chi flow and combat depression. It helps with communication and creativity and strengthens the immune system. It is also believed to bring friendship, courage, a long life, happiness and good luck.

Ruby

The popular Ruby is the birthstone for December in the Ayurvedic and Traditional system. In the modern, standardized list of birthstones, it is the stone for July, and it is also the 40th wedding anniversary gemstone as well as the zodiac birthstone for Capricorn. It is the red variety of the mineral corundum (a crystalline form of aluminum oxide) – all other corundum colors are called sapphires. The red color is the result of the (natural) addition of chromium, and colors range from light pink to deep red. Most rubies are heat treated to bring out richer color and more clarity, and the darker the color, the more valuable the stone. It is an expensive gemstone (several thousand dollars per carat for top-notch stones) – a ruby bracelet owned by Marlene Dietrich sold at Sotheby’s in 1992 for $990,000 (it was admittedly jawdroppingly stunning, but still!).

Ruby stimulates the heart chakra and is said to protect the heart from emotional suffering, aid in making wise decisions, promote happiness, a positive outlook, and ideal relationships. It is also thought to help with detoxification, eye problems, heart conditions, remove infections in the blood, reduce nightmares and depression and ward off evil spirits.

Whew, that was a lot of information! Let’s move on to the visual part of this post – my handpicked selection of some of my favorite December birthstone jewelry:

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1. Sterling silver charm with Turquoise, Rhodonite, Mother-of-Pearl, Sugilite, and Malachite inlay. By Carolyn Pollack

2. Sterling silver and turquoise charm necklace by Dogeared

3. Sterling silver and ruby heart charm from Blue Nile

4. Sterling silver bead charm with silver and Tanzanite heart dangle by Lovelinks® by Aagaard

5. Sterling silver necklace with silver key and Blue Topaz charm by Fifilabonge

6. 14k gold and blue zircon Mother and child charm from Reeds Jewelers

7. 18k gold, topaz and onyx evil eye charm from Links of London USA

8. Charm necklace with gold dipped flower and faceted Blue Topaz from Simply Brie Designs

9. Sterling silver and blue topaz baby shoe charm from Netaya

10. Rose gold, turquoise and Swarowski crystal charm bracelet by Jaidan Designs

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Links Of London – Charms, Bracelets, Rings, Cufflinks And More

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Links of London is a jewelry company based in the UK (as one would assume from the name). The company got started on what can best be described as a whim: in 1990, founder Annoushka Ducas designed some fish-shaped cuff links to be given as Christmas presents to the top customers of her Mothers’ fish business. After the holidays, she still had a number of them left, so she went into the luxury London department store Harvey Nichols and asked if they would be interested in selling them. They said yes, but only if she designed an entire collection, and Links of London was born.

Ducas started the company together with her husband John Ayton in 1991, and it became a huge success and recipient of many awards. In 2006, the couple sold Links of London for £50 million to Greek jewelry company Folli Follie, and in 2009, Annoushka Ducas started a new jewelry business – “Annoushka”.

Links of London continues its success story: their products can now be found in over 300 stores across the globe as well as online; the company was recently asked to create the official London Olympics 2012 jewelry line; and their pieces are worn by many celebrities, including Kate Middleton (or the Duchess of Cambridge as she is known these days) who wore their “Hope” white topaz earrings in the official engagement photos.

Two new collections are released each year, and there are currently 10 different lines of jewelry (each with a very distinct look), in addition to watches, a bridal collection and various gifts (frames, bags, bag charms, etc.):

The Links of London Jewelry Collections

Sweetie
The Sweetie line consists mostly of bracelets (but there are also a few necklaces, earrings, ringsand a watch) and the signature look here is rings stacked to form a bracelet or as part of one.

Friendship
As you would assume, this line consists of friendship bracelets, made from sterling silver and threads in various colors. There are single and double-wrap versions, most have silver “pins”, some have other silver designs like hearts, strawberries, and a tad startling, skulls. One really fun one that caught my attention is the Wimbledon Tennis Ball Friendship bracelet, which is made from tiny silver tennis balls woven together by thread in that neon yellow-greenish color of tennis balls.

Effervescence
This collection is made up of silver and gold “bubbles” and includes some really substantial bracelets, a few friendship ‘bubble bracelets” (my favorites), rings, earrings and necklaces.

20/20
The 20/20 line consists of interlocking rings in various designs and sizes.

Hope
The Hope collection is designed to emulate stone shapes and includes earrings, rings, pendants, a charm, and bracelets.

Camden
Camden is all about skulls – woven into bracelets, as pendants, charms and cufflinks.

Signature
The signature collection is one of the most understated and consists of charms, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and a ring in shiny silver with moonstones in gorgeous shades of orange and grey.

Silver Palm
Another discreet collection, this one inspired by bamboo. It’s all sterling silver and includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.

Love Note
Love note features hearts, hearts and more hearts in white, yellow and rose gold, and the charms have amethysts and amazonites.

2012
The 2012 collection features the Olympics jewelry – charms, bracelets, necklaces, cufflinks, key rings, earrings, charm beads, rings and more – most celebrating Britain and/or sports in some way.

Feed Bracelets
A new line of friendship bracelets called “Feed” was recently launched. The bracelets are made from different colored cords with a single sterling silver bead in various shapes (water drop, dove, heart, etc.), each supporting a different hunger-fighting program through the FEED foundation. And if you happen to be in London, you can get your hands on one design with an 18k gold heart that is sold only at Harrods and supports food for kids in high HIV/AIDS areas.

Links of London for Men

Cufflinks
As you would expect from a company that got started thanks to a pair of cufflinks, the men’s jewelry include a quite extensive cufflink collection in fun, unusual and manly designs 🙂 such as skulls, moustaches, barbells, etc. The moustache cufflinks were created specifically for “Movember” – a yearly worldwide charity event that help raise money for research specific to men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, etc. – and 10% of the sales proceeds are donated to Movember.

The Men’s collection also include several friendship bracelets, rings, necklaces, watches and accessories (wallets, collar bones, etc.).

Links of London for Kids

There is also a line for kids, which includes jewelry (sterling silver charm bracelets sized for babies and young children), gift items (keepsake boxes, etc.), and these darling little miniature animal couples, each with the most adorable names: Harry and Helena Hedgehog, Percy and Patricia Pig, Orlando and Olivia Ostrich, etc. Too cute!

Links of London Charms

And last, but not least, there is of course their extensive collection of charms – which currently consists of around 350 designs. The charms are made from sterling silver and 18k gold, many are enameled, some have precious stones (diamonds, topaz, sapphires, etc.) and the designs range from cheeky to chic.

All photos: Links of London USA

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5 Unique Jewelry Box Designs

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

We have talked before on this blog about the importance of storing your jewelry the right way (see the earlier “jewelry boxes…” post). Regardless of whether your pieces are valuable investments, cherished heirlooms or “just” have sentimental value, they deserve tender loving care and a form of storage that protects them. Having said that, the storage does not have to be bland and utilitarian.

Here are some unique jewelry boxes that are as wonderful as gifts as worth keeping for yourself.

Concrete Baroque

This unusual jewelry box is a design by Swedish team Cathrine Olsen & Hans Edblad. It is made of raw concrete embossed with an elaborate baroque pattern. They come in two sizes, and the one-compartment interior is lined with silk.

Photos: Edblad & Co

Tetris-Inspired Ring Boxes

The super creative box by Austrian designer Gerlinde Gruber is the perfect holding place for rings to be given to (or perhaps by) the Tetris (or former Tetris)-obsessed. The box is made from 6 wood blocks and is held together by a paper loop (perfect for stamping or writing a message or greeting on). I think it’s adorable regardless of whether you have even ever heard of Tetris or not, and for those who are looking to surprise their special someone: it definitely does not scream “engagement ring”.

Photos: Stephan Friesinger

Pumpkin Coach Trinket Boxes

This small (3x3x1″) Cinderella-esque fantasy jewelry box is really intended to be used as a wedding (or party) favor, but I think it is perfect as a box for a young girl (or for older girls with a romantic side!). Made from hard silver pewter poly resin, they can hold your smaller trinkets and charms, and the pumpkin coach shape and rhinestone features adds a bit of fairy-tale glam to the design.

Photo: Favorfavor

Cake

This gorgeous box is actually not a box at all, but a cake (not great for storing jewelry in, but I couldn’t resist!). The toasted almond cake by San Francisco designer Shinmin Li is just one of  many amazing creations from her company I Dream of Cake.

Photo: I Dream of Cake

The Linley Architectural Boxes

Last, but certainly not least, the crème-de-la-crème of the bunch. The luxurious and elegant jewelry boxes by famed London furniture-maker David Linley (who is also the chairman of Christie’s UK) are intricately designed pieces inspired by some of the world’s famous architectural buildings (Monticello, The Casino at Marino, etc.). They look more like elaborate (and very stylish) doll houses, and house secret compartments and drawers to fit each jewelry type (there are also similar boxes for wine and cigars). These collectors’ items are rather large and don’t come cheap – the Metropolitan Museum of Art box below measures roughly 24x12x9″ and sells for over $38,000.

Photos: David Linley Furniture

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