Posts Tagged ‘charm’

Adorable Heart Charm Mugs

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011


Charms can obviously be used in many other ways than on a charm bracelet – in scrapbooking, attached to gifts, on necklaces, etc. – and the other day, I came across a fabulous new way of using them that I have never seen before: attached to mugs.

These adorable mugs are made by French-born artist and founder of Ligne Ceramique, Jacqueline Igestedt. She began her career as a furniture designer and also worked as an interior decorator in Casablanca, Morocco. She now lives in Stockholm, Sweden and focuses her creative powers on ceramics.

The mugs (3.3” high) come in off white and black with either a heart charm or tiny glass beads, and can be used for both hot and cold beverages. Or be used as anything really – pencil cups, small flower pots, candy bowls, vases, etc.

So cute and creative! I especially love the ones with the heart charms. I have not been able to find them here in the US, but they are available online at Inreda.com.

All photos: Inreda.com


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


Charms, Amulets And Talismans In Other Languages

Thursday, July 1st, 2010



Even if you’re not a collector (yet!), it is fun to hunt for charms and amulets (good luck charms) in other countries. Charms in Other LanguagesThey are great souvenirs for yourself and make fabulous gifts for those back home. Pick up a bunch and put them on a bracelet to give at a holiday or special occasion. You can make these really personal too. For example, if the recipient loves to read, look for charms depicting books, pens, famous libraries, etc. Another advantage of charms is that they are lightweight and take up virtually no space in your suitcase.

Even if you don’t speak the local language, it is helpful to know what charms are called in other languages, both when shopping in other countries and browsing the internet. Sometimes, going to the Google page of a particular country and doing a search for an item in the local language can yield great results, and you may discover treasures that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

This is what “Charms”, “Amulets” and “Talismans” are called in a few other languages (where there are only two words, the word for amulet and talisman is the same):

Afrikaans: Sjarme, Amulet
Albanian: Bukuri, Amulet, Hajmali
Bulgarian: Char, Amulet, Talisman
Chinese: Mèilì, Hùshenfú
Croatian: Šarm, Amulet, Amajlija
Czech: Kouzlo, Amulet, Talisman
Danish: Charme, Amulet, Talisman
Dutch: Charme, Amulet, Talisman
Estonian: Võlu, Amulett, Talisman
Filipino: Halinahin, Anting-Anting
Finnish: Viehätys, Amuletti, Talismaani
French: Charme, Breloque, Porte-Bonheur, Amulette
German: Charme, Glucksbringer, Amulette, Talisman
Greek: GoiTeía, Fylaktó, Fylachtó
Hindi: Akarsana, Tabiza, Taviza
Hungarian: Báj, Amulett, Talizmán
Icelandic: Þokki, Verndargripir, Talisman
Indonesian: Pesona, Jimat
Italian: Incanto, Porta-Fortuna, Talismano, Amuleto
Japanese: Miryoku, Omamori
Korean: Maelyeog, Bujeog
Latvian: Burviba, Amulets, Talismans
Lithuanian: Žavesio, Amuletas, Talismanas
Macedonian: Šarm, Amulet, Talisman
Malay: Pesona, Jimat
Norweigan: Sjarm, Amuletten, Talisman
Polish: Urok, Amulet, Talizman
Portugese: Encanto, Amuleto, Talismã
Romanian: Farmec, Amuleta, Talisman
Russian: Ocharovanie, Amulet, Talisman
Serbian: Šarm, Amajlija
Slovak: Kúzlo, Amulet, Talizman
Slovenian: Car, Amulet, Talisman
Spanish: Encanto, Dije, Amuleto, Talismán
Swedish: Berlock, Amulett, Talisman
Thai: SEnh, KheruXngrang, KHxngkHlang
Turkish: Çekicilik, Muska, Tilsim
Ukranian: Charivnist’, Amulet, Talisman
Vietnamese: Say Mê, BuA, BuA Phu Hô
Welsh: Swyn, Amulet, Talisman