In the world of charm jewelry more is more. Each piece is symbolic, and often sentimental—like the jewelry equivalent of a scrapbook, charms are collected as wearable memories that can be added to necklace bracelets, rings, and earrings. And while charm jewelry is booming, it’s a genre that’s been around for centuries. Queen Victoria herself is said to have had a charm bracelet so beautiful and popular that it inspired the creation of Tiffany & Co.’s iconic bracelet in 1889.
A pre-curated piece is always an option, but if you plan to create your own, follow this advice: “[Find] a larger charm that can be an anchor: a piece that the other charms can all be built around,” says Jennifer Shanker, founder of MUSE showroom and frequent collaborator on charm collections with independent designers. “The most important thing is to find charms that speak to you. If you can find personal meaning in a charm, you will never want to take it off.”