03 January 2013

Simply charmed!

I adore charm bracelets. It was about this time last year when I talked about the wonderful vintage charm bracelet that I received from my mother. I don't wear it because I am incredibly afraid of losing it and it means too much to me! Instead, I created one of my own. 

Two of my good friends, Jana, Casey and I have similar bracelets. They are both moms and we see each other all of the time, so it is no wonder that we have a couple of charms in common. I started with my Junior League bracelet, which simply had our JL symbol on it.     
From there, I started building. Jana, Casey & I coincidentally have the same Chai charm from James Avery. Given that it is the Jewish symbol for "life," it is only natural for all of us to have one on our bracelets. I used to wear the Magen David charm on a necklace, but moved it to the bracelet. I liked its pairing with the Chai and Hamsa, which protects against the Evil Eye. 

Casey turned 30 this year and her sister-in-law gave her a "30" charm to add to her bracelet. Casey then convinced me to put a "40" on mine, albeit a year late. The "Cameron" silhouette I bought when I was pregnant. Cameron has never had a security blanket or an ultra favorite toy, but has had an affinity to his "bibi" (pacifier). I searched high and low for a pacifier charm that looked like the one he uses and found a vintage one a month ago. Long after his real pacifiers are gone, I will always have this reminder.

The final two charms represent my fraternity, Phi Mu. Although our official mascot is the lion, many Phi Mus have also adopted the ladybug. My husband & I found this one at an antique store a few years ago. It is gold, instead of silver and coupled with the red, provides a nice pop of color among all of the sterling silver. 

I know that I will continue to add more, but I have  a great start to a bracelet that I will one day pass along to one of my children or grandchildren.