December 11, 2011

Fashion | A Return to Charm

Gold and Multi-Gem Charm Bracelet, Estimate $25,000 - $35,000
[Price Realized at Auction: $326,500]

I think this just might be the year of the charm bracelet! The kick-off is the legendary sale at Christie's on December 13 and 14, of the Elizabeth Taylor Crown Jewels of Hollywood Collection. I am intrigued by the charm bracelets. As Town & Country magazine writes in their Invaluable column in the January issue... "Charm bracelets have always been a kind of jeweled autobiography, each dangling trinket a tangible remembrance of things past."

Gold and Multi-Gem Charm Bracelet, Estimate $4,000 - $6,000
[Price Realized at Auction: $194,500]

My godmother was a publishing friend of my father's. Her name was Yvonne Sayers. I only met her a few times as a child and was always mesmerized by the sound, the weight, and the meaning of each charm on her chunky, Mexican-sterling charm bracelet. When I was 25 and living in Boston, I received it in the mail. Yvonne had died and left it to me. All those years later, she dearly remembered how charmed I was by her bracelet. I promise to add it to this post when I can get around to photograph it [I just had foot surgery]. But for now, we can be mesmerized by Elizabeth Taylor's dangling trinkets and imagine the stories behind these one-of-a-kind charms.

Gold and Multi-Gem Charm Bracelet, Estimate $15,000 - $20,000
[Price Realized at Auction: $194,500]

Gold and Multi-Gem Charm Bracelet, Estimate $12,000 - $15,000
[Price Realized at Auction: $158,500]

Visit the sale at Christie's here.

Some charming facts via Wikipedia:

Charm bracelets have been the subject of several waves of trends:

The first charm bracelets were worn by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Hittites and began appearing from 600 – 400 BC.

Queen Victoria wore charm bracelets that started a fashion among the European noble classes. She was instrumental to the popularity of charm bracelets, as she “loved to wear and give charm bracelets.

In 1889, Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelet — a link bracelet with a single heart dangling from it, a bracelet which is an iconic symbol for Tiffany today.


  1. can you imagine having one of her charm bracelets? amazing...

  2. I love charm bracelets. My sister wears my mother's with all the memories and sentiments intact!!

  3. Hi Jamie, You can imagine which charms Burton may have given her!! It would be amazing.

    Hi Quintessence, There is something magical about wearing a bracelet that dangles and sings! Lovely that your sister wears it!

  4. i was next door to my shop at a fabulous jewelry store....
    and they had this book open.
    i was blown away, and now want to own it.


  5. I love them too-have yet to inherit one. I did start one from many family "gold" mostly things from my father's collection, basketballs with his letters, tobacco leaves,pins, a couple of music medals-an aunt's, and I have added some of my own oddities. They are really lifetime things-what a great thing to start for a very young girl!,but it's never too late. can't wait to see your inheritance. pgt

  6. Hi Renée, I would love to buy a copy, too! And, think I just might! ox

  7. Hi Gaye, Yes... never too late! And, yours sounds great. I promise to photograph mine when I'm up and about. ox

  8. Wowza! Just fabulous ---


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