Did you know that story of charm bracelets stem from pre-historic superstitions?
Our early ancestors wore charms in the form of amulets or talismans to ward off bad luck and evil spirits. Traditionally made from stones, shells, gems and animal bones, charms became a symbol of faith and even worn for identification according to personal beliefs.
So are charm bracelets actually a pagan tradition? Not exactly, since Jews also wore amulets and charms for nearly as long as Judaism existed. It's simple - charms were popular jewelry for ancient times and for today, featuring symbols important to the wearer. In ancient times, Jews wore religious passages and Christians wore fish charms.
As time went on, charm bracelets became a way for people to express emotions and display personal affiliations. Tiffany & Co. created the "first" modern era commercial charm bracelet in 1889; their iconic single heart charm bracelet has now become their famous branding symbol.
Israeli fashion, of course, has its finger on the pulse of world trends, which is why you can now buy charms featuring themes themes like the Israeli flag, Israeli art, and
But how do their designs make it around the world? The internet.
"People around the world enjoy our beautifully crafted symbolic charms," says Arik Barel, CEO JWG, an e-commerce group. "Of our , the hottest for Jews and Christians alike is the 10 Commandments"
JWG's sells Christian-oriented charms like The Star of Bethlehem, Glimmering Eilat Stone Jerusalem Crosses, and other Christian symbols from
Charm bracelets are a personal and visual piece of conceptual and artistic jewelry, which can eventually become a meaningful and enriching family heirloom. For anyone who is Jewish or loves