Italian Charm Bracelets originated in... you guessed it... Italy :-) and the best
Italian charms, featuring soldered enamel and/or 18K gold faces...
are still made there. These clever bracelets are modular and can be assembled,
then taken apart and rebuilt a different way,
adding and subtracting charms. You start with a stretchable stainless steel base
bracelet then slowly... or quickly if you're impatient :-) ... replace
each link with a decorated Italian charm. There are hundreds of charms to choose from including
individual letter and word charms, birthstone and crystal charms plus charms
featuring symbols and pictures illustrating
love and friendship, religious and spiritual beliefs, Western and Chinese signs of the zodiac, birds,
animals...cats, dogs, tigers, wolves... mythical creatures... dragons, unicorns....
holidays, sports teams, jobs, hobbies, music & the arts, cars, Disney & other cartoon characters
including Garfield & Sponge Bob, emoticons, (you name it!)
and there are new charms being created all the time.
Pandora beads, like Trollbeads, consist of sterling silver bracelets & necklaces onto which you screw
solid silver and solid 14K gold "beaded charms". Clips in the middle of the bracelet or necklace keep the
charms nicely spaced for a sophisticated and balanced look. You can add and change beads
easily by yourself. While Italian Charm bracelets lay flat against the wrist,
Pandora beads have a more 3-dimensional look. There are round beads, square beads, heart-shaped beads,
tubular beads and some that look like tiny sculptures of animals, flowers, mythic symbols, signs of the zodiac,
and all kinds of objects both fun and meaningful. You can also choose among polished sterling silver,
oxidized silver, beads that combine both looks, silver and 14K gold combo beads and beads in 14K gold alone.
Bracelets and necklaces come in polished or
oxidized sterling silver from 6" to 19". Buy one of each and switch the beads between them; they're supereasy to change :-)
Some of my favorite Pandora beads enlarged to show detail:
JJ Kent's Italian Charm Bracelets, Slider Bracelets & Pandora Beads They have thousands of Italian charms in stock & will also make custom charms
from your designs.
They also carry build-your-own slider bracelets.
And JJ Kent is so proud of their Pandora beads line that they guarantee "... that total strangers will compliment you on your Pandora beaded charm bracelet - or your money back!"
to begin building your Italian charm bracelet or Pandora bracelet – the web site is fun and their “drag-and-drop” interface allows you to really see what your bracelet will look like before you order.
They specialize in Zoppini/Firenze Italian charms and charm bracelets and are currently offering a free
Zoppini starter bracelet with purchase of any charm.
Italian Florentine Mall This modern day Renaissance shop based in Florence, Italy sells
many uniquely beautiful arts & artifacts
including charms & bracelets by Zoppini
My collection started with cats, lady moon, my zodiac sign
& charms inspired by Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac ...
... then added some meditation charms ...
... Peace, Love and Music!...
... this sun and shooting star will keep my moon company.
A nod to my Irish heritage & my newest favorite, the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland
My wish list...
and then there are these adorable Hello Kitty charms...
You can also get custom charms made from your own photos! I'll probably end up with a separate bracelet with
pictures of my feline family past and present. And so
the wish list keeps growing:-)