Fun with Italian Charm Bracelets

Italian Charm Bracelets are FUN!

Five different Italian Bracelets showcased on one hand stretched out to show the detail
Five different Italian Bracelets showcased on one hand stretched out to show the detail | Source

Italian charm bracelets offer a great casual look, perfect for summer time fun or a laid back weekend of outdoor fun in your favorite blue jeans. The Italian charm bracelet can include gold and glitter but the foundation is a stainless steel look. Initially I didn't care for the squareness of the charms but they grew on me over time. Why? Because the charms can be customized. More than another charm bracelet option, the Italian charm can include personal photos, engraved names and much more. Some opt for the more glitzy bracelets and will only consider an Italian charm with the gold and the CZ stones. All have a time and place but first we must fully understand the size options and the functions of this fun gift.

Italian charm bracelets offer a myriad of sizing options from toddler - yes, even a toddler bracelet is available to large and extra large. They make great gifts and can be customized for anyone. Learning the many different options, seeing how the bracelet works, learning how to add a charm, and sizing are all items that are part of the learning curve.

This hub is here to help you see the many different design options and give you a quick start to enjoying this great charm bracelet. I will give to you concisely all the needed information to quickly enjoy this great bracelet.

Italian Charm Bracelet - Four Different Link Sizes Showcased

Four different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white background
Four different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white background | Source

Fast Four Steps to Learning About Italian Charms

The learning curve for Italian bracelets is quick and easy. Just simply follow these four steps and you will know everything there is to know. The items that are critical is the circumference and recognizing there are different size links and different types of links. As in all learning situations, the photos are the key. This is especially true for the American buyer because of the metric conversion. Here is a summary of the steps we will cover:

  • Step One - Proper Sizing for the Circumference

  • Step Two - Link Size Options

    (from very thin to medium to larger and larger yet as shown above)

  • Step Three - How to Add and Change Links

  • Step Four - Managing Your Italian Charm Collection

Loads of Options with Italian Charms

stack of 9 gold and silver Italian charm bracelets
stack of 9 gold and silver Italian charm bracelets | Source

Beautiful and Fun Italian Charm Bracelets

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Four different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white backgroundFive different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white backgroundgold and silver Italian charm bracelets an entire stack of them Italian charm bracelets some with watches some with drop charms and more
Four different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white background
Four different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white background | Source
Five different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white background
Five different sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets showcases on a white background | Source
gold and silver Italian charm bracelets an entire stack of them
gold and silver Italian charm bracelets an entire stack of them | Source
 Italian charm bracelets some with watches some with drop charms and more
Italian charm bracelets some with watches some with drop charms and more | Source

The Italian Charm Bracelet is Loveable

This bracelet is simply loveable. It will take you to work, to school, and to a night out with the girls. Why is it so loveable? It is your very own, completely customized to your likes, your loves, it showcases your hobbies, vacations, your pets.

The development of the picture charms added to the individuality. I have seen Italian bracelet symmetrical with only cubit zirconia, all photo charms or all family related charms.

The options for decoration now include gold and cubit zirconia. You can have as much or as little glitz as you desire.

The best part of this bracelet is you are the designer. You can craft two identical bracelets and I did this for gifts to my best friend's girls but no two bracelets will ever be alike unless you design two yourself. Imagine customized jewelry that is personalized to your own style - this is the beauty of this very special design.

Only the Italians. Italian art is among the world's finest. It doesn't surprise me that the Italians invented and crafted this unique design.

For the woman who loves jewelry, this bracelet must be included in her jewelry wardrobe.

Step One - Proper Sizing for the Circumference

Proper sizing is the first concern. Luckily additional links can be added.

Simply measure your wrist and see the chart for the length of bracelet that you need.

Sizing for Italian Charms

colorful green sizing chart for Italian Charms
colorful green sizing chart for Italian Charms | Source
sizing chart for Italian Charms from toddler through adult - 8 different sizes
sizing chart for Italian Charms from toddler through adult - 8 different sizes | Source

Step Two - Link size options

If you shop on eBay as frequently as I do, you know the sellers alwaysprovided the details you need to make the right decision. The first time. However, it is your job to know the link size you need for the designoff your beracelts.

9mm Italian Charm Links and Sizes by Inches

visual of 9mm Italian charm link, megalink and superlink next to a ruler to showcase size in millimeters and in inches
visual of 9mm Italian charm link, megalink and superlink next to a ruler to showcase size in millimeters and in inches | Source

Different Width Sizes

To add even more options, be aware there are different sizes to the width of the links.

Three Sizes of Italian Charm Bracelets

Three Sizes of the Italian Charm | Small width 6.5mm or 1/4 inch wide | Medium width 9mm or 5/16 inch wide | Large width 13mm or 1/2 inch wide
Three Sizes of the Italian Charm | Small width 6.5mm or 1/4 inch wide | Medium width 9mm or 5/16 inch wide | Large width 13mm or 1/2 inch wide | Source

inches Inces and MM

mm to inches visual diagram
mm to inches visual diagram | Source

The Basics - Inches and Metrics

If you are a baby boomer like me, you will recall your grade school teacher predicted the demise of inches and the transition to metrics. Well as we know, fast forward three decades and metrics remains a mystery to most American Italian charms are sold only in metrics.

You must learn what to expect when the charm is 9 mm. This visual will give you a jump start. It is worth a thousand words - this chart readily conveys what you can expect with the various sizes of the charms.

Essentially 9 mm equals a little less than 40% of one inch. For the exact computation,it here is another visual that spells it out be precisely .354331.

9mm equals 3/8 inch
9mm equals 3/8 inch

Different Sizes - The Options

9 mm equals 0.354331

How to Add Italian Charms to Your Bracelet

how to handle and add Italian charms with open charm detailed with two hands holding the charm in the open position
how to handle and add Italian charms with open charm detailed with two hands holding the charm in the open position | Source

Step Three Adding Changing Links

Now that you have the link sizes understood, the last step is understanding how to add or change links.

Moving links around can be frustrating. You must have an end goal in mind. Know first where you desire your final limbs and take the changes and additions slowly.

No worry, if you desire to make a change later, that is one of the many perks of this charm bracelet design. Unlike other bracelet who are completely permanent - remember the soldering of charms at the jeweler?


The charm bracelets I grew up with mandated a charm to be forever located in it spot. I have had 14k and sterling silver charms soldered by the jewelry and these charms remain decades later in the very same position.

Moving and repositioning charms is always a possibility with this inventive piece of jewelry. For your level of frustration do take a couple of minutes to design two or three versions and carefully lay them out before you begin changing the location of the charms.

How to Add and Remove Italian Charms Video

Step Four - Manage Your Collecting Fever

This step is essential. I started with four bracelets, one. For myself, my best friend and her two daughters. A coworker regularly wears three bracelets together and that look is stunning.

Layered bracelet are big in fashion today so making multiple theme bracelets and wearing them together is a great fashion piece that also offers memories of special events.

These charms are fun and you design a bracelet for every topic in your life from family and friends to pets to even holiday bracelets. The item of my desire next is a Christmas bracelet with Santa's sleigh, Rudolph, Frosty and so on.

You may not need a bracelet for each holiday but you do need an Italian charm bracelet to make your jewelry wardrobe complete.

Italian Charm Not Euro Charm

Word of caution when shopping on line, be careful of what you choose. Euro charms do not fit Italian charms. The first step is always to know the size of the charm you desire.

Type of Charms and Purpose

This bracelet you can find with multiple types of charms from a watch to a mood charm that changes color as the warmth of your skin changes to dangles to cubic zirconia to gold and silver to the classic silver to the much loved enamel.

My all time favorite is the colorful enamel. The workmanship is unbelievable and the durability is even better. Add to all of that and you also have a myriad of themes to choose from every holiday and event to custom photos to the many I love charms - you know the ones - I love my dog, I love my cat and so on.

Have you given or received an Italian charm bracelet for a gift?

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Italian Charms Make Great Gifts

Italian charms are a great item to add to over the different holidays and birthdays. Having multiple bracelets with different themes is highly recommenced.

Great Gift for a Loved One or For Yourself

I always enjoy buying gifts that I can add to over the years. This works especially well for children and family. Adding in a small charm each holiday makes the charm remembered and special.

Yes, Christmas is the big holiday but the main holiday for me is always Thanksgiving. Being thankful for the special moments in our lives and special people is what life is all about. To combine your life moments with a piece of jewelry is something that is very special. That explains the popularity of this piece of jewelry and that also explains why this inventive type of bracelet will never go out of style. As HubPages says, it is evergreen.

Buy an everlasting gift for yourself or a loved one today, consider the option of the Italian Charm Bracelet.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much for sharing an interesting and useful hub which I vote up and share.

Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Thanks for a great tutorial on Italian charms. They look really cool and your explanation of size selections and additions was very thorough.


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GmaGoldie 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

Hi Eiddwen,

Italian charm bracelets were very hot a while back but I believe they are a classic that will never die. All charm bracelets are individual and that is what makes them timeless. They become a part of us and showcase the many different events in our lives.


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GmaGoldie 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

Cyndi10,

They are fun. I have purchased these for gifts and they are great. I never know what to give the girls and to have something that is timeless and that can be added to is a great item.

The size and selection I found daunting initially so that is the reason why I wrote the hub. I wanted everything all in one place especially the details on the metric sizing.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

I have one of these Italian charm bracelets. They are fun to have and collect the charms and reflect the wearer. I still wear mine today. Thanks for an interesting and informative hub. I had no idea about the large charms/links - I hadn't seen those where I live. Well written and presented!


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GmaGoldie 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

SuzetteNaples,

I just visited a posh hotel and the lady who got off the elevator at this five star hotel had this bracelet on! And yes, I always notice jewelry but took particular interest given the luxury setting I had the privilege of attending!

I know what you mean about the large links - I had no idea they even existed.

A lady at work wears three Italian charm bracelets together on the same wrist, so now that I have one bracelet, I can see the practicality of adding two more! LOL


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

What an interesting hub, I love the idea of a bracelet you can keep adding to, my granddaughter would love one, now there's an idea for Christmas!

Voting up, best wishes Lesley


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GmaGoldie 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

Movie Master,

That was my very thought!A great bracelet to add to over time. You can add photos, you can add charms to celebrate events. The charms that celebrate the dogs are simply my favorite! Thank you so much for stopping by.


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GmaGoldie 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

Movie Master,

These bracelet are great for children and adults alike. I never thought of wearing multiple ones or crafting a seasonal bracelet before. A lady at work educated me on this. I do find that I lack the hand strength even with the key but the key makes changing and adding much easier even for those with great hand strength. Next time I am at the jeweler, I will ask them to update my bracelet. But before that I may have to go out to eBay and buying another bracelet for the Christmas holiday. I can readily see a red and green with Christmas trees, Snowmen and more!

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