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My Charm Bracelets

Updated on April 17, 2014

Charm Bracelets Show Milestones and Make Great Gifts

I have three charm bracelets that I have gotten at different points in my life. Charm bracelets can tell so much about your life so I am using my bracelets to tell my story.

This lens will introduce you to Mary Beth aka mbgphoto by looking at the charms on my bracelet. I hope you enjoy hearing about my bracelets. Just for fun, I've added a quiz module at the end to test what you've learned. Be sure to stop by a leave me a note. I always love to hear from my readers.

Charm Bracelets make great gifts!! Do you have someone special to give a charm or bracelet for the holidays!

photos by mbgphoto

Start your own Charm Bracelet - sterling silver charm bracelet

Have you been wanting to start a charm bracelet for yourself or someone else? This beautiful sterling silver bracelet would make a wonderful charm bracelet.

Charm Bracelet for my Early Years - teens and twenties

This charm bracelet was started when I was about 15 year old. The charms were added through my high school days and into the time when I was a young mother in my twenties.

Here are the charms listed in the order they are on the bracelet and a few notes on what they represent.

1. Sweet 16--to celebrate my birthday

2. New Orleans Light Post- where my husband and I visited for our 1st anniversary

3. Horseshoe with Amethyst- my birthstone

4. Drama symbol- gift from a high school friend

5. Lutheran North Pennant- my high school

6. Photo of Baby- Our daughter Linda

7. Church- church has always been a big part of my life

8. University of Missouri St. Louis - where I attended my 1st year of college

9. Astrodome- vacation we took the year after we were married

10. Hat and Diploma- celebrating my high school graduation

11. Liberty Bell- Vacation we took two years after we were married

12. White House- Vacation I took with my parents and siblings before I was married

13. Engagement Ring- gift from my soon to be mother-in-law when I became engaged

14. Candy Cane-gift one Christmas

15. Palm Tree- vacation during my teen years with my family

16. Mount Vernon- vacation during my teen years with my family

Sterling Silver Bracelet and Charms - a great gift for yourself or others

Do you know someone who would love a charm bracelet? Below I am recommending a charm bracelet and a few starter charms. Of course you will want to make sure you tailor the charms to fit the personality of the person receiving the gift.

Christmas Tree Sterling Silver Charm
Christmas Tree Sterling Silver Charm

If you are giving a charm bracelet for Christmas this tree would make a great first charm.

Sterling Silver Graduation Cap & Diploma Charm
Sterling Silver Graduation Cap & Diploma Charm

Here is a great charm for the graduate.

West Coast Jewelry 10x7mm .925 Sterling Silver Musical Notes Charm
West Coast Jewelry 10x7mm .925 Sterling Silver Musical Notes Charm

This charm is perfect for anyone who love music.


Second Charm Bracelet - charms for a young mother

This charm bracelet was given to me on my 21st birthday along with the 21 charm. It has a charm for our 5th anniversary given to me by my husband and engraved with our names on the back. There is one charm bought on a vacation to New York City and the rest of the charms are from the years when our two children were small.

There is a charm with each child's birthdate and several photo charms of the children, Linda born in 1971 and John born in 1974.

This charm bracelet is gold colored and during those years I wore mostly gold jewelry.

Charm Bracelet for my Golden Years

This charm bracelet was started for me by my daughter soon after her first child was born. The charms on this bracelet represent my life from age 54 till the present.

The first charm is a silhouette of a little girl for my 1st granddaughter, Rachel.

The next charm that was added was a photo frame charm that I use to put in a photo of my youngest grandchild.

The third charm added was my 2nd granddaughter, Ella.

The fourth charm added was a diploma to celebrate my graduating from college at age 57.

The fifth charm was added just sixth months later and it is a palm tree to celebrate my retirement.

The sixth charm added is a lighthouse. One of my favorite retirement hobbies is photographing lighthouses.

The most recent charm added is for my 3rd granddaughter Kate.

Since this writing I have added another charm for my newest granddaughter, Emily.

Eiffel Tower - silver charm

Charms are a great way to remember travels. This charm would be a great reminder of Paris.

Sterling Silver Butterfly Charm - great addition to charm bracelet

I volunteer at the Butterfly House so this charm would make a great addition to my current bracelet. Charms can tell about things that you like to do or places you work.

Do you have a charm bracelet? - stop by and leave me a note

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    • Tricia Deed profile image

      Tricia Deed 

      5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      No, I do not have a charm bracelet, but I have always wanted one.

      Charm bracelets can outlast photos. And the jingling on the wrist is a constant reminder of those wonderful memories.

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      5 years ago from France

      I love the idea of charm bracelets, I think it is a shame that less people do them for their daughters, they tell amazing family stories

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My mom had a gorgeous charm bracelet she treasured. Once on a trip north to NY from Florida they stopped at a picnic area for lunch. Afterwards they continued driving north when mom realized she was missing her charm bracelet. She was heartsick, realizing she'd left it on the picnic table and it would most likely be gone. They retraced the miles and returned to find that it was STILL there. She was so grateful as the bracelet had such memories for her. Charm bracelets can become the 'memories' of a lifetime!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image


      6 years ago

      I just love charm bracelets. It's like wearing memories -- keeping them with you all the time. Thanks for sharing this wonderful gift idea!

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      6 years ago

      My charm bracelets also carry charms with great sentimental value to them. Although I now have a few new ones to add.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      You know I love charm bracelets and I love the idea of adding a Christmas tree to a charm bracelet!

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      6 years ago

      These are lovely charm bracelets. I have a few as well and each of the charms has meaning to me. Its a ladies things. :)

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on the Purple Star and added to my Lensography of Purple Stars :-)

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      My charm bracelet is much like yours. We would buy the charms at the department store. I think they were Monet.

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      8 years ago

      I do not have a charm bracelet, but I would love to have one. Great lens.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Yes and no. I have one but not with personal charms.

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      8 years ago

      I got 90% and learned a lot about you. Nice going on getting that college degree. Very nice lens about you.

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      8 years ago

      Well, I have a more recent charm bracelet -- however, the charm bracelet I had in my youth was lost -- mom asked a coworker to add a charm to it and she never got it back.

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      9 years ago

      Please follow the Purple Star Directory to find where your purple starred lenses have been featured.


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      9 years ago

      I have two bracelets. One has my pagan symbols, broom, witch's hat, etc. The other has more mundane things like a lighthouse. I don't wear them much, but I like to look at them. I have my eye on a gnome charm that would make a nice addition. Nice lens.....I was too scared to take the quiz....memory is somewhat faulty at 1:30 am, lol

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      Laurel Johnson 

      9 years ago from Washington KS

      I love this lens!! I had a charm bracelet as a teenager but it's been lost to the ages.

      This is an imaginative, enjoyable lens. Good job. (but what are sidebar widgets?)

      5 and fave.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      9 years ago from Washington KS

      I love this lens!! I had a charm bracelet as a teenager but it's been lost to the ages.

      This is an imaginative, enjoyable lens. Good job. (but what are sidebar widgets?)

      5 and fave.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Very unique charm bracelets. I have one from when I was 18. Congrats on your well-deserved Purple Star! :)

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      I love charm bracelets. My daughter bought me one last year. Blessing this lens!

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      Kerri Bee 

      9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      My sister and I both have a bracelet that has been building since childhood. We've begun the tradition with her daughter as well. Ebay is amazing for finding just the right charm to mark an occasion.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      What wonderful treasures! I really love this idea. It has been years since I have seen or thought about charm bracelets. I had one in high school, but not since. Totally awesome that you have several to mark those wonderful memories and milestones. Angel Blessed and added to Squid Angel Mouse Tracks.

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      What a beautiful idea. Keeping charms to remember or celebrate important occassions in your life. IGreat lens idea too.

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      9 years ago

      After reading your stories, I now definitely want a charm bracelet. I've always admired them but never really considered how they are a way to highlight our "years". What a very neat and original lens and idea.

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Beautifully crafted lens!

    • semas profile image


      9 years ago

      Beautiful charms bracelets.I enjoyed reading about them.This is actually the first time i am reading about charms bracelets

      congrats on your purple star!

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      I never had one, but enjoyed hearing about yours.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      What a unique lens! I do have a charm bracelet from my teen fact I have a Sweet 16 charm that looks just like yours. This brings back memories. I'd forgotten all about my charm bracelet. Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I had some charm bracelets when I was younger. The one here for mother is interesting.

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      9 years ago

      I have two from when I was younger and, although I don't wear them often, the charms bring back a lot of memories. What a clever idea for an About Me lens. 5*

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      9 years ago

      I have a charm bracelet that was my grandmother's. It has many charms like yours, telling of special events (like her grandchildren's births, hobbies, and anniversaries). I love the story-rich charms.

      Your charm bracelets are wonderful and highlight so many special events, achievements, and memories. Congrats on the Purple Star - well deserved!

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      sukkran trichy 

      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      no, but i like to have one. wonderful presentation mary beth. congratulations on your purplestar. 5*

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      Me again. Congratulations on your purple star!

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      9 years ago

      Great life story told through charm bracelets. I love it. Blessed!

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      9 years ago

      I love this lens! May be your best yet!!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      This is so cool! Love the way you used your charm bracelets to tell us the story of your life, with different bracelets for different phases. Great job!

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      Leanne Chesser 

      9 years ago

      Using a charm bracelet to describe yourself and your life is very unique! Great job!

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      I don't have a charm bracelet but I have in my possession both my grandmothers and mothers bracelets. They also tell a story. I love the Sterling Silver Butterfly Charm. It makes me think I need a charm bracelet. What a great lens.

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      9 years ago

      how wonderful to have bracelets that depict your life! wow!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love it! I have 2 charm bracelets too(gold and silver) and sometimes I want to wear them. I used to love how they jingle when you wear them. 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me. I missed one and it was because I misread the question. Shoot and I knew the right answer. Great quiz and it made it fun to learn about you through your Charm Bracelet. Very clever. I really enjoyed!


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