One of my "family treasures" is my charm bracelet.
It was a gift from my one and only aunt when I graduated from high school. The first two charms were a four-leaf clover for good luck on my graduation...
...and a typewriter because she was a secretary (in today's terms she was a high-powered administrative assistant) and I was working part-time as a typist in a legal office. (Yes, I learned to type on a typewriter, not a keyboard. A manual typewriter, ie non-electric.)
Some of the other charms are baby photos of my children, places we've lived and traveled, and my district orchestra medal from 6th grade. I didn't mind that I had both silver and gold charms.
I was really horse-crazy as a child; this is from a birthday-gift necklace when I was around nine years old. There is an even tinier silver horse on the other end of the bracelet.
My aunt also gave me her charm bracelet, which was sterling silver with silver charms. She particularly liked the little silver treasure chest that opened. She said she used to put notes from her school friends inside of it, folded into very tiny shapes. Sadly, this bracelet was stolen from my jewelry box on one of our many military moves. My aunt and I were both heartbroken.
I began keeping charm bracelets for my daughters when they were young. They included a baby photo charm and some travel charms.
For some reason I still have my middle daughter's bracelet. The oldest and youngest have theirs.
When my brother and I cleaned out Dad's house after he died, I found this bracelet that was my mother's. It has a tiny B, her initial. I don't remember seeing the bracelet before and I don't know what significance the charms represent; I wish I did. Obviously, from the kind of chain she used, she made it during the 60's or 70's. (That happy face is iconic 70's!)
I haven't added to my charm bracelet in well over a decade. Somewhere I have charms with my granddaughters' baby photos. I'm sure I could find some for other places we've lived and traveled.
To start with, this morning I added a little dog bone charm to represent my English Shepherd, Pete.
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