charm | ˈchärm
A jewelry pendant or trinket, often worn on a necklace or bracelet to ward off evil or ensure good fortune
A charm is a jewelry pendant or trinket, often found on necklaces or bracelets. Charms can be made of metal, gemstones, ceramic, glass, beads, and other jewelry materials. In ancient times cultures charms were believed to ward off evil or to bring good fortune to the wearer. Today, many charms are selected and worn because of the sentimental value they bring to the jewelry wearers. It’s not uncommon for mothers to wear charms representing their children, for example, such as charms containing their children’s birthstones, little feet, or monogrammed letters of their children’s names. Other charms that are commonly worn may represent important dates in a wearer’s life - such as her wedding date or graduation date, or special hobbies, interests, or professions. Formerly worn by young girls, charms are now a popular jewelry option for women of all ages. Charms are typically easy to swap on and off a piece of jewelry, making jewelry with charms easily customizable so the wearer can select a unique look for any special occasion.