Charms have been around for a long time, Pandora has been going 20 years now, whilst very expensive new you may of found out that actually certainly in the first 20 years they have not proved to be a great investment.
All the the smart jewellers make charms Gucci, Cartier even Faberge, we have had several 18ct gold Faberge egg charms, of course these are all modern collectables and price is set by the jewellery houses themselves, and the second hand collectable market follows.
We sell lots of antique and vintage charms, like everything their price is set by how rare, popular or how much gold is contained. A charm really is any small item that can be hung from a chain and often has an attachment such as a memory or token of love etc.
Charms started to become popular in the 1950's, with the height of charms in the 1960s where collecting particularly gold charm bracelets came popular as people started travelling having more leisure time etc, so often collecting was based on a holiday, hobbies, childhood nursery rhyme or wedding such as lucky boot, but you can be assured every charms means something to their owner. As the price of gold rose, silver charms came into their own, these little works of art can be brought for £5 to £10 for standard charms but even at this price you can still buy articulated/opening charms.
The best qualitly gold and silver charms were made in 1950s to 1970s made from cast gold and silver, as much production came in and pressure moulding particularity handy in maximising the use of gold as so expensive i.e. making super thin light weight charms cheap and affordable in the 1980s and 1990s, we can still supply a solid 9ct gold charm to your door for £30 guaranteed and returnable.
Collectors will seek out hallmarked charms and by certain makers, earlier charms especially charms mixed with jewels or enamel are more sort after, and of course certain items like a spinning wheel were very popular in the 1970s but possibly not so much now.
There are many makers CHIM, Thomas L. Mott, Nuvo, Toby etc mostly all manufactured in the Birmingham area where the jewellery quarter was and still is a major hub of manufacture. There were many charms made in Europe especially Germany where they specialised in making 800 grade silver and enamel charms often dedicated to love and highly collectable now.
Charms are great fun and great value enjoy seeking them out.
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