Charms date back to ancient times as a form of protection from evil and promotion of good luck. As such, it is no surprise that they have endured over time and remain popular. Today’s charm can be expression of personal beliefs and mantras, associations, or purely for decorative purposes. Some charms are conspicuous, while others require a close eye and perhaps subsequent questions posed to the wearer of the charm. Usually each charm has a story, where it came from and its purpose. A few of my personal and recent favorites:
St. Francis of Assisi Dog Charm: (from Amazon)
As the package of this charm explains, “Saint Francis of Assisi was a man of legendary charity and uncommon compassion, long revered as the Patron Saint of Animals. Through his protection, many beloved pets have found their way home once more.” Perfect for our rescue dog, Foxy, with her spirited nature, zest for the outdoors (and its accompanying smells), as well as athleticism. We have, against our wishes, parted with her on the trail or in the fields, on more than one occasion and are always so grateful to have her back in our warm home.
Horse charms for Saddles, Bridles, Blankets, etc.: (from Personalized Bridle ID Charms/See FB)
My sister, an avid equestrian, accomplished fox hunter, and owner of multiple horses, advised me of the two-fold purpose of tack ID charms. First, as a practical matter, one can keep the proper tack with the proper horse. Second, for decorative purposes! I chose her “charming” fox head charm for my horse accoutrements. Also, a nod to my younger and braver fox-hunting days in Maryland.
Personalized Bridal ID Charms (Facebook)
For the non dog or horse owner, the mantra bracelet which is somewhat akin to the charm bracelet. (From Nespoli Jewelers).
While there is no traditional dangling aspect to these, their purpose is personal and likely reveals something about the owner. For me, a nod to my dear family.
Blessed Mantra Bracelet
Finally, the curbchain bracelet comes with or without charms and is inspired by the horse bits (e.g. Pelham, Kimberwick) that have this piece of hardware as an additional piece of leverage for the rider. (From Swanky Saddle). It looks lovely as a bracelet, classy yet a bit edgy. Even when not dressed in boots and britches, it will likely reveal that one has an appreciation of equestrian inspired style.