Fashion and jewelry: How to add a charm link to an italian charm bracelet
These easy to follow instructions will make changing charms on an Italian bracelet a quick and simple process.
Originating in Italy, Italian charm bracelets are the latest fashion rage. The interlocking design enables loose charms to be linked together to create a personalized bracelet to express a meaningful message, dictate a theme or fit any personality and/or occasion. The bracelets range in size and can be started for a young lady and continued through adulthood. As the bracelets popularity has blossomed, charms are readily available at jewelry stores and many gift or souvenir locations. This convenience makes it simple to create a memory keepsake of a place, special time or event.
The Italian charms are usually made 18K gold molded around stainless steel in the shape of a rectangular link. They are easily and quickly interchangeable. Though standard charms of numerous styles can be purchased; monogrammed, enameled, hanging charms and more, many places will create a unique charm from photographs that will guarantee a one-of-a-kind, memorable gift.
To change a charm on a starter bracelet follow these easy steps:
Each charm contains a “hook” and an “eyelet” inside the link. Either the “hook” or the “eyelet” needs to be exposed on the charm.
The “hook” latches onto the “eyelet” and the bracelet is created. To change a charm, you need to release the links and replace with the desired new charm.
Lay the bracelet and charms on a flat, clean surface. Arrange the charms in the order you’d like them to link. The design part of each charm should face right side up.
To expose a “hook” that links to the “eyelet”: Use your thumb to press on the center of the charm and pull to the right while pulling the base of the charm to the left. Long nails can help with pulling the base to the left. As the charm splits the “hook” will be exposed. You’ll need to hold the split charm in place; as pressure is released, the charm will retract back to a rectangular link.
To expose an “eyelet” that holds the “hook”: Use your thumb to press on the center of the charm and pull to the left while pulling the base of the charm to the right. Long nails can help with pulling the base to the right. As the charm splits the “eyelet” will be exposed. You’ll need to hold the split charm in place; as pressure is released, the charm will retract back to a rectangular link.
Unhook the “hook” from the “eyelet” and release the links, one side of the unwanted charm should be unhooked. Perform the same procedure to the other side of the unwanted charm and it should be free from the bracelet.
Add the desired charm using the same method.
With all things, a few practice sessions will make this task simple.
A charm tool is available for purchase from most jewelry stores that can help change or link charms with easy. For larger hands or young fashion divas, this tool can be a lifesaver.
Enjoy the bracelet and change charms on a whim; people will think you have an endless supply of fashionable bracelets!