*In collaboration with Thomas Sabo*
The first proper piece of jewellery I ever owned was a silver charm bracelet which I think my Aunty bought me when I was about 11. It was a very traditional charm bracelet with a little silver heart clasp and a safety chain. Over the years I added charms to it – some were passed down to me by my mum, others were bought as birthday or Christmas gifts or to celebrate special occasions. I remember one of my favourite charms was an old Mother Hubbard boot – the sole of the boot could be opened up to show little people living inside. It was a bit of a faff to get charms added to the bracelet as Mum had to take it to the jewellers for me to get them soldered on so I would end up saving them up and getting a few added at once. I used to wear the bracelet to school on exam days for good luck, clearly flouting the “no jewellery” rule and just keeping it tucked right up inside my shirt sleeve. I don’t actually know where my charm bracelet is now, hopefully hidden away safely in a box somewhere.
Charm bracelets have seen something of a resurgence in recent years – offering a means of really personalising your jewellery to suit your own style whilst adding sentimental value when charms are added to mark special occasions or milestones.
When it came to choosing a charm bracelet as a gift for Chloe, I wanted to make sure it was something that would last. There’s no point investing money in jewellery that will only fit her for a short time. Thomas Sabo have a range of kid’s jewellery which means that your little one can start their charm journey at any age and their jewellery can grow with them. I wanted to buy the biggest bracelet I could get away with her wearing now to make sure it had has much room as possible to grow. The nature of a charm bracelet means it is is easily adjustable by fastening the clasp into one of the loops and just leaving a little chain free but of course I didn’t want too much chain loose as it would get in her way and risk being damaged. In the end the bracelet I settled on fits her beautifully now yet is still easily fastened around my friend’s adult wrist so at the very least it should fit her well into her teens and, because Thomas Sabo charms are so easily interchangeable, we can always buy her a bigger bracelet when she’s older to move them over.
Although I had spent some time browsing the Thomas Sabo website and looking through over 500 charms in the charm club collection, I decided I really wanted to see the charms in person before picking them out. This meant I was able to take Chloe with me so we could choose together which felt really special. I had already fallen in love with a little bunny rabbit charm – his little pink nose is adorable and I knew Chloe would love him (particularly as she’s keen to have a pet rabbit, something she’s unlikely to win Daddy over on!) Chloe’s eyes were immediately drawn to a fancy looking unicorn which whilst it wasn’t to my taste, I could totally see the appeal for a 7yr old girl! We settled on the bunny rabbit but decided that perhaps she could ask Father Christmas for the unicorn charm later in the year. (I have it on good authority that not only will Father Christmas be bringing Chlo the unicorn charm she loved so much but he has also picked out the most beautiful dainty little crown for her too!)
Now I’m not really a bracelet person – I love the look of them but they get in my way and I end up taking them off. So, rather than go for a matching charm bracelet with Chloe, I decided to look at the Thomas Sabo charm necklaces which form part of the recently launched Generation Charm Club. Initially I liked the idea of choosing a couple of necklaces to layer up but I had my heart set on the Long Triangle charm and after trying a few different combinations we decided that this bold but simple charm needed to speak for itself and paired it up with a long circle necklace. The necklace comes in a variety of lengths making it perfect for layering and also, if like me, you struggle to get the right length of chain at times. The oxidised chain and texture of the ring work perfectly with the shiny, graphic style of the triangle charm. Thanks to the lobster clasp on the Thomas Sabo charms, it’s easy to add or swap around the charms on your necklace meaning one necklace can give you lots of different looks as you add more charms to your collection.
In the last year or so I’ve started to wear more earrings – not least due to an extra ear piercing in the spring but more because my children are bigger now and statement earrings are no longer a health and safety risk! I fell in love with a beautiful pair of “shoulder duster” Thomas Sabo earrings but decided that I just wouldn’t get enough wear out of them to justify the investment (that said, I have thought about them several times since!) Instead I went for beautifully simple silver ear studs; little heart studs and some small disc studs – perfect for my additional ear piercings with more statement pieces or just really elegant on their own.
Chloe and I are both thrilled with our new jewellery. Chloe is going to love adding new charms to her bracelet as the years go by. I love that the pieces we have chosen not only will it last us forever, but can be added to and styled differently as our tastes change making them a real investment.
*We were given the jewellery featured free of charge for the purpose of writing this post and I have been compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. Thanks to Kirst and Jenny for our help with the photos!*