The Charmed Life

January 13, 2008 • Magazine

The Charmed Life

The Charmed Life

Sun, 2008-01-13 05:00

Lauren Flemming

The classic charm bracelet has been making an appearance for generations past – and it always remains stylish, classy and a little old-fashioned chic. Jewlery designers have taken notice and translated the quaint charms into necklaces, earrings and even rings. There’s something very vintage-cool and worldly about charms – plus they can be worn with just about everything, especially during the day. Second City Style takes a closer look at a few designers who have mastered the charm necklace and presented us with intricate and beautiful pieces that will make a mark of their own among generations to come.

Balboa is known for creating vintage charm pieces that add personality to any wardrobe. These three are an exceptional representation of Balboa’s collection — antiquated, charming and smart. Each piece has the same thoughtfulness as a charm bracelet, and I love the delicate gold chains they hang on. The focus of each piece — a key, buttons and a pocket watch – are all reminiscent of little trinkets you’d find in your grandmother’s drawer. I adore that one-of-a-kind look, it seems to add history and depth to your jewelry.

1. Balboa Key Charm Necklace $152
2. Balboa Button Earrings $40
3. Balboa Watch Coin Necklace $152

These necklaces are part of the new brand BAZZ from the Thea Grant collection. They both remind me of the 40s, a little nautical and a little domesticated sweetheart. The anchor charm is classic and popping up everywhere these days. The antique heart locket is accompanied by a gold cuff link and a girl cameo charm. Both speak sweetly of adolescence and embody the charm quality of any charm bracelet.

4. BAZZ by Thea Grant Francisco Necklace $244
5. BAZZ by Thea Grant Nicolina Necklacee $300

Demitasse has this collection of charm necklaces that were inspired by antique serving pieces. They are so unique and sophisticated. Each one is influenced by some enchanted time. The first is a spoon inspired by the Moulin Rouge in the early 19th century. The second necklace is an ice cutter from the 17th century when ice was a luxury. The last is a dessert spoon that was designed to serve candy after dinner in the homes of affluent families in the 17th and 18th centuries.

6. Demitasse Dream Spoon $242
7. Demitasse Ice Cutter Spoon $288
8. Demitasse Dessert Spoon $1,244

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