Charm Bracelets, Mothers, and Daughters

“During the 1950′ and 1960’s, the charm bracelet was a must-have accessory for girls.”

….it was the story of your life.  At least for a little while. My bracelet was a Christmas present in 1963. It came with one charm which my mother had purchased along with the sterling silver bracelet.   My mother bought me what she thought was a trumpet…. because I played a trumpet in the school band.  Thing is, she was probably in a hurry, and she probably THOUGHT it was a trumpet… but it was really a trombone!  I was pretty miffed at her.  How could she have made such a stupid mistake?  Of course when you are a 13-year-old girl, your mother doesn’t do many things right. I finally accepted it because one goal of having a truly cool charm bracelet was the number of charms you collected!

During the next few years I bought charms on vacation, received some as gifts, and turned high school award pins into charms…I finally stopped in 1972 when my own daughter was born. You see, her dad has nicknamed her early on…. Gerbie – because he thought she was a ringer for the Gerber baby.  When I saw the offer for a baby charm from the Gerber company, I had to have it!   For 2 Gerber baby food labels and probably $1.99 you could get an engraved baby charm  with your baby’s name and date of birth.   That was the last charm I added to my bracelet, even though I had 2 more children.  Motherhood, careers, and family businesses took over my life and the charm bracelet was put away.

A few weeks ago, my granddaughter (daughter of the Gerber baby), showed me her “Hello Kitty”  charm bracelet that she had received as a birthday present.  I admired it and told her about mine… Next time she visited. my daughter, granddaughter, and I sat down and examined the charms sharing a few stories about some of them.  It was a nice moment.   What would have made it even better?  Having my own sweet mom sitting there with us laughing about the trombone charm.


About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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18 Responses to Charm Bracelets, Mothers, and Daughters

  1. Cynthia says:

    This was a great post, really brought back memories. I have my charm bracelet and I have my Mom’s.


  2. pastsmith says:

    I used to have a charm bracelet — no idea what happened to it. But your post did conjure up memories of what was on it.


  3. Ruth says:

    Sweet memories- you know that I have one put away, too.

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  4. Your post prompted me to dig out my old silver charm bracelet and revisit some of the memories it inspired – most from the 60s and 70s. I think I’ll start wearing it again!


  5. Luanne says:

    Hah, so funny! I have my charm bracelet and now also my grandmother’s. She gave me a lot of my charms. I need to pull them out and look at them.


  6. I never had a charm bracelet and was always fascinated by them . So nice you still have yours.


  7. rlogan1155 says:

    My mother had a gold charm bracelet and when it came to me I took some of the charms and added them to gold chains and gave them to all her granddaughters. Kept two of my favorites for myself. Now my oldest daughter has the bracelet, who knows what she’ll do with it. My own silver charm bracelet languishes in a drawer.
    Ruth from At Home on the Road


  8. Reblogged this on Retired Ruth and commented:

    Last week at our county fair, one of the entries in the antique division was “charm bracelet in a box”. At first I was mortified that my jewelry was now an antique! I enjoyed looking at the charm bracelets and was disappointed in myself for not entering mine. My friend, got a second place award for hers! Back when I wrote this in 2012 I didn’t have many followers, so I am sharing it again. Hope you enjoy it.


  9. brought back memories with the charm bracelet – I have mine and all the memories that go along with it

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  10. Deb Warren says:

    Love your story of the charm bracelet..I too, still have mine and it always brings back memories..I also changed some of my school/4H pins into charms! Glad that charm bracelets are “in style” again..


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