Charm bracelet for "flower child of the 60's"

by mary April 6, 2014

Custom work represents both challenges & rewards.  It's been my experience that the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

I made this custom charm bracelet for a retirement gift.  The recipient was a "flower child" of the 60s, so the group wanted some of the charms to reflect that period of her life.  She was also very interested in natural healing & T'ai chi, so they wanted the bracelet to reflect that as well.

The challenges, then, in this piece were (1) finding charms & gemstones to represent the themes they'd requested, & (2) creating something that had a coherent feel & was visually pleasing.

I suggested the bracelet include gemstones that symbolized the 5 natural elements & the 7 chakras to represent her interest in natural healing & T'ai chi; I also suggested one charm for good luck since retiring would be a new phase in her life journey.

With those criteria to guide me, I dug through my vintage charms & gemstones, & laid out a design.  Once approved, I created the bracelet you see here.

Designing this charm bracelet brought several rewards - (1) it gave me a window into the recipient's past & passions, (2) it gave me an opportunity to learn more about the 5 natural elements & 7 chakras, & (3) the final product pleased both the givers & the retiree.

For more about ordering a custom piece of jewelry -- made either with your treasures or mine -- see my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com/Page.aspx?pg=4.

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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