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Collecting Vintage Charms

Do you like to collect vintage and antique charms?  Or do you make jewelry with vintage charms?  Whether you are a collector just for fun, or a serious maker of jewelry, vintage charms are an exciting, diverse, and fascinating collectible.

There are so many varieties of vintage and antique charms to choose from.  Charms have been made from metals for decades including pewter, gold, silver, platinum, copper, and brass, but you can also find charms made from other substances like ivory, glass, and stone.

And then you need to decide what subject you are collecting.  Charms have been made of just about every shape imaginable like animals, shoes, flowers, the list is just too long to even begin.

Vintage Gold and Gold Plated Charms

Several decades ago, gold was not quite as expensive as it is today, and many vintage charms were made from gold.  My mother has a gold charm bracelet with charms from her travels that she collected over several years time.  This is typical of charm bracelets, each charm representing an event or occasion.  In my mother's case, her bracelet's charms represent the places that she visited.

My grandmother had a gold charm bracelet that had a charm representing each of her grandchildren, that were engraved with our birthdates.  However, the charms do not have to be on a bracelet.  Each charm can be a necklace or earring in itself, representing something new to each person.

Vintage Gold Charms

14k yellow gold vintage dice charm
14k yellow gold vintage dice charm
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Vintage gold AMULET OF FAITH MUSTARD SEED FOB charm NEW STORE STOCK F
Vintage gold AMULET OF FAITH MUSTARD SEED FOB charm NEW STORE STOCK F
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Vintage 10k Christ mas Tree Charm Pendant 18 grams
Vintage 10k Christ mas Tree Charm Pendant 18 grams
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large Blank Disc Charm Vintage 14K Gold 1 size Decorative
large Blank Disc Charm Vintage 14K Gold 1 size Decorative
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Vintage Silver Charm

Vintage Sterling Silver Opening Aladdin Lamp Bracelet Charm Enlaid Genie Inside
Vintage Sterling Silver Opening Aladdin Lamp Bracelet Charm Enlaid Genie Inside
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Vintage Sterling Silver Travel Charm Bracelet 75 Long 16 Charms
Vintage Sterling Silver Travel Charm Bracelet 75 Long 16 Charms
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Vintage Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet with 16 Charms
Vintage Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet with 16 Charms
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Vintage Sterling Silver TENNIS RACKET with BALL Charm
Vintage Sterling Silver TENNIS RACKET with BALL Charm
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Vintage Copper Charm

Vintage 5 Baked Enamel Copper Flowers Hand Painted Findings Charms Links
Vintage 5 Baked Enamel Copper Flowers Hand Painted Findings Charms Links
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Vintage 8 x 27mm Incised Aged Copper Drop Charms 6
Vintage 8 x 27mm Incised Aged Copper Drop Charms 6
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35351 Antiqued Copper Vintage Alloy Tree Branches Pendant Connector Charm 30PCS
35351 Antiqued Copper Vintage Alloy Tree Branches Pendant Connector Charm 30PCS
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Vintage Green Seahorse Enamel Lucite Cameo Long Chain Charm Pendant Necklace
Vintage Green Seahorse Enamel Lucite Cameo Long Chain Charm Pendant Necklace
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Vintage Letter Charm

Chic 8 Pcs Set Vintage Retro Stylish Mixed Charms Lettering wishing Finger Rings
Chic 8 Pcs Set Vintage Retro Stylish Mixed Charms Lettering wishing Finger Rings
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26x Wholesale Lots Vintage Retro Silvery Tone 26 Letters Charm Necklace Pendants
26x Wholesale Lots Vintage Retro Silvery Tone 26 Letters Charm Necklace Pendants
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Vintage 1940S Sterling Silver LETTER INITIAL P Bracelet Charm 5N3
Vintage 1940S Sterling Silver LETTER INITIAL P Bracelet Charm 5N3
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HOT SALE 26 Vintage Style SILVER Monogram Letters Alphabet Initial Charms
HOT SALE 26 Vintage Style SILVER Monogram Letters Alphabet Initial Charms
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Antique Charms

Making charms for jewelry is not a new technique.  Charms have been made for centuries in one form or another.  Charms were worn for various reasons that went way beyond decoration or jewelry.  Antique charms were often made to ward off the evil spirit, to offer continued health or luck to the wearer, or to embue the wearer with other properties.

Metal has been known as a conductor of electricity in the last hundred years or so, but before that it contained properties that would make it useful for many religions and belief systems to use for protection against evil or giving the wearer a small bit of the holy spirit to carry around with them.

But even if you only desire to collect charms for their beauty, you will find many lovely antique charms available.

Antique Gold Charm

14k Rose Gold Antique Watch Chain Locket Fob Charm w Hardstone Cameo NR
14k Rose Gold Antique Watch Chain Locket Fob Charm w Hardstone Cameo NR
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vtg antique Art Deco BUTTERSCOTCH AMBER Bead CHARM Solid 14kt Yellow Gold
vtg antique Art Deco BUTTERSCOTCH AMBER Bead CHARM Solid 14kt Yellow Gold
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Antique 14K Yellow Gold Charm Windmill Filigree Moveable For Bracelet
Antique 14K Yellow Gold Charm Windmill Filigree Moveable For Bracelet
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Antique 19c Victorian Heart Padlock 9k Gold Charm Bracelet Charm Pendant
Antique 19c Victorian Heart Padlock 9k Gold Charm Bracelet Charm Pendant
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Antique Silver Charms

ANTIQUE CHARLES HORNER STERLING SILVER THISTLE PENDANT CHARM 1910
ANTIQUE CHARLES HORNER STERLING SILVER THISTLE PENDANT CHARM 1910
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Antique Victorian English Sterling Silver Teapot w Bird Bracelet Charm c1900
Antique Victorian English Sterling Silver Teapot w Bird Bracelet Charm c1900
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Sterling Silver Antique Lady with Bouquet Charm J306
Sterling Silver Antique Lady with Bouquet Charm J306
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20x 16 20 25 30 35mm Charm Pendants Antique Style Silver Cameo Cabochon Setting
20x 16 20 25 30 35mm Charm Pendants Antique Style Silver Cameo Cabochon Setting
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Antique Brass Charms

Lot of 100 Flat Round Circle Blank Coin Drop Stamping Charms Plated Brass Metal
Lot of 100 Flat Round Circle Blank Coin Drop Stamping Charms Plated Brass Metal
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10 Flat Round Circle Blank Coin Engravable Stamping Charms Plated Brass Metal
10 Flat Round Circle Blank Coin Engravable Stamping Charms Plated Brass Metal
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Sundial pocket watch pocketwatch pendant antique brass functional charm
Sundial pocket watch pocketwatch pendant antique brass functional charm
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50g Lot Vintage Brass Antique Bronze Findings Bead Connector Charm Ect SC0001
50g Lot Vintage Brass Antique Bronze Findings Bead Connector Charm Ect SC0001
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Embellished Antique and Vintage Charms

While you are searching for antique and vintage charms, don't forget that many charms have been embellished with decorations layered on top of the metal, most often enamel.  Enamel is baked onto the metal, gold, silver, or copper, and creates a layer of glass containing color and designs.

Enamel is an old technique, and one that lasts for many years, so you many find some antique charms that are still in perfect condition from the time that they were made.  A great place to search for antique and vintage charms is on Ebay.  I have put several different links to charms on this page, but you can follow the links and continue the search on Ebay.

There are many reputable dealers on Ebay that will sell the vintage and antique charms to you in large lots or in single quantities.  And if you have a question for the seller, do not hesitate to send them an email.  Successful sellers have excellent customer service.

Vintage is so very much in vogue right now, and you can update your look by adding to your vintage jewelry collection.  Most of the vintage jewelry items are quite affordable, and you can find some very interesting vintage jewelry on Ebay.

Vintage Heart Charms

vintage Sterling Silver Puffy Heart Padlock charm repousse with flower design
vintage Sterling Silver Puffy Heart Padlock charm repousse with flower design
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Sweet Vintage 1940s Sterling Puffy Heart Charm Bracelet 12 Charms
Sweet Vintage 1940s Sterling Puffy Heart Charm Bracelet 12 Charms
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Vtg Sterling Enamel Authentic Old Pansy Puffy Heart Charm
Vtg Sterling Enamel Authentic Old Pansy Puffy Heart Charm
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vintage RED ENAMEL Sterling Silver Puffy Heart charm Outstanding condition
vintage RED ENAMEL Sterling Silver Puffy Heart charm Outstanding condition
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Vintage Brass Charms

Vintage Solid Brass Fancy Slide Charms Bracelet Never Been Worn
Vintage Solid Brass Fancy Slide Charms Bracelet Never Been Worn
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VTG ANTIQUE BRASS MICRO MOSAIC HEART CHARM PENDANT
VTG ANTIQUE BRASS MICRO MOSAIC HEART CHARM PENDANT
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50g Lot Vintage Brass Antique Bronze Findings Bead Connector Charm Ect SC0001
50g Lot Vintage Brass Antique Bronze Findings Bead Connector Charm Ect SC0001
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6 VINTAGE BRASS 25 CENT SIZE COIN HOLDER SETTING CHARMS
6 VINTAGE BRASS 25 CENT SIZE COIN HOLDER SETTING CHARMS
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