Vintage and Antique Charms

Vintage and Antique Charms

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

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3710385309674040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VINTAGE c1960 ENGLISH PENDANT CHARM 9ct GOLD DUTCH CLOGS SLIPPERS SHOES
$53.49 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6h 53m
2813094021524040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VINTAGE 9K YELLOW GOLD 3D AIRPLANE PLANE CHARM PENDANT
$29.99
Time Remaining: 29d 14h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
2714507068734040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VERY RARE Solid 9ct 9k Gold Vintage Large Zebra Charm Not Scrap Full Hallmark NR
$33.43
Time Remaining: 7h 57m
1311601956594040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VINTAGE 14K GOLD MOVEABLE FISH CHARM WITH RUBY EYES vintage
$49.00 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 10m

Vintage Silver Charm

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3510454973364040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
ATQ VTG STERLING OR SILVER WESTERN COWBOY HAT CHARM FROM ANTIQUE CHARM BRACELET
$6.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 43m
3609063030664040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VINTAGE 1970s STERLING SILVER large link CHARM BRACELET 10 CHARMS
$39.99
Time Remaining: 6d 12h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
1311599627134040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
JOB LOT 19 VINTAGE ASSORTED STERLING SILVER BRACELET CHARMS 5047g
$38.04 (21 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 59m
1911279563534040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Vintage Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet by Pandora 8 070 No Reserve
$31.00 (21 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 10m

Vintage Copper Charm

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1311635738734040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Tree Of Life Vintage Brass Picture Locket Charm Pendant Necklace
$12.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 41m
3707800882114040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
20Pcs Solid Metal Buddha Head Bracelet Connector Charm Beads Silver Gold Copper
$5.79
Time Remaining: 28d 10h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $5.79
3011479868184040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
24 VINTAGE COPPER COATED BROWN BEAD BELL CHARMS W395
$2.99
Time Remaining: 10h 21m
3609027527324040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
24 VINTAGE COPPER COATED PUFF HEART 13mm SMOOTH CHARMS L814
$2.99
Time Remaining: 12h 1m

Vintage Letter Charm

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Letter Initial C Vintage Silver Square Setting Charm Pendant Necklace
$6.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3h 3m
1810900587084040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Antique Bronze Color Vintage Style Alloy Inspire Motto Letter Pendant Charm 24pc
$5.23
Time Remaining: 9d 2h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $5.23
3109281552304040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Vintage Fashion Gothic 8 Letter Simple Infinity Charm Leather Bracelet Black
$0.40 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6h 44m
3710386056724040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VINTAGE 1980S 9CT GOLD POST BOX CHARM mail box letter box FREE P
$33.43
Time Remaining: 9h 41m

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

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3710384385064040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Antique Style Doctor Nurse Love Care Heart Cross Charm Gold Color Bracelet
$7.49 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 59m
3213637406714040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VINTAGE ANTIQUE VICTORIAN GOLD FILLED PHOTO LOCKET PENDANT CHARM FOB ENGRAVED
$75.00
Time Remaining: 13d 20h
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
2010688931924040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Fabulous Antique Victorian 14K Gold Rose Yellow Gold Charm Necklace
$36.09 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 7m
2614457337454040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Love Key Charm Antique Gold Color Great For Origami Owl Necklaces
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 11h 46m

Antique Silver Charms

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1512755919854040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
One direction Antique Silver Sideways Charm Heart Infinity Braided Pink Bracelet
$0.19 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 33m
3710142662104040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
50 pc Lot EUROPEAN CHARM DANGLE OR PENDANT BAIL Antique Silver J09
$5.99
Time Remaining: 15d 15h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $5.99
3311726232904040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
3pcs 100697 New Charms Maple Leaf Antique Silver Alloy Pendant Jewelry ON SALE
$0.82 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 35m
2214135769704040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
NEW Infinity Owl Love Friendship Antique Silver Leather Cute Charm Bracelet
$0.99
Time Remaining: 37m

Antique Brass Charms

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1911321218364040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
25pcs Antique Brass Greeting Card Christmas Decorations DIY Charm findings ZA150
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6h 37m
3709217669164040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
25 Antique Brass Plated Feather Charm Dangle Beads
$2.69
Time Remaining: 2d 20h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $2.69
3109261017994040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
6Pcs Hollow out Leaves Charms Antique Brass Bronze Vintage ZA518
$0.99
Time Remaining: 9h 33m
3510443139734040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
50g Vintage Brass Antique Bronze Spacer Bead Charm Pendant Clasp Link Lot SC0015
$4.45 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 45m

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

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1512728310054040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
VINTAGE ETON 12K GOLD FILLED HEAVY THICK HEART CHARM BRACELET WITH EMBOSSED HEAD
$32.00 (19 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 23m
3710417672314040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
40s VINTAGE Sterling Enamel ROSE HEART Silver Charm Slide Locket
$38.00
Time Remaining: 28d 11h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $38.00
2714469183504040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
vintage sterling puffy heart charm with flag
$8.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 12h 8m
1311604945034040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Vintage Sterling Silver Catholic Religious 2 Sides JESUS HEART MARY Charm RARE
$8.27 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 14h 18m

Vintage Brass Charms

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1712928891344040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Vintage Dainty Aged Brass Caged Carnelian Bead Connector Charms Japan
$3.44 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 15m
2010603932914040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Vintage Large Aged Patina Brass Egyptian Head Drop Charm Pendant
$2.85
Time Remaining: 11d 16h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $2.85
3109261017994040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
6Pcs Hollow out Leaves Charms Antique Brass Bronze Vintage ZA518
$0.99
Time Remaining: 9h 33m
1311635738734040 1 Vintage and Antique Charms
Tree Of Life Vintage Brass Picture Locket Charm Pendant Necklace
$12.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 41m

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About lakeerieartists

Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists), the owner of a small local gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery, in Cleveland, Ohio, is an artist, author, and a lover of all things vintage. You can follow Paula on Twitter.

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