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That’s One Way to Wear a Charm Necklace


We know that charms have been a big deal since before the pandemic, but even more so during this last year. Featuring talismans and other meaningful icons and shapes, these highly collectible treasures have a wide range of appeal.

Nicole Rose heart charm
Initial heart charm necklace in 14k rose gold with mother-of-pearl and onyx, prices start at $2,700; Nicole Rose


Tiny Desk moon and pearl necklace
Mini full moon charm necklace in sterling silver with freshwater pearls, $99; Tiny Desk Designs

They’re also highly versatile. Though they’re traditionally found on a bracelet, charms can also be worn solo or in groups on a chain, dangling from the center of hoop earrings, on bangles, along a bar brooch, even sometimes from rings. I recently acquired a ladybug charm from Alison Nagasue that I’m anxious to string on an anklet for the spring and summer. There are so many pieces charms can decorate and dangle from, possibilities that make them all the more fun.

Stevie Wren Lucky Charm
Lucky charm necklace in 14k yellow gold with gemstones and 0.56 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,395; Stevie Wren
Anne Sisteron Penelope necklace
Penelope necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.07 ct. t.w. diamonds, $505; Anne Sisteron

But charms can also be styled on clothing. At this past Sunday evening’s Grammy Awards, rapper Big Sean wore a chain of dangling charms peeking out from underneath the bow tie of his suave tuxedo. The piece, a gold chain strung all the way around with colorful gemstones by designer Loren Nicole (pictured at top), was yet another example of the gender-fluid ways men in the spotlight are experimenting with jewelry. While this experimentation still feels like an exciting novelty, it’s becoming more and more frequent, and with Big Sean, it certainly added to the appeal of his otherwise mostly traditional red carpet wardrobe. Also intriguing is the way that colorful line of charms popped from under the collar, like they should have been subtle, but because they were somewhat obscured, they only served to stand out more.

Misahara Serengeti
Serengeti necklace in 18k yellow gold with 1.51 cts. t.w. diamond beads and 0.03 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,040; Misahara
Briony Raymond zodiac charm
Mini medallion zodiac charm necklace in 18k yellow gold, $7,300; Briony Raymond

Jewelry wearers of any gender can rock this style. Take the classic button-down: When worn with its neckline slightly open, it can be accented beautifully by a chain laid against bare skin, but it takes on quite a different appearance when buttoned up with a chain tucked under the collar, dangling beneath the overlapping fabric.

Milamore charm necklace
Charm necklace in 18k yellow gold with turquoise, opal, and pearl, $3,100 (classic chain), $750–$1,500 (charms); Milamore
Delphine Leymarie charm necklace
Charm necklace in 18k yellow gold with emeralds, malachite, turquoise, and diamonds, $595–$940 (each sold separately); Delphine Leymarie

While the necklace referred to features a lot of dangling stones set all the way around the chain (and presumably they aren’t easily removable because it was designed that way), wearers can create their own looks with a handful of charms (I think the sweet spot is around five, but less would work too) from their own collections or prospective collections.

Ashley Zhang charm necklace
Large 16-inch belcher chain with three dog clip clasps (charms not included) in 14k yellow gold, $2,450; Ashley Zhang
Walters Faith Lucky Charms
Lucky charms necklace in 18k rose gold with diamonds, $1,840; Walters Faith

Just more proof that the ever-versatile charms and pendants, whether they experience a dip in popularity post-pandemic or not—extremely unlikely—are forever finding fresh ways to keep us wanting more.

Top: One-of-a-kind charm necklace in 22k yellow gold with 22 cts. t.w. emerald, rock crystal, tourmaline, aquamarine, tanzanite, morganite, dumortierite, and peridot, $42,750; Loren Nicole

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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