Charms: Charming Beginnings
Dating back thousands of years ago, many civilizations had used charms. In pre-historic times, man used charms to ward off their enemies, or used them as symbols that represented their status in their society. These charms were intricately made from beautiful and rare stones, or bones from the remains of their hunt.
There are various periods in human history where charms were popularly used in the society. In Ancient Egypt, charms were used in the society as a repellant for evil, and as symbolization of various objects. Having strong beliefs in charms, they were also used to enhance fertility, and ensured prosperity. They even carried charms when they died and buried, as they believe that it will prepare them and will be protected in the afterlife. The belief in charms were carried on by the Roman Civilization, the soldiers believed that charms will give them good luck in their battles.
Charms was widely used by knights and priests, and served as identifications in order to be granted access in their secret societies. Their charms were usually hidden, and only shown to their members. These charms were carefully designed to serve as keys for their secret passages, besides being used as identification. Families that had high social status, or had political positions in their society, had charms that were uniquely crafted that were used to represent themselves and their family members. There was a decline in the usage of charms during the Renaissance period, as many started to believe that charms were primitive.
In the advent of mass-production of books during the Renaissance period, people started to doubt that charms were mere superstition. However, there were many people in lower societies that continued their belief in using charms. The Renaissance period became the “Dark Age of Charms”, however, in the early 20th Century when Queen Victoria started to wear a bracelet and carried it wherever she went, charms gradually regained popularity.
This changed the perspective of many. It became a part of women’s accessories. It changed from a superstitious object to a piece of jewelry. Charms regained its popularity and found its way in the market where it was sold as jewelry. This trend kept on going, and today charms play an important role in modern fashion and also our life.
You will be seeing various charms designs in the market based on the Zodiac Signs, ancient symbols, and many more. People nowadays give charms to people that are special to them, especially during weddings, wedding anniversaries, and birthdays.
The influence of charms in our society will continue to evolve and affect our daily lives, as it has been long since pre-historic times.