Charms are hot, and the choices are many. Dave Stratton, owner of the jewellery store that bears his name, Stratton’s Jewellery, classifies charms into three categories:
- Traditional: Soldered silver and gold charms that dangle from chain bracelets have been popular for over forty years. Stratton’s Jewellery displays 500 styles.
- Beads: Each colourful bead is purchased as a souvenir of a person, place or event, so bracelets become a string of memories. Rearranging the beads changes the look. Stratton’s sells Chamilia, Bacio and their own custom beads, some 250 styles.
- Lobster Clasps: Easily placed or removed from bracelets or necklaces, these versatile charms can be coordinated with outfits and moods. Stratton’s features the Thomas Sabo 500 piece collection that changes every 6 weeks. There are larger items as well as charms with coloured stones, crystals and enamel.