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charms

Charming Changes

Charm by Thomas Sabo

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.

Charming Souvenir

Charms by Thomas Sabo

Charms by Thomas Sabo

“They’re back in a big way,” says David Stratton of the silver and gold charms that were once popular and are again in vogue. Stratton’s Jewellery currently displays over 1000 charms from $13 to $30. Favourite designs with visitors include Banff attractions, Canadian maple leaves, grizzly bears, snowflakes and mountains. “Lobster claw clips make them easy to place on bracelets, necklaces, cell phones and backpacks,” notes David.—JN