Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Good Luck Charm

The 20th century American charm bracelet features a variety of lucky charms in a bright mix of brass, copper, sterling silver and gold-plated metal.

The bracelet (see picture) is typical of the kind of jewellery worn by adolescent girls in the 1950s and 1960s, collected charm by charm while travelling through the flea markets, jewellery stores and yard sales of the heartland. There are usually 13 charms on it, demonstating the use of "unlucky" 13 as reversed bad luck. Clockwise from the top, they are:

a silver heart engraved with initials: love for the named individual
a brass heart pierced by an arrow: smitten romantic love
a silver horseshoe: attraction or "drawing" luck
a gold wishbone set with a pearl: wishes come true
a silver horseshoe on which is placed a wishbone, a four-leaf clover, a horseshoe and the words "Good Luck": good luck
a gold and green enamelled four-leaf clover: luck
a silver money bag with a $ sign: wealth
a copper horseshoe on which is placed a four-leaf clover: good luck
a brass heart padlock: faithful love
a silver spread of playing cards: gambling luck
a gold double horseshoe set with an artificial diamond: money luck
a brass money bag marked 1000: wealth
a silver horseshoe: attraction or "drawing" luck

Quote from: http://www.luckymojo.com/charmbracelets.html

Unsure it's lucky or unlucky having to lug such a chunky bracelet on your wrist, HaHa (",)

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