About Our Guild

Guild Description:
Our guild represents a wide variety of jewelry artists with unique talents and techniques, as well as the suppliers of beads and beading supplies.
Guild Mission:
To gather together Jewelry Design and Jewelry Supply Studios for the purpose of sharing information, ideas, techniques, and strategies for promoting our Artfire Studios.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Ajdjss Guild is "Charmed" This Week

This week the Ajdjss Guild is celebrating the many wonderful charms that are offered in our Jewelry Supply studios, as well as the lovely jewelry designs created with charms showcased in our Jewelry Design studios.

So, what exactly is a charm?
A charm is a small ornament that is often worn on a bracelet, necklace, brooch, or pair of earrings. Charms have been a worn since the early times of human history. In early times an interesting shape or colored stone would be picked up and then carried or worn as a talisman of protection or good luck.

The word charm connotes magical properties. Eventually small carvings out of stone, shell, ivory, or would were created. These trinkets (charms) were an important part of the spiritual world of people.

Over the ages charms have been created out of many different materials and have taken many forms. Charms of precious metals were most likely first made of gold and people adorned themselves with this precious metal. From simple shapes such as stars, hearts or crosses to intricate carvings of animals, shells or flowers, charms have a symbolic meaning for those who wear them.
Today charms are worn to express ourselves or commemorate special occasions and can still evoke strong feelings. Charms can represent our passions, interests and hobbies. Charms make wonderful, personal gifts and last for generations. Charms remind us of special people, places or events. A charm is a cherished gift to give or receive.

So, now without further ado here are some of the many charms that are showcased in our Jewelry Supply and Jewelry Design Studios:












These are just a few of the many wonderful charms and creations with charms from the Ajdjss guild studios. For more fabulous items please use the links on the right to visit the wonderful studios in the guild.
Btw, here are some some of the most popular charms and their meanings:
Dolphin- joy and fun

Butterfly- colorful life

Cross or Angel- blessed life

Dragonfly- good fortune

Elephant- cherished memories

Flower- blossoming love

Heart- true love

Key- happy home

Ladybug or Shamrock- good luck

Star- wishes granted

Rose- beauty

Owl- wisdom
You are invited to share a thought or 2 in the comments.
The Ajdjss Guild~Studios with unique and beautiful handmade jewelry and fabulous jewerly supplies~

(The info about charms was obtained on the internet)


libertydoll said...

I am pleasantly surprised by the wonderful selection of charms found here in our own guild studios and how many lovely creations with charms are also showcased.
ttyl, margo :o)

Il Mare Atelier said...

A charm is a wonderful thing - there is often a story to it, a piece of memory, a special place in one's heart. I'm so glad to see this shop being featured. :-)

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Rouge River Beads said...

LOVE charms of all shapes and sizes! This was such a wonderful feature, I love learning the lore behind items. Thanks so much for including our dragonflies.

La Bella Luna Jewelry said...

I am "charmed" by charms! Love the examples shown here, and I am inspired to create more charms.

Stacey said...

The charms and the jewelry featured are awesome. I'm always amazed at the detail some charms have. This is a great idea.

Caly's Jewelry Creations said...

WOw..! I didn't know there was that much to know about charms..! Thanks for the info and for showing my earrings...! I do use a lot of charms..I just love them...especially the sea life kind...!

Anonymous said...

I am so flattered to be on the list of charm uses! Thanks for showing my bracelet...it sure makes a beautiful bracelet when I added that filigree silver heart charm. I use alot of charms to my jewelry and love the fantastic look that they give each piece. There are many lovely created pieces shown here.