The definition of a charm is: “a small piece of costume jewelry worn on a chain or bracelet”. They have been popularized under the English name of “charms” or breloque in French. Thus charms are small elements, often figurative, that are worn on a bracelet or necklace. Most of the time they have a particular meaning for their owner. They can take the form of animals, buildings, objects representing a sport or a passion such as reading, soccer, cooking.
They are rarely worn alone and accumulate on the jewel to which they are attached. Charms and charms are often given as gifts because they are accessible and allow for easy collection maintenance.
Art Deco dog pendant made of 18 karat rose gold (750) and platinum. This tiny pendant is triangular in shape, featuring a seated dog intricately crafted in openwork at the center. This piece of jewelry can also be worn on a charm bracelet. Art Deco pendant, circa 1930, from France.
French hallmark eagle’s head and an illegible goldsmith’s hallmark.
Antique lucky dice pendant in 18 karat yellow gold. Antique lucky charm pendant with white enamelled playing dice, showing the lucky number 7. The two playing dice are framed by a black enamelled line. Antique lucky charm pendant, circa 1900, France.
Eagle head hallmark
Dimensions of the medal (including the clasp) : 17 mm x 17 mm
Edwardian book charm in rose gold 14 karats. Pendant saphed as a book. The cover is decorated with fine carvings with floral decoration. The pin connecting the book takes the shape of a heart. It can holds two small photos. Antique pendant from the Edwardian period.
Victorian fob seal pendant in yellow gold 18 karats (750 thousandths) and silver.
This pendant in the form of stirrup is decorated with a seal made of citrine wich turns on itself. It is composed of two intertwined strands, one in silver, the other in gold. They form a knot in the center of the composition. The citrine is engraved on two of its sides with an inscription in Persian language and on the third with gothic initials.
1 – A K A (“AKI”) A D I S ا ك ى
2- ANDOON AKIADIS ا د س
3- A J J
On both sides in Persian is the date “278” probably for 1278 in the Hijri calendar, which corresponds to 1861 of our calendar.
Hallmark : head of eagle
Dimensions : 4 cm x 2 cm
Dimensions of the citrine : 10 mm x 14 mm x 10 mm
Condition : Chip on one side of the stone, scratches of use