Tell your story with beads this Christmas. Beads have become very popular in recent years, taking over where charm bracelets left off. It’s very possible to express your unique personality and tell the story of your life with beads that will become a family heirloom. With the holidays coming, a starter bracelet would be the perfect gift, and beads could be added for special occasions throughout the years.
Different department stores and jewelers have different names for these unique beads. At Kohl’s, they’re Individuality Beads. Belk Silverworks has Originality Beads and Macy’s the Donatella Collection. Walmart has Connections from Hallmark, and Kay Jewelers offers the Charmed Memories collection. Pandora Murano beads and jewelry is available at Chains and Charms. Wherever you shop and whatever the price, the result will be the same. You will have begun telling the story of your family, your accomplishments, your victories and dreams with beads.
There are beads for birthdays, children and grandchildren. Beads can express your love of animals, your victory over breast cancer, or your achievements as a downhill skier. Each person creating a bracelet will choose different beads, and the bracelets will be as different as each of us is. But they will have one great common bond, as do we – they will be gorgeous, meaningful pieces with a beauty that is theirs alone.
You may begin with just one bead, and that first starter bead will always be among the most special. As time and your budget allow, beads can be added. Particularly meaningful beads are those celebrating wedding anniversaries, births, returns from battle, and supporting the causes dearest to you.
Over time, your bracelet will grow. It will become multi-colored, multi-faceted, and quite beautiful. You will be able to touch each bead and tell a story about how it marked the safe return of your son from Iraq, how it celebrated the birth of your first grandchild, or the Christmas your true love gave you his heart. Eventually, you will have the ever-growing story of your life, and each of us has a story to tell. Each will be unique, each will be beautiful, and each will have special meaning. Perhaps your story can begin being told in beads for Christmas this year, and continue to be told for years to come.
Starter sets begin at less than $100, and beads range in price from about nine to twenty dollars, depending on the store. Some selections are more expensive. As a book begins with a single page or a song with a single note, every bracelet begins with a single bead.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~