Some people collect spoons, other collect patches or post cards; still other people collect beer steins. I don’t know when it began, but somewhere in my childhood I started collecting Shield Charms for a German Charm bracelet. These special little charms are all painted with a place name, and then enameled. I fasten mine on to a silver bracelet that I l enjoy wearing, especially when going to German Fests.
New towns, new cities, new places… all were a chance to add a new charm to my arm. Some of the charms were collected by friends and family who gave them to me as gifts, like the 1972 Munich Olympic charm (and I have no idea where the New Zealand charm came from….) Others I bought for myself on childhood trips.
These small enameled charms are shaped like shields. And despite being tiny, only about 1 cm across, they have very detailed artwork on them. I think my favorite will always be Schloss Buldern, since that castle holds a special place in my heart. (My father spent part of his childhood living there on the grounds).
The bracelet was put away into a jewelry box, and then forgotten for a few years. Two years ago I “re-discovered” it, and started wearing my shield bracelet again.
My German Charm Bracelet Holds Memories
Wearing the bracelet is like wearing a memory. Each tag represents a place or a person that I love. Hamburg, Bayern, Siegen, Aachen, Schwartzwald, Wuppertal (and somehow even one from Virginia? clearly an interloper!)
My daughter loves to flip through the charms admiring each one. She rubs the shields between her fingers and asks questions about the places on them. It’s like story time. Last time we were in Germany together, I decided to start a German Shield charm bracelet for my little one (and, of course, buy a few more for myself). At the time, we weren’t able to find them in the shops…
(We did find charms for Walking Sticks though!)
Luckily, when we got home, I was able to find them on Online… so we are starting to make her a bracelet of her own.
Find Shield Charms and German Charm Bracelets online
Shied Charms as well as other German Charms are available online. You can also get whole bracelets at once! Take a look at the selection!
German Shield Charms for Sale
I don’t see as many of these little charms in my travels as I once did. Luckily, they are available online.
Deutschland Germany Enamel Travel Shield Silver Plated Bracelet Charm VintageBernkastel Kues Germany vintage 800 silver enamel scenic travel shield charmVintage 40s 800 Silver & Enamel Frankfurt Germany Travel Shield Bracelet CharmVintage Bad Ems Germany silver enamel travel shield charmEnamel Silver Mainz Charm GermanyAntiko Oberammergau Germany Enamel Travel Shield Silver Bracelet Charm
Shield Charm Bracelets
Skip ahead to a perfect collection! These wonderful vintage bracelets are great for Germanfests!
Sterling SIlver Charms Exceptional Vintage 1940’s-1950’s Souvenir Enamel German City Shield Travel Charm Bracelet1960’s Rolo Link Germany travel enamel shield Charm Bracelet Marked ANTIKO 800 Silver Vtg German enamel travel ten charm bracelet 7″Vintage Travel Charm Shield Silver 800 Enamel Germany Bracelet Souvenir REU KARO ANTIKO Charms
Other German Charms for a German Charm Bracelet
Want to mix things up? or maybe you prefer other styles of charms? Take a look at these…There are classic dangling charms, and also Pandora style charms with German motifs.
Housweety 10PCs Silver Tone Flower Pattern German Beer Stein Charm Pendants 19mmx18mmCharmSStory German Flag Country German Map Charms Beads For BraceletsVintage German Flag Germany Dangling Bracelet Pendant Square CharmBavarian Charm Rhinestone Pretzel (silver coloured) – Traditional German Pendant Necklace, BraceletBavarian Charm Heart small (silver coloured) – Traditional German Pendant Necklace, Charivari, BraceletCharmed Craft New Fashion Germany Patriotic Flag Heart Charms Silver Plated Bead Fit Pandora Bracelets
Bavarian Charm Bracelet
I just love this adorable Bavarian Charm Bracelet! It has Edelweiss, a Lebkuchen Heart, Bier Stein and more! There is even room for other charms you may collect along the way.
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