FASHION I n fashion, a charm refers to those dangly attachments that you find on bracelets or sometimes on necklaces. It’s been a staple in fashion jewelry dated back to the earliest history records. It’s not known for sure how this trend came to be, but some sources suggest that wearing charms may have begun as a form of protection to ward off evil spirits. There is evidence that charms were worn during the pre-historic period. Cave drawings suggest that charms were made from shells and animal bones. Later, as time progressed they were made from wood, rocks and gems. Charms were also a way of identifying a person to one’s family, tribe or religion. Christians would use tiny fish charms to identify themselves to other Christians during the Roman Empire. Medieval knights were reported to wear charms as protection during battle. One popular woman in history who loved charms was Queen Victoria. Apparently, she wore them all the time and started a fashion trend. She was known to give them out as gifts. When her husband Prince Albert died, she made “mourning charms”. These included lockets with his hair inside, and others with miniature portraits of him inside. beth Taylor helped add to this popular trend. Today almost all jewelry brands carry some form of charms. You can even find charms from Walt Disney! I think the reason that charms are so popular is that they are often times associated with fond memories and deep emotions. Soldiers returning home after World War 2 brought home charms made by local craftsmen from the areas they were posted. In the twentieth century, screen icons such as Eliza- Renia Pruchnicki lives in Toronto, Canada and is a vegan fashion designer. In 2001 she started a company called Truth, which is a line of vegan belts made in Canada. She has a passion for sustainability, healthy living and fashion. She loves to express her creativity wherever she can. For more information on Renia, please visit www.truthbelts.com.