Initially charms were the ornament in the form of a pendant on a pocket watch chain. Actually it means the name of the accessory. Having become fashionable in the 18th century, these tiny pendants took different forms. Made of gold and silver, they were complemented with precious stones. Some of similar jewellery works of art became real masterpieces and nowadays they are museum values. The cult of charms took Europe for the whole century. Young people ordered jewellers more and more charms, gave them as presents. They were proud of their elegance, and, it is necessary to mention, attracted ladies with their glitter. I. Goncharov, wishing to strengthen the feeling of boredom, and dullness of Oblomov's life introduces young Volkov who demonstrates Ilya Ilyich his charms with delight.
- And look at this: isn't that lovely? , he said having found a charm in a heap. It was a business card with a folded corner.
– I can't see what is written here.
– Pr. prince M. Michel, Volkov said. He presented me with it on Easter instead of a small egg. … My God, what fun it is!""
But the fashion for charms passed, and they returned to us in the 20th century in their functional quality as key rings , pocket flash lights, etc. However, we won't forget that fashion like a human soul creation is in the habit of coming back.
Our charms are a combination of functionality and elegancy. They are fashionable accessories. It is pleasant to hold them in hand, one can admire them, and one will not leave or lose them as they are dear to heart.