Archive for June, 2011

June 24, 2011

Question of the Week: How to Clean your Charms

by ClearanceCharms

Some of my charms have gotten dirty since I have been wearing my bracelet so much. How do I make them sparkle like when I first got them?

As with everything else you hold dear, your jewelry needs regular tender loving care too.  As a general rule of thumb, treat your charms with as much care as you would any other piece of fine jewelry in your collection.

For cleaning, simply use lukewarm soapy water with a soft toothbrush to very gently scrub the jewelry. Then rinse it off in clean water. To remove caked on dirt, let your jewelry soak in lukewarm soapy water for up to ten minutes. Gently scrub then rinse in clean water.

Remember to never expose your jewelry that has been oxidized to harsh chemicals that can alter the appearance of your product. These chemicals include, but are not limited to; liquid silver polish, hot tubs, pools, and spas.

We also suggest using one of our great polishing cloths, specially formulated for European charm bracelets.  To keep your charms glistening like the very first day you got them, give them a good rub down with your polishing cloth once a week.  After all, what woman doesn’t want to sparkle?


June 24, 2011

Fall in Love Friday: Purse Gold Charm

by ClearanceCharms

What girl doesn’t love a good handbag to add to their accessories collection!? This fabulous Louis Vuitton inspired purse is made of beautiful 24K gold vermeil with perfectly placed cubic zirconium crystals. Our 24K gold vermeil Charms are .925 sterling silver wrapped in 24K gold up to 8 times. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about it rubbing off or tarnishing. Make a statement with this pop of glamour and color on your bracelet!

Purse Gold Charm


June 23, 2011

One Charming Thing: Sterling Silver Alphabet

by ClearanceCharms

A great way to personalize your bracelet is by adding letters to it. They can be used in many different ways including: having your initials on your bracelet, spelling out your full name, or having the first letter of your children’s or grandchildren’s names. Whichever way you choose, it is sure to look fabulous. Check out the entire Alphabet at Clearance Charms.

Sterling Silver Alphabet

10166 – 10191

June 22, 2011

Wish List Wednesday: Clear Spheres Large CZ Charm

by ClearanceCharms

This fantastic charm is a great way to add some sparkle to your bracelet. Clear Spheres is made of .925 sterling silver and large clear CZ’s. Check out the rest of our Large CZ Collection at Clearance Charms.

Clear Spheres Large CZ Charm


June 21, 2011

Meet Your Staff: Jen

by ClearanceCharms

We pride ourselves on knowing our customers well and want you to know us too!  You trust us with not only your charms, but your hopes, wishes and fears as well – that’s not something we take lightly! 

In this series of posts, you’ll get to meet your happy Clearance Charms staff!  These women and men are the friendly voices on the other end of the line when you have a question, they’re the answer to your email at 10pm on a Saturday, they’re the ones who lovingly and precisely pack and ship your order. 

 Just for you, our wonderful customers, here’s a sneak peak at just who Your Staff is!  

Here at Clearance Charms, Jen has an array of tasks that she completes on a daily basis. One of her most important duties includes filling and processing orders for our wonderful customers.  She receives the orders; hand selects the beads, and packages with tender care so your coveted charms arrive without a glitch.  Jen is a great support system for the company and works within many different areas of Clearance Charms.   Perhaps her greatest asset to our buzzing office is her constant enthusiasm.  She is the eternal optimist and is sure to bring a smile to even the most tedious project.  Jen is also a very talented bracelet designer and photographer as you can see from this beautiful creation she has made.  She is a very happy and warm person with a unique style that shows through in this gorgeous bracelet.  Simply magnificent!      

 Jen says;

I was born and raised a West Virginia girl. After majoring in nutrition at WVU, I eagerly set out on those “country roads” and made my way to the sweet sunny south.  I’ve lived here in Charleston for about 6 years and I’ve loved every minute of it! I have always been interested in design of some nature, be it painting, decorating, fashion, or jewelry.  When I am not at work surrounded by beautiful beads and artistic people, most of my time is spent at the beach – either frolicking with my four-legged friends, going for an evening run or dancing like a dolphin through the waves.  Much of my inspiration comes from the ocean and its influence on the fluidity of existence.  So this begins to define the evolution of my bracelet design.

Her gorgeous creation is made of a multitude of flowing beads and charms using shades of blue, brown, white, champagne, and loads of sparkle. It is a decadent piece that is sure to impress!  Do you love it!?  Do you just simply have to have it!? Call us at Clearance Charms (1-800-409-1772) or email to purchase this fantastic bracelet at 20% off – for a limited time only!


Jen’s vibrant bracelet comes from a stunning collection of personally inspiring images.  You can always view her current Inspiration Board on our Inspiration tab.

Credit: 1-3. All photo’s were taken by Jen  4. Her personally designed bracelet from Clearance Charms.

June 17, 2011

Question of the Week: The Difference Between a Lock, Spacer, and Stopper

by ClearanceCharms


I need something to keep the beads in place on my bracelet, but I am not sure what to get – a lock, spacer, or stopper. What do you suggest?

This is a great question and a very popular one. First you need to know the purpose of each one of the these useful beads. Then it will be easier to see which item fits your needs the best.

A lock opens and closes like a clasp and will keep your beads from falling off the end of your bracelet. Locks move freely along your bracelet like other beads and do not hold your beads in place like a stopper. We have numerous different shapes and styles that are easy to use. They come in Sterling Silver, Gold Vermeil, and Two Tone. Check them out!

Spacers are decorative and small in width. They are used to accentuate certain charms. For example many people like to accentuate the center bead on their bracelet by placing a spacer on either side of the central bead. They are also great to use throughout your bracelet to add some dimension. We have a huge collection of spacers in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. We carry sterling silver, CZ, cloisonné, and enamel spacers. You can peruse our entire collection of spacers by clicking here. Our stoppers come in a variety of designs and colors, in solid .925 silver and 24k gold. They have a silicone core that fits very snugly to your bracelet. They are more difficult to get on initially. Our suggested technique is to twist the stopper while pushing it over the tip of your bracelet. After you succeed at getting your stopper on the first time it is much easier to get on and take off. A stopper’s purpose is to hold your charms in place once on your bracelet. They can be used to separate sections, keep charms in the center of your bracelet. They can also keep your charms from falling off the end of your bracelet when taking it off and putting it on, like a lock.  In any use, they’re an elegant edition to your bracelet that are as beautiful as they are effective. You can view our entire collection of Stoppers by clicking the link here or you can visit Stoppers pictured: Beaded Gold Stopper 50796, Silver Cloud Silver Stopper 60551, Banded Silver and Gold Stopper 50889 As you can see, there are many different uses and options in terms of aesthetic appearance for these great tools. There is something for everyone and every bracelet, it just depends on what function you are looking for.

June 13, 2011

Must Have Monday: Illusion CZ Charm

by ClearanceCharms

Illusion is a very unique and magnificent charm composed of facets of cubic zirconium and .925 sterling silver. It is sure to stand out and add some sparkle to any bracelet.

Illusion CZ Charm


June 10, 2011

Question of the Week: Starting a Bracelet Design

by ClearanceCharms

A very popular question, indeed! It can be difficult to buy charms that will coordinate without having the ability to compare them in person, however with this guide you should be able to do so with ease!

Some Starting Points:

In order to obtain a full bracelet without spending a great deal once is to slowly build your bracelet, starting with a few good base beads that will look great on their own as your bracelet grows.

The key to creating a solid design is to have an inspiration or idea as the foundation. For example, I have chosen the culture of Morocco as a design idea; everything from food to art is exquisitely rich in color and texture. I prefer darker colors, so I will choose charms that acknowledge the Moroccan feel, but also express my style.

My Inspiration Board

Step One:

If you already have a theme or central beads in mind for your bracelet, run with it! I chose the Blue Sandstone charm as the center charm because I want darker tones that still sparkle. I surrounded it with two Freshwater Pearls to add color and then finished off my base design with the new  Mosaic Shell charms that evoke the Moroccan feel I want to capture. I now have a set of beads that can transition beautifully as I add more charms.


Step One Total: $140.94 (if you have already purchased a bracelet, the total is $100.95)

Step Two:

Do not stress about buying charms in the exact order you want them on the bracelet; that’s the beauty of charms, you can change up the design anytime you want! Instead, buy charms you want on your bracelet the most, because some of our popular items can sell out fast! I added Frosted Coil Murano beads next to break up the dark hues, then opted for more Mosaic Shell charms in the Hope design and Wish design since I am absolutely in love with them! I decided that I needed a bit more sparkle, so I chose the Pewter Crystal charms to finish off my second round of beads!

Step Two Total: $103.94 (Total costs thus far: $244.88)

Step Three:

Fill in the blanks! Add in beads and charms that suit your theme and style to fill up the bracelet. The design seemed to be in need of silver, so I added a few pieces for a little more shine. For my last charms, I focused on adding more color to take the bracelet from dull to Moroccan fabulous! I added two more  Freshwater Pearls ) and finished the bracelet off with Semi Precious Jade charms to complement the shades of gray and magenta.

Step Three Total: $181.90 (Total cost of bracelet: $426.78)

After some adjusting, I have all the charms arranged in a design that is both gorgeous, and a reflexion of my personality and style. Keep in mind that I used more expensive items on my bracelet, but you can easily make a gorgeous design for much cheaper. If you prefer the more pricey items, just purchase fewer items per order! Take your time and have fun with your bracelet and make sure it illustrates your style and personality. Remember, the beads don’t have to match perfectly, they just need to go together. Have fun and enjoy!

June 7, 2011

Introducing: Meet Your Staff

by ClearanceCharms

We pride ourselves on knowing our customers well and want you to know us too!  You trust us with not only your charms, but your hopes, wishes and fears as well – that’s not something we take lightly! 

In this series of posts, you’ll get to meet your happy Clearance Charms staff!  These women and men are the friendly voices on the other end of the line when you have a question, they’re the answer to your email at 10pm on a Saturday, they’re the ones who lovingly and precisely pack and ship your order. 

 Just for you, our wonderful customers, here’s a sneak peak at just who Your Staff is!  

Lacy is a Production Assistant here at Clearance Charms. She has a multitude of different tasks that she handles on a daily basis, including filling and processing orders.  If you have ever ordered from us before, chances are good that Lacy either handpicked the beads you bought or processed the order quickly and efficiently so that your new charms arrived safely at your doorstep!  Lacy is also training to be a Customer Service Representative.  Soon she will let her skills and sweet southern accent sparkle while taking customer calls, phone orders, returns & exchanges, and so much more!  Lacy is also a very talented bracelet designer.  She creates incredible combinations using an array of the fantastic beads that Clearance Charms has to offer.  

 Lacy says;

I’m a Lowcountry native, born and raised.  Meaning I’ve lived in Coastal South Carolina forever.  I grew up in a small town but decided to make Charleston my permanent home after receiving my undergraduate degree from The College of Charleston.  I love lazy days at the beach or pool, or even on my couch snuggling with my dog Cairo. When I’m not being lazy I love exploring Charleston’s historical sites and exciting nightlife.  I designed my bracelet with Charleston in mind.  It’s sparkly, yet casual; glitzy, but also sophisticated! It’s the perfect piece for any outfit. Oh and did I mention I LOVE the color purple?!?”

Her most recent design is a gorgeous piece with an array of purple tones and sparkling black hues. 











Lacy’s vibrant bracelet comes from a stunning collection of inspirational images.  You can always view her current Inspiration Board on our Inspiration tab.

Credit: 1. Palm Tree Photo from 2. Bridge photo from 3. Downtown Photo from 4. Fountain Image from 5. Her personally designed bracelet from Clearance Charms.

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