Wholesale charms available to suppliers worldwide come in a variety of shapes, styles and materials. Decorative charms are made using a variety of precious metals including gold, sterling silver, and pewter. Additional materials used to make wholesale charms include plastic, ceramic, and enamel. The types of charms available through wholesale dealers include pieces used for jewelry and body piercings.
Businesses have a large selection of charm styles and designs from which to choose ranging from lighthearted to serious pieces. Styles of wholesale charms include religious pieces such as crosses, symbols denoting a specific sport, and domestic and wild animals, to name just a few. Charm designs range from simple to ornate.
Wholesalers can order pewter charms designed in accordance with a theme denoting specific holidays, flowers, or coins. Charms can be a single piece or in sets. Ones that are made from metal are well suited for personalized engraving of important names, significant dates, and special events. Charms are also used for anklets, finger rings, and toe rings.
Crystal is another material used to make wholesale charms. To add to the decorative beauty of glass charms, these pieces are sometimes decorated using precious or semi-precious stones. Diamonds and birthstones are popular as decorations to glass charms.
Colorful gemstones are also used with wholesale silver charms. Cut crystal or decorative wholesale beads work well as a highlight against the polished metal. Silver is an ideal material for creating hearts, letters of the alphabet, or a single word.
Along with some that are made from 14k gold, charms are often gold-plated and gold-filled. Silver-plate can be ordered instead of sterling silver for wholesale charms. Rhodium-plated pieces can be combined with enamel to create colorful charms that retain their brightness and remain free of tarnish.
As jewelry, charms are used for bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. For body piercing, charms are used on parts of the face including the nose, lip, and eyebrow as decorative pieces. Charms for other areas of the body are also available to wholesale distributors, including assorted surgical steel and silver pieces for the navel and torso.
Several methods are used to create charms. The die casting technique is the most popular way to mass produce charms for wholesale suppliers. Another method still used today by modern artists is known as the lost wax technique, which dates to the 17th century. Charms with intricate designs and patterns can be custom designed and handmade to order.