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Charm Bracelets | T+L Family

Nigel Cox Louis Vuitton's 18-karat gold bracelet.

Photo: Nigel Cox

All the rage in the forties and fifties, charm bracelets—the talismans of the pious, the superstitious, and the well- traveled—are once again dangling from wrists everywhere. These clinking amulets tell a story, and the plot tends to go something like this: "I have journeyed to the far reaches of the globe." With the new model from Louis Vuitton—which comes with a lock and keys and can be customized with a gold, diamond-studded, Monopoly-size Eiffel Tower and other vestiges of a very bon voyage—the tale takes a new twist. This one says, "I have journeyed to the far reaches of the globe. In my Gulfstream 5. With a steamer trunk filled with small, unmarked bills." But whatever the bracelet and whatever its story, the idea is to continue adding charms along the way.

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