The story of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker is a charming holiday fairy tale of a young girl's amazing dreamlike Christmas Eve adventure. The reality of a sparking Christmas party gives way to the surreal magical growth of the Christmas tree, the horrific arrival of giant mice and a spectacular battle won by Clara's beloved Nutcracker. Transformed into a handsome prince, he guides her through a fantastic romantic world of dancing snowflakes, sweets and flowers.
To learn more about the beads and charms I have chosen for each moment of the Nutcracker, please visit the "About the Beads" tab and the spiral diagram in the photos. View the PDF bead chart to see how the beads and charms tell the story of The Nutcracker: click here.
A story chart explaining the symbolism of the beads and charms accompanies every bracelet.
Please Note: Opera Bracelets contain small delicate parts and are not intended for children.
Each bead of the bracelet represents a character or moment from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Please see the spiral chart in the photos for more details. Also, a story chart identifying the beads and charms chosen especially for The Nutcracker is included.
Clara is represented by a pale pink bead; Fritz her brother is a light blue bead.
The beloved Nutcracker is first a red bead with a Nutcracker charm, then a crackled red bead signifying Fritz breaking the Nutcracker. A sparkling gold crystal indicates when he is transformed into a prince.
Wise and mystical, seeing beyond the ordinary world, Doctor Drosselmeyer is a luminous purple cat's eye. His clockwork dolls are represented by a diamond shaped bead (Harlequin), flower (Ballerina) and blue bead (Soldier).
A small Christmas tree bead is later followed by a larger Christmas tree charm signifying its magical growth. A crown and mouse bead indicate the Mouse King.
A slipper charm indicates the moment when Clara throws her slipper to distract the Mouse King, allowing the Nutcracker to strike a fatal blow.
Blue and white beads and a delicate snowflake bead indicate the snowy night in which Clara and the Prince meet the dancing snowflakes.
I chose a pink crystal to represent the Sugarplum Fairy indicating sugar's crystalline nature. A blue crystal is her cavalier and a ballet pas de deux charm indicate their series of dances.
A chocolate colored pearl evokes Spanish chocolate, a coffee bean bead is Arabian coffee, a Chinese porcelain bead symbolizes Chinese tea. An intricate gingerbread bead represents Mother Ginger.
Charms represent the Russian Dance (candy cane) and the dance of the toy flutes (pan-flute charm). A millefiore (thousand-flowered) bead is the waltz of the flowers, and a swirled pink bead symbolizes the graceful music of the final dance.
A sun bead symbolizes the arrival of Christmas Morning.
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Luann (Submitted on 01 13 2017)
This is a beautiful exquisite bracelet. It's such a great gift for my daughters who own a dance studio and put on the Nutcracker every year! I even bought one for one of the teachers and they loved it! A must have for anyone in the dance world!
Unknown (Submitted on 12 04 2016)
Well done! Will pass it on to my granddaughter who is graduating with a dance major. But I want to wear it once or twice first!!!! She will love it!
Nancy F. (Submitted on 11 21 2016)
I ordered the lovely Nutcracker bracelet for my 13 year old daughter. She is Clara, as she has been for the past 3 years. What an honor! I wanted something to commemorate this year's performance, but just couldn't find anything unique. When I saw the opera bracelets I was blown away! Then, I couldn't decide which one to purchase. Since she will be Clara it made sense to choose that one. It is a beauty! But, then, I read how the Nutcracker one represents the whole story...each bead sequences each scene. I ordered it, it came within just a few days, and when I opened it, I got tears in my eyes. I can't wait to present it to my "Clara" Fri nite. Thank you for creating the perfect piece!
Unknown (Submitted on 11 18 2016)
I love this bracelet. Perfect time of year to wear it, especially when I go see the Nutcracker next week! Colors work with anything you wear and fit is great - I have small wrists and it fits, unlike a lot of bracelets.
Stephen Hutchings (Submitted on 11 02 2016)
This wonderful bracelet is a gift for a wonderful ballerina and I am positive she will treasure it for ever
Marcie (Submitted on 12 18 2015)
I love this bracelet. Also the card that comes with it, is so nice too. Such beauty and fun at the same time.
CC (Submitted on 12 08 2015)
When I opened the box to view the bracelet, I was stunned - it is so unbelievably beautiful! My daughter has danced in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker" for two years now, and it is such a wonderful experience she has each year. The memories she makes with the other students, as well as, dancing on stage with the principal dancers of the PBT Company are ones that she will have for a lifetime! As a student at the school herself, she looks forward to auditions for "The Nutcracker" and this year, a dream of hers came true as she landed a role that she has wanted to dance in since seeing the show at the young age of 3. I thought of no other gift to give her than this bracelet - a momento of her years at PBT so far and the memories she has made along the way. At 9 years old - and as her training continues - my daughter strives to be the Sugar Plum Fairy. This bracelet will certainly help her strive even harder! Thank you for creating such a wonderful bracelet for her to wear every year now!
Ginny (Submitted on 12 07 2015)
Since losing my husband five years ago, I've had very little desire for Christmas presents, only buying things for the little ones in my family. We loved buying Christmas gifts for each other and these were often from a Dear Santa note, often attached to a catalog marked with items we desired or felt we needed. There would also be surprise ones that we thought the other would like.
This year when I saw the Nutcracker opera bracelet, I just knew it was meant to be my present from Santa. Darryl loved listening to the Saturday afternoon at the Met opera on the radio while he worked out in his garage woodworking shop. The Nutcracker was a favorite for both of us. Over the years we went to Nutcracker performances many times and also enjoyed watching them on television or sitting together during the holiday season listing to a CD over cookies, cocoa or wine. When I told a friend about buying it for myself, she said "You may think you bought it for yourself, but I know that he bought it for you.
Mary Noll (Submitted on 03 05 2015)
Beautiful and detailed. Love it
Unknown (Submitted on 09 28 2013)
I have small wrists and have trouble finding bracelets that fit. I like the memory wire bracelets because they fit and are easy to get on and off. I also like receiving the story of each bead. To me it makes each bracelet more meaningful. The wire is sturdy and the quality of the beads is top notch. I work with a ballet company that performs the Ballanchine Nutcracker so this bracelet is about to be worn a lot!
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