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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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!
Unknown (Submitted on 12 09 2012)
I am so incredibly pleased with this special bracelet. It is just gorgeous. Very colorful. Heavier than I anticipated, but the beads seem to be of a higher quality. Not flimsy at all. I love it. I can't wait to share it with my mother.
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