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Oktoberfest charivaris - brilliant Trachten-Looks

Complete your Oktoberfest outfit with the right Dirndl jewelry!

Trachten accessories are a must for your Dirndl. The possibilities are as diverse as the world of Trachten fashion itself: German costume jewelry offers you numerous styling variations. The classics include the traditional Charivaris - the characteristic silver chains for the neck, the Dirndl or Lederhosen.

Charivari - What is that?

The peculiar name "Charivari" for the classic silver costume necklace translates into "craziness" or "confusion" and derives etymologically from the Latin word "caribaria". The word was introduced to the German-speaking world during the Napoleonic occupation in the 19th century and was then also used for somewhat crooked-sounding music. Even today, "charivari" in French means as much as hellish noise.

In German, however, the word has been used as a name for the sumptuous Charivari jewelry chain made of solid silver, which is worn with the Oktoberfest Tracht.

The most popular Charivari motifs include:

  • silver coins
  • medals
  • gems
  • emblem of Bavaria
  • animal elements such as paws or teeth
  • and many other!


Nowadays, Charivaris are in vogue again, because thanks to the many different necklaces, the versatile pendants can be used to create elegant, individual and eye-catching accents on traditional costumes. Modern Charivaris are now hung with contemporary elements such as hearts, colorful jewelry baubles, glass beads, animal motifs, peace signs or funny amulets. Dressy Dirndl are often combined with a pearl Charivari, which looks particularly noble. The chain is worn just as it was in the old days: men put it at the bib of the Lederhosen and women on the Dirndl near the neckline or occasionally at the waist. Nowadays, Charivari are fashionable accessories, which are usually no longer made of real silver.

Charivaris - smart for Ladies and Men!

We think: A Charivari makes a Dirndl noble and even more interesting! But even for men, the chic chains have a long tradition: Men traditionally wear Charivari jewelry on the codpiece of traditional Lederhosen. In the 19th and early 20th century, the Charivari pendants were used as lucky charms for a profitable and successful hunt, among the farmers, it was thus a noble status symbol. At that time, the Charivari achieved its special ideal value by not being purchased but inherited exclusively.

There are subtle differences between the Charivaris for women and for men: In contrast to the Charivari for men, ladies' Charivaris are more delicate, with smaller elements and are attached to the Dirndl - either on the bodice, on the chest or on the side of the Dirndl apron.

The characteristic talismans that hang on Charivaris could not be more diverse. While one often finds flower and heart pendants at Dirndl-Charivaris, men's Charivaris traditionally decorate rather hunting motifs such as teeth or horns. The deer antlers, fox teeth and many more are made of natural materials or cast metal and remind of the origin of the chains as a hunting charm. Particularly noble Charivaris are hung even with real bones and teeth of animals, which a jewelry designer brought into the appropriate form.

Order Charivari online - comfortable and secure at Dirndl.com

Want to spice up your costume? In our online shop you will find an extensive range of Charivari. This is how you find the necklace that best suits you and your Oktoberfest look. Elaborate or simple, mother-of-pearl or silver, romantic hearts or traditional coats of arms? Your perfect Charivari is guaranteed!

And the best? On our site you can conveniently order Charivaris online and send it to your home. And if you do not like the product ordered, you benefit from your uncomplicated and free return.

Get inspired by our other German costume collection. Whether Dirndl, Lederhosen or other Dirndl jewelry: browse through the huge selection from the world of traditional fashion and you’ll certainly find the right products for your outfit.

Image sources:
© Stockerpoint

Complete your Oktoberfest outfit with the right Dirndl jewelry! Trachten accessories are a must for your Dirndl. The possibilities are as diverse as the world of Trachten fashion itself: German... read more »
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Oktoberfest charivaris - brilliant Trachten-Looks

Complete your Oktoberfest outfit with the right Dirndl jewelry!

Trachten accessories are a must for your Dirndl. The possibilities are as diverse as the world of Trachten fashion itself: German costume jewelry offers you numerous styling variations. The classics include the traditional Charivaris - the characteristic silver chains for the neck, the Dirndl or Lederhosen.

Charivari - What is that?

The peculiar name "Charivari" for the classic silver costume necklace translates into "craziness" or "confusion" and derives etymologically from the Latin word "caribaria". The word was introduced to the German-speaking world during the Napoleonic occupation in the 19th century and was then also used for somewhat crooked-sounding music. Even today, "charivari" in French means as much as hellish noise.

In German, however, the word has been used as a name for the sumptuous Charivari jewelry chain made of solid silver, which is worn with the Oktoberfest Tracht.

The most popular Charivari motifs include:

  • silver coins
  • medals
  • gems
  • emblem of Bavaria
  • animal elements such as paws or teeth
  • and many other!


Nowadays, Charivaris are in vogue again, because thanks to the many different necklaces, the versatile pendants can be used to create elegant, individual and eye-catching accents on traditional costumes. Modern Charivaris are now hung with contemporary elements such as hearts, colorful jewelry baubles, glass beads, animal motifs, peace signs or funny amulets. Dressy Dirndl are often combined with a pearl Charivari, which looks particularly noble. The chain is worn just as it was in the old days: men put it at the bib of the Lederhosen and women on the Dirndl near the neckline or occasionally at the waist. Nowadays, Charivari are fashionable accessories, which are usually no longer made of real silver.

Charivaris - smart for Ladies and Men!

We think: A Charivari makes a Dirndl noble and even more interesting! But even for men, the chic chains have a long tradition: Men traditionally wear Charivari jewelry on the codpiece of traditional Lederhosen. In the 19th and early 20th century, the Charivari pendants were used as lucky charms for a profitable and successful hunt, among the farmers, it was thus a noble status symbol. At that time, the Charivari achieved its special ideal value by not being purchased but inherited exclusively.

There are subtle differences between the Charivaris for women and for men: In contrast to the Charivari for men, ladies' Charivaris are more delicate, with smaller elements and are attached to the Dirndl - either on the bodice, on the chest or on the side of the Dirndl apron.

The characteristic talismans that hang on Charivaris could not be more diverse. While one often finds flower and heart pendants at Dirndl-Charivaris, men's Charivaris traditionally decorate rather hunting motifs such as teeth or horns. The deer antlers, fox teeth and many more are made of natural materials or cast metal and remind of the origin of the chains as a hunting charm. Particularly noble Charivaris are hung even with real bones and teeth of animals, which a jewelry designer brought into the appropriate form.

Order Charivari online - comfortable and secure at Dirndl.com

Want to spice up your costume? In our online shop you will find an extensive range of Charivari. This is how you find the necklace that best suits you and your Oktoberfest look. Elaborate or simple, mother-of-pearl or silver, romantic hearts or traditional coats of arms? Your perfect Charivari is guaranteed!

And the best? On our site you can conveniently order Charivaris online and send it to your home. And if you do not like the product ordered, you benefit from your uncomplicated and free return.

Get inspired by our other German costume collection. Whether Dirndl, Lederhosen or other Dirndl jewelry: browse through the huge selection from the world of traditional fashion and you’ll certainly find the right products for your outfit.

Image sources:
© Stockerpoint