“ Brand: Avon / Type: Charm „
Why I bought this charm
For my 21st birthday my Auntie bought me the very special gift of a hot diamonds charm bracelet from Argento. Being a student and not a very wealthy one for that matter I generally thought that paying between £10-£50 for a hot diamond or karma charm was just way too expensive for me and I didn't really want anyone else to spend that amount on me considering all you are paying for is a brand name and you can get equally great quality charms from the likes of Avon or small local boutiques.
The charm itself
The charm itself is around 150mm in size with a medium size lobster clasp. Because of the standard sort of clasp you can attach it to almost any charm bracelet that contains links, though because the clasp is quite small you may have trouble attaching it to Pandora style bracelets that have just one band. So this can be advantageous or disadvantageous depending on what bracelet you have chosen to begin with.
The charm is silver plated and thus far I have noticed absolutely no tarnishing on this charm or any other charms I have received from Avon thus far, the charm is very light much more so than those from Pandora or Argento which is a definite advantage as you can then optimise the number of charms on your bracelet at any one time too which I really like as I have accumulated quite a few by this stage.
The charm is incrusted with little red transparent acrylic stones which make the charm really cute and pretty to look at. I know what some people are saying "oh acrylic stones how pedestrian and cheap looking, why not get one that has a proper gemstone in it." However I have stopped buying anything with precious or semi-precious gemstones unless they are pearls, tourmaline (fossilised dinosaur body fluids which turn the shades of watermelon from pale pink to dark greeny blue only found in areas of Scotland or North America to my knowledge) or unless I can be absolutely 100% sure that the gems where ethically excavated and no people were harmed during the process.
Don't know if anybody else knows that it is largely the poor in less economically developed countries who risk their lives every day to find valuable gemstones for large multinational corporations and get paid very little for the raw product that they find. Though it is because of this that I would rather not go for anything with diamonds or sapphires as I have no idea where they may have come from and the person who has excavated it may have already died from a cave in at a mine or inhalation of toxic gases.
I know that Avon is not the most ethically sound of all the companies out there but they do, do their bit for the charity sector in funding against breast cancer, domestic violence through selling jewellery and mugs on their behalf and promote the regrowth of the forests through selling bags for life.
Therefore I am happier purchasing from Avon than Argento or Pandora whom I have never seen helping any charity organisations or promoted the fact that all their sources are ethically sound, so I hope you can see where I am coming from. The staff at our local shops are rude, snobby and dont seem to know what they are talking about either so they do not inspire me with great confidence. To be honest I cant really see any of these staff abseiling down the BT tower or university building to help out a great cause. Though I know a couple of Avon representatives who do and have done.
On a lighter note when comparing all the charms on my bracelet two of which are Argento and the rest being Avon in the large picture it is very difficult to tell the makes apart at first glance you have to look very closely and even then it is pretty difficult without feeling the difference in weight. The biggest difference between them is the price! The Avon equivalent can drop as low as £2 with the regular price being £4 which is great value regardless as Argento can charge four times that amount for a similar product in both quality and durability.
If you're also worried about gifting someone with this and are worried that the display box will be very cheap and won't look that appealing, you will be pleasantly surprised. All the charms come in their own little attractive cardboard box with tissue paper and cleaning instructions. Being cardboard it can be recycled if you wish to discard it or if you want to keep it it's a very good little box too as it is pretty durable and keeps your charm safe inside.
I've got a charm bracelet that i've had for 3 years now and whenever i achieve a personal goal i treat mysef to a new charm to be added to it. Although i prefer more subtle, plain silver charms, i really liked this when i saw it on the Avon website.
The charm comes in a small but sturdy basic cardboard gift box with avon's logo on it.
The charm is small; only a few centermeters tall/wide, but it has a cute chunky, 3D look to it and is silver with large red diamante style gems all over it which seem to be either plastic or glass. They're shiny and look gorgeous when they catch the light. The silver (not real silver) is also really shiny and sleek.
The charm has a tiny chain with a clasp (both are also silver) attatched that clips on to the charm bracelet. It's really easy and takes literally 2 seconds. It looks great and because the chain is so tiny it doesn't hang, jingle or get in the way. Even though it's a chunky charm compared to my others, it doesn't look silly or out of place.
It's probably more of a younger teenagers sort of thing as it's quite kitsch and glam, but i'm happy with it for now. I don't love it and won't be keeping it forever, but i do think it's cute and is fine to be worn casually; it's not a really big statement piece of jewellery although most people do notice it.
I paid £4 for the charm which is quite expensive considering the small size, however it is good quality. I've had this particular charm for around a year now and have worn it on my bracelet everyday. It's still in perfect condition with all of the gems still intact and the silver's still gorgeous and shiny; it isn't green yet!
Overall i've got plenty of use out of it over the past year and still wear it; it's girlie, cute and would make an ideal present.
At Christmas time, I bought my fourteen year old cousin a lovely silver-plated charm bracelet with three charms on it. Having spoken to her since then and knowing how much she loved it, I knew that she wanted some more charms to add to the bracelet and so I was on the look-out for some attractive charms to give her for her birthday recently.
As I work part-time as an Avon representative when my poor health allows, I knew that there were several charms available for sale in a recent brochure. I decided to buy a couple of them to give to my cousin for her birthday and one of the charms I bought was the Avon Red Sparkly Heart Charm.
The packaging for the Avon Red Sparkly Heart Charm consisted of a small gift box made of cardboard with the Avon logo on it and I thought it was fairly basic but it did the job. I actually put the charm in an attractive little pouch that I had bought for the purpose and thought it was a slightly more attractive way of presenting the gift than the rather plain-looking box it was packaged in.
In a silver-coloured metal, the Avon heart charm is a very attractive little charm and I thought it offered great value for money, costing only £4 in a recent brochure. In actual fact it is available for a reduced price on the Avon website at the moment, and is reduced to £2.50 which is a fantastic bargain in my opinion.
The Avon Sparkly Heart Charm is attractive in its design and is obviously quite girly looking, being a love heart shaped charm. Across the charm are little red sparkly stones, similar to diamante-type stones, and they are fairly good at catching the light. The little stones appear to be of a fairly good quality and are not overly 'glassy' looking in the way that some cheaper costume jewellery is.
The charm is very easy to attach to a charm bracelet, and I tried it out on my own charm bracelet before I gave it to my cousin for her birthday. There were no problems with it fitting on to my own bracelet and I couldn't see that there would be any problem with it fitting on to most (if not all) charm bracelets. There is a little 'claw' at the top of the charm, from which the charm itself dangles, and this claw can be opened by pushing down the little lever, and hooking the claw onto the bracelet. This is not at all difficult to do and I liked the fact that the charm was easy to attach, as well as it being suitable to fit most charm bracelets, not just those from the Avon brochure.
The Avon Sparkly Heart Charm appears to be a fairly robust little item, although I did wonder how well the little red sparkly stones had been attached to the silver heart, and whether any of them would fall off after a little wear. This wouldn't put me off too much though, and considering the low price paid for the charm in the first place I wouldn't think it was going to last forever anyway!
The Heart Charm is not overly delicate looking, so I do think that it would be suitable for teenagers and younger girls as there is nothing too intricate about its design. That said, the heart charm does not have an overly 'clunky' look to it and it does look delicate enough to be added to a charm bracelet without being one of those little charms that seems to be out of place and appears over-sized.
Overall, I thought that the Avon Red Sparkly Heart Charm was a great little charm that would compliment any charm bracelet. I thought that the design and detailing on the charm itself were really attractive, very girly and extremely eye-catching. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and thought it offered great value for money... it definitely deserves full marks and I have nothing negative to say about the charm at all!
There is a whole range of charms and bracelets available from Avon, with prices ranging from £2 - £10. You can purchase Avon items directly from your local Avon representative, or you can order online at the Avon website, which is www.avonshop.co.uk.
After buying my daughter the "Reagan" charm bracelet from the Avon for Christmas, I had decided that I would buy her a few charms to go with it to start her collection off, this is one of them.
The charm I will now review is - "Sparkly heart charm".
This particular charm was very eye catching due to it's vivid red colour, this and the fact that it is completely covered in tiny red crystals to give a really good sparkly effect.
The charm is around 5cm across on it's widest point, and is shaped in 3d format, compete with a crab claw clasp for attaching to the bracelet itself, which makes it nice and secure when on the bracelet, but due the clasp being a reasonable size reduces the amount of charms you can get on each link of the bracelet.
The charm seems really well made, with the only downside I thought cold have been was the small crystals, I was worried that with how much my daughter shakes her wrist when wearing her bracelet (she likes the noise the charms make when she jingles them together!), that maybe some of the crystals could potentially fall off, though this hasn't been the case so far.
She has had this harm bracelet now for 4 months, and they have yet to show any signs of damage or discolouration, this is due in part to the silver plating each piece boasts, but also to how well made each item seems to be.
Price wise these are available ranging from £2.50 through to £5.00, with there being a reasonably extensive selection to choose from, either via your local Avon representative or via www.avonshop.co.uk.
This a cheap and pretty addition to any persons charm bracelet, which I would highly recommend for a child due to designs available and also the price to boot!
Thanks for reading x