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I wanted this charm for a while and I decided to buy it when I saw it at a reduced price in my local Pandora shop.
I chose E for Emma and I paid just under £25 for the charm. I was going to purchase my full name but at the time only the E and the A were available so I decided to just opt for the E. The charm is 3D as it features three smooth triangular sides. The charm itself is stunning. The space inside the charm is a darker colour whilst the rest of the charm is lighter in colour. This makes the initial stand out more, which is what you want. The charm catches the light well and it sparkles too. It really is gorgeous and I really want my full name now! That's the great thing about it, you can make it personal to you.
The charm is really sturdy and durable. It's well crafted and I know that it'll last me forever. I've had it for a few weeks now and it still looks brand new, although you can wipe the charm with a soft cloth if you need to. Sometimes it may get the odd fingerprint on it but other than that it stays in "just bought" condition. The charm can be gift boxed too, ideal if you're buying it as a gift for someone special.
The charm is easy to fit onto the Pandora bracelet. It simply slides on and then slides off again when you wish to remove it.
I would recommend this charm.
Pandora is a Danish jewellery company who manufacture several jewellery items including necklaces, rings, charm bracelets and charms. They now sell in several countries including the UK, and are gradually opening more shops over here.
~~Pandora Bracelets and Charms~~
The charm bracelet is probably their most popular item and they sell it in gold, silver, or leather. They also sell a wide range of charms which come in the format of a bead which can be screwed onto the bracelet. The charms come in gold or silver, and there are some made of other materials such as glass or wood. I have written a review about my Pandora bracelet, so please read that if you want to know more about the bracelets in general!
~~The Silver Letter Charms~~
In a bid to try and make my charm bracelet as 'personalised' as possible, one of the first charms I bought was a letter 'L' charm to mark the first letter of my name (Louise.)
The charm is a triangular shaped bead, and each of the three faces of the triangle has the letter on it. The letter is shiny silver with a kind of 'dirty' silver background. This looks good as it allows the letter to really stand out on the bead.
This charm is about the same size as my other charms so it looks good on my bracelet. The size it roughly 1cm squared.
Of course this bead can be purchased for any letter of the alphabet; Dooyoo has chosen a picture of the 'C' bead which can be seen above. All the letter beads are the same style, with only the letter changing for each one.
~~Price and Availability~~
My 'L' charm cost me £25 although the prices have gone up now and the RRP is now £30 for this particular item. This is a pretty standard price for a silver Pandora bead.
Pandora beads can be bought from www.pandora.net, as well as from several shops throughout the UK that stock Pandora products. The website can tell you where your nearest stockist is. Pandora has its own shops but if there is not one near you then there will probably be another jeweller who stocks Pandora near you.
When hunting on the net for cheaper places to buy Pandora charms, such as Ebay, I would say that if the beads are heavily discounted then they are very likely to be fakes. It is possible to get them a few pounds cheaper sometimes on Ebay but if they're too cheap then I wouldn't risk it.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has a Pandora bracelet and likes to keep it nice and personalised. The only thing I don't like about mine is that people always ask me if I got it when I passed my driving test, as it apparently looks like an L plate. Obviously this would only be a problem with the 'L' bead!
Apart from that minor issue, I am glad I bought a letter charm for my bracelet and it looks great on my bracelet.
I recently bought a reduced Pandora bracelet which is a type of charm bracelet whereby you buy charms or beads rather and slide them on to your bracelet.
This makes it unique and you can buy beads over the months and years to build it up fully or stop halfway as you like. It's totally up to you.
I wanted to buy some beads with my initial purchase as I didn't feel like it looked good totally bare so picked some to buy.
Like many people I thought it might be nice to pick a bead that represented my name. All the letters of the alphabet bar one or two were still available to buy though the C has now run out so it's lucky I got it when I did though I suppose a lot of girls' names do begin with C.
These alphabet beads are very endearing. They very much remind me of the children's letter blocks that you would get in a nursery. The standard charge for these is £30, it's currently reduced to £24 which is a good bargain.
All three sides, (it's triangular) are identical. The edge is framed in light silver, and then the background in dark silver, then in the middle in light silver is the letter C.
It's quite a simple idea but I'm glad I have this one and if I ever lose it, at least I'll know it's mine haha...
In theory, you could get a load of these charms and spell out a name, it might be a nice gift for a christening or something assuming the name isn't too too long...
Some places provide you with a presentation box. I didn't get one, just a cardboard flat box with tissue paper but I'm not bothered as it was just for me.