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The fuller your pandora bracelet becomes, the more essential the clips become. I must admit that at first I thought that I wouldn't end up buying any clips, I thought that they were just a bit boring compared to all the lovely charms that you can get. However the more and more charms that you put on your bacelet, the heavier it becomes, and all of your charms just slide together and hang down and weigh your bracelet down on one side. That is where the clips come in, if you place two of the clips on your bracelet over the two specially made sections then you effectively split your braceket into thirds and can space your charms out evenly and they can then only slide as far as the clips.
The sales assistant was trying to convince me that I needed four clips, one for each end of the bracelet and two for the middle sections. I don't think that you need four at all, you certainly don't need one at the far end where the barrel clasp is ie next to the first charm that you twist on, the two middle section yes I would say that you do if you have a lot of charms, and the end section maybe - this is where you twist them on and so I can see that having a clip here would stop them falling off if your bracelet were to open. I just chose to go with the two for the middle.
I chose two matching clips, I have friends that have gone for different clips, as with each pandora bracelet it is unique to the owner so make your own choices, choose whatever you like. I chose the two tone clips as I have quite a few two tone charms on my bracelet and so thought that this would enhance that look. The clips that I chose are like a starburst effect, sterling silver with two round 14 karat balls on, one on the top and one on the bottom, and spokes engraved in the stering silver radiating out from the gold balls creating the starburst effect.
The clips I chose were £40.00 each, and the pandora model number is 790216.
You open and close the clips exactly like the clasp on your bracelet, just insert your fingernail to open it, and push it together to close it.
Pandora originally started off in Copenhagen Denmark and has become a global phenomenon in the last 10 years, though in the UK I would say it's only really taken off in the last 5 -6 years.
The idea of the Pandora bracelet is to build something which has all those memories and keepsakes that can be worn on a daily basis. The basic starter bracelet with the Pandora clasp costs £55 and then the charms range from £20 - £300 plus. All the charms are made of either sterling silver, 14ct gold; murano glass and some have cubic zirconia and diamond stones depending on what you prefer.
The bracelet can be separated into three sections by using a clip as shown in the image, you would ideally need two in order to separate the bracelet into three sections. The clips open just as the bracelet clasp opens by slotting your nail or the official Pandora flower opener to price it open and they slot over the knobbly bit of the bracelet. The clip should not move and unless it is broken or not positioned right it wont move either.
A lot of people find when initially having charms on their bracelet with no clips on, it can get irritating as the charms will move around the bracelet. However once the clips are on, it puts an end to all of this! There are a range of clips to choose from, starting from your basic sterling silver ones at £23, again ones with 14ct gold like the one in the image at £32 and then the £50 plus with different coloured cubic zirconia stones and even solid 14ct gold. There is always a clip to compliment your style of bracelet. I have personally chosen two different styles of clips on mine as they do look like a charm in themselves.
Another use for the clip is to use it at the end of the bracelet where you take your charms off. Some people do not like the safety chain and because the clip does not thread on like a charm it can prevent charms coming off your bracelet should your bracelet suddenly come un-done.
From personally experience I have never had a problem with my clips, they do what they are designed for and are a great gift to buy anyone starting out on a Pandora bracelet, as they will surely need one at some point!