“ Brand: Pandora / Type: Charm / Gold: 14 ct „
I am celebrating a big birthday this year, although I would rather forget it (!) and so friends and family have been very generous with their gifts. Recalling that I received a pandora bracelet earlier in the year, I was fortunate enough to receive a handful of new charms for my bracelet, and it is now starting to look more like a proper charm bracelet. One charm, that I received that is really lovely, but totally overpriced is this Pandora Silver and Gold Alpha Charm in the initial letter of my name. Originally I thought this charm was around the normal price of Pandora Charms at £30 but after noticing it online, I realised it was a lot more - £95 in fact, which I think it rather costly, and more expensive than the actual bracelet!!
I think what makes this charm so expensive is the fact that it is made from sterling silver and 14carot gold, and given the price of metal at the moment, I suppose it is hardly surprising. Like all pandora charms, this one is hand finished, which is obviously going to add to the price as well.
THere is no doubt that with the combination of sterling silver and gold, this charm often stands out from the rest, particularly the plain silver charms. All over the outside of the charm, the initial letter that has been chosen is raised with the letter also being cast in 14 carot gold and made a little bigger than the rest of the raised letters to make it stand out. It isn't hard to see the letter straight away, and it really is a nice decorative charm for a pandora bracelet. I also like the fact that a charm with the initial letter of my name is more personalised and it was certainly a lovely birthday gift.
I would say however, that I have seen initial letter charms, including ones quite like this for a lot less, although they are not pandora and not quite identical, but they are a lot lot cheaper than £95. I personally would never pay this for a charm, no matter how nice it was, as it is only one of many on a charm bracelet, however, it was a gift for a special birthday, and I am very appreciative of it, and wear it with pride on my pandora bracelet!
I treated myself to this duotone pandora initial charm back at Christmas 2009, when I first recieved my sterling silver pandora bracelet as a gift. I can't remember exactly how much it was at the time, but I think that it was in the region of around £50.00, the duotone initial charms now retail for £95.00!! You can get all 26 letters of the alphabet, plus the 3 extra Danish alphabet letters, as pandora is Danish.
Although I did buy this for myself it would also make the perfect (albeit expensive) gift for someone else.
I think that the initial charms work well as gifts; you could get her initial, your initial, the initial for her surname, the initial for her nickname, a letter which means something special, the list goes on and on really.
This has been quite a sturdy little charm and it shows no signs of wear or tear, especially as I've had it for just over two years now. It is quite a heavy little charm, and the gold accent letters really stand out beautifully. The charm has three raised 14 karat gold letters spaced over the ball, and the remainder of the ball is filled with raised sterling silver letters. The gold letters are slightly bigger in size than the silver letters.
I do think that this is overpriced now to be honest though - £95.00!! I'm not really sure that I think that it is worth this much, and I probably wouldn't buy it now at this price, hence the 4star rating. If it was cheaper it would have got the full 5stars.
This is another bead that my boyfriend got me for my bracelet. It is about 1cm in width and height and is available in every letter of the alphabet plus a few others from the Greek alphabet etc... It is a mixture of sterling silver and 14ct gold; the letters have been highly polished and placed onto an oxidised background. It did look good along with my other charms and it is a really nice design idea but I decided to exchange it after a liitle consideration.
The one I got had the Letter K in yellow gold on it. But I just did not like the font style chosen; the letter K in that style looks horrid to me! It's quite plain and looks rather masculine. I think a softer more flowing font would have been more suited as it is ladies jewellery.
The other letters especially the S, T, and W look good with a more classic look to the font. And the O one looks cool as it looks like bubbles.
The mixture of the gold and the silver is lovely and is a good contrast, especially with the oxidised undertone. This makes the gold letters really stand out. The other letters on the bead are the same letter repeated. There are 3 gold letters altogether spaced out evenly over the bead .
It's nice that the gold is evenly spaced and not just on one side like some of the other Pandora beads. It has a good weight to it and has been cast and finished well.
The bead is currently priced at £80. I would recommend this bead in most of the other letters but not the K, 5 stars generally but only 3 for the K version.