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I have to confess I'm a little obsessed with Pandora: I have two silver rings and a silver charm bracelet. I wear the rings everyday and the bracelet on special occasions. The rings, despite wearing them all day, everyday, for about a year now have shown no signs of ageing and still look as pretty as when I got them for my birthday. You'd expect this sort of durability from a product that costs as much as Pandora does! I love that you can mix and match their rings to make a little stack on your finger: definitely fits in with Pandora's marketing campaign as fully customisable.
My Pandora bracelet is just over a year old and about half full. For a while I had it with only a few beads on it and it didn't look empty due to this, but I would say that it looks better with around 5 beads or more on it. Unfortunately, this has the price tag to match. I would definitely recommend waiting until special occasions such as birthdays to purchase the beads, unless you have enough spare cash to warrant £40 for a bead. Also, if you only purchase them on special occasional or get them from friends or relatives, it adds to its appeal as a purveyor of memories. I would definitely say that that is Pandora's main quality: every time I wear mine I look at the beads and remember the different occasions when I bought each bead. I would say that if you buy one, fill it with beads like your birthstone or landmark birthdays because when you look back it'll be like a reminder of past events instead of merely an expensive bracelet.
When wearing it you are constantly aware of the price tag, and for peace of mind I would suggest buying a safety chain: they cost around £40 but they look pretty and also make it feel much safer when you're wearing it. I would say it's a worthwhile investment.
One downside, apart from the price tag, is that I have noticed that the older beads do look somewhat duller. Therefore, I would recommend that you clean it every so often to avoid this. The glass beads that I have don't look chipped or scratched however. Overall, I would say that Pandora is well worth the money and is a lovely item to be able to look back on and remember the occasions where you bought each bead. However, since the price tag is a lot, make sure you look after it, keep it safe and buy a safety chain for added security.
This is just my little guide to all things Pandora, what are the various components etc.
Bit of a background to Pandora, they are a Danish company and have been going for about twenty seven years now. The actual charm bracelet that everyone knows Pandora for came to the Danish market in 1999, and has gone global since, and has been in the UK since 2006. They also do other ranges of jewellery, watches and tried their hand at sunglasses. The bracelet and charms are manufactured in Thailand, the wood for the wood beads all come from sustainable forests, and the glass is from Murano in Italy, both the wood and glass is then set in Thailand.
The concept is that charms are screwed onto a base bracelet, separated in three sections by clips (I will explain further below), with the charms removable so may be interchanged to suit mood or outfit.
THE BRACELET (the metals) - composed of a snake chain with screw threads soldered on.
The clasps that are available is the pandora catch, this is the most popular. It looks like a barrel with Pan and one side and Dora on the other. Opening and closing are initially a bit strange but is easier than the lobster catch below once you get the hang of it. To open look for the folds on the catch, put your nail in between near the letter P and it will lift up on the Pan side. To close make sure both male ends (as some may know them) are lying flat opposite each other, before closing with a click. If this is not done correctly this, can bend the catch out of shape. You can also purchase a clasp opener, as repeated opening of it can break weak nails. There is also a standard lobster or claw catch which is hinged and similar to a lot of bracelet fastenings. It also has a small dangling tag with the o crown symbol. Both are equally safe, but the pandora catch is more aesthetically pleasing, as it looks like a charm when full. Please never roll the bracelet off the wrist as this will stretch the bracelet and increase the chances of it snapping.
These are available in different lengths (16,17,18,19, 20, 21 and 23 cms). This can seem quite daunting when you first here it but as a rough guide 16 cm is for a child aged approximately 6/7 years, 19 cm is around average for a woman, 23 cm is actually quite large. So their is a size to suit most ages and builds. The size you will require will depend on how full you want the bracelet to be eventually, what type of charms you plan to put on it, and how tight you like the bracelet on your wrist. I suggest trying some ones on with charms at your local Pandora retailer. Pandora bracelets are heavy when full, it is not unusual for bracelets to stretch 0.5 cm, do not overfill the bracelet, silver charms are particularly heavy. At maximum each bracelet can take approximately one charm per cm.
Metals available are
pandora catch - silver or silver clasp oxide snake, silver chain with gold clasp, all gold.
The oxide is a finish on top of the silver this can wear. Silver is sterling and can be recognised like all Pandora charms and bracelets by the 925 ALE symbols. The gold marks will be 575 this is 14 carat, and is the gold standard generally used on on the continent, and is currently only available in yellow gold.
A note on the chain. This is a snake chain for its width, it is not as strong as other chains, your belchers or curb that traditional pendants are often found on. These metals are fairly strong but the chain may break if abused.
Leather - available in single and double lengths - go round the wrist twice. Sizes shown in single, double for double, 17.5 cm, 19 cm and 20.5 cm. This is a narrower choice than the metals. They are slightly cheaper starting at around £35.
Colours available include: black, brown, red, grey, and white (more pearly than bright). There was also a limited edition pink. They have a plaited appearance with the pandora catch, and a single screw thread. They are designed to wear NO MORE THAN six charms as the leather can't take the weight. Actually I would only wear five as an odd number of charms always looks better. Be very careful with the leather, regularly put leather care products on it when it feel stiff, if you don't have any try hand cream.
CHARMS - These come in a large variety and at various price points, starting at around £30 for a plain silver. There are loads for just about every occasion : Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Graduation, Weddings, Christenings etc. Loads of mature patterned charms and novelty animal charms. The charms have a screw thread in the centre so can be screwed onto the bracelet. They can be quite weighty some of the gold ones are over three grams per charm.
The glass is made in Murano, and is done in individual batches so each one of these will be individual. They add colour and dimension to the bracelet, and can be interchaged. I have three different colour sets to match what I'm wearing. Can they crack/ break? Yes I have dropped mine on a tiled floor and they have all come out okay, I have known others that haven't been so lucky. I'd still highly recommend them.
The wood beads are from different trees so will come in different hues, but this half the fun of picking though with the shop assistant to find one that goes best with your colour scheme.
Enamel - generally hard wearing, come in a range of colours, may scratch slightly.
Drops - drop down from your bracelet. I have about five on my bracelet. They don't get in the way, they don't drop that far, and neither are they going to fall off anytime soon. Add another dimension to the bracelet. I'd recommend them.
Gemstones - as a rule of thumb on the whole semi-precious for silver charms, precious for the all gold charms. Unlike other brands Pandora set the stones and don't glue them. This gives a stronger hold on the stone and requires a higher level of craftmanship and a greater time, hence the inflated price. Watch the diamond quality on these and check before you buy some are as low as colour W, which to my eyes is a significantly visible brown tinge, the clarity (number of inclusions - internal black bits in the stone also often falls short). Remember diamond best colour is D going right through the alphabet I class a decent quality diamond as colour J and above. The exception is the mother of pearl heart spheres, I think the code was 70398MPW and 790398MPB (white and black). These are glued to give a smooth finish, they are gorgeous, but if any charm is going to cause you problems later it's this one the hearts can be known to fall out. Pandora do offer a warranty - explained later.
New release - Pandora does two releases spring in April time and Fall around October of new charms. Normally around 20 charms per release I think.... Charms are also periodically discontinued and can be quite rare and sought after, these include the original zodiac charms, the rhino, swan, mobile phone and cola bottle among others!
CLIPS - These are optional to go on the two central screw threads to separate the bracelet into three sections. They start about £5 more than the charms. They hinge like the pandora catch and open in a similar way. They are actually quite decorative, and look like another charm, as well as serving a purpose. Stopping charms moving around can be particularly irritating when your bracelet is half full.
SPACERS - These are not charms and are again totally optional and start around £15. These are designed to fill a gap that a charm would not fit, remember don't force a charm to fit, you are stretching and damaging your bracelet. They are cheaper as they do not have a screw thread so require less workmanship, but if you put them as the last charm on your bracelet they can fall as you take it off. Again, these are an optional extra.
SAFETY CHAINS - a limited selection in styles (4 in total across the gold and silver range). Range of lengths from 4-8 cm, I would recommend the 5 cm as that gives you enough room to get it over your hand but this is personal choice. This will not totally prevent your bracelet coming off if the catch came open, but certainly does protect the charms falling off. I lost one without it, so I would recommend one. Although I find the chain catches, whereas my drops don't.
WARRANTY is an international one with Pandora for a duration of 12 months. Do NOT mix charms from other companies. Pandora has it's own special screw thread designed to fit Pandora charms only. Wearing other charms VOIDS your warranty. In fact trying to remove a charm which has an uncompatable screw thread can cause the snake chain to break. You don't need to build up all the charms straight away, the bracelet is designed to look nice with little on, I think.
NECKLACE same snake chains same metal options as above in the following lengths:
40 cm (approx. 16"), 42 cm (approx. 17"), 45 cm (approx. 18") and 50 cm (approx. 20").
A rough guide is a standard pendant comes on an 18" chain. (often, but not always)
Remember the weight of the charms will cause the chain to sit lower on your chest, than with none on. Make one up in the shop with your desired number of charms.
ALL CHARMS ARE DESIGNED TO FIT ON ALL BRACELETS AND NECKLACES.
JEWELLERY - moments design reflects individual charms in the pandora range, a wide selection of ear rings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.
A note about rings they come in a European size range from size 50 about a K to 60 around an S, although this is not exact, get measured with a European ring gauge. Also remember the broader the band, the larger size you will take.
The lovepods collection is modern yet still quite traditional, and is a collection with gold and semi-precious stones. I personally think this part of the range, particularly the plain gold chains is over-priced.
The liquid moments collections is meant to reflect water, it is quite simple and comes in silver. Has an organic but sturdy look to it. The chunky bangles and rings are a particular highlight. Reminds me a little of some of the Calvin Klein jewellery range.
JEWELLERY CARE THIS APPLIES TO ALL CHARMS TOO!
Use warm, not hot water with a little bit of washing up liquid, and clean with an old toothbrush. Go easy over the black oxidised bits, as once you've rubbed it off, you can't get it back. Polish up with a silver/ gold cloth.
NEVER SILVER DIP - this is quite an abrasive process and will remove all the oxide very quickly and is also damaging to the enamel and gemstones. If you are unsure take it to a reputable jeweller that sells Pandora, as some may have cleaning equipment on-site.
When wearing avoid contact with all lotions and potions, perfume, fresh fake tan etc. (Who wants a brown bracelet?)
WATCHES - these currently do not take the charms. They are all quartz (battery powered) and are designed to be interchangable like the bracelet. The bits you can interchange are often the straps and the bezels (the bit which sometimes has numbers on, the outer casing of the glass). I have not seen much of these so can't comment.
I'd avoid contact with water generally, so that includes showers and washing up. Definitely no swimming or jacuzzis these have super harsh chemicals. At the gym, sweat isn't good for jewellery either, and will build a nasty residue on all your jewellery.
SUNGLASSES- seem to be a flash in the pan, have mysteriously disappeared.
PACKAGING - I don't rate the bracelet boxes and card pouches I think they look a bit cheap. The charm boxes are quite nice, in all stores (stock depending) they should be available but may not be offered on all purchases, and may even be reserved for the more expensive charms. The bags are really sweet, particularly with the ribbon, although they feel a bit big when you are only carrying around one spacer!
STORES - always check you are buying from a certified Pandora retailer, check on Pandora's website for this. Some are stores totally dedicated to Pandora these will be allowed to carry the greatest range of stock (but may not have the highest stock levels), there are also stands in stores, sometimes known as shop within shops.
AN INVESTMENT PIECE? - I would say no, the price of metals is going up, but you are paying a lot more than the market value. It is a piece to enjoy. For the cost of the gold bracelet, I would consider other jewellery makers for investment pieces. Sadly I don't think these will be it. BUT I DON'T KNOW ANYONE WHO DOESN'T ENJOY WEARING THEIR PANDORA.
Pandora jewerly is absolutely gorgeus and is the latest must have accessory! Everyone is wearing them and everyone loves them!
If you have never heard of pandora they are a jewerlry company the specialize in designer pieces. The main product people invest in is their charm bracelets.
You can buy the charm bracelet chains for around £50 if you want a plain silver one but if gold takes your fancy you will end up paying around £1,00! I think the cheapest chain they have is £35. Yes pandora is expensive but I think it is worth every penny.
Once you have bought your chain you want charms on it right?
Silver charms are £20 and they come in a variety of different shapes such as a fish, a strawberry, a house, a dice, hearts and much more. I think the charms are a bit off a rip off as you can get nicer looking ones for less then half the price off ebay.
You may want to add spacers to your bracelt as you don't want all your charms to be too bunched together these are £15. They are all very pretty again very expensive but still worth it.
I wouldn't recommend buying your charms straight from Pandora as you can get charms almost identical alot cheaper but a Pandora chain is well worth investing in as these are just magnificent
Overall Pandora jewerlery is beautiful and high class. You should wear it on special occasions such as weddings and I would definetly recommend it to anyone!
Pandora seems to be the latest Must have! as far as jewelry goes. Everyone is wearing it, admiring it and talking about it.
By far the most popular piece of accessory in the Pandora range is the charm bracelet.
A simple idea but one that will cost a small fortune if you want authenticity.
You can purchase a basic silver snake bracelet which will set you back £50 at a minimum and then your creativity and flair can be captured upon your wrist as you create changeable elegance and design with each charm you add. If you prefer gold be prepared to pay a lot extra.
Charms vary from solid silver/gold spacers to colourful glass beads inlayed with silver, comically shaped quirkily designed beads to suit every tast and personality and even charms with dangley bits. You can buy birthstone beads, silver with gold inlay beads, initial beads, zodiac beads and dont forget to buy the safety chain which will cost between £30 -£230.
Beads range from £20 - £155 which it a tad expensive for my pocket but if you have the money and life fine jewellery this is the bracelet for you.
Charm bracelet lovers will love these and they can always add to their collection through birthday and christmans presents.
There are other varieties of bracelets on the market such as Truth from HSamuel who offer a starter bracelet with 3 charms for approximately £50.00.
If you want authenticity then you will pay the price with Pandora. There are a beautiful variety of charm bracelet beads which are not Pandora but will fit Pandora available from Argos and Ebay whose prives range from £4.00 - £25.00
The choice is yours.
Pandora is a name that everyone knows but if you are wearing a Truth bracelet with glass beads from Argos will anyone know the difference unless they are close up? Pandora beads have the name etched on the inlay so there is no faking it!
I have a Pandora snake bracelet but I am happy to fill it with charms from a variety of sources and enjoy changing the beads and redesigning it whenever I wish.
Hope this helps prospective Pandora shoppers
Thanks for reading. a rating would be most appreciated :)
I received my Pandora bracelet last Valentine's Day as a present off my partner, as in his words, I have everything else. He was always stuck for useful gift ideas, now I have a charm bracelet that can be added to, for birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations.
Pandora was launched on the Danish market in 1999 and due to its success there, has gone on sale in a further 18 countries worldwide, with its factory being based in Thailand.
The concept is slightly different to a regualr charm bracelet in that the charms are threaded on to the bracelet rather than being attached to an individual link. This gives it its unique appearance. However there are a number of alternatives on the market, but I feel that the choice and quality offered by Pandora is by far the best.
To start collecting the charms, you first need to start of with a basic bracelet, whether it's silver or gold. You then need to choose your charms, and here is where you can have fun and spend a fortune. The choice is huge, anything from zodiac signs, initials, animals, ones with crystals, enamel, you name it. There are ones for specific occasions such as 18th or 21st birthdays, halloween pumpkins and ghosts, Christmas trees and presents, the list is endless.
The website advises you to pick a theme or colour for your bracelet, as if you choose too many colours it can look quite odd, but it is personal taste and I feel its up to the individual to decided what's best for them.
The website also offers a 'virtual' bracelet where you can select a bracelet and add charms on to get an overall feel of what fits your design ideas best. The charms range in price from £20 for a basic sterling silver bead, up over. The bracelets range in price from approximately £45 for sterling silver to over £1000 for the gold version! It can work out to be very expensive, but if you collect gradually for birthdays and christmases etc, its more affordable.
Pandora also sell other jewellry, such as rings, earrings and necklaces, the designs are quite unique unlike any I've seen at other jewellers on the high street.
Now my other half can always buy something meaningful that I'll get enjoyment out of every day.
On first sight of the Pandora bracelet, I really was in love!! When it first came about, Pandora was like nothing else out there; basically in one bracelet/necklace you really can hold your life story.
I started out with a silver bracelet with the silver clasp, which you can get for around £50-£55 depending on where you buy. There are plenty of variations of the bracelet, such as the:
Silver bracelet, gold clasp (£250 approx),
An all gold bracelet and clasp (£1000+),
A silver bracelet and normal clasp (£40 approx),
A silver oxidized bracelet and clasp, which is more of a black colour, at the same price as the regular silver bracelets,
Oxidized silver bracelet and gold charm (£250 approx),
And weaved leather bracelets with the clasp which come in a range of colours, (£35+)
As you can see, there really is a bracelet for everyone, I personally have never been a yellow gold fan, and always opted for silver/white gold jewellery, which when you get onto the prices for the gold charms, it's a good job really, as my bank balance would in no way stretch that far. I'd probably still be sat with just one charm on the bracelet 2 years down the line!!
Once you've got the bracelet, you've then got the base to build whatever takes your fancy!! My boyfriend got mine as a Christmas present on a recent holiday we took to Florida, and to mark the occasion I had a little silver dollar bag and an ape and giraffe to mark a Safari we'd taken and loved in Animal Kingdom! Although they are charms that may not be to everyone's tastes, now home, whenever I look at the charms they remind me of these places we visited together.
The best part about the charms is that you can choose whatever fits your own personal tastes, they have charms ranging from elephants to love hearts, and they have charms with your initial on, charms with your star sign on, everything a girl could want!!
If you feel your bracelet could do with a little brightening, look no further than the murano glass charms. Here you can purchase little glass charms that come in black, white, blue, green, pink, purple and orange. My aim is to get one in each colour and on nights out, co-ordinate with whichever outfit I may be wearing at the time! As far as I'm concerned this is genius!
The charms are where your bracelet can start costing you hundreds to thousands of pounds. So far my bracelet is almost full and in all has cost around £200, if you're on a budget you can space this out over months or even years to build up your collection.
The silver charms come in at £20 and the murano glass at £25. The gold charms on the other hand start at about £55 and I've seen charms which are being sold at £800+ and gold murano glass being sold at £150 but I must say, even with not being a yellow gold fan, these bracelets do look lovely on!!
Overall I couldn't rate this product highly enough, it really is something I will treasure for the rest of my life, and one day if I have a little girl would love to be able to pass it on to her, and tell her the stories behind each charm. (If you haven't guessed already I am a hopeless romantic!)
Great as a gift or great if you want to treat yourself, Pandora is a great choice.
My friend had one of these and I hinted like mad but boyfriend didn't take the hint so i took matters into my own hands and told everyone to buy beads for my 30th birthday as my doh would be buying me the bracelet as a reward for the birth of our 3rd child - job done!! I love my bracelet I have it in silver and have a pink colour scheme and a green colour scheme. That would be my reccommendation - stick to one colour at a time otherwise they just look garish. Also make sure you buy spacers as this will bulk out your bracelet quicker. As others have commented they do make present buying from your other half easier however the novelty does in all honesty wear off after a couple of birthdays, Easter, Valentines day and Christmasses. All my beads have a special memory for me and I love that part of it. Watch out for people selling beads on ebay - even the ones stated as genuine often aren't. Check your local jewellers - mine used to let me use my store discount card to purchase beads thus saving 20% on every bead - but now they've opened a Pandora shop they've stopped this. Word of caution don't wear all your beads at one time - not only does it make it quite heavy but you can be carrying a fortune round on your wrist which can be quite risky depending on wear you live! My daughter has also requested mine when shes older so am looking forward to being able to pass it down to her - if hubby keeps going for all events the she should be sitting on a small fortune!
Pandora the jewellery makers are most famous for their range of charm bracelets and necklaces. Whilst some of their other jewellery range is lovely it is just those charm bracelets and necklaces I will be having a look at here.
The bracelets come in gold, silver and leather plait. They range from over £1,000 for a gold one to £35 for a plaited leather strap with a silver clasp. There are about twenty bracelets available in the range, the sizes ranging from small children to larger adults.
The bracelets are designed to take a large range of charms or beads. An adult sized bracelet will hold up to twenty odd charms. They fasten with a pivoting snapping clasp to keep the charms secure. A genuine Pandora piece will have 'Pandora' written around the cylindrical clasp. The charms slip on over the other end to the clasp and are made from gold, silver or glass. 'Spacer' beads or charms are available which have a screw interior which fasten along the bracelets to prevent the larger charms from moving about too much.
The charms available are often designed to commemorate an event such as a pair of baby boots for a new mum, or wedding bells for a bride. There are hundreds of beautiful charms available and of course, once a bracelet is purchased, the charms make an easy and pleasant gift for someone it might otherwise be difficult to know what to buy for. I think this is why most men agree to buy them for their wives or partners!
As a hobby I buy, and sometimes sell, jewellery. I make minor repairs and enjoy myself renovating or designing new pieces. I am very familiar with various kinds of silver jewellery because that is what is affordable to me. Pandora is highly fashionable at the moment and many of my friends own a necklace or bracelet. The lucky ones own more than one, or both. (I have accompanied two friends to buy them because they weren't confident enough to buy the right one for their respective wives!)
At the moment the market is flooded with Pandora lookalikes. It is possible to buy 'Murano glass' bead charms for as little as £1.50. These are made from the same glass and with stamped silver cores, as Pandora glass charms have. They are approximately £20.00 cheaper than the original! A simple silver Pandora charm starts at £20, the silver spacers are around £12.00. The Murano glass charms start at £25.00. No wonder the replicas sell well!
I have examined lots of both types of beads and apart from the name 'Pandora' being stamped on them there is very little to choose between them.
That brings me to my main problem with Pandora Jewellery and why I won't be owning one myself. The designs are pretty, the bracelets are quite thick and chunky with a pleasing sinuousness. They are well made, but......customers are being asked to pay over £50.00 for what is, at the current price of silver, significantly less than £5.00 worth! It is not as though these prices are being asked for exclusive pieces, Pandora sell many, many identical pieces worldwide. In other words you are paying through the nose just for a brand name. When the bracelets go out of fashion their retail value will plummet. Pandora are already reducing their prices at retail points because people are realising that they can get identically intrinsically valued pieces for a fraction of the cost.
I am not talking about cheap fakes made from non semi precious metals, I am talking about genuine silver and gold bracelets made in the same style to take charms.
The pieces are lovely.
They have a huge range of charms and beads to pick from to embellish your bracelet or necklace.
They are made well enough and the hinges and catches seem to wear okay. (but it's early days yet!)
They are stamped appropriately for semi precious and precious metals.
They are widely available at good jewellers. Every city will have at least one outlet for Pandora Jewellery.
The colours of the bead charms can be mixed and matched to suit any coloured outfit.
They are an absolute godsend for people who don't know what to buy as Christmas or Birthday presents.
They are very fashionable.
The charms and bracelets are not limited editions. You will find the same ones recurring everywhere.
They are very expensive for the intrinsic value of the materials from which they are made .
They depreciate very quickly. Good jewellery is often bought as an investment to resell if necessary. These bracelets and necklaces are not holding their resale value.
They will not always be fashionable.
Women will eventually get fed up with being bought the same thing as a present. (So beware blokes!)
The bracelet will eventually get full and not everybody will want to change the configurations.
Unless you get someone to take their bracelet off to inspect it, you often can't tell whether it is a real Pandora one or not. This reduces their appeal value of exclusivity and "being able to afford one".
They can be heavy to wear and can catch on things because a bracelet that is not full tends to dangle a bit. (The fuller the bracelet is, the less gap between the wrist and the bracelet.)
Some people find them fiddly to fasten easily.
I do like the designs and the fact that each bracelet or necklace is customisable. They are pretty and new designs are being brought out constantly. My main feeling about them is that clever marketing has enabled Pandora to sell these items at a vastly inflated price. I wouldn't buy one for myself and I would advise others to consider if they are really getting value for money.
More information about the Pandora range is available on the website below.
I wouldn't normally review anything jewellry related but in this case I thought I'd make an exception as I think the relatively new Pandora jewellrey collection are a great idea for any husbands looking for a gift for Christmas.
If you're anything like me then you may find it hard to think of what to buy for your wife or girlfriend for Christmas. Well I had that problem but this collection is a a great idea. My wife was given a Pandora silver bracelet about a year ago now as a present and the beauty of it is that you can fully customise it yourself with silver charms so it can be changed all the time.
That means that for Christmas I can get a few of these silver charms as a present to add to her collection rather than buying a piece of jewellrey or clothes that she may never wear again or wear out of politeness.
For those that don't know Pandora is quite a new concept over the last year or so but has grown in popularity in the UK and also now in America. It's a collection of jewellrey that consits of various charms and trinkets that you can add to your bracelet and if you decide to change one day they can attach and re-attach really easily.
The bracelet itself can set you back about £55 initially and the charms can be up to £25 each so perhaps a little pricey but the idea is fantastic. If there is a certain event that you want to remember or is special to you then you can buy a charm for that occassion. For example, for the birth of our first child I bought my wife a little pram charm to put on there and on a recent trip to America we got an Amercian football.
The charms almost look like the monopoly pieces you used to move around the board like the top hat and the boot!
I think the makers of this have really hit on something unique and handy, plus with the growing number of charms you can buy now the choice is staggering which ones to add to your bracelet
A great idea for Christmas if you're stuck for ideas
I received a Pandora bracelet for my birthday! When I received it I was over the moon. It has solved the age old problem of what to buy me for birthdays, Christmas or just for a gift, you can buy the bracelets in gold, silver and a gum metal colour, or silver with gold clasp, the bracelets aren't as you may think. They are lightweight! I have a problem and don't like heavy jewellery for every day but these are so light you barely notice them,
The really cool thing about them is that you can collect charms and each charm I have symbolises who has bought it me and why. There are over 100 charms to choose which vary in colour, The Price's are reasonable too, the bracelets cost from £55.00 for the Silver ones up to £225 for the Gold one. Obviously the gold being more expensive, Charms also vary from £20 per charm. You can also buy spacers for the bracelets which allow you to space out your charms and these vary from £12. And also come in all styles.
Overall I would recommend any woman (or man) to buy a Pandora bracelet, they joy of watching the bracelet build in time is endless and there is always a charm you haven't got that you want! I really cannot pick a fault with this!
I recieved a Pandora Bracelet from my best friend on the day I was her maid of honour and it is truely a gift I cherish! She also gave me a charm which is like a knot with a green stone in it, to symbolise her and her husband 'tying the knot' so I had a charm to represent the big day.
Not only is it a beautiful and thoughtful gift, but it has also solved the 'what do I get her for her birthday?' question for my friend for years to come (very clever thinking on my friend's part) - now whenever she buys me a gift she will always have the option of a pandora charm! It makes gift buying easier for all my other friends too, as they all know I have a bracelet!
I have really enjoyed buying charms for my friends who have bracelets and find the selection brilliant (and some new ones have just been released!) There are so many to choose from, and it's easy to find beads that fit my friends personalities!
Pandora bracelets are a truely special gift, and each bead is just as special. It's so lovely to wear something that can remind you of all the people who bought beads for you, and all the events the beads represent!
Pandora jewellery is a range of silver or gold jewellery including charm bracelets and necklaces.
They are probably known best for their charm bracelets and the large range of charms available to collect.
When i gave birth to my son my mum bought me a silver pandora charm bracelet chain and two charms to get me going - a silver baby carraige with a small heart and a silver teddy bear
Apart from my son (obviously) this was the present i cherished most on that big day.
Charms start at about £20 for a silver & coloured "link" charm.
You can get all sorts of charms -
* coloured beads to give your bracelet colour and bring everthing "together" , you can stick to one shade or go for a multi coloured look!
* charms with letters on (every letter of the alphabet) perhaps the initials of a loved one?
* various charms to tell a story - perhaps a house charm to remember moving to a new home? a suitcase to remind you of the holiday of a lifetime? etc etc.
The charms made of gold, or with gold on them are more expensive and can be around £70-£90+
So if you prefer gold to silver, be prepared to fork out much more money!
Whats great about pandora charm bracelet is the top quality, the way each charm can tell a story - which makes it very personal - and the charms make wonderful presents for every occasion.
You can get them on the internet and various small boutiques around the country but the biggest supplier is probably earnest jones - in the UK.
There are many cheaper imitations available but you can't beat the quality and beauty of the real Pandora jewellery!
If anyone has not come across this range yet, the Pandora jewellery collection offers a range of unique, handmade jewellery. They are possibly most famous for their "build your own bracelet" range though where you purchase a chain bracelet and then buy individual charms to put on it. The idea with this is that it can be a special gift, and the on birthdays, Christmas etc, further charms can be bought for the recipient. The charms are made from silver, gold, murano glass, and enamel and there is a wide choice of designs.
These charms are not cheap, they start at around £20 and go up to hundreds of pounds. There are lots of cheaper alternatives around though if you don't have to have the "real thing".
Mrs Assassin doesn't like the bracelets that much, although the idea is that they are individual, they are proving so popular that loads of people now have them! Obviously each one is different, but they are still very similar she claims. Recently though, a friend bought her a charm and strung it on a silver necklace for her and she loves it and wears it all the time.
I think that the reason these are proving so popular is that when you are bought the charms by someone special, and to mark a special occasion, they are always going to be meaningful. You can wear as few or as many as you like and can be bought them as gifts from several people. They are lovely and there is no doubting the quality, and if you don't fancy a bracelet, then why not try one (or more) on a necklace like Mrs Assasin!
I have given these 4 stars simply because they are expensive, but they are also a beautiful and special gift for that special someone.
If you are reading this review then I presume that you are either thinking about purchasing a bracelet for yourself or as a present for somebody else, whichever it might be all I can say is do it. I have had my bracelet since christmas and I absolutey love it.
There are a choice of bracelets on the market in a range of materials the most popular ones that I have seen are all silver, all gold, a silver braclet with a gold clasp and leather strap ones.
Once you have the bracelet you or other people buy charms to go on it. Loads of shops in all areas sell these charms so you wont have a problem finding them. There are loads of charms to choose from and pandora are always releasing new charms so your bracelet is unique to you and more than likely one of a kind.
There are so many charms to choose from you will be stuck for choice. There are also beautiful coloured glass charms to brighten up your bracelet
I urge you to purchase this bracelet as you won't be dissapointed and people will always know what to buy you for birthdays, christmas's etc.
I think the Pandora Bead bracelet is the greatest piece of jewellery that I have ever owned.
The bracelet is designed like a snake chain and are unique to the wearer due to the sheer amount of glass beads, charms and stoppers that are available for purchase. Imagine designing your own bracelet to fit your mood or outfit.
The bracelet is split into sections which allows you to add stoppers should you only want to have a few beads on at one time or to seperate different styles or colours. This also stops them from moving from one end of the bracelet to the other.
They also have designed a matching necklace which also look stunning although I imagine they would feel fairly heavy due to the sheer weight of the beads.
I have managed to acrue a substantial amount of beads that enable me to mix and match them. I have a seven inch silver bracelet which can take up to 18 beads and charms easily.
The Pandora beads are fairly pricey but I have purchased some that range from 99p up to £5 and the quality of them are amazing - still having the sterling silver centres. They are of course not the real thing but you wouldn't know unless you looked really close for the Pandora markings. I only have one genuine charm that was bought for me and takes pride of place in the middle of my bracelet.
My friends and family have fallen in love with my bracelet so much that they have gone on to purchase them for themselves and as presents.