Recently I’ve been getting a few searches for Pandora bracelets so I figured I should post about my bracelets now compared to my initial bracelet which was posted in this post a few years back. I must say, my bracelets look very different now.
I know Pandora’s not for everyone and for good reason – nobody can really see what charms you have unless they are into Pandora as well. Over time the price of the bracelet accumulates and for just silver and 14K gold, it’s probably not worth it. But what can I say? It’s a novelty thing. It’s different to the other bracelets out there because you design what your bracelet looks like and I must say their quality is pretty good. This applies to a ton of other charm bracelets out there, and I guess the appeal is that the charms have some sort of collectible or sentimental value to them which makes it special.
It is possible to get addicted collecting charms, which is something I can see right now. This is my small collection. It won’t be growing any more.
My initial bracelet was an 18cm bracelet with a pink theme – mostly hearts, flowers and anything that was super girly. Due to some restraints I ended up having red in the mix (which is actually one of my least favourite colours, despite me having various red items) and soon afterwards the 18cm bracelet was too large for me to wear.
A Pandora bracelet is fitted correctly if you can fit just 2 fingers between the bracelet and the wrist.
Depending on if you like your bracelets loose or tight, you can either size up or down. I was told that my correct size was 18cm, but it wasn’t as there was more than two fingers’ space under. Your bracelet will stretch a little over time, so if you have 2 fingers’ space, even if you fill up the entire bracelet, it will maintain that amount of space due to the nature of the bracelet being a snake chain.
Taking the opportunity to buy a 17cm bracelet and starting “fresh”, I put all the charms I liked on the 17, and then moved all the ones I didn’t to the 18. I tried to keep colours similar. If I really hated a charm, I’d remove it and replace it with something else I liked more. It was a continual renovation cycle where the aim of the game was to get the perfect bracelet where every charm mattered.
I started my third bracelet with a royal blue theme all purely because of the hot air balloon charm. I originally wanted a light blue and gold theme, but that changed because the hot air balloon uses the primary blue rather than a light blue. This bracelet is reserved mostly for fancier events or days when I’m feeling particularly outlandish or need to match with other gold accessories. There are 2 charms missing – one is a pendant charm which I am waiting to purchase for the centre, and the other being a charm that someone can gift me. Whatever, I’m not going to buy the last one.
Out of all these charms, 3 charms were gifted to me either as a gift or via a lucky dip. 2 charms above are limited edition (the teddy bear and the Royal Baby pram). At least 5 charms are not shown in the photograph above, as well as a Pandora bangle. I also have about 5 rings and 3 pairs of earrings, though that’s not that much when you think about my charm collection. This isn’t a large collection either – I know customers who have like over 10 bracelets it’s crazy! Don’t ask me to guess how much I’ve spent, I don’t want to know! If I have to make a wild guess I could probably trade in all three of the above bracelets for an 18K gold Cartier bangle (no diamonds), assuming I could get back the retail value.
My rate of accumulation is average 1 bracelet per year.
The red bracelet has still got room for improvement.
Anyway, this year onwards I’m going to say enough is enough – the most I’ll have is a 5 clip bracelet, but that’s it for me. Most likely I won’t even get the 5 clip and I will finally consider the Tiffany and Co. tag bracelet which I have been eyeing for about 10 years. Literally, TEN YEARS. Okay, maybe 7, but that’s close enough. Most of my colleagues own 2 Pandora bracelets, so I think I’m a bit farfetched with 3. I know there are people with bracelets of all different colours, but I think I have quite enough as the blue bracelet actually can be a white one (I have an extra white murano facet which I can swap with the blue).
Do Pandora bracelets need to be filled? No, not necessarily, but to me, it needs to be filled because it’s about the charms, not so much the bracelet – therefore I cannot stand to have a single bit of bracelet showing. That’s why all mine (except the blue) are filled to the brim. I also think that you need a bit of everything on the bracelet for it to be complete – by this I mean two-tone, gold, murano, plain silver, some hanging, some cubic zirconia, spacers. I used to think that spacers weren’t necessary, but Pandora has recently really revamped their concept of a spacer and they’ve become essential to the bracelet.
Most likely I will be back very soon with another post because I think I’m going to do something that will change well… my current lifestyle at the moment. I have made a very important decision which is very risky, yet could potentially be rewarding on the long run. More later.
Hope everyone is having a good week so far. I’m completely flat out today. Soon!