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Pandora bracelets, worth the money?

Started 1329613786.54 in Jewelry Talk | Last reply 1330039348.96 by nflwife

My best friend gave me one for my birthday and I have purchased a few charms, but before I commit to filling it, I'd like some feedback from the jewelry ladies about whether or not you think they are worth the expense involved. Thanks!

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smoochy1329615166.782516 PostsRegistered 10/8/2006pure Michigan!

depends on whether you like the style and feel of it. I found that when mine was close to full, expecially with a lot of glass beads, it was heavy and bulky. I hated it for those reasons. Played with it extensively, trying many different combinations of charms. Finally determined that for me, I don't like glass beads on mine. I like no more than 10-12 silver charms, total. Most of mine have special meaning because they were given to me by family, or I picked them out because of something special they represented to me. I have them on the silver bracelet with the 14k gold Pandora clasp. They are kind of hard to keep clean, requiring a lot of elbow grease with a silver polishing cloth, frequently. I don't plan to add any new charms, as I said before I have just the number that I want on it.

lex1329616006.297303 PostsRegistered 1/16/2009

Check them out on ebay. You can get them for pennies.

oceantown1329618596.8338558 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I love my Pandora bracelet. I have only two pretty clips (tendril) and three charms. I will not be adding murano glass beads. I am not sure if I will add dangle charms. I think it looks so pretty just as it is. In fact, I think it was pretty with just the two tendril clips and one charm, the rose enamel hearts.

Somewhere around here I posted a photo of my bracelet.

I have had my bracelet for a little less than a year, and it has not been hard to keep pretty and shiney. Cleaning instructions are listed on the Pandora facebook page under notes.

The bracelet becomes more flexible as it is worn. I wear my bracelet every day.

Looking forward to getting more charms, but I must say that I am very particular and it takes me a while to make a choice. But there are so many beautiful charms! Have fun!

oceantown1329618762.598558 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Oh, be very careful buying charms.... many fakes out there. I would recommend making purchases at an authorized retailer.

sparklestar1329618937.4310164 PostsRegistered 1/6/2008

Only you can decide that. I love mine -- all three of them Smile

oceantown1329619009.6138558 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thought I would share a photo of my bracelet!

smoochy1329619036.3572516 PostsRegistered 10/8/2006pure Michigan!

oceantown I remember seeing that photo, your bracelet is indeed lovely!

oceantown1329620622.098558 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thanks, sweetadeline, that is so sweet of you!

I am looking forward to seeing the new spring collection.

tobias1329661066.4332163 PostsRegistered 8/29/2007longisland

absolutely mineralgirl i have one pandora and two chamilia bracelets (about to start a third) but i have both pandora and chamilia on all of them. they are top quality-no problems with breakage etc and so much fun...you can collect the charms a few at a time and make really unique bracelets. last night we were out and three of the women had pandora bracelets and they all looked different..enjoy your bracelet! tobi

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AngelPuppy11329661468.418662 PostsRegistered 5/26/2008

Love the bracelets!

I have a Troll bracelet - which is similar in my opinion in quality and beauty! And I think they are the original. Yes, they can get quite heavy and expensive. But the beauty of these things is you can build them to suit what you like. You don't have to fill the whole thing up or you can load it up! I believe they are worth it and I enjoy wearing mine.

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Hildegarde­ Withers1329661494.97711690 PostsRegistered 11/9/2011

I once thought about starting one, but then I changed my mind. Not only are the beads very expensive, but I eventually thought the whole look just looked like a child's charm bracelet.

It's an expensive fad.

Q2girl1329662650.911572 PostsRegistered 1/3/2012

My mom loves her, but told me not to buy any more charms. She said it is too heavy to wear. Now mind you, I bought her the really cute Pandora charm jewelry box. It has a shelf that you can build or take apart your charm bracelet. It even comes with a pick to help you with this. I don't know why she doesn't take some charms off. There are also cute little cubbies for your charms.

Abby Grace1329662701.051217 PostsRegistered 6/12/2011

I'm a Troll bracelet & necklace girl. They may, or may not be, anything you want, or don't want. This will be your bracelet, your choice! I LOVE & enjoy mine!

BonnieBelle1329662842.2719271 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007

It depends on if you like the look or not, I don't, and I don't like fads, I don't want to wear the same thing every other person is wearing.

mineralgir­l11329664462.4071477 PostsRegistered 9/18/2006New York

thanks for all of the replies and the beautiful pictures. You have given me some great ideas about what to do with my bracelet. They really are very individual, aren't they? I don't think I would have gotten one on my own but since it was a gift I thought I might as well use it. Right now I have a few charms on mine, I selected ones that are meaningful: charms to represent my three children, a dangling heart from my husband, an owl charm because I always like owls, and a couple of blue murano glass beads since blue is my favorite color. I think I'll leave it like that for now and take my time deciding what to add next.

There are a lot of fake charms out there for sure. If Pandora purity is what you want, you do need to be careful where you buy!

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Margo Chan­ning1329678399.04713317 PostsRegistered 11/29/2007

Personally, I don't care for them AT ALL, but I realize YMMV....

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smoochy1329680416.1772516 PostsRegistered 10/8/2006pure Michigan!
On 2/19/2012 BonnieBelle said:

It depends on if you like the look or not, I don't, and I don't like fads, I don't want to wear the same thing every other person is wearing.

They've been around quite a few years now, so I don't consider them to be fads, heading more towards classic. To me a fad is a look that's popular for 1 or 2 seasons then everyone forgets about it. Also, I guarantee my bracelet isn't the same as what every other person is wearing! the whole point of this being a charm bracelet it that you personalize it. In fact I play with mine regularly~taking beads off, putting some on that I haven't worn in a while, changing their placement etc.
I can appreciate that everyone doesn't like this style of jewelry.

lulu21329682098.7920974 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007
On 2/18/2012 lex said:

Check them out on ebay. You can get them for pennies.

Real Pandora for pennies?

New Troll beads and charms are a few dollars cheaper than retail.

oceantown1329700196.0738558 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

tobias,

Thanks for posting your photos! Pretty bracelets!

On your first photo, I especially like the blue enamel daisy, I have the white and love it too! I like your clips on the ends, I think it looks nice that way, and keeps the charms from moving onto the threaded sections at the end. I also love the everlasting love charm (the silver hearts charm). That one is on my wishlist!

Love your three photos!

oceantown1329700923.0938558 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 2/19/2012 Hildegarde Withers- said:

I once thought about starting one, but then I changed my mind. Not only are the beads very expensive, but I eventually thought the whole look just looked like a child's charm bracelet.

It's an expensive fad.


Hi, Hildegarde,

It is not for everyone. But, regarding the expense, the charms vary, and one on my wish list (everlasting love) is only $35.00. I think that is reasonable for silver. There are also spacers which are less, for instance the rose spacer which is also on my wish list is $20.00 for one. So dainty and pretty.

The thing about the bracelets, is that it can be custom. I have seen photos of very elegant and formal bracelets. No way did they look like a child's charm bracelet. Some ladies repeat the charm pattern, and might have 3 or 4 of the same charms for a more formal look. It is fun to look at the bracelet designer on Pandora facebook and see other's ideas.

I would not call these bracelets a fad. PANDORA first released its famous threaded charm bracelets in 2000.

oceantown1329701639.38558 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 2/19/2012 mineralgirl1 said:

thanks for all of the replies and the beautiful pictures. You have given me some great ideas about what to do with my bracelet. They really are very individual, aren't they? I don't think I would have gotten one on my own but since it was a gift I thought I might as well use it. Right now I have a few charms on mine, I selected ones that are meaningful: charms to represent my three children, a dangling heart from my husband, an owl charm because I always like owls, and a couple of blue murano glass beads since blue is my favorite color. I think I'll leave it like that for now and take my time deciding what to add next.

There are a lot of fake charms out there for sure. If Pandora purity is what you want, you do need to be careful where you buy!

Pandora has a facebook page with over 1,200,000 fans. There are so many pretty photos of bracelets. On the list on the left side, you can click on 'photos'. LOTS of inspiration there! There is also a bracelet designer.


Abby Grace1329704368.8731217 PostsRegistered 6/12/2011

Fad? Troll beads started in 1976, so I wouldn't say this is a fad either. Enjoy discovering your bracelet!

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