When charm bracelets first started to become popular, I seem to have missed the memo about Pandora and I started my charm collection with Links Of London. From a single charm of my initial on a sweetie bracelet, I soon amassed several charms around my bracelet, making it ever so personal and also quite heavy to wear. I prefer my charms to have a meaning, and in the beginning Links of London had a great selection of more personal charms. When they started to become popular and the charm collection expanded into more whimsical charms, I could’t find anything that had a special meaning to me. Charm bracelet cast aside, I forgot about it for months. Back in July, I entered a competition to win a Pandora bracelet and it kick started a fire inside me that I had to have a Pandora bracelet.
Joshua James Jewellery was brought to my attention and as one of the biggest retailers of charms and bracelets from brands such as Thomas Sabo, Nomination, Links of London and Pandora, so I knew I could find what I needed on one website. I was adamant that I wanted a Pandora and I knew exactly how I wanted to style it. Joshua James are no longer stocking Pandora however there is still a massive selection of other brands to choose from.
My original Pandora bracelet was the Moments Silver Bracelet with Heart Clasp, £55 with the Passport Pendant Charm, £30. Both of these were from Joshua James Jewellery. Of course, doing the job that I do, I decided that my bracelet was going to be focused on travel and that I was going to get as many travel exclusives as I could whilst in various countries around the world. I’ve had my bracelet for three months now and I have already got seven different charms on it.
I have a pair of lucky dice which I bought whilst in Las Vegas. Although the dice can be bought in the UK, they cost £40 for a single dice, whereas I got both of my dice for around $80 which is £50. I had my heart set on a Disney exclusive charm for my bracelet, so my next stop in Orlando took me to the Pandora store to get the Cinderella Heart Charm, $55. Decorated with light blue cubic zirconia embedded into little stars ad engraved with ‘A dream is a wish your heart makes’ I thought it was very apt for my bracelet as I have always dreamed of being an air hostess, and my dream came true.
My elephant is very special to me as I bought it whilst on holiday in South Africa. On my birthday we had been on safari and see so many animals, including elephants and giraffes. There is an elephant charm and giraffe charm available at home, however whilst browsing in Duty Free, I spotted the South Africa exclusive charms. The Elephant Charm, £30 that I have differs slightly to the one available in the UK by way of its ears and trunk, but they are both so cute. With the exchange rate, I got a really good deal and my elephant worked out as £21. I still want the giraffe charm to go with my mini safari animal collection.
My most recent additions to my Pandora bracelet are the Suitcase Charm and the Aeroplane Charm, both £30 each. It was quite an obvious choice to add to my bracelet as I am forever living out of a suitcase and living on an aeroplane. I bought my charms from work, on board the aircraft where we have a lovely selection of duo packs of Pandora charms, at amazing prices. This set cost just £45 with my staff discount and I love it.
I have a few more on my wishlist and I can’t wait to do an update Pandora Collection with you soon.
*Bracelet and Passport charm provided by Joshua James Jewellery.