Reviewed – Pandora from John Greed

One of the biggest names in jewellery today is Pandora. The creators of beautiful bracelets and charms has recently been unveiled as the official sponsor for the Girls Aloud 10 year anniversary tour, with each girl designing a very special bracelet to commemorate this special event. So, when I was approached by John Greed, the leading UK stockist of official Pandora jewellery, with a view to reviewing a Pandora bracelet and charms, I was, of course, very interested.

I consider myself to be a jewellery aficionado, particularly when it comes to bracelets, but am quite embarrassed to say that I didn’t own a Pandora bracelet.  I was interested to see how Pandora would compare to other High fashion brands in jewellery.

Pandora Single Woven Black Leather and Silver Starter Bracelet 

The Pandora starter bracelet is a great place to begin your Pandora collection. The single woven leather strand is very understated, making it perfect for wearing in the daytime with casual wear, or with a little black dress for an evening occasion. The black bracelet is also a perfect blank canvas in which to showcase your beads of choice, making a striking setting for both silver, and Murano glass style beads. I also believe that this bracelet is also perfect for both sexes, coming in three different sizes to cater for a larger male wrist.

Pandora Silver Open Work Flower Charm £20 click to visit John Greed

Pandora Silver Heart Beats Spacer Charm £15 click to visit John Greed

My bracelet was completed with an exquisite open-work flower charm, which is surrounded on both sides by the silver heart beats spacer charm. This looks so pretty as it is, but the great thing about Pandora bracelets is that you can continue to add more charms. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, special anniversary, or just for a payday treat, a gift of a new charm is something to cherish, and helps make your bracelet very, very special, and personal to you.

I’m now a converted fan of the Pandora brand, the bracelets just make the perfect gifts for any occasion. I cannot go without mentioning the packaging. Even the smallest charm comes in oh so stylish packaging with the iconic Pandora symbol making this a much lusted after option. Husbands and boyfriends – Valentine’s Day is just over a month away – make a mental note in your diary now!


Why Pandora Beads Make Perfect Christmas Gifts



Whether it is stylish beads for Pandora bracelets, timeless pieces from Chanel’s Bijoux de Diamants or glass bead bracelets made by Nepal jewellers, jewellery pieces have always been exquisite gifts.

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift idea, look no further than one-of-a-kind items by Pandora preferred by such public figures as Alexandra Raisman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Petra Nemcova, Venus Williams, Goldie Hawn and others.

Even a single bead can make a meaningful Christmas gift that can be worn when dressed up and down. Here are a few bead ideas for Christmas 2013.

v Glass beads. Elegant and chic, Pandora glass beads are available in various colours including red, blue, pink, purple, white, lavender and others to complement any outfit. Opt for faceted or swirl Murano glass beads if you’re looking for unusual items.

v Silver and gold beads. These gorgeous pieces are made of sterling silver and pure gold, some featuring precious stones and coloured Murano glass. According to Diane von Furstenberg, silver and gold beads reflect strength and personal flair. There are a myriad designs to choose from including daisy, apple, fairy dangle, jewellery box, heart, cupcake beads and others.

v 14ct gold beads. For Petra Nemcova, gold beads represent passion and generosity. Select exquisite 14ct gold beads for somebody really special. The most elegant charms feature melanite, Murano glass, aquamarine, rhodolite and enamel.

v Alphabet beads. These items make the most personalised Christmas gifts. Select letters to make up the whole name or just the initials of the receiver or create a personal message using A-Z sterling silver beads.

v Silver beads. Women like Mukhtar Mai wear silver bracelets to reflect their “passion for woman’s rights, the importance of education and the courage within us all”. Choose silver beads for a person you want to inspire.

v Stone set beads. Sterling silver stone set beads are available in a variety of shapes including cat, rose, rope, handbag, heart, daisy beads, etc. and feature moonstone, opal, zirconia, rhodolite, amethyst, chrysoprase and other stones.

With such a great selection of charm beads available, choosing the perfect Christmas gift for that special person is a pleasure. Get inspired by celebrities to make the best choice.