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To wonder why any grown woman would want to wear a Pandora bracelet?

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WellSlapMyThighAndCallMeNancy Fri 01-Mar-13 20:30:58

I loved that kind of thing when I was 5. The little beads, different colours and styles.

But they still look like childs jewellery when on an adult woman.

They cost a lot of money (in my world they cost a lot of money) but they look so cheap. Really tacky.

They're on par with the dingle dangle clowns. The only difference is its silver (or white gold?) and on the wrist.


landofsoapandglory Fri 01-Mar-13 20:48:01

I'll tell you why I wear mine shall I?

My parents bought me the bracelet and one charm for my 40th birthday 2 years ago. It was a charm that related to a particular part of my childhood so was a bit sentimental really. Also, I have really skinny arms so my mother liked the fact she could buy them in a size to fit me.

Since then my 2 boys have bought me charms for my birthdays, Mother's Daynd Christmas, and DH has bought a couple when he has felt like it, eg he bought the flower bouquet one instead of a bouquet of flowers, both a similar price although I still have the charm but wouldn't have the flowers.

As all the charms have been chosen for me, they are special. My bracelet is mainly silver, I only have 4 coloured beads on mine and they are dark grey and black. My bracelet is unique, as are all Pandora bracelets. I don't expect everyone to like them but they aren't tacky.

McNo Fri 01-Mar-13 20:50:32

I was given my bracelet for a birthday and was given the pram charm when pregnant and the guardian angel charm when my daughter was born.

Each charm has been given to me and they all mean something to me so in my opinion YABU

scarletsalt Fri 01-Mar-13 20:52:12

The town in which I live is not exactly 'upmarket' in any way, shape or form, but there is a Pandora shop there that always seems to do a roaring trade, despite the fact that the beads are laughably expensive.

And the are just so unoriginal, why would you want to spend that much on something that is so ubiquitous? I think they are fugly, but obviously that bit is just my own personal opinion.

MrsDoomsPatterson Fri 01-Mar-13 20:54:12

I don't like silver/white gold so I don't particularly like 'em. I'm guessing the yellow gold version is £££££££s & £££££££s!

pickledparsnip Fri 01-Mar-13 20:57:28

I think they are gross, & I am a magpie who loves sparkly tat.

HollyBerryBush Fri 01-Mar-13 20:58:16

I like to look at them but I dont want to own one, if that makes sense?

SomethingOnce Fri 01-Mar-13 20:59:01

An interesting view on Pandora that I found when Googling after a gift request from a family member.

PeggyCarter Fri 01-Mar-13 21:00:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pickledparsnip Fri 01-Mar-13 21:01:50

Good link SomethingOnce

BegoniaBampot Fri 01-Mar-13 21:01:56

I think they are lovely if very popular these days, so nyer. And I have one.

countrykitten Fri 01-Mar-13 21:02:31

I don't like any kind of charm bracelets and didn't know that this is what Pandora are famed for. I just glanced in and thought it all looked a bit cheap. shock at £70 for a charm.

Great money making idea to market them as 'life event' presents for people who like that kind of thing though.

seeker Fri 01-Mar-13 21:03:50

They are for men with an imagination bypass to buy their wives.

buildingmycorestrength Fri 01-Mar-13 21:04:52

Like Moshi Monsters for ladies...start a collectable fad and you are minted!

<wanders off to start own multi-million collectables fad>

Bartlebee Fri 01-Mar-13 21:04:57

<tries not to be offended>

My dh bought me one years ago, when they were first around.

It was a nice thing to have as the dcs 'bought' me charms for it. I have only got vair nice charms, all silver with gold bits - no naff or whimsical ones. I really dislike the coloured beads.

There are so many cheap imitations that look just as cheap as they are.

If, I'm honest, I'm not that mad about it. But as it is now full of (expensive) charms, I feel a bit obliged to wear it. Dh added it to my jewellery insurance and I was slightly shock at how much it has all cost.

countrykitten Fri 01-Mar-13 21:06:33

SomethingOnce that article does not pull its punches does it? And they really are ugly.

DumSpiroSpero Fri 01-Mar-13 21:07:19

Oh dear, I have a rainbow coloured shambala bracelet and an el cheapo Pandora style bracelet.

I like colourful things, and purposely bought very inexpensive versions so I can faff about with them and don't feel obliged to wear them all the time. I personally wouldn't want a real Pandora bracelet as the cost would make me feel that I had to wear it constantly & tbh I'm not that keen on the silver charms.

Each to their own though.

BlackholesAndRevelations Fri 01-Mar-13 21:07:51

Mine is pretty and I love it oh and it's multicoloured so there. Again: each to their own.

Callofthefishwife Fri 01-Mar-13 21:09:53

I am not keen on them. They have become a bit of a craze and will go out of fashion really quickly as well. I would not class them as classic jewellery.

For the amount of money they cost they will be an old fashioned tacky accessory in 10 years time, probably going for next to nothing on ebay.

countrykitten Fri 01-Mar-13 21:09:57

But don't you Pandora wearers want to be a bit different from the herd?

seeker Fri 01-Mar-13 21:12:07

I remember buying Tomas Sabo charms for my nieces for significant birthdays and thinking that for the money I could have bought a beautiful piece of real antique jewellery, or a fantastic unique modern piece for them- not something that's the same as everyone else has.

DumSpiroSpero Fri 01-Mar-13 21:12:37

Mine's definitely different - £3.95 and 50p a bead from the local craft shop! grin

SomethingOnce Fri 01-Mar-13 21:13:02

I think the relentless consumerism aspect bothers me more than the aesthetics of the jewellery.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Fri 01-Mar-13 21:17:18

Couldn't give a flying one about being different.

I don't "do" fashion as such. I saw my friend's Pandora and thought 'ooo that's lovely' didn't know anything about them - price/popularity wise - and just asked for one for my birthday.

Have never understood the desire to be individual. I have always just been 'me' and sometimes 'me' likes stuff that other people do.

Purplemonster Fri 01-Mar-13 21:21:21

Meh each to their own, I prefer diamonds so only wear a few select small classic pieces (unfortunately can't afford the bracelet I like though, it's 5 grand!!!) Those big chunky bracelets would look ridiculous on my tiny wrists anyway.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Fri 01-Mar-13 21:22:50

I only have silver charms on mine, about 6, to me it is very tasteful and that's all wot matters

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