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pandora/troll beads charm bracelets - which is best and is there a difference?

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jemart Tue 02-Jun-09 12:03:53

These seem to be everywhere at the moment, I have come across several different brands including Pandora, Troll, Biagi, Chamelia(?) and Truth. There are probably others.....

Which is best? Is there any difference?

iMissEdith Tue 02-Jun-09 12:06:16

I know that one sort of bracelet takes only the same brand of beads, but another/others take any type of beads.

So it's crucial to get the right bracelet to begin with - if only I knew which.....blush

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 02-Jun-09 12:10:34

I have a pandora. There's alot of beads and they range in price, they can get really expensive. There are some cheaper ones though, it can be hit and miss whether the beads from other types fit though, I only have pandora beads on mine as there's limited places where I live to buy charms from. It's addictive!, they range from £12 for a small one that's designed to go inbetween the larger ones, the larger ones range from £25+ for silver, alot more for 14ct gold.

jemart Tue 02-Jun-09 16:08:22

Are the Pandora ones actually better though? or are they just all designer and expensive, paying for the name sort of thing?

nigglewiggle Tue 02-Jun-09 17:17:37

Watching this with interest as I dropped big hints about this to DH for christmas. He found a shop that sells Pandora and bought me a pair of much cheaper earings instead!

MerlinsBeard Tue 02-Jun-09 17:19:16

They don't make them small enough for me sad

I think troll bracelets are the original closely followed by pandora which took over in popularity and there are LOADS of fakes now

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 02-Jun-09 17:36:42

I'd say they are the same to be honest, they are only slightly more expensive then other ones though. You can buy the bracelets in different sizes nigglewiggle. I have thin wrists and it looks ok. The bracelets do start at £48+ though so it can work out really expensive when you tally it all up. eBay sell some 'similar' pandora beads for alot less then they cost in the jewellers though.

jemart Tue 02-Jun-09 18:52:31

I've seen the glass beads on ebay, the quality of glass is just not as good.
Also the sterling silver bead linings are thinner and some are just silver plated so a bit rubbish really.

JohnnyTwoHats Tue 02-Jun-09 19:14:21

Lovelinks. And you can fit Pandora beads on Lovelinks bracelets but not viceversa.

MaggieBee Tue 02-Jun-09 19:15:31

I started this thread ages ago. there are some good links on it.

here

jemart Wed 03-Jun-09 14:56:01

worth buying a gold one?

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Wed 03-Jun-09 16:11:41

Probably not. They are mega expensive and IIRC, 14ct is alot softer then 9ct. Pandora do make links/charms that are silver with bits of gold on them which look pretty and are alot cheaper then the gold ones.

jemart Wed 03-Jun-09 22:48:01

Sorry, I'm rubbish with abbreviations, what is IIRC please?

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 04-Jun-09 00:32:55

sorry, it means if I remember correctly blush

jemart Thu 04-Jun-09 11:53:47

ah, I see. I'm pretty sure 14ct gold is harder than sterling silver though.

jemart Thu 04-Jun-09 11:58:03

OMG reckon the gold ones are out of my reach right now, they're over £1000 each!

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 04-Jun-09 20:44:30

www.unforgettablemoments.co.uk/view_category.php?id=36 na, see here!]]

motherlovebone Thu 04-Jun-09 21:09:38

my good friend has a troll bracelet, its amazing. yes its expensive, but you could start with one bead. i recently got her a bead for her 40th...i think the idea is, you build it over time.

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