Pandora Bangle Review (2013 Summer Release)
In March, Pandora launched their new silver bangle in the USA. While we UK ladies are still drooling over it (the bangle will be available in the UK in June), I was lucky enough to have a kind friend in the USA get me one last month (thank you so much Diane! 🙂 ). After wearing the bangle for a few weeks, I thought I would share a review with you.
- Sizes – 6.7, 7.5, 8.3 (all in inches)
- Retail Price – USD$65 (same as their silver barrel clasp bracelet), UK price assumed to be around £55)
- The bracelet is hollow, lightweight
- Uses metal memory – allowing the bangle to spring back to its original shape
- Smooth with no threads
- Availability – USA: available since March 2013; UK: June 2013
Pros And Cons
1. Hollow but reasonably strong – Some ladies might not like the fact that the bangle is hollow, but it does not bother me at all. I wear it every day to sleep and it still keeps in shape, without worrying it will break like their normal bracelets sometimes could (I have seen some broken Pandora bracelets).
2. The round shape – It feels very comfortable to wear though some ladies suggest they would prefer it to be oval shaped because it would show off the beads better when oval bangles would not turn around as much. I had a couple of oval shaped bangles in the past (non-Pandora), and they didn’t feel as comfortable as the round ones, so to me the new Pandora bangle is more preferable.
3. No threads, more freedom – The classic Pandora bracelets have 2 threads which need clips to make the beads stay in place. I always question the function/existence of those threads; honestly, they are a gimmick in my opinion. I prefer wearing just a few beads instead of filling the whole bracelet up and I do not mind not putting on the clips and letting the beads run around on my bracelet. However, I do need the clips to cover those 2 threads as they give the bracelet an unfinished look when they are seen. Now this new bangle allows me to wear it clip free.
Of course, you can still use clips on the bangle, and putting a clip at the end of a bracelet/bangle is never a bad idea for safety sake, but I appreciate the freedom of choice (not only having a choice of “clips on” or “clips off”, but also a choice of wherever exactly you would like to put the clips on with the help of some little silicone stoppers). In fact, when I only wear a few beads on the bangle, I do not need to put a clip at the end of the bangle to prevent the beads from falling off the bracelet while putting it on. This is because the bangle stays in the round shape while a bracelet would change shape on your wrist when you are fastening it.
4. Looks great on its own or for stacking – Again without those 2 threads, you can wear the bangle itself without any beads for a simple look and it still looks lovely. Yet, you can stack it up with bracelets and bangles for a different look.
5. Budget alternative for Pandora bangle lovers – Pandora carries another line called Liquid Silver which has a few bangle choices. However, the retail prices of the Liquid Silver bangles are from £80 – £175!!! Considering the new bangle will possibly be the same price as a silver barrel clasp bracelet in the UK and still looks great, so if you are a Pandora fan and also a bangle lover, this bangle is definitely for you.
6. It won’t stretch – Like many ladies, when I first started purchasing Pandora, I couldn’t decide what size of bracelet I should buy. When getting a Pandora bracelet, you need to take the stretching length into consideration. Pandora bracelets are generally quite stiff at the start. After wearing them for a while, they tend to stretch between 1 and 2cm. To make things even more complicated, I heard a couple of ladies saying their bracelets don’t stretch at all. I have never heard of bangles stretching, so I assume this new bangle won’t either. This should make the purchasing decision much easier!
Having worn my new bangle on a daily basis for a few weeks now, I am totally in love with it and planning to purchase more in future. However, if I am being really picky, there are a couple of teeny weeny things you might want to take note of.
1. When the bangle is fully loaded, it is slightly not as comfortable as the bracelet. (This doesn’t bother me at all.)
2. It is a bit hard to push the ‘mushroom’ bit(the end bit of the bangle) into the clasp when fastening.
I might be biased, but to me, the new bangle is an improvement of Pandora bracelet design; it ticks all the boxes which their classic bracelets don’t do for me.
I am delighted to see Pandora putting out this new bangle and looking forward to seeing some more new bracelet/bangle designs in the future, as well as new beads.
by The Cool Apples
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