The Wonders Of Open Work (Review of Pandora Open Work Beads)

The Wonders Of Open Work (Review of Pandora Open Work Beads)

Summer has finally come to the UK!  While many of you are falling in love with Pandora’s newly launched 2013 ‘A Tale By The Sea’ collection with those eye-catching pieces, let’s not forget they also did a great job in their 2012 Spring/Summer collection which contains a series of open work beads (beads with cut out designs).

pandora open work Pandora open work beads & pendant

There is no reason not to love…

1.  Simply lovely – all the open work beads are sweet looking and they also have a  vintage feel.  While some of us cannot resist the cute animal pieces, many ladies would prefer simple and elegant designs like these open work beads.  They are especially great when mixing with the plain silver beads in my opinion.

pandora bracelet Mixing open work designs with plain silver beads

2.  Budget choice – the open work pieces (silver) are one of the more affordable selections in the Pandora range, I assume it is because they use less silver.  However, this doesn’t affect their quality.  They are a decent size with substantial thickness and great details.

pandora open work They have substantial thickness and great details.

pandora seeing star Pandora ‘Seeing Stars’ open work bead

3.  Non screw rocks – did I mention I DO NOT like the screw-on concept of Pandora beads in my other post?  It really irritates me and I cannot think of one single reason to appreciate that idea at all.  A bracelet can be damaged or even snap broken when beads get caught at one of the four threads on the bracelet.  Therefore, I learned to use more clips to solve this problem.  Since most of these open work designs are slide on, it is easier to build your bracelet with them and they will not catch the threads.  They can also cover the threads and work as a replacement for clips if you put them in the right places.

pandora leather braceletUsing an open work bead to cover the thread and create this simple starter bracelet

4.  Convertible – lately, Pandora has introduced earring barrels, together with earring hooks, which allow us to transform open work beads into some stunning earrings.  I am very tempted to get a pair of  clear ‘Leading Lady’ open work beads for that reason.  Did I just think out loud? 🙂 


In the coming Fall/Winter collection, Pandora is going to put out a few more of the open work pieces, like the Black Friday charm this year will be an open work snowflake bead set with cubic zirconia and I am, of course, not sad about it! 🙂   How do you like the open work designs?  Which piece(s) do you like most?

pandora open work I love them all!


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