What is the correct way to measure your wrist for a Pandora Bracelet? Surely the simplest way to get fitted for a Pandora bracelet is to go to the jewelry shop and try different sized bracelets on, that way you’re sure to find one that is the best fit for you. Bracelets range in size from 16cm to 23 cms in length. Common lengths are between 19 to 22 cm, that size range seems to fit most women.
When measuring the bracelet, you need to remember to leave enough room to add the charms. You can’t have the bracelet that snug fitting that there’s no room to slip on any charms. If you’re planning on adding a full set of charms then you will need to have even less slack on the bracelet itself. Again, the salespeople in the jewelry shops are trained to offer you the best advice on what will fit best, so you should follow their suggestions on the size of the bracelet.
Another thing to take into consideration is your preference for how tight you want the finished bracelet to be. Some people like their cheap pandora charms bracelets to fit snuggly around their wrist with not a lot of extra space or room to move. Other people like the bracelet to hang loose and even to be able to slip the bracelet off over their hand rather than undoing it. If that’s your preference you may need to try on some completed bracelets, with charms on them, to see what feels the most comfortable for you.
Because of the need to fairly accurately decide on the size of the bracelet itself, its not always so easy to order the actual bracelet on line, nor is it that easy to choose one for someone’s gift. Unless you’re very sure of the length of bracelet to get (you could always try on a friend’s bracelet to measure the size of the bracelet itself) it would probably be best to purchase the actual bracelet in a shop where you could try it on beforehand and get some expert advice on what would be best for you. Once you have your bracelet it’s very simple to then order different charms, as they come out, on line.
By the same token, its certainly much easier to buy someone charms to add to their already existing (and perfectly fitting) Pandora charm bracelets for a gift. While I’m not saying its impossible, I do think it’s much simpler to buy the beads to add to a bracelet–there’s much less chance of things going wrong if you do it that way.
Choosing Your Charm
There are virtually thousands of different Pandora charms and beads available when you’re choosing a Pandora charm bracelet. Almost all of these are handcrafted while some are one of a kind. Dealers and manufacturers most likely have a brochure wherein you can see all the designs, colors and patterns. You may also want to have custom-made charms and beads to add uniqueness and special meaning to your bracelet.
You may be thrilled to know that most Pandora bracelets come with interchangeable charms and beads. This means that you can wear the same bracelet day in and day out and still look fabulous and new by simply swapping charms and beads. Even if your bracelet can hold only around 5 to 8 tiny pieces, you’re still free to choose and keep as many as you want for future use. The interchangeable charms are usually screwed into the bracelet or have a locking mechanism. Other bracelets have permanent soldered charms.
Charms can be made from various materials but the most popular ones are gold and silver ranging anywhere from 14 to 24 karats. Some of the featured designs are animals like a penguin, dolphin or ram. There are also women’s favorites like hearts, stars, half moons and shoes. Men can safely wear the Pandora charm bracelets sporting patterns like golf clubs, hats and horses. These are all waterproof and never tarnish or corrode over time.
If you’re buying all the charms and a starter bracelet from the same source, you won’t really have a problem attaching the pieces in place since all of these should be compatible with each other. It is possible for you to acquire more charms from other manufacturers but you have to make sure that the charms can securely and properly be fastened onto the bracelet. Some manufacturers prefer buyers to wear only charms that they made by devising a unique charm key that works with the charms or bracelet links during attachment.
Pandora charm bracelets almost always have a chain link design so that charms can easily be fitted. This is also an advantage in terms of size since you can easily add or remove a link or two to perfectly suit your wrist. Each link measures anywhere from 7 to 13 mm. You can purchase additional links from dealers and also have them install more or interchange charms. Some dealers offer a starter set which includes the chain link bracelet, 5 charms, extra links, a tiny screwdriver, screws, bracelet bag and box.
The Pandora charm bracelet never rusts nor tarnishes but you can clean it effectively once every two weeks or so with a jeweler’s cloth. Bathing with your bracelet on will also help maintain its luster. The bracelets can cost around $35 to $750 depending on the kind of metal and manufacturer. Each charm costs around $8 to $80 which also depends on the kind of metal, size and design.