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What is a Pandora Bracelet?

A Pandora bracelet is a branded interchangeable bracelet that originated in Denmark and was named after the Greek pantheon. Pandora is the brand, and their bracelet is one of many distinct types of interchangeable bracelets, sometimes known as charm bracelets. A Pandora bracelet is an excellent choice for a thoughtful gift shopper or someone who enjoys matching their accessories to their attire, seasonal festivities, or even the mood of the day.

Two beautiful gold Pandora bracelet with different charms.

A Pandora bracelet is considered a branded composable bracelet, originally from Denmark, with a name inspired by the Greek pantheon. Pandora is the brand, and their bracelet is one of many different types of composable bracelets and is more commonly referred to as a charm bracelet. It consists of a base bracelet, clips, clasp, and beads or charms. The charms or beads can be moved or switched out on the bracelet.

A Pandora bracelet is an ideal choice for a forward-thinking gift buyer or someone who likes to match their accessories to their outfits and seasonal holidays or even the mood of the day. It is easily individualized, which is one of the reasons it is so popular. So stick with me while I break down the basic ins and outs of a Pandora bracelet.

Building a Pandora Bracelet

A silver Pandora bracelet with untacked charms.

Buying and building your first Pandora bracelet for yourself or as a gift consists of two simple steps.

Pick a Bracelet, Clasp, and Clips

These are the foundation of your entire bracelet. Your first step is to choose a bracelet, and the classic and most well-known of these is the sterling silver bracelet in the snake chain style. Other alternatives include gold, leather, chain, or tennis bracelets.

Select one of their patented clasps in either silver or gold to go with your bracelet. The clasp can either be a lobster clasp or a barrel clasp. Security or safety chains are available for Pandora bracelets if your clasp should break accidentally.

Finally, you choose your clips, which can be selected to suit your personal preference. Do you want plain sterling silver, gold, or clips with detailing? The clips divide the bracelet into three sections that help secure the beads on the bracelet and keep them in place. 

They look like tiny immovable beads and are fitted where the notches on your bracelet are. They look best bought in pairs. Clips are not suitable for all Pandora bracelets, and newer clips come with a silicone design that is not compatible with snake chains.

Related: 11 Different Types of Clasps (Plus How To Find the Right Type)

Pick Your Charms or Beads

Bracelet with blue and silver charms in a black background.

Choose the charms you would like for your bracelet. They can be Murano glass bead charms, silver charms, gold charms, or even charms or beads with diamond chips. The beads or charms slide onto the bracelet or use a threaded system, meaning they are screwed on.

The possibilities are endless, allowing you to create a unique bracelet. There is a wide variety to choose from, and new beads are released regularly, so you can keep up to date or freshen up your bead options for your bracelet.

A word of caution. Not all Pandora beads or charms fit all types of Pandora bracelets, so make sure to check for compatibility.

How Long Should My Pandora Bracelet Be?

A rose with retro silver pandora bracelet.

When choosing a bracelet, leave space for the charms or beads. The easiest way to measure this is to put two to three fingers between the bracelet and your wrist.

If you buy online, measure your wrist and use a tape measure as your pretend bracelet to determine the length and refer to the size guide. If you get the size wrong, this is not the end of the world; Pandora and most stores will exchange unworn bracelets for the correct length, depending on their return policies.

Alternatively, please select one of their sliding bracelets where the size is adjustable.

Related: 31 Different Types of Bracelets

Are Pandora Bracelets Made From Real Silver?

Pandora uses genuine materials to manufacture their bracelets, charms, and other products. This includes using sterling silver, 14k or 18k gold. For glass beads, Murano glass is used, and you can expect to find cultured pearls, cubic zirconia, diamonds, pearls and other gemstones, organic gems, and manufactured stones. Additionally, leather bracelet options are available.

Is My Pandora Real?

A legit Pandora gold bracelet with beads and a star charm.

There are a few ways to tell if your Pandora charms or beads are real. The first is the stamp. Except for the smallest ones, most Pandora beads are hallmarked and will say 925 ALE or S925 ALE (silver beads) or G585 (gold beads). They may also have the word Pandora etched onto the beads.

Some counterfeit Pandora beads may have this mark, so you can go one step further and check the website to see if the bead or charm is in their collection to verify that it is genuine. Finally, compare your Pandora bead or charm to a real one and see how they compare.

How Many Charms Can I Put On My Bracelet?

Pandora bracelet with travel charms design.

The number of charms that will fit on your bracelet will vary depending on the type of bracelet you have chosen. Still, the average number of beads for a traditional Pandora charm bracelet is between 17 and 22, including the clips, spacers, and safety chain.

Does Pandora Make Other Jewelry?

Yes, Pandora does have other jewelry options, including bangles, earrings, necklaces, rings, and styled sets.

Caring for and Cleaning Pandora Jewelry

Cleaning a pearl and gold chain necklace with soft cloth.

You can expect some tarnishing over time, but this can quickly be rectified by correctly caring and cleaning for your Pandora.

When it comes to cleaning your Pandora Jewelry, a soft polish cloth is your best friend, and you will use it to buff your bracelet to keep the shine regularly. You can purchase Pandora cleaning sets and polish cloths. Their polish cloths are pink on one side and white on the other. The white side has a mild cleaning solution in the fabric and should be used for your sterling silver Pandora, and the pink side is used for any gold charms.

Use the Pandora cleaning solution once a month to keep your charms looking as good as new. Do not use toothpaste as it is too abrasive.

Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when you aren’t wearing your Pandora bracelet. Avoid getting your Pandora jewelry wet and remove it before getting in the water or when you expect to sweat from physical activity. Keep your jewelry away from abrasive services and store your pieces separately.

What Are Alternatives to Pandora?

Composable or charm bracelets are big business, and alternatives to Pandora bracelets include Nomination bracelets, Trollbeads bracelets, and Thomas Sabo bracelets, to name a few.

Rounding Out Your Pandora Journey

Beautiful Pandora store at Copenhagen, Denmark.

A Pandora bracelet is a charm or composable bracelet suitable for formal and informal occasions. This divine bracelet makes an excellent gift for that special someone in your life, and you can gift that person an entire bracelet complete with charms, or you can collect or gift beads as you go. You can swap out your charms or beads to match your outfit or holiday event.

Pandora allows you to create individualized bracelets to wear your memories in your heart and on your arm and does well as a keepsake.