My only experience with this line is what I have seen and read about
it. I am following this discussion, and chiming in here, as I am
interested in how promotion can create a trend or a fad… a "need"
that must be filled. These lines have been around for a while and
the fact that Pandora is currently ramping up the publicity is
Although the Pandora line (and similar lines) is mass produced and
available everywhere (it seems), it has also created an opportunity
for artists who create more one-of-a-kind items. Glass bead makers
are making some pretty unique beads, and lining them with silver
tubing, in sizes specifically for these bracelets. I have also seen
both cast silver and PMC beads made by artists for these chains.
If this link works, it goes to a thread on the Lampworker Etc. site
where “Pandora style” glass beads can be seen, my own included:
Great variety… definitely something for every taste. Many of these
artists sell on Etsy, eBay, etc… Some even offer the chains, charms,
and/or finished bracelets as well as the glass beads.
I have only seen the Pandora line in one high end jewelry shop at
the mall in Monterey, CA… but then I am not much of a shopper and
haven’t checked out the many jewelry shops in nearby Carmel. My
impression of the items displayed was that the bracelet looked
solid, the silver “charm” beads substantial but ordinary, and the
glass beads very uninteresting. Could have been just this one shops
choice for what sells best. I wonder how many shops that carry these
are offering beads and charms made by individual artists. I should
expect that some are.