Advent Calendar Day 19 – Nativity Charm Bracelet Featuring Pandora Three Wise Men and Redbalifrog Madonna & Child

During December I’ve been showcasing many of the new Christmas bead designs from my favourite brands. With a couple of beads boasting traditional design, I’ve attempted a nativity charm bracelet. This charm jewellery blog features both the Pandora Three Wise Men charm and the Redbalifrog Madonna & Child bead.

From the Christmas releases a couple of beads had more traditionally festive designs. I’ll admit I found myself almost a little intimidated by these charms. Religious themed bracelets aren’t something I’ve ever attempted but after one of my lovely readers took the time to post pictures of her nativity bracelet on my Facebook page, I decided to try something similar.

I rarely review beads as a group and never products from two different brands. This bracelet was created to accommodate two specific charms however so this is something resembling a joint review. The beads in question are the Redbalifrog Madonna & Child from the Northern Lights collection and the Pandora Three Wise Men from their Christmas 2013 release.

Nativity Charm Bracelet

I wanted to focus specifically on a colour scheme of whites and golds. My inspiration for this was drawn from the gifts of the three wise men; gold, frankincense and myrrh. Ideally I would have gold beads to add to this combination but instead I had to represent the shade in glass and amber.

I’ve never been overly fond of beads featuring human faces as I find them creepy. As much as I love the Pandora Three Wise Men, a close look at the detailing does show somewhat maniacal expressions.

Pandora

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The silver beads for this bracelet took a little thought. I opted for a number of star themed designs, in addition to the Redbalifrog Luna Moon and Cherub.

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Redbalifrog Madonna & Child Bead Ordering Details

The Redbalifrog Madonna & Child bead is available via the retailers below. To avoid extra taxes and ensure the fastest delivery times, I’d advise ordering from a store close to your geographical location.

Pandora Wise Men Ordering Details

Meanwhile the Pandora Three Wise Men is available via John Greed Jewellery in the UK.

Nativity Charm Bracelet Summary

This bracelet was definitely away from my comfort zone but I do love the colours for the Christmas period. Ideally I would have included the Pandora Camel charm but it’s lacking from my collection. The Trollbeads Maternity would have been superior to the Trollbeads Grandma charm but again, I don’t have it.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Redbalifrog Madonna & Child bead and the Pandora Wise Men charm? Have you indulged in either of these products? Hit the comments and let me know!

Bead Index

What follows is an index of the beads and charms used to create the featured bracelets:-

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Comments
  1. rainey

    I love that RBF Christmas Star soooo much. It’s so simple and folksy. I was hoping the new release would have more of that character — especially when they chose that charming illustration to tease the new release.

  2. rainey

    I forgot to say that you’ve made a lovely combination. I love the amber and the color palate and I think it’s so clever the way you’ve used In Your Heart and Shooting Stars.

    You have a knack for making things I don’t especially care for look enticing. ;>

    Are you getting excited that Christmas is nearly upon us? I gave my Lego Christmas Village to my grandson yesterday. I hope I NEVER forget the look in his eyes!!! My daughter could hardly get him to abandon it to go to school this morning. ;>

  3. Tracey

    I really like the Three Wise Men charm and The Madonna and Child. I am not a religious person by any means although I have a Christian heritage so this would be a cultural thing for me.

    I don’t think that I can get the TWM charm as I think it limited to America. It is a Jared’s exclusive (a US Jewellery chain of stores) I agree with you their faces are a bit weird but other than that I do like it.

    The RBF Madonna and Child is just beautiful. I never really appreciated the unique beauty of this until I saw it showcased above.

    Finally got my TB snow silver. Thanks for your input about getting a couple of the TB LE Christmas glass.

    I am slowly getting ready for the holidays. We had a really nasty snow storm yesterday and driving was horrendous.

    Have a great evening! 🙂

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Tracey,

      I’m not religious either but you know, it’s Christmas and all that.

      The odd distribution in the USA is just such an unnecessary headache in my eyes. I do wish Pandora would drop it 🙁

      The Redbalifrog Madonna & Child is indeed a beautiful bead. It’s got such lovely detailing but I fear it’s subject matter might deter some people.

      There have been so many storms floating around here. The poor UK was battered by another one yesterday and the forecast for the Christmas period isn’t great. Touch wood Denmark has been quite calm since our last huge storm and I’m hoping it stays that way!

      I’m so pleased you like your Snow bead. You’ll notice it’s featuring on nearly all of my bracelets at the moment 😀

  4. debra

    Love this Victoria,

    I would have never thought about the Grandma from TB, mainly because I’m not a grandma and just bypassed that bead altogether, but I may have to get it for next year. I did get the sheep from OHM and he is so cute and want to add the sleeping baby and star from RBF and some golden ambers. I hope someone comes out with a manger next year.

    My Nativity bracelet is one of my favorite bracelets this year. I’m not a religious person I just like that it’s represents Christmas.

  5. Alison

    I think that the 3 Wisemen charm is available exclusively at Jared’s in the U.S.

    http://www.jared.com/en/jaredstore/pandora-100192–1/1001920000/100165/1/0/0/0/100165.100191.100192?cm_sp=hp_hero-_-pandora-_-shop_now

    🙂

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