Pandora Bangle Review

This Pandora jewellery blog brings an extensive review of the Pandora Bangle, newly debuted with the Summer 2013 Collection.

Early June saw the first part of the Pandora Summer 2013 collection launch. While the Pandora Bangle debuted in select concept stores months ago, this release saw the more global launch of the bangle. The Pandora bangle represents a quite momentous release. While there have been leather and macrame designs since the original Pandora silver bracelet, it represents the first real progression in this area. What follows is an extensive review.

Pandora Bangle

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Pandora Bangle

Firstly it’s worth noting that the Pandora bangle encompasses a traditional bangle style in that it’s spherical and designed to be worn loosely. With this in mind it’s entirely different to the Trollbeads Bangle which is an oval shape and boasts a close fit style.

The Pandora Bangle features a barrel clasp fastening, highly reminiscent of the Loving Pandora clip.

Pandora Bangle

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Pandora Bangle

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Pandora Bangle

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Referring back to the shape, this naturally influences how it sits on the wrist. It’s not flexible in the way the bracelets are. When fitted correctly it shouldn’t wedge awkwardly on the side of the wrist bone but rest comfortably and move fluidly. For reference I’m wearing the 19 cm bangle and usually wear either a 17 or 18 centimetre Pandora bracelet.

Pandora Bangle

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Pandora Bangle

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By contrast the Trollbeads Bangle has a low profile fit and is open on the underside.

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Pandora Bangle

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The Pandora Bangle is naturally designed to carry charms and it can be worn with either just a few or entirely full. This is worth stressing considering the Pandora Bangle feels very light (and is indeed hollow).

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For me a full bangle looks peculiar. It’s rigid shape just doesn’t take well to being fully adorned with charms. From it’s initial announcement right through to finally receiving the bangle I’ve maintained the best way to style it is with just a few charms or wear it empty. The latter creates a beautiful accompaniment to more traditional Pandora bracelets as it’s high shine finish creates a fabulous contrast to the textures of the charms. The more layers, the more dramatic the look.

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Pandora Bangle Ordering Details

My recommended retailer for all things Pandora related in the UK is the wonderful John Greed Jewellery. Clicking on the link below will open the corresponding landing page in a new window:-

Pandora Bangle Summary

I’m loving the Pandora Bangle, it’s absolutely everything that I had hoped it would be. It’s price at £55, a huge difference between the Trollbeads Bangle with a recommended retail price of £90. Part of the price difference is undoubtedly due to the design. The Pandora Bangle is hollow where the Trollbeads Bangle is solid. This is blatantly obvious when it comes to putting the bangles on. The Trollbeads bangle has to be slid onto the wrist sideways as it has zero flexibility (and indeed I’ll admit that I find it uncomfortable to put on.) The Pandora Bangle is springy and flexes to allow opening. It’s worth mentioning that the Pandora Bangle is designed to flex open in an “up-down” direction, allowing easy access for the wrist.

Pandora Bangle

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I mention this specifically as I have seen some people, particularly when trying them on in store, struggle with getting them on their wrists.

It’s worth noting that the Pandora Bangle is prone to being scratched. This is no indication of the quality, it’s purely the design. Anything boasting such a mirror shine finish is going to be susceptible to tiny scratches. Considering this I’d advise anyone wishing to wear the bangle both with and without charms to consider purchasing two. One can then be kept as flawless as possible without charms sliding around on it. Even so remember that stacking the bangle with regular bracelets will still see it suffer some wear and tear.

For those who love stacked bracelets the Pandora Bangle is ideal. For those considering it to wear as a regular charm bracelet, I’d advise taking a trip to a Pandora store and trying on a fully loaded bangle to ensure the fit will suit you; not everyone is going to appreciate the rigidity of this bracelet.

I know some will ask whether, given a choice, I’d choose the Trollbeads Bangle or the Pandora Bangle. Honestly I don’t actually consider them as direct competitors as the designs make them entirely different styles. For me the Trollbeads Bangle is incredibly functional, offering a comfortable and practical way to wear beads. By contrast I see the Pandora Bangle as a fashion accessory, indeed even a fashion necessity. I won’t wear it daily for the sake of it’s preservation (I don’t want it clattering against the desk as I type) but it’s a stunning piece for stacking or wearing as a simple accessory when heading out of the door.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Pandora Bangle? Have you indulged in one? Do you wear yours with or without charms? Hit the comments and let me know!

Comments
  1. Nancy

    I have two Trollbead bangles and love them so much – nice and solid, easy and fast to put on and look great with a couple of beads.

    I tried the Pandora bangle in the store and did not like it at all – first of all I find anything hollow cheap feeling and wonder if it would dent with heavy use. I hate the fact that the Pandora bangle is round and not oval – round shapes are not comfortable on my wrist and look ugly.

    The Pandora bangle took a while to put on. The reason I like the Trollbead bangle is the fact I can put it on as I run out the door – not so for the Pandora bangle.

    Was really hoping I would like the Pandora bangle but they really struck out with this one – reminds me of the Camilla bangle which I did not like either.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Nancy 🙂

      I think plenty of people will either prefer the Pandora Bangle or Trollbeads Bangle. For me, as I stated, I use them for different situations so I don’t find them interchangeable as such. I’m predominantly wearing the Pandora Bangle bare as an accessory, where my Trollbeads Bangle is used more for daily wear with a few focal beads.

      Regarding putting it on – this is a classic example of personal taste! 🙂 I love the Trollbeads Bangle but I find it horrible to put on – I don’t like the feeling of any kind of pressure on the inside of my wrist – which I have until I get the Trollbeads Bangle in place. By contrast I find the Pandora Bangle much easier to get on – though it’s still a manicure wrecker with it’s barrel clasp.

      I can’t comment on it denting. I do know it scratches but then my Trollbeads Bangle has also.

      I’ve zero experience with Chamilia so I can’t really comment on that 🙁

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  2. Angela

    Saw Chamilia bangle a while back, I believe they have 2 types 1 solid and 1 flex with removable screw on type ends with their logo on each end.I personally would like the flex and open design but could see me loosing the end pieces..Have not seen Pandora’s as yet but not sure if I will pass or not as it being hallow bothers me, all depends on how heavy or thick the bangle is.I do a lot of outdoor work and in the past have lost rigid, round hallow bangles,if they get smacked on something hard they break.
    Have really enjoyed wearing my Troll bangle loaded with 10 Summer Stones and stoppers and half the time I don’t even remember it’s there

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’d love a bangle with interchangeable end pieces but I spoke to Lovelinks about this and they said that it’s both fiddly and the cost of the ends would be quite high – so they didn’t see much market for it.

      I think the Pandora Bangle is a fashion piece and not something for daily wear. I’d definitely not risk it when out working around the stables as even assuming it’s strong enough to cope with some wear and tear, it would scratch something chronic.

      Still for going out it’s beautiful and looks lovely stacked with other Pandora bracelets 🙂 I’m a big fan 🙂

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

    • Bethany

      I’ve not tried more than five beads on my TB bangle – not sure why though. So far I’m using it to highlight one bead at a time (TB purple fusion today!) but I think I’m going to have to do some more experimenting…ten sounds amazing!

      I showed the TB bangle to the girls in my local Pandora concept shop recently and they were really shocked at the weight compared to the Pandora. Interestingly they all said they’d prefer an oval to a round bangle and they all had chosen to wear bracelets (silver and/or leather) instead of the shiny new bangles that had just arrived.

      To be honest I don’t mind either shape, my issue with the Pandora is the blatant branding! I’d be far more tempted if the catch could be swapped for one of the other clips – and I suspect I wouldn’t put many other beads on it.

      Bethany x

      PS. Victoria, the plan for the bracelet with a flock of sheep progresses…my DH has promised me a RBF Ol’ Ram next month 😀

      • endangeredtrolls

        I also wear just a few beads on my bangle – primarily because I like to keep it light and comfortable so I tend to use it to showcase just a few beads.

        Oh the weight difference is enormous. The Pandora Bangle is very lightweight which led some collectors to questioning if it was safe to use with a full set of charms (which it is.) I think if you want to wear charms, the bracelets are far better. This for me looks fabulous stacked with those bracelets though 🙂

        The branding is always a contentious issue – not just with Pandora but with Ohm Beads too and it’s something that’s been mentioned in my recent reviews. I personally do not mind it but I do understand that many people do object!

        What a lovely hubby! And it’s not even too long to wait now either 😉 I can’t wait to hear how this progresses 😉

        Kind Regards
        Victoria

  3. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    I don’t have either the Trollbeads or the Pandora bangle. I can relate to your feeling about getting the TB bangle on and off because the byBiehl bangle is similar in design and I must admit whilst I absolutely adore the bangle I do feel queazy putting it on when it scrapes against the inside of my wrist 🙁

    I am going to try the Pandora bangle as I have a lot of Pandora and want it as an accessory. Like you I’ve always seen it more as a fashion piece and something that will accessorise with my existing Pandora bracelets. Ideally I would like 2 or 3, but I’ll have to see how the bead budget goes!

    With all the lovely pictures of the TB bangle I must admit I am more tempted than I was, BUT I need the other two byBiehl bangles first 😉

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      If you’re wanting the Pandora Bangle as a bangle – i.e something to wear loose on the wrist and perhaps with other bracelets – you’re going to love it. For me, with charms, a few is the maximum before it just looks wrong. Stacked? Definitely your kind of thing 😉

      The Trollbeads Bangle is fabulous for more daily wear of beads as it’s light and comfortable but oh lord it’s horrible to get on and off :p I despise anything pressing on my wrists and there’s just a couple of seconds where it does that and arg!

      Ohhh those ByBiehl bangles 🙁

      P.S. I just saw a preview for the Novobeads Summer release and my lord! There’s something rather yummy in there 😉

      /hugs

  4. MH

    Hi,
    You mentioned you put on 19-cm bangle when you normally wear 17- and 18-cm bracelet. Have you tried the 17-cm bangle?
    I have 18cm bracelet and tried 19cm bangle that seems quite loose on me. I couldn’t try 17cm because the store didn’t have it, but it think it wont suit me as bangle is rigid and would look too tight.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hiya,

      No I didn’t. I was quite adamant that I wanted the Pandora bangle to fit quite loosely. I think bangles look really weird if you wear them too tightly and then tend to sit awkwardly on the wrist bone. I’m really happy with the 19cm bangle 🙂

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

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  6. Nora

    I love the Pandora bangle:-) I wear 3 of the bangles every, single day, usually with just one charm or clip on each one…I wear them on my right wrist along with my tennis bracelet, which is in white gold, so it’s an arm load of silver which weighs next to nothing….comfort for me is the largest size bangle, I enjoy the “clink ” and I don’t wear anything constricting, that would drive me mad. I actually don’t even care for the “cuff ” type bangle, to me,if it’s half open, it isn’t a bangle…Yay Pandora !
    Cheers…Nora

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Nora,

      So lovely to hear someone this happy with the bangle 🙂 I’m also a huge fan. I think it’s a lovely fashion piece and I wear mine so often 🙂 I only have one though, so I’m jealous of your stack! For what it’s worth, I agree with you. A bangle is a solid complete hoop!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  7. Cyndie

    What brand are those gorgeous leather bracelets with sterling beads pictured in your pics paired with the pandora bangle? I love them. Tx u

  8. Cyndie

    Tx u for answering

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