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If you’re at all interested in Pandora Charm jewelry you will know that the charms themselves fit into different categories.  The categories include animal charms; food and drink related charms; alphabet charms; they have a complete set of birthstone charms; over 50 different flower charms; holiday charms and love charms to name but a few.  Some of the charms actually fit into two categories and there is some overlapping. For example, the birthday cake charm could fit into the holiday subset and the food and drink subset.

Within each set you will find charms made from a variety of material.  Common metals used by Pandora are Sterling Silver, and 14 carat gold. They also use enamel and murano glass for their beads.  Both precious and semi-precious stones are also used. The more expensive charms naturally are the gold charms with diamond set jewels. An example of this type of charm is the gold “Puffy Heart Charm” inset with a diamond. They also make the same bead available, for a cheaper price, with inset Ruby or Sapphire, and an even cheaper version made from Sterling silver inlaid with a Zirconia. This way, if you like a particular charm but can’t afford the most expensive version of it, there’s always something else to choose from that is within your budget.

The Pandora holiday charms are also very popular at present. There are eight available for purchasing at present, though new charms are released at least twice a year. These make excellent gift charms, especially to celebrate a special occasion or seasonal holiday.  If you’re looking for something to spice up your own festivities, you could of course always buy one for yourself. They’re generally not the more expensive beads, so you don’t have to outlay a lot of money to treat yourself to a new Pandora charm.

Another intriguing set of charms are the alphabet beads. There are two basic styles of beads, with each style showing one alphabet letter. One silver bead is triangular in shape and the letter is imprinted on all three sides of the bead. Then there’s a round bead with a single gold letter showing amongst several silver letters.  There’s tons you can do with these beads. The most common, is to use them to spell out a first name on a bracelet, but they can also be used to just put initials of your college, favorite basketball or football team, or your own initials on your bracelet.  Or you can spell out single words, like “love” for instance. 

From the new releases from Pandora, my favorite new charm is from the food category. The grape charms are made from Sterling silver so they’re not outrageously expensive. The charm is of a grape cluster with vine, then there’s a semi-precious stone hanging down off the charm. If you’re after purple grapes you would choose the purple Amethyst version, for green grapes the green Peridot. These hanging stones really set off this particular charm and I have found the new Pandora grape charm particularly well crafted and very pretty. 

Source by Susan Westingham

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