Here are some of the standard size ranges:
Size 6.7 or 7.1 -Child or young teens, or very petite adults generally take these sizes.
Size 7.5 -works for most adult sizes 6-8 and is the most popular size for adult female-
Size 7.9- works for most adult sizes 8-10, and second most popular size
Size 8.3 -works for most adult sizes 10-14Size 9.1 works for most larger sizes
Once you are comfortable with how your bracelet will fit,
familiarize yourself with the Pandora lingo.
Here's a little crash course:
1. Clasp: how the bracelet opens and closes. Pandora makes two clasp
styles; the basic lobster clasp and the much more popular Pandora snap clasp.
2. Thread: this is how the Pandora beads twist onto the bracelet. There
are two additional threads which are made to have a clip kept on them.
3. Clips: a style of Pandora bead that snaps on
rather than twists on. Clips are made to fit over the two center threads on the
bracelet and are not typically used any where else on the bracelet. The clips
serve several functions. They divide the bracelet into thirds to make styling
more workable and to keep the other beads from sliding all over the bracelet
(which could make wearing it uncomfortable). The clips also serve to cover the
threads, thereby protecting both them and the threaded beads from wearing down.
Clips are also occasionally used over the end thread
on the bracelet to prevent beads from accidentally falling off when the
bracelet is open.
4. Beads: the beads are what make up the body of the
bracelet. They screw onto the bracelet.
5. Spacers: are usually smaller than beads and they typically slide onto
the bracelet rather than screwing on. They serve to give definition to the
beads they surround or to help serve as a bridge for beads that do not fit well
next to each other.
Now that you have a well fitting bracelet and clips picked out to protect your
bracelet, you are ready to begin styling the bracelet with beads. Next entry, I
am going to discuss the first of the most popular methods of styling Pandora
that we use at Swag. We call the method "ABC".
How to Style a Pandora Bracelet- The ABC Method
The ABC method of styling a Pandora bracelet is one of our favorite methods of
styling at Swag. It yields consistently stunning results as you can see from
this finished example .
It is also really quite easy to do.
To understand this method, it helps to go back and start with the basics...the
Every Pandora bracelet has two center threads made for special beads
called clips to fit over them. As I mentioned in the Part 1 entry, these
clips serve to not only protect your bracelet by preventing beads from sliding
all over and wearing down the threads, but it also divides the bracelet into
three easy to work with sections.
These three sections are the "building
blocks" for what we call the ABC method, as well as other methods of
styling your bracelet. At the store, we always encourage clips as a Pandora
customer's first purchase as they so strongly affect both the look and the
function of the bracelet.
each of the three sections created by the clips, you will now build a repeating
pattern of beads. In each section the bead in the corresponding position should
be of a similar shape, color, and style; hence this bead is given the same
name, such as "A" bead. So you would have three "A" beads,
one in each section of the bracelet and each placed in the starting position
(furthest left) of its corresponding section and then you would move on to
selecting and positioning the "B" beads.
These are again three beads
that have a similar shape, color, and style. The "B" beads are then
placed in the same space (next to "A") in each corresponding section.
Your three beads that go into the same position may or may not be the exact
same bead. They should, however, be similar in size and style so this styling
method will make sense.
For example, if you choose a Murano glass bead as your
"A" bead for section 1, your other two "A" beads should
also be Murano glass, although they need not be the same pattern or color. With
the ABC method, you should be able to quickly divide all of the beads on your
bracelet in groups of three. Here is a picture of all the beads on our featured
bracelet grouped into their corresponding name of A, B, C, and so on.
You can see from this picture, some groups simply repeat the
exact same bead, while others repeat the same bead but in a different color,
while still other groups do not repeat the same bead at all but keep the
overall style or feel of the same by being consistent in color,
size, or shape.
Keeping a plan like this in mind, a customer does not have to build the entire
bracelet all in one visit to the store. However, there is a strategy in mind,
and that keeps the bracelet balanced and beautiful even from its most simple
beginnings. Here are some photos of our featured bracelet in various stages of
the build. It may not yet be complete for the customer, but it is still
accomplishing a finished and polished look by building on the ABC styling
method from the beginning.
There it is. One method of styling a beautifully finished
Pandora bracelet as easy as "ABC". My next entry will continue the
Pandora Styling series with and explanation of the "Center Out"
method we use at Swag.
Style a Pandora Bracelet using The "Center Out" Method
method of styling a Pandora bracelet that yields exquisite and professional
looking results is the Center Out method.The concept behind this styling is very simple, so I will not be spending a lot
of time explaining it, but I do have some pictures of our example in different
stages of progress so you can see how we have rearranged the beads at some
points so the center does not get too "bead heavy" before the outer
two sections are worked at all.
Yet from the very beginning, we kept the idea
in mind that this would be a Center Out styled bracelet in order to maintain
balance and a nice, finished jewelry look even before the bracelet is full.
In the Center Out method, we still suggest starting with the clips to divide
the bracelet into three sections. Along with the clip, we help the customer
choose a "strong" bead to be the centerpiece of the bracelet.
we suggest a dangle, but the center bead can be anything that the customer
loves and would like to have stand out on her bracelet. This main bead goes in
the center of the center section of the bracelet (created by the clips)
directly opposite the clasp.
this point, you just build your bracelet out from this center point. Place a
bead on either side of this main bead...these two beads should be similar in
size, shape, and color to maintain symmetry on the bracelet. Continue working
your way out around the bracelet in pairs until you are finished at the clasp.
Our example shows a bracelet built with the pairs being the same bead, but they
need not be exactly the same. Simply remember to maintain balance by
placing beads of similar size and shape in their relevant positions. If all
beads were removed from a Center Out styled bracelet, it should be easy to
match them all into pairs, except the center bead which can stand on its own.
Now add four more beads The plan is to eventually move the murano
beads pictured here to the center section. At this step they are in the outer
section of the bracelet, however, to maintain balance and to keep the center
from looking too "bead heavy".
The build continues out on the sides so the bracelet looks complete and
not like a piece of jewelry that is being built a bead at a time. Just a few
more beads and this bracelet will be finished!This bracelet is now finished, although many customers enjoy changing out
select beads to give their bracelets different looks. Balance is maintained in
the Center Out styling method giving this bracelet a beautiful and fashionable