Tuesday, May 19

- Joshua James Jewellery: Pandora Bracelet + Charm...

I love reading blogs as much as I love writing one, and I always try to make the effort to keep up to date with my favourites. I don't know if it's just me who has noticed, but a recurring theme I've seen in the blogosphere is how intimidating makeup counters can be, or bad/negative experiences that have happened there. Personally, I feel like the atmosphere and environment in jewellery stores can be similar, leading a lot of us to head online and eye up wanted pieces in our PJs with the company of maltesers. There is an abundance of amazing websites out there that stock popular jewellery brands, and one that's newly been introduced to me is Joshua James Jewellery.


I was really surprised to see just how many brands I'm aware of are available to shop via this website, including: Fossil, Thomas Sabo, Guess, Swarovski, Links of London, Michael Kors and many more! When they kindly got in touch and asked me to pick out an item, I definitely lost a large chunk of time browsing the wide selection of pieces on offer.

Eventually, I decided on a Pandora bracelet and charm. Now for those of you that know me, this may seem a bit of an odd choice. Let me explain.

Back when I was 16-18, there was a massive hype around Pandora bracelets. They seemed to be another pointless addition that increased your 'coolness' ranking on the playground, and having the most or the 'best' charms seemed to be a competition. And, to be honest, I just didn't get it. If anything, I viewed them as kind of tacky - eek, please don't be offended if you had/have one like this, it's just my personal taste/fussiness.

However, now that stage is over and I've entered adulthood, I've been wanting my style to correspond with this. These days, I seem to know what I want when it comes to jewellery pieces: elegance, delicacy and sleekness. Therefore, I challenged myself to style a Pandora bracelet in a minimalist and sophisticated way, to show that they really do cater for all ages.

Pandora silver braceletPandora Murano glass cherry blossom charm

I chose the popular Pandora Silver Bracelet, £55* with the silver fastening. If you're feeling really spendy, there's also one with a gold fastening - how amazing would a rose gold one be?! I followed the suggestion of measuring your wrist and then adding 1-2cm on to account for the charms and for your wrist to adjust, and I'm supper happy that it fits perfectly.

As for choosing a charm, I knew I didn't want one that reminded me of the school day tackiness. I noticed that Joshua James Jewellery stock the Murano Glass Charms, and this is where I fell head over heels. The intricacy of each design is just amazing. I was close to choosing both the 'Wild Flowers' and 'Tribute' charms, but in the end decided on this gorgeous Pink Cherry Blossom one, £30*.

If you read my blog regularly or follow me on social media, this won't be a huge shock as I've declared my love numerous times for the blossom blooming this year. So much so, that I've had to make a conscious effort not to plague my Instagram feed with too many similar images. The beautiful design with the splash of pastel pink matches perfectly with what I was after. As you can see in the images below, I painted my nails to match and created a natural, Spring makeup look with a shimmery pink lid and neutral pink lips.

I'm so pleased with this bracelet and the simple yet stunning cherry blossom charm. If you're like me, then definitely don't be put off by the 'childhood craze' as Pandora pieces really are diverse. Additionally, if you're already lucky enough to own a Pandora bracelet, the Murano Glass collection is definitely worth swooning over!

Consider me a Pandora convert!

Pandora Murano Glass Cherry Blossom Charm

Are you a fan of Pandora bracelets? What do you think of this Cherry Blossom charm? Don't forget to check out Joshua James Jewellery here.

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. Such a pretty charm! I was kind of like you and didn't buy into the pandora craze but I now have one of the black bracelets - it's got nothing on it yet because I decided I preferred it plain but yours looks really nice and delicate with just one charm so maybe I should investigate!

    Amy x

  2. Gorgeous charm! I was the same as you to be honest and actually hated Pandora when they first became big - it was just tacky and people just have bracelets full of charms. But like you my tastes changed and I eventually got one for my 24th birthday! I currently have 8 charms on at the moment and I think that's enough for me :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  3. That charm is beautiful! I don't have a Pandora bracelet myself. But I know if I got one, I would be obsessing over the charms - I'd want all of them.

    - www.veebzboo.com

  4. I love the charm you've chosen :) The murano glass ones are my favourite too! I've had my bracelet for 5 years now and still love it!

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

  5. I was exactly the same! I always thought they were a bit cliche and I wasn't that bothered by them. Recently though I have been looking at the star sig beads and I think they are really pretty. This rose blossom charm is gorgeous! It looks delicate and not too fussy :)

    Sarah xxx || www.whatsasssays.com

  6. This charm is so beautiful.

    I love Pandora's. They hold so many memories <3 xx


  7. I have never owned a Pandora bracelet but I like the way they look. Especially during the summer with short sleeves top. I really find the charm you chose beautiful. It's girly yet elegant. Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  8. Such a gorgeous charm! I need more for my pandora bracelet x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  9. I definitely agree I prefer shopping online for jewellery as I feel uncomfortable in shops but we are actually just getting a pandora in our high street so I can guarantee I will be in there ASAP ;)! I love Joshua James though I worked with them a while back and they are a lovely bunch and a great website too xxx

  10. This looks simple and stylish. I have Pandora bracelet and few charms, but I am not wearing it often - maybe I should!


  11. If I'm honest, I've always had the same impression of Pandora bracelets. Though they didn't exist when I was in school, we we used to have those big gold ragdolls and big hoop earrings when I was younger. It was the start of the chav era!

    Corinne x

  12. I have a lovely Pandora charm bracelet, it's great o have charms to mark different occasions!

  13. The bracelet is beautiful and suits you very well. Love it!


  14. Such a pretty charm and it really suits this time of year. I love my Pandora and collecting charms that have a significance to me x

    Beauty with charm

  15. I have a Pandora bracelet but it was given to me as a gift, like you i didn't get into the craze. I'm so glad i'm not the only one who finds jewelry store intimating! The charm you have is so simple and pretty.

  16. I never got into the Pandora craze either, yet I brought a diamond ring from them and its stunning. But then I brought it so I may be biased haha. Love this charm, makes me wish I had a bracelet now!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  17. I know what you mean about having that bad impression of Pandora bracelets haha! But I can honestly say this looks AMAZING on you. You have made it a statement and beautiful, delicate looking piece that works for your style. It just shows it depends how you 'adorn' them and how you wear them :) Awesome post!
    Jemma xx

  18. What a beautiful piece, so delicate and classy! It looks beautiful on you, and you look absolutely stunning, Karen! xx


  19. I remember the mega hype a few years ago! I never wanted to get one either just because "everyone else had one". This does actually look really pretty with just one bead on it, i prefer this to one totally loaded one definitely x


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  20. I've been put off for pandora for years because of how popular it was in school, but as I get older I find myself wanting to get one more and more!
    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk // x

  21. What a gorgeous charm for your Pandora! I got one for my 18th birthday but always forget to wear it i have quite a lot of charms but really need to make more of an effort to wear it! The blossom is soo pretty and it's something you will always be able to wear! xxx

  22. This bracelet is beautiful but I'm just in love with your hairstyle on the last picture - now I miss my long hair so much.. Though I could never achieve these perfect waves with my straight hair.
    If you'd like you could check out my new blog arabesque - I'd be honored ;)

  23. This bracelet and the charm are so pretty! I never had one from Pandora but have been lusting over them for a while :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  24. Such a pretty charm and perfect for you, as you love flowers so much and perfect for the time of year! I love my Pandora bracelet but I don't fill it with any old charm - they have to mean something to me :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

  25. I agree with you on the makeup counter experience, I've had good and downright stupid and bad experience with Mac counter the most. Not sure about jewellery counters though, I'm not a huge fan of it but I also agree with your opinion on Pandora bracelet. It's overhyped and yes, a supposedly status of coolness which unfortunately my mum and a bunch of her friends are all over it. Can you imagine a bunch of 50plus almost 60 years old ladies trying to outdo each other with their bracelets? LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  26. Karen, you look gorgeous! I love the bracelet and especially the charm you chose. I actually have one of these and haven't worn it for ages. You've inspired me to go dig it out again! X

    Kate Louise Blogs

  27. Oh wow that's gorgeous! I love your pick of bracelet and the stunning photography :)

    Hazel xx

  28. Ah hun you look gorgeous!!! Loving this bracelet - it's so, so pretty and pandora is a wonderful brand that's affordable and still has great quality items!

    You look so pretty too! :)

    Layla xx


  29. That charm is lovely! I have a pandora bracelet and don't own one of the glass charms yet, but it's so pretty for summer :)

    - Grace's Beauty Space xo

  30. That is such a beautiful charm! x

  31. If you love their bracelets their rings are gorgeous too Lucy x

  32. I've never been a Pandora bracelet fan but I really like what you've chosen. I am a traditional charm bracelet fan and I think Pandora's don't look like anything but the colour beads are really pretty and I love the one you have chosen. I get what you mean about being scared to go up the counter. The Thomas Sabbo store in Birmingham is good and friendly though.
    Victoria xx thedaisyjaynes.com

  33. so pretty!


  34. Looks lovely on you! I'm not too fussed by Pandora bracelets but I have my eye on their rings! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  35. Very interesting blog, looking forward to more wonderful! Pandora rings

  36. This post is worthy of appreciation, looking forward to more exciting!

  37. Very pretty charm bracelet. Looks gorgeous.