So, with the US leather bracelet promo well underway, and the UK’s upcoming, I thought now would be a great time to publish my thoughts on the leather bracelets themselves! I previously published a review of the Pandora bangle, but I have never got around to actually reviewing the leather bracelets before.
This review encompasses the braided leather bracelets, and not the recently-discontinued smooth leather bracelets. I did promise a review of the Pandora oxidised bracelet a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve pushed that back so that I can get this one out while the promos are going on!
Leather Bracelets – Overview
The Pandora leather bracelets feature a delicate, slim leather weave instead of a silver snake chain, but still have the traditional Pandora silver barrel clasp. They’re very light and flexible, and weigh a lot less than the traditional silver or gold Pandora bracelets! You can purchase them in a range of fun colours, or opt for more neutral tones in pearl, grey and black.
The braided leather bracelets are available in single, double and triple wrap (meaning that they will wrap around your hand once, twice or three times when you’re wearing it). Each of these is available in three sizes: small, medium and large. I own only a single wrap bracelet, in pink, and a triple wrap bracelet, in silver:
Both of them have a really gorgeous semi-metallic finish to them, which makes them almost shimmer in the light. The pink shimmer is very soft and delicate, while the metallic finish to the silver triple leather gives it a luminescent quality, stopping the darker colour from looking at all flat – I find it makes both bracelets more striking than a matte finish would.
Leather Bracelets and Charms
Pandora’s official guidelines regarding the maximum amount of charms for the leather bracelets are as follows:
The leathers are by nature much weaker than the silver bracelets, and the join of the silver clasp with the leather cord is particularly prone to breakage. Consequently, you shouldn’t put more than nine charms on your leather bracelet.
However, I still prefer to wear my leather bracelets with an even more minimal number of charms. One of the reasons for this is that the charms can’t be divided up into sections, as they can on the regular metal charm bracelets.
The leather bracelets only have threads by the clasp, unlike the regular silver or gold bracelets. This means that, while you will still need to screw your charms on and off, they will slide around the whole bracelet freely, as you won’t be able to use clips on the leather. However, you can purchase silicone stoppers from sites such as Amazon, which can be placed underneath the clips to hold them in place on the leather bracelet.
I think the leather bracelets are great for showcasing one special charm, too, as I do with my beloved enamel heart charm on my pink leather!
That being said, I do really like the look of some of the double and triple wrap bracelets with more charms, as can be seen in designs such as the one below! I just don’t find them that comfortable to wear, as I primarily use my leather bracelets as a lighter alternative to my hefty silver bracelets, and I don’t like how little control you have over how the charms slip around the cord if you aren’t using silicone spacers.
This brings us nicely on to…
How I wear my leather bracelets
While I do like the look of the leather bracelets on their own, my favourite way to wear them is in conjunction with my regular silver bracelets. This is especially true of the summer seasons, when I like to stack my bracelets and create a more casual look. The pop of colour that the bracelets can give (I only have silver and pink versions right now, however) also seems perfect for those warmer, brighter days.
This stack, utilising just the single pink leather, is more simple and offers a nice way to accentuate the pinks in my silver bracelet design. I wear this one all year round.
However, for any situations where I want something a bit lighter, such as when I’m on holiday or when I’m working, I like to stack a leather with the Pandora bangle. I really like the look of the leathers when you layer them up, and the bangle is perfect for this.
I’ve owned the pink leather for two years now, and the silver leather for almost a year – consequently, I’ve had a lot of time to see how well they’ve worn. I have heard that some people have found the leathers less durable than their silver equivalents, reporting problems such as stretching, the separation of the leather from the silver clasp, and a susceptibility to accumulating dirt. However, mine, as you can see, look pretty much as they did on the day I got them. I imagine that this is because I do not wear my bracelets with very many charms at all, and I wear them maybe once or twice every two weeks. Consequently, I don’t exactly put a lot of stress on them!
If you wear your leather bracelets a lot, or wear a lot of charms with them, then I would expect that you will see more wear and tear. I personally instinctively don’t want to put lots of charms on the leather, as I can just anticipate them grouping and weighing down the delicate leather.
I love my leather bracelets, but, much like the Pandora bangle, I don’t consider them an alternative to the Pandora silver bracelet. Instead, I think of them as complementary. The leather bracelets definitely work best if you don’t overfill them; they are not capable of taking the weight of lots of charms, and neither are they designed to. I remember that, when I first saw leathers, I was disappointed to find out that you couldn’t fill them up properly – however, I now like them just for their ability to change up a look, and inject some colour and variety into your collection.
Finally, I will note that I have never actually bought a leather bracelet outright – I got both of mine in the UK’s leather bracelet promotions. I do find them a tad expensive for what they are, with the single bracelets starting from £40 in the UK. I love the ones I own now that I have them, but I’m not sure that I like them enough to go and purchase one on its own – I’d always wait for a promotion.
Do you own any leather bracelets? Are you a fan? Let me know if you have any questions!