Today’s post brings my next Pandora review, but with a slight twist – today I’m reviewing some special engraved Pandora pieces, specially made for me by authorised UK Pandora stockist John Greed. :D
John Greed have produced over 250,000 engraved items and were the first official engravers of Pandora jewellery in the UK. They’ve been perfecting the process for years now, and so, when they asked me if I was interested in reviewing their Pandora engraving, I leapt at the chance.
Engraving and script on Pandora pieces often look beautiful, but the message that Pandora opts for is not always the one that resonates with me. Being able to create my own pieces of jewellery lent some exciting opportunities, and I’m really pleased with the results. Read on to find out what I chose, and a bit more about the process! :)
My engraved Pandora pieces
My first choice was the silver heart bangle, with the words Choose Happiness. I wanted a piece of jewellery that was a message from me to me, a little reminder of the things that are important in life. I am an anxious person, and find that my thoughts can just run away with me, and the molehill becomes a mountain in two seconds flat. ? This is a firm but gentle reminder of what the endgame is, and why I should be doing the things that I do.
Given the importance of the message, I was so pleased to find that the finish was what I’d hoped it would be. The lettering is deep and defined, and provides a lovely contrast against the polished silver.
I thought it interesting to hear how the laser engraving is done, and how they get the finish so immaculate. Once an order is submitted, computer technology formats the font & styling so that it best fits the desired piece of jewellery, and determines the alignment of lasers accordingly. When everything is in place, the laser then fires at the surface of the jewellery, which vaporises the metal. Extractors remove most of the resulting gas but some solidifies and lands back on the jewellery. This is polished up to remove the excess. I’d love to see this in action, and did ask if they had any imagery of this being done… but apparently the process is top secret!
My next choice puts a bit of a twist on a very popular Pandora engraved item – the Snowflake Heart. This comes by default with the engraving You keep me warm. This is nice, but I wanted to add another little touch that highlighted how special a motif the snowflake is for me.
Years ago, not long after we first got together in January, my boyfriend took me into town and bought me my first Pandora bracelet to put away for Valentine’s Day the next month. I have such lovely memories of walking back together from town along the canal path, as the snow fell around us.
Consequently, I put our anniversary date on the back of it. By turning it into a charm that celebrates our anniversary, my extra little piece of engraving makes Pandora’s message work better for me, too, taking the generic and making it specific. The engraving is crisp, and completely matches the standard of Pandora’s stock message on the front of the heart. It’s a beautiful commemoration!
However, the absolute icing on the cake was this. I had requested that John Greed put Mora Pandora on a heart bead in their ‘romantic’ font, reasoning that that was the closest way of representing my blog and its amazing community. When I opened the package, however, I was absolutely astounded and utterly thrilled to find that they had surprised me by putting the actual proper logo on the bead!
The engraving is perfect, and the bead looks wonderful. The logo is so clear and beautifully defined. This is instantly one of my favourite beads in my collection, and something that I’ll always treasure. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me!
Engraving options and details
You can engrave pretty much any charm, bracelet or other jewellery item with a nice smooth surface: bangles, heart charms, pendants. One fun option was to engrave either the Devoted Dog or Curious Cat with your pet’s name. I was tempted to put Ruby on for my own spaniel, but I already have too many dog charms! ? (She is the most beautiful golden Cocker Spaniel in the world – but also the dimmest – after almost five years, she still doesn’t know the word for ‘walkies’…)
What I love about the concept is the range of different things you can do with engraving, and the variety of fonts (shown below) is a good reflection of that. The majority of people opt for engraving to send a sentimental or romantic message (yes, JG have engraved marriage proposals before!), or to commemorate an anniversary or special date, but it goes beyond that, too. You also have the opportunity to create your own style of jewellery, something that is really reflective of you.
In creating my engraved pieces, I’ve tried to demonstrate this. A charm to celebrate my blog, a bracelet to inspire myself, and a romantic pendant to commemorate my anniversary. ?
You can currently only get the bangle engraved with capital letters (shown below), but if they offered lower and upper case letters in the future, it would be great to use the higher word count to be able to use longer quotes such a little snippets of poetry or a Disney quote to go with your Disney charms.
I studied English literature at uni, and two of my favourite poems were “Remembrance” by Emily Bronte and “On Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold. Pandora would never put anything with as much elegant melancholy (or pretension ?) as “fifteen wild Decembers” or “a darkling plain” on a bangle, but I would, haha.
Having said that, you can leave special instructions or a little note with a particular request and they’ll try their best to make it happen (as they have proven with my Mora Pandora charm!).
I decided to add a single pendant to the bangle, as the bail is thin enough that it won’t obscure the lovely message. The Queen Bee I feel works well with the wording on a number of levels, reminding me of empowerment and hard work and summer days. Also, how cute and happy-making bees are. Especially in charm form.
My styling for the Snowflake Heart pairs white and gold, which always makes for such a pretty combination. I love white enamel and two-tone together!
My Mora Pandora charm I am head over heels for, and I knew that I wanted to style it on its own, so that it didn’t get lost in a fuller bracelet design. I was still looking for a styling for the Lock your Promise bracelet, which I received on Valentine’s Day, and it struck me as perfect!
I got the Braided Heart clips recently in the Pandora UK sale, and I have put these either side of the heart clasp with silicone inserts to stop them moving. This just means that the heart charm will definitely stay put when the bracelet is opened. And it looks nice! Incidentally, you can get the back of this bracelet engraved, as well.
Cost and shipping times
The majority of engraved orders are ready and sent out the day after ordering. John Greed are an official Pandora UK stockist, so they’re unable to ship internationally – but you could use a mail forwarding service, or enlist the help of a friend in the UK.
Pricing starts from £9.95. Examples and character counts are as follows:-
- PANDORA Silver Love Heart Charm 20 characters front £9.95 + 20 characters back (£16.95)
- PANDORA Silver Icon Dangle Charm 30 characters front £0.00
- PANDORA Moments Silver Charm Bangle 100 characters £14.95
- PANDORA Lock Your Promise Moments Silver Bracelet 30 characters £9.95
- PANDORA Forever Friends Pendant Charm 18 characters on the bale £9.95, pendant 20 characters £9.95, both £19.90
All in all, these engraved pieces have been some of my most exciting new Pandora additions in a long while, even considering how much I love the new Spring collection. The finish on them is perfect, and I love that each has a special meaning for me.
Going forward, I’m going to continue to keep an eye out for future ideas, as John Greed are looking into the possibility of engraving photographs, and introducing new fonts and styles. Considering the success they had in creating my unique and amazing Mora Pandora charm, it’ll be fun to see what they do next!
You can take a look at the engraving options at John Greed here!
Do you have any engraved Pandora pieces? What would you be tempted to get?