Today’s post brings my first and only review from the Pandora Valentine’s 2018 collection, offering an overview of the new Lock your Promise charm bracelet! I did not think I would be featuring any pieces from this release, but my boyfriend surprised me this with bracelet for Valentine’s Day. I had decided against it due to too-many-bracelets-itis and the fact that I didn’t have any plans for another pink theme, but he was a poppet and got it for me on the sly. ^^
Pandora emphasised in a recent plan to shareholders that they were going to keep innovating and changing up their products to keep interest going – and, in this way, this one is something of a deviation from Pandora’s usual charm bracelets, featuring a detachable heart pendant as a clasp instead of the usual barrel design. This was an interesting one for me, as I really didn’t have any plans for it before I got it.
Read on to see what I made of it in person, and how I’m going to wear it! :)
Pandora Valentine’s 2018 Lock Your Promise bracelet review
The clasp offers a sweet, contemporary design that makes a statement and draws the eye; nevertheless, these things also mean that it’s not as versatile as Pandora’s other clasps. You need to pick charms that complement this pink pavé lock. The clasp has been a bit controversial, as it is really quite big, and, as you can see in this picture, it dangles quite low down from the bracelet. All in all, it’s a focal point in a way that Pandora’s regular clasps aren’t.
To open the clasp, you press at the little catch on the side of the lock, and it comes apart. Doing it up is more fiddly – not as tricky as a traditional lobster clasp, but I still spend a little while trying to do it up. My barrel clasps are on and done up in seconds! But then I have been doing them up for six years +. ? The other issue is that the clasp is so big and shiny that your fingerprints are very visible after you’ve gripped it to do it up.
The clasp comes away completely, and you could easily wear it as a necklace pendant instead, or even thread it on to another charm bracelet, if you felt so inclined. The new Mother’s Day 2018 bangle also has a detachable lock, and it seems like Pandora are considering taking a leaf out of Trollbeads’s book, offering interchangeable locks for their bracelets.
The other side of the clasp is one that’s not often featured in pictures! It’s plain silver, and rather pretty. Pandora in China offered an engraving promotion for Valentine’s Day where you could get your initials added here, and you can see how it would be perfect to have something special written across it. One thing you can’t really see from the picture is how scratched it is, however. I have been stacking this bracelet with other charms, and I do have a job that involves a lot of typing at a desk, so it’s taken a lot of wear already, but just be aware that this clasp is prone to showing up dents.
Although it does have threads by the clasp, this bracelet doesn’t have clip stations. So, while charms will thread on to the bracelet, you’ll need to either use silicone-lined clips or rubber stoppers under regular clips to hold charms in place.
This feels very much like a departure from Pandora’s usual charm bracelets, and so my approach to styling it was very different. You, of course, can put charms on it, but the clasp itself is so big that it feels strange to me to fill it up. I think it would end up look quite cluttered, as I normally build around a focal point in the centre section opposite the clasp – but as the clasp itself is such a focal point, I feel like your eye would be drawn to both ends of the bracelet and it wouldn’t look right.
So, for me, any charms added to this bracelet should really be used to complement the lock. I would build around it as a focal point. I put two of the retired pink sapphire Double Heart clips either side of the clasp, which added a bit more of a classic feel to it.
A note about sizing: I normally wear a 19cm, but the SA persuaded my boyfriend to go down two sizes as this bracelet fits smaller. I can see that this type of closure means that you might want to go a size down with this bracelet, depending on how many charms you want to put on it. Unlike the traditional barrel clasp, this lock does not pull the two ends tight together and there’s a fraction more space between the two ends of the bracelet. However, while I am happy with the 17cm I got as I’m currently stacking it plain with other bracelets, I definitely could not fill it up comfortably with charms. Two sizes down is too many if you want to wear it as a full charm bracelet.
My other idea was to feature two of my favourite Disney beads, one of each side of the clasp: Tigger and Eeyore. They both have a pop of pink enamel detailing, and so I thought they’d work well with the clasp. The pink Primrose silicone clips keep them in place and stop them from sliding round the bracelet.
For extra security, and to make sure that the charms can’t come off the bracelet when it’s unlatched, you might want to add clips before the threads, as I’ve done here:
I am very pleased with my bracelet, although I’m still not sure what to do with it. I’m treating it mostly like a bangle at the moment, and wearing it pretty much plain & stacked with other bracelets. I think that the interchangeable clasp idea will work best when Pandora focus on designs that increase a bracelet’s versatility rather than limiting it. The pink pavé design is pretty, but it limits you to certain styles and colours. You couldn’t swap it on to any bracelet design; you have to design around it. I’m looking forward to seeing how Pandora continue to unfold this concept!
The Pandora Lock your Promise bracelet is £65 or $75 USD.
Have you bought this bracelet or is it on your wish list? What do you think of the idea of interchangeable locks?