Today’s post brings my first review from the Pandora Pre-Autumn 2018 collection, with a closer look at one of my favourite new pieces – the Pandora Rose Padlock bracelet! :D This is my first bracelet all in Rose, and I was so excited to have something quite new to style for this review. This particular bracelet is another of new style of padlock bracelets introduced this year, which offer a different way of wearing charms to the regular barrel clasps.
Read on for the usual close-up shots and styling inspiration!
Pandora Rose Signature Padlock Smooth bracelet* review
*(What a mouthful!)
It’s hard to convey just how beautifully vibrant the colour is in person. The shine of a new bracelet looks particularly good in a Rose finish. ^^ The little bit of sparkle at the clasp’s centre looks so pretty as a contrast against the pink-toned metal.
This bracelet design comes in Shine and silver versions, as well – personally, the Rose is my favourite finish of the three options it comes in. The branding and the sparkle on the clasp don’t seem as bold, as they blend more into the beautiful Rose colour of the bracelet, which stops them from being such a focal point.
You open the clasp by pressing this little button on the side. To do it up, you then have to thread the lock through the hook at the end of the bracelet and clip it shut. This can be a bit fiddly, but I am getting the knack of it now and I can pretty much get it on and off myself without having to ask Greg 90% of the time, haha.
The back of the clasp is polished and shiny, adorned only by the new Rose hallmark – ALE MET – which replaces the original ALE R. The ‘met’ stands for ‘metal’.
Unlike the silver counterpart pictured above, neither the Rose nor the Shine versions of this bracelet have threaded bracelet ends. This means that, when you wear it, the charms will slip right down over the thread and up against the clasp.
You could use the Rose safety chain, with its silicone grips, to prevent this, and also to ward against the clasp opening unexpectedly. However, I’m still not sure that I really like this look – if they did the longer safety chain lengths again, I might prefer it. Otherwise, you can just use two regular or silicone-lined clips to stop charms rolling on to the bracelet ends, which is what I think I’ll end up doing.
I was so excited to style this bracelet, as this is my very first Pandora bracelet (leathers excluded) where the chain isn’t silver! So this was completely new for me. Here I’ve gone for an all-Rose look – ideally I’d have had another Love of my Life clip to go next to the Feather to complete this design. The Rose Sparkling Butterfly is a really lovely centrepiece.
This is my second of the padlock-style bracelets, having got the Lock your Promise bracelet earlier this year. As many have noted, another plus point of these padlock bracelets is that the clasps are interchangeable – you can simply swap them between bracelets. Pandora are yet to sell the locks separately, but you think that they would do eventually. Consequently, as soon as I got this second one, I wanted to try it for this review to create a two-tone effect!
So, I went ahead and swapped them to see what I thought. I loved the look of the Rose clasp on the silver chain, which is unsurprising as we’re used to that two-tone effect. On the other hand, the pink CZs of the silver clasp didn’t go with the Rose chain particularly well, but I did like the plain silver side of the clasp with the Rose. A more delicate silver clasp would have worked better.
This next image shows more how I will actually be wearing my bracelet! My lovely Mora Pandora bead is standing in for the openwork Libra charm, which will be replacing it.
I’ve decided to go for a minimalist styling in the end, as the bracelet itself strikes me as being quite contemporary and decorative in style in a way that wouldn’t suit the more traditional combinations of character beads, muranos and clips. My bracelet is mainly going to be a showcase for the beautiful Rose Crown, while the Libra star sign bead and the ‘E’ initial offer a personal touch without making it overly cutesy.
If you’re in the UK, you can purchase this bracelet and the rest of the Pandora Pre-Autumn 2018 collection from authorised stockist John Greed:
I am so smitten with this bracelet! I can’t stop looking at how pretty the colour is when it’s on my wrist. It’s pricey, but beautiful and lovely for a special occasion – it’s perfect for showcasing a particular bead or couple of beads, such as for graduation or an anniversary, for example. I still don’t see these padlock style bracelets as being a replacement for the regular charm bracelet, as my inclination is not to fill them up with beads in the same way, but much like a Pandora bangle or leather, they look great with a mini styling.
What do you think of the padlock bracelets? Have you bought one?