I decided to make my own Pandora bracelet with supplies from Etsy. I ordered the bracelet, a few select charms, and a few filler beads for my 23rd birthday. I love the idea of having the charms without having so many pieces hanging off to catch on things. It's also not so delicate--- it makes quite a statement! While it probably clocked in at $100.00.... considering a bead or a bracelet costs $50.00 in stores... I think it's quite a bargain!
Each of the charms has meaning:
Anchor: Blue Anchor Crafts and where I live.
Crown: Represents my history degree, which was largely British History based
Yarn Ball: My love of knitting and my dollies
Soon I'm getting a little medical charm to represent my graduation from my Medical Office Assistant course... for eight dollars!
The peachy pink crystal-ish beads are gorgeous. They're such a pretty colour. I bought a little bag of coloured crystal hearts which are a little dangley and add a pop of colour. I'm going to go down to my local bead shop and see if I can find a few lamp-work beads to add!
I highly recommend finding a bracelet on Etsy and filling up a few beads for yourself or a loved one. It's so fun to search for all the different charms in all the different categories!