Friday, 25 November 2016

My Pandora Bracelet - Charms Story 💍

I've always dreamed of having a Pandora Charm bracelet and as my older sisters got theirs for their 16th birthdays, that's what I had expected too. Instead, I was surprised that my mum got it for my 15th Christmas. It has seriously become one of my most prized possessions and my favourite piece of jewellery. I wear it with almost everything, whether day or evening.

Each charm means some special to me and that's what I've always wanted. I'd always told myself I want a charm a year to represent a specific milestone in that year. I've been very lucky and spoilt that I have received many more than that, but still they all each have their own story and meaning.

So without further ado, this post is going to be the story behind my charms in the order I received them! I also have 2 clips (£25) that I treated myself to. They are very simple in plain silver, just to keep the charms separated because I used to get really annoyed when they threaded themselves.

  1. ALPHABET H CHARM - £30: My first charm that I got with my bracelet was a H, obviously meaning Hannah. 
  2. PEARL PENDANT CHARM - £40: Along with the initial I also received a dangly pearl representing my birth month, birthstone. 
  3. STUDY BOOK CHARM - £30: I work really hard academically and given that I never did SATs or any other exams before, GCSEs were my first major studying period. In the first year, I got this cute pile of books charm for the Y1 results. One side has an owl with a hat and the other says 'STUDY'. 
  4. HEART LOCK & KEY CHARM - £30: For when my sister told me she was pregnant with my niece. Click here to read the story. 
  5. 16TH BIRTHDAY PENDANT CHARM - £35: For my 16th birthday I started the tradition of these dangly numbers.  
  6. CUPCAKE CHARM - £40: A funny thing to symbolise my GCSE Y2 results, right? Next to my high school is an amazing little cafe called Cafe 43 and they do the best cupcakes. After going into school to pick up my results, I went back to my friend, Hannah's house, and we celebrated with a group of friends before my mum picked us up and took us out for lunch at said cafe where we all had a yummy cupcake! You may notice on Instagram I go quite a lot! 
  7. ROYAL CARRIAGE CHARM - £65: My sister, Vicky, has always been an incredible gift giver and as my 16th birthday was just after prom she got this cute carriage that has a gold crown and mini pearl on top. Even though I hate every single picture of prom, I'm glad I have something special to remember the fancy occasion. 
  8. STAR PAVÉ CHARM - £35: My mum has always called me 'her little superstar', especially in regards to my academics, so for my AS Level results she helped me celebrate with this little sparkly star. My friends and family defintely paid attention too because for my next christmas, my sister's got me the matching ring and my friends for my 18th got me matching earrings. I seriously love them! 
  9. AEROPLANE CHARM - £30: I still can't believe I did it but almost 4 years ago now, I took my first solo trip to Tanzania with Gap Medics. I had the most incredible time meeting new people, gaining experience in a Tanzanian hospital and volunteering with a small orphanage nearby the house. Click here for a blog post and here for a video. 
  10. 18TH BIRTHDAY PENDANT CHARM - £35: As I said earlier, the tradition continues with a dangly 18 for my 18th birthday. I just hope my mum remembers the 21 for next year!
  11. CAMERA CHARM - £45: I love photography (if you hadn't noticed) and it's one of both mine and my father's biggest passion. This just reminds me of one of my favourite quotes: "You only regret the photos you don't take."
  12. OPENWORK FLOWER CHARM - £20: My mum's friends bought it for my 18th along with some flowers. Even though real flowers die, these never will. 
  13. BIG BEN CHARM - £40: When I opened my A2 results page 2 long years ago, I was seriously shocked when not only had I got some incredible A-Level results (A*A*AAA) but I'd gotten into my then dream uni, University College London (UCL) to study Medicine. Livinng in London, Big Ben seemed only right to celebrate the achievement. 
  14. OFFICIAL BRITISH TENNIS CHARM - £35: I've always loved tennis and with my grandma's addiction, I'm surprised I haven't been earlier, but for my first live tennis matches at Wimbledon 2015 I got some tennis racquets. Later in the year, I also went to the ATP Open Finals and less than a year later, Wimbledon for the second year. 
  15. EIFFEL TOWER CHARM - £40: My latest addition to my bracelet is the Eiffel Tower. Even though it's the UK's neighbour, I went to France for the first time after boarding the Eurostar and landing in Paris. After being inspired by my sister Catherine's 6 month solo travels, I thought I could defintely manage a few days alone. Yes I went up! Click here for blog list and here for vlog playlist. 
I think my bracelet is getting pretty full now so I'm not sure how many more years I'll be able to fit on. I am really glad that they all mean something and I honestly love it when people ask me about it because it's something that I truly treasure. 

How many of you have a Pandora bracelet?  

P.S. Some of the charms have now unfortunately been discontinued so the links may not match exactly or may no longer be in stock.