Unexpectedly, news broke tonight that Pandora has withdrawn sales of the Olympic Medal worldwide as of today, and customers who try to purchase this charm after July 23rd will be facing disappointment. This was confirmed by Gillette’s Jewellers, one of Australia’s biggest and oldest Pandora retailers, on their Facebook page just an hour ago. While the Olympic Medal was originally touted as the UK exclusive charm in the Best of British collection, Central Europe and Australia managed to receive stock of this dangle for sale.
Of course, I ordered the medal from Perlen as soon as it went on sale and was pleasantly surprised when I received it. While I thought it would have been too bulky, it is actually every elegant in person, so I was happy to have gotten it! Perlen kept this charm reasonably well stocked (sometimes limited edition charms sell out in minutes!) for a few weeks, after which they stated that they were not sure if they would receive more shipments as British stores had bought the remaining inventory of the medal. This begs the question – does the withdrawal just mean that this charm will only be sold in the UK now? Or is it gone for good? As of this post, John Greed is one of the last online retailers to have any of the British Medal in stock. Of course, I will report back as soon as I hear any further developments!
With the London 2012 Olympics set to begin in 4 days, this might throw a monkey wrench into anyone’s plans to get the charm in the city as a souvenir of the games.