Perlen shared some very sad news on their Facebook page yesterday, announcing that Pandora has chosen to discontinue their relationship with them over some small mistakes that Perlen had made with them sometime ago. They will no longer be getting new shipments of Pandora products, so once their current stock sells out they will not be carrying them. They will keep fulfilling orders on items they have in stock so you’re safe to keep shopping.
I was devastated when I heard this – I would not have anywhere near the collection I have today without Perlen’s amazing prices. I have always supported my local Pandora retailers and concept stores, but I greatly appreciated the fantastic customer service that Perlen offered. They were also the only place to get some rare and hard-to-find charms unavailable in the US otherwise, like the 2012 Dansmark Indsamling charity charm and the 2012 Union Jack Medal dangle. Perlen has noted that they will have to layoff some of their staff that they had hired on to help with the packing and shipping as a result of Pandora’s decision. This is terrible timing to have this happen during the Christmas season; my thoughts are with them during this difficult time :(.
Regardless of what has happened with Pandora, Perlen is still one of the best places to shop internationally for other wonderful charm brands like Trollbeads and *redbalifrog*. If you’re only familiar with Pandora and haven’t yet taken the plunge into the wonderful worlds of these other brands, I encourage you to take a look at some of my previous posts about the *redbalifrog* Christmas 2012 collection or the Trollbeads 2012 Autumn release. Perlen also carries other charm bracelet brands that I hope to explore soon, such as Munio, a leather and sustainable wood beads company and Spinning Jewelry, which has some awesome leather bracelet bands that would look great with Trollbeads or Pandora charms. I know they’re always on the lookout for other jewelry brands that their customers are interested in so if there’s a brand you like, send them an email to see if they’ll carry them.
I will continue to support Perlen because they’ve helped me become the collector that I am today and for that I’m deeply grateful. Thank you, Tina and Nadia.