Over the summer I was browsing different brands on Perlen, one of my favorite retailers, and I finally took the plunge and purchased my first byBiehl bracelet. The price was too good to resist and I’ve been tempted by their products for quite some time. byBiehl is another Danish brand that is making waves in the charm bracelet market; founded by Charlotte Biehl, the goal of the brand is to offer “simple, stylish, and personal jewelry of high quality at affordable prices.” Only 3 years old, but the company is now in 7 countries with a full collection of charms, bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces.
The foundation of the line is their signature double wrap leather bracelet and “pod” charm system. The pods are fittingly named as the shape is reminiscent of the organic capsules. The pods fit snugly on the bracelet and can be clustered together or anywhere along the length, which is something I appreciate on a leather. They come in brushed silver, black rhodium plating, and 18K gold plating. The matte finish of the jewelry is unique and really stands out. The bracelets are secured with a traditional lobster clasp; not my favorite locking mechanism as I find it’s difficult to put on one-handed, but after while I’ve gotten used to it.
The leathers come in black or brown with silver or gold finish tips in sizes 17 cm, 18 cm, 19 cm, and 20 cm. The silver mesh bracelet premiered in fall 2012 which I’m dying to try out, and the newest evolution are the Forget-Me-Not bangles in the same silver, black rhodium, and gold plating which debuted in spring 2013. For this season, byBiehl is releasing their trademark Forget-Me-Not design in rose gold plating for their bangle and pod, a finish that is rapidly coming back in style.
Charlotte takes great inspiration in nature, beauty, and of course glamor. This is reflected in the range of pods in the collection: Floral, Luck, Nature, Passion, Art, Sparkle, Brilliance, Zodiac, Elements, Safari, and a special offering for Charities. byBiehl has also collaborated with a famous Danish fashion blogger, Camille Kaasby-Wang for a glam-rock influenced set. I’m preferential to nature and floral themed charms so this brand fits me perfectly and I can’t wait to get more pods!
I took advantage of the spring promotion bundle which includes a leather bracelet and a silver Forget-Me-Not pod for 495DKK or $70USD on Perlen. I was pleased at the simple elegance of the bracelet and how comfortable it is to wear, especially since I’m on the computer all day, it doesn’t get in the way of my typing. As my first pod, the silver Forget-Me-Not is a brilliant introduction to the collection – the flower is the logo of byBiehl and the brand uses the it beautifully with many of their pieces; it’s on the tag of clasp, the pods, and the bangles just to name a few. The leather bracelet is also perfect for stacking, and I love wearing it with different textures which is how I’ve been sporting my byBiehl.
In addition to the charms and bracelets, the company offers a number of fabulous pavé set rings, earrings – studs and dangles, and necklaces. The price point for the charms are similar to Story by Kranz and Ziegler (higher than Pandora) but the bracelet doesn’t require as many pods to complete the look. byBiehl hasn’t penetrated the US market as yet, but for those that like the products, they can be found on Perlen with free worldwide shipping. I’ve been impressed with my bracelet; the quality of the pods and the comfort of the leather is outstanding. Have you discovered this brand? What do you think of the pod-style charms?