I’ve been anticipating the bracelet promo for so long that I had such a good time this last weekend! Too good a time…I ended up getting 4 bracelets with the promo and since I’ve known about it for a while I had started designing and collecting beads for these anticipated bracelets. I decided on doing something to represent my alma mater for a theme; I went to undergrad and grad school at University of Washington so it has a special place in my heart. The school’s colors are purple and gold (sometimes yellow if gold is unavailable) and Pandora has plenty of charms for both colors. But I wanted to do something more than just having the colors for the school, something that was more identifiable, and I found this fantastic company that engraves Muranos. I had been asked if anybody did this and I had no idea that it was even possible because I thought that the glass would be too fragile to be engraved on but I’m happy to be wrong!
Pandora Towson (owned by Smyth Jewelers) offers this wonderful service on their website. You can either go into/send to their store your Murano for engraving or purchase the Murano on the phone and have the engraving done together. The image or text is sandblasted into the Murano glass and as long as it’s a simple design the image is nice and clear. They can pretty much engrave anything you want as long as you keep in mind the space available on the Murano; you can pick the image or specify the font text and color! The engraving looks best with the candy cane stripe Muranos or swirls Muranos, but they’ll do it on whichever bead you desire. I have a feeling that the engraving will look just as good on the new looking glass Muranos because they are styled the same as the candy cane beads – the color is around the center and it’s clear glass on top. Unfortunately, because Pandora has strict limitations on shipping outside the country, these can only be shipped within the US.
The prices are very reasonable as well:
- Simple engraving, i.e. a name or number, initials or a date are $25.
- Solid logos (e.g. solid heart or a solid star) are $30.
- Detailed logos (e.g. a paw print or a team logo) are $40.
- If engraving on both sides, there is a charge for both sides so if it is a name on both sides it would be $50, if it is a name on one side and a heart on the other it would be $55 and so on.
- If you have a special request you can always call first to make sure they can do it and get pricing before you send your bead in.
These pictures are courtesy of Pandora Towson and are some examples of what can be engraved; you can also get the silver heart engraved, it looks like they sandblast the surrounding surface and leave the image silver to give it some texture.
I received one Murano and ordered another – I had this idea to do “HUSKIES” (the mascot) on the yellow candy cane Murano and “UW” on the lavender candy cane Murano. They took two weeks for me to get them in the mail and I LOVE them! They are exactly what I had in mind and are going to make this bracelet so special and unique for me. What’s extra cool is that these came in the Pandora anti-tarnish pouches that I haven’t been able to get my hands on. I’m off to a great start on this bracelet!
Note: One Murano was provided as a sample by Smyth Jewelers, but I purchased the other one. For more information please view our Disclosure Policy.