My first Thomas Sabo Karma bracelet

thomas-sabo-karma-beads-cover3Thomas Sabo has not really been on my radar as one of the charm lines that I wanted to pursue, first because of their high price points and secondly because of their traditional charm bracelet aesthetic.  Recently however, they introduced their Karma Beads Collection and I was instantly intrigued.  I have no Thomas Sabo store anywhere near me so I couldn’t wait until online retailers got them in stock.  How I wish I could see the designs in person, but that hasn’t stopped me from ordering number of the beads already.  These shots are from Thomas Sabo and show off their decadent display.

I started with the bracelet and one bead to try out the concept – the first Karma Beads I choose was the Floral Meadow, unsurprisingly since I’m always drawn to floral motifs.  There are actually tiny CZ in the flower centers, which you can’t see from the stock photo.  The beads are all spherical (except for the Skulls and Dragon) and they’re comparable in size to Pandora clips.  The charms are hollow and slide around on the chain unhindered, so I highly recommend stoppers or safety chains which are quite affordable.

The bracelet is lightweight has square interlocking links which makes it very flexible.  There are no threads on the chain, and actually small core Muranos could fit on the bracelet and wouldn’t look out of place.  My favorite detail of this piece is the clasp which is delightfully detailed with the Karma Beads wheel of life logo and can be mistaken as a charm.  It is available with silver or oxidized finish in sizes 16 cm – 24 cm; although I don’t think there is a huge difference between the two colors.

thomas-sabo-karma-braceletMany similarities have been drawn to the newly debuted Pandora Essence Collection and I believe both have their advantages.  I do love the Karma Beads designs and selections – there is an edginess and glam featuring an Asian flare that doesn’t aspire to portray characteristics without explanation.  On the other hand, this concept is all about style, not so much capturing memories.  This is a great line though, and I do think it’s well worth checking out.  I plan on offering a more in-depth comparison between the two concepts in the near future after I’ve had my Karma bracelet for a while.

ThomasSaboJewelleryBoxThe prices range from £16.95 ($24.50USD) to £125 ($179USD), although most beads can be found around £29.95 ($37.50USD) and the bracelets are £55 ($76USD) each for oxidized and silver.  The lovely folks at Joshua James Jewellery are offering readers a 10% discount for the next two weeks with the code: ADDICTSKARMA, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to indulge in something shiny ;).  The discount cannot be applied to Pandora products, but otherwise can be used with all other brands that they carry including Trollbeads, Chamilia, and Story by Kranz & Ziegler.  Plus, with any purchase of £175, receive a free Thomas Sabo jewelry box GWP!

What do you think of this new direction for Thomas Sabo?  Have you been a fan of this brand?

  • Melinda Deyhle

    Omg. Do they offer free shipping? Or what is the minimum for free shipping???

    • Leann

      It’s £12.95 but it’s registered shipping.

      • Melinda Deyhle

        thanks! i love this, i didn’t like their regular charms bracelets but these are much more interesting 🙂

      • Leann

        I agree! I don’t like their traditional charm bracelets either ;).

      • Pandora

        I just emailed them to see what the fee would be to ship to the US. Im more into the necklace and carrier. personally I’m more a fan of Pandora. I really like the jewelry box concept too. Keep your fingers crossed for us here in the US.

      • Leann

        Those are very cool too! I love the beads, I think you’ll like them :).

    • Jaine Hollis

      CW sellers offers free shipping. I’ve checked with TS and they are a genuine dealer.
      http://www.cwsellors.co.uk/collections/thomas-sabo-karma-beads

    • Jaine Hollis

      CW Sellors in the UK offer free shipping. I’ve checked with TS and they are a genuine dealer.

  • Kim A

    I am in love with the sun bead. I saw it in the first picture of your article. Am ordering it from the Sabo website because it is in stock there. I never heard of this brand before, thank you Leann! P.S. Did u see the skulls bead? You might like.

    • Leann

      You’re welcome, Kim! Their traditional charm bracelets never appealed to me, but they’re actually an established brand. I hope you love your Sun bead! I did see the Skulls; it’s definitely on my wish list but I’ve got to work through some other designs first ;).

  • Coonedog 7

    Hi Leann, The Thomas Sabo bracelet is not for me. Maybe if I saw the collection in person. Pandora is still my #1 bracelet.

    • Leann

      Nothing wrong with that! 🙂

  • Jaine Hollis

    I have just bought the bracelet and one bead so far. I love it.

    • Leann

      Thanks for the pic, it looks fab! 🙂

  • Jaine Hollis

    My photo

  • Jaine Hollis

    Oops

    • Leann

      Love it! Foolishly I didn’t get any spacers, so that’s on the top of my list! 🙂

  • Jaine Hollis

    Do the Essence beads fit on the TS Karma bracelet?

    • Leann

      They don’t :(. The holes are too small.

      • Bonnie

        Hey, I was wondering if the Thomas sabo karma beads fit on the pandora essence bracelet? 🙂

  • Melinda Deyhle

    thank you so much! but i live in the U.S., I assume it will be a charge…

    • Jaine Hollis

      Sorry- don’t know. Maybe contact them to check. It may still be cheaper than elsewhere.

  • Rose

    Does anyone know a website that sells the Thomss Sabo Karma beads thst accepts paypal bill me later?

    • Leann

      I think Joshua James does? Isn’t that offered with any PayPal transaction?

      • Rose

        Thank you.

  • Rose

    Is the clasp on the thomas sabo karma beads bracelet flatter than the pandora bracelet? Does this bracelet feel lighhter than the pandora bracelet when wearing it?

    • Leann

      It’s about the same, but where the design (Karma wheel) is, is slightly flatter. Both bracelets are very light :).

  • Bonnie

    Hey, I was wondering if the Thomas sabo karma beads fit on the pandora essence bracelet? 🙂 @Leann

    • Leann

      They do, but I don’t think it looks right. 🙁

  • Bonnie

    Hey, I was wondering if the Thomas sabo karma beads fit on the pandora essence bracelet? 🙂 #Leann

  • kaz

    I’m with you on this @charmsaddict:disqus. I have never liked the Thomas Sabo charm bracelets until the karma beads release. I too have just treated myself to the Karma bracelet and one bead, and I am looking forward to adding a couple more beads over the next month or 2. I also love the fact that they have a couple of Rose Gold coloured beads amongst their collection, something that I wish Pandora would have. 🙂

    • Leann

      Yes! I just got my second order of beads (went a little overboard) ;). I love these designs, they’re awesome!

  • Rose

    Is there a website in the us thst sells the karma beads?

  • carol

    I just got back from Las Vegas and was able to see all the charms and beads in person. I love love love the whole line! I bought two more karma beads but I also fell in love with their traditional line!! So I brought home another bracelet and ten charms. I am in love with it and felt the whole line was first class. Pricey, and I wish they had some incentives but I will buy more

    • Leann

      Wow! Awesome! Another addiction eh? 😉 Which charms did you pick out?

      • carol

        Of the traditional I chose: a little red purse that actually opens, a cz 4 leaf clover with the pearl dangle, a rose gold cz flower, a slot machine (only available in vegas) a bird with a heart dangling from his beak, a diamond ring with a rose gold heart, mickey mouse, a beautiful cz butterfly, a red enameled heart, and a cz star. I got a charm free with the bracelet and that was a heart with one cz that says love.
        For the karma bead I got the cz sun and it is gorgeous. The other one is 0012 and has cz swirls on it. What a great retail high!!!!!

      • Leann

        Those sounds great! I don’t have any retailers near me so it’s hard to see this brand for me. Sounds like it’s better for my checkbook though ;).

  • rose

    I ordered the light blue karma bead from the thomas sabo internet site. It looks like a grey and white bead. I am not sure if I like these beads as much as the essence beads.

    • Leann

      Well, they’re natural stones so there’s going to be some variation. I’d recommend trying a different bead? 🙁

      • rose

        I did get a few silver beads and a rose gold one, they are much better.

      • Leann

        Very cool! Do share a pic if you can ;).

  • http://charlesfish.co.uk/ Stuart Spindlow

    All thomas bracelets are looking so beautiful.

    • Leann

      Yes, they sure do!

  • Drang Ngyuen

    Hello Leann, I realy like your blog. Now I will also buy my first bead bracelet 🙂 But I can’t decide between Karma Beads and pandora essence. Both bracelets are so beautiful.

    Could you please tell, how is the quality of the Karma bead in comparison with the pandora?

  • http://javacupcake.com/ Betsy @JavaCupcake

    Do you know if the Thomas Sabo beads fit on a traditional pandora bracelet?

    • Leann

      No, the core is too small. 🙁

      • Yannick Heluin

        And would the Pandora moments beads fit on a Thomas Sabo bracelet ?

  • Ellen Lin

    Hi, I just saw your post and thank you very much for all the information! Just would like to ask a question; do Thomas sabo charms fit onto the karma bracelet? Thank you very much!

    • Leann

      Their regular charms? Yes. 🙂