Thomas 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.
Many 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.
The 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?