My new addiction – Story by Kranz & Ziegler

A few months back I was searching around my local stores for Trollbeads, and I came across a shop advertising that they had the brand, but when I got to the store, they told me they had switched out their Trollbeads collection for Story.  I had heard about Story, but this was my first encounter with their bracelets in person.  I was quite intrigued and looked over the available pieces; the sales lady informed me that they were putting in a large order and they’ll let me know when it arrived.  Well, a couple months later and I was tired of waiting (patience is not my virtue!), so I found a different jeweler who had just begun carrying Story.

Story by Kranz & Ziegler is an up and coming brand in Denmark known for their leather bracelets and rocker style, and was only introduced last fall 2011 in the U.S.  The bracelets are made from regular leather, lambskin, snakeskin, and semi-precious gemstones.  There is a surprisingly amount of variety given that they specialize in leather bracelets: braided leather, suede braided leather, double-strand leather, multi-strand leather; and single, double, and the more common triple wrap bracelets.  I’ve compiled a few of the different styles here, of course the bracelets also come in a multitude of colors, but for an easier comparison, I picked all black versions.

I was dead set on getting the black snakeskin leather, but after handling the bracelets for a while I decided to go for the simpler black lambskin as my introduction into this brand.  The lambskin is incredibly soft and what I am told about these bracelets is that they have a nylon core, which prevents them from stretching.  These also have an easy to release magnetic clasp, but closing this bracelet with one hand takes some practice.  With the thick triple wrap of this style and durability, this is hitting just the right spot for when I want a rocker, edgy, sexy look.

And what fun would this bracelet be without some charms?  Story also has a variety of charms and beads, but of course, they’re named a little differently.  What I would normally think of as a charm is called a “button” in Storyland, dangles are “charms,” and rounding out the collection are “spacers” which are narrower buttons or what are very similar to Pandora spacers.  Almost all buttons, charms, and spacers come in 3 metal types: rhodium plated, 18K yellow gold plated, and silver.  Since the charms are only plated, it makes the price of all 3 types to virtually the same.  The best thing about these charms and what sets this brand apart from Pandora’s leather bracelets, is that the buttons and charms sit tight on the strands and don’t move!  Which means that they are sometimes difficult to get onto the bracelet, but with careful rotation, I was able to get even the stubbornest button onto the bracelet.  I picked the rhodium plated and silver charms – Pandora lovers will recognize the rhodium plating as the oxidized finish.  Each charm is more expensive than Pandora or Trollbeads, but with this style of bracelet, you also don’t need to add as many.  I love how I can actually type with this bracelet on, I’m always afraid to chip or ding my other bracelets so the leather really lets me type as if I didn’t have anything on at all.

I’m quite pleased with my new discovery, and this brand is definitely one to watch!  While they’re not in wide distribution, you can probably find it at a store near you.  Here are some great examples of what this brand offers:

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002553756375 Trish T. Pandora

    Interesting!!!! Thanks for giving us some insight into other brands!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002229772759 Becky Bella

    Very interesting! Thanks, xx

  • Elyse

    Very different look/vibe from pandora. The penguin with pearl body is adorable. I actually think I saw some of these charms on someones b’let on the Pandora facebook page an wondered about them.
    Thanks for sharing all these finds with us.

  • MARGIE

    Ooooh, some nice charms, can I buy on-line??????

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Hi Margie, the only place I’ve bought online from is Elisa Ilana. They have a nice selection. 🙂

  • Anna

    Hi Leann

    I am so thrilled of your new addiction 🙂 How different is their bracelet size with pandora? I am wearing small for pandora leather bracelet, so do I choose the smallest size for their triple wrap? I can’t find any store carrying this brand in my country so can only order online. 🙁

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Anna! Getting the right bracelet size can be a bit tricky. I wear a 7.5″ Pandora silver bracelet and a medium leather, so I’ve found that the medium leather for Story fits perfectly.

      • Anna

        Leann, does their bracelet come in only 3 sizes 21.25″,22.4″ & 23.6″? So your medium leather is 22.4″?

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Not a silly question ;). I should have specified, but yes, I got the 22.4″. There’s actually quite a difference between the 3 even though it’s barely an inch difference.

      • Anna

        Forget my silly question, I will just choose their smallest size 🙂

      • Anna

        Thanks Leann, had placed an order, hope will be able to receive soonest 🙂

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Can’t wait to hear what you think of your new bracelet!

      • Anna

        Leann, I had received my Triple Wrap Grey/Blue Snakeskin & I just love it so much 🙂 I prefer Story leather bracelet over Pandora or Trollbead, too thin to have the edgy look. Story create a perfect balance between femininity & punk look.

        I like how the charms sit tight on the bracelet. Now waiting for my per-order beads to arrive 🙂

  • Mirella

    Very cool. The daisy bracelet in your picture reminds me a lot of the “Daisies” section of perlenodense.com. However there it says that it’s made by “Lund of Copenhagen.” I guess they must be somehow connected, right? hmm… very interesting 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      The daisies are really cool, I wasn’t interested it in it at all from the stock photos, but my husband actually pointed it out in the store and I had to get it! 😉

  • Mary Jean

    So you love it!! Your picture with all the bracelets is beautiful. Yes, I think that lambskin is soooooo soft and pretty. I have never seen one in person, and since I am in Wyoming, which is the middle of nowhere, I won’t, lol. I will happily take your word for it!!!! I love the black and the gray. Thanks Leann, you are the best.

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      You’re welcome and thank you, Mary Jean! 🙂

      • Mary Jean

  • http://mlbrn2002@att.net Marilyn Baars

    Do any of these bracelets accept Pandora charms

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      No, unfortunately the bracelet is pretty thick and is only designed to hold Story charms.

    • Izabela

      Probably not, as the magnetic clasp is too thick.

  • Faye

    Does anyone know a site that explains how to measure your wrist for a Story 3-wrap bracelet?

    • Leann

      So, it’s pretty much the same as you would measure for any bracelet but you will divide the total length of the Story leather by 3 to get the actual circumference. I like to wear my Story tight because there are no Muranos that make the bracelet tighter, and the leather doesn’t abrade my skin but that’s your preference :).

      • Faye

        Thank you thank you, Leann!! I found my story starter bracelet and I appreciate your comments on sizing.

        Now I’m on the hunt for an online retailer for their new Story chain – I think they call it the anchor bracelet! Elisa Ilana didn’t carry it yet.

      • Leann

        Yay! I’m so excited for you :D. I’m dying to see the link bracelet too but haven’t found it yet :/. Not a whole lot of online retailers available to choose from. 🙁

      • Faye

        I got the black lambskin starter with rhodium bead, and my husband ordered the red snakeskin for me for an early Christmas (i.e. Halloween) present. Woo hoo!

        Glad to know I’m not alone in not finding the link bracelet yet. I’ll keep looking. I NEED it. LOL.

      • Leann

        Wow! That’s fantastic!! Loooooove the black lambskin, you’re going to be amazed at how buttery soft it is. Tip for getting the buttons on the bracelet, some of them are really tight so it might be a struggle to get them on. After many frustrating minutes of trying to shove it on with little results (but sore fingers!), I realized that you have to twist the buttons onto the leathers. I hope it’s not that difficult for you! 😀

        The snakeskin is more stiff, I haven’t bought one yet, but it’s definitely next on my list after maybe the hematite gemstone :O. Have fun with your presents! Let me know what you think after you get them :).

      • Faye

        Great tip! Thanks Leann. It makes sense.

        Hematite is my sister’s favorite! She has Novobeads’ Hematite, and a few Persona beads’ hematite. They are gorgeous. I’ll have to show her Story’s – maybe she’ll get a Story bracelet too!

      • Leann

        Great! I loooove their hematite bracelet but it’s very pricey with all those charms. They’re so versatile though and can be worn as a necklace which will be my justification when I bite the bullet and buy one! 😉

      • Miss Wondering

        I think Perlen in Denmark carries these, just place an order and wait

      • Leann

        I wish Perlen carried them :(. I guess they tried to negotiate for this brand but they are pretty saturated in Denmark.

    • Izabela

      15&16 cm wrist- snake skin/ suede 57cm; all
      Others 54cm.
      17 cm wrist – snake skin/ suede 60cm; all others 57cm.
      18cm wrist- snake skin/ suede 63cm; all others 60cm.
      Hope that helps.