It’s been almost a full year since Pandora first introduced their circular bangle and while I’ve offered my initial thoughts before, I’ve held off on writing a full review until I’ve had enough time to test and play with it. It came out last summer and is only available in silver at the same price as the traditional bracelet. Initially, I planned on using the bangle the same way as the bracelet, but I soon found that filling it completely was uncomfortable to wear so I was at a loss for a while on what to do with it. The first time I got really excited about putting charms on the bangle was when I saw my Pandora store manager wearing a tastefully spaced out one with smaller dangles; since then I’ve worn my bangles almost every day and I love stacking it too!
For my bangles, I’ve kept them somewhat empty but filled with smaller charms and dangles spaced with clips. I like stacking them with the traditional bracelets and they’re easy to wear. Because of the “metal memory” the other end springs back together after putting it on and off, although I have had ones that don’t do that as well, so be sure to check it in the store when you’re purchasing it. There’s a couple other ways to wear the bangles too, that the staffers showed us on the Pandora Cruise; you can place another clip on the end threading and create a cuff bracelet, or link a bunch of them together for a twisted stack look. Not all clips can be used on the end threading but most of the spherical or newer clips work.
Since there’s no threading on the bangle, Pandora has silicone U-stoppers which can be placed underneath the clip to hold it in place. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed with their stoppers since they don’t maintain a tight hold, I still prefer to use the silicone O-rings underneath the clips, or just by themselves, to space out the charms. I don’t find that the charms get stuck on the end thread as much as the regular bracelet though, since it’s curved rather than straight.
The Circle of Love bangle is a limited edition product released for this Mother’s Day. There are different promotions in different countries, and in North America there is a porcelain box GWP (exclusive to the US and Canada) that comes with it. This bangle features a special pink heart pavé clasp; the pink is a lighter shade than the pink Love of My Life clip and matches the new pink pavé heart charm. The CZ crystals are only on one side, not both though, the back of the clasp has the regular Pandora logo clasp. This is technically only available through May 11th, but usually retailers will sell them until their inventory is exhausted.
All in all, I’ve been very pleased with the Pandora bangle even though I had reservations on its shape and versatility when I first got it. While the bangle was only available in concept stores at first, by fall 2013 it was included as part of the free bracelet promo. Since then I’ve gotten quite a few of the bangles, as they look great worn with and without charms. Are you a fan of the bangle? How do you wear yours?