The new smooth Moments bracelet debuted with the Pandora Spring 2016 Collection and it’s been one of the pieces I was most eager to try out. A lot of brands offer non-segmented bracelets (no threading in the middle), so it’s definitely not a new concept. But it is a big departure from a brand that has heavily emphasized their threading system; although not as much in recent years with the release of so many openworks charms. It was my first purchase from the release and I’ve been playing with it all week.
As the name states, it is smooth and does not have any threading, not even at the ends! There have already been problems with this as the company produced batches of bracelets where the threaded charms could not fit over the ends, only the openworks could. These should have been pulled and sent back to the company, but there’s no official recall, so do keep that in mind if you’re having problems with the first run of smooth bracelets.
The clasp is a round clip and the bracelet resembles the bangle almost exactly, except it is a snake chain. Pandora has gone away from the traditional cylindrical clasp, and I’m wondering when they will also change the clasp for their original Moments bracelet. For the smooth chain, all beads slide on and for that reason, I would advise adding a clip to both ends, otherwise the charm will slide right off or into the clasp. I’ve always used a clip on the end of my bracelets but it’s really a requirement for this style of chain.
Since there are no segments on this bracelet, Pandora has made a new version of clips with silicone inside. These can be placed anywhere on the chain and will [mostly] stay in place. There are 5 stopper clips – 4 Shining Elegance and the Pink Primrose. They are much thinner than the regular clips and they have a small square of silicone on either side of the hinge. Of course, they can be used with the regular bracelet and leather bracelets too!
Overall, I really like the smooth bracelet; the non-segmented chain is more versatile and now I don’t feel restricted to having clips in the middle section. I also appreciate that I don’t have to spend a lot of time unthreading the charms when I want to change a design around since they all slide off, but it does require a clip on the end. The stoppers are great and hold their place pretty well. I’m not sure that the silicone will last indefinitely, with wear and tear they may lose their gripping ability, but I’ll have to wait and see. Lastly, even though the ends are thinner than the traditional Moments bracelet, Trollbeads glass is still not compatible.
I reworked my spring bracelet from last year adding more pink and purple and I can’t wait to finish it! Do you want to get the Pandora smooth bracelet? What are your initial thoughts on this new bracelet style?