Pandora Time Bead

Pandora bracelets are so fun to wear; when I’m not at work, I like to wear two on my right wrist and one on my left.  So it seems my wrists are dominated by Pandora!…except for my watch.  I thought and thought about getting a watch face for my bracelet, but I was still undecided since I haven’t seen one in person.  Pandora has the Embrace watch faces widely available, for use mainly with the double leather bracelets.  But I was chatting with my Pandora sales lady and she said that the watch faces are a bit difficult to snap onto the bracelet – it almost feels like you’re going to break the bracelet before it snaps shut.  Any how, I wasn’t sold on the look of these, just not my personal style (a bit big).

After looking online for a while, I came upon a brand called Time Beads which produce clip on and screw on watch faces compatible with the European style charm bracelet brands (Chamilia, Trollbeads, Pandora, etc.).  They also produced limited editions of Pandora and Chamilia branded Time Beads, and for Pandora these were only available in Belgium and Germany (to the best of my knowledge).  This was the perfect solution to the question of bracelet or watch – now I could have both in one bracelet!  These are quite rare and go for about $200-500 (depending on how the watch is embellished, e.g. CZs) which isn’t too bad as the RRP was €145 for the plain ones.  They come up occasionally on eBay and the various Pandora groups, and luckily I came across one on eBay that was selling for retail (thanks, Christine Ng!) and I jumped on it.  After a couple weeks in postal purgatory, I finally got it!

I played around with it on my bracelet for a while and I rearranged my silver/clear crystal to make it fit, but I’m not sure about the Pandora timebead…The first problem is that the battery is dead :(.  Considering these were originally produced in 2010 I guess that shouldn’t have been a surprise, but now I have to get the battery changed to get it working.  Also, I’ve heard a big complaint is that these spin around a lot, so I put a silicone o-ring on the bracelet and the clip timebead over that.  That did fix that problem, but I find that the timebead sticks up a lot off the bracelet; to the point where I’m not sure it looks good.  I think I have to find a better configuration with different charms to make it look better?  Lastly, the timebead is a slightly different silver than my charms.  I think it’s because the watch is stainless steel versus the charms which are sterling silver, which makes sense because most watches are stainless steel.  It just makes it look a little off to me though…what do you guys think?  Any suggestions on how I can make it look better?


    It doesn’t look bad, Leann.

    • Leann

      Thanks, Wendy :).

  • Christine

    Leann, I think the timebead looks lovely on your b’let! The thickness of it takes getting used to, but I am totally in love with mine now. 🙂

    • Leann

      Thanks, Christine :). I’m not giving up on it yet! Just have to find the right configuration ;).

  • Ruby

    there were two types of Timebeads produced for Pandora, the screw-on one and the clip-on one. they were available in Germany, France, The Netherlands and Belgium (or the so called Pandora A/S European Group being Denmark the HQ). some shops in Germany and France still have them on stock. i´ve learned about Timebeads for Pandora in the late 2009 but wasn´t convince of getting it for my bracelet back then and even now i don´t have the need to. perhaps the clip-on one will stay better on its place if clipped on the part where you usually put a stopper/clip on a bracelet? and probably the screw-on one stays in place when the bracelet is full of charms that prevents it from turning around and around on the bracelet.

    • Leann

      Thanks for the information, Ruby! The clip isn’t big enough to snap onto the thread, so that’s why I used a silicone o-ring to snap it onto the middle of the bracelet. 🙂



  • sam

    You’ve just outlined everything i’m feeling about my timebead, i only got it last week and i’m just not feeling the love for it. I was lucky enough to get the black embrace watch face and purple double leather for my birthday at the beginning of the month and i looove it sooo much, but the time bead i think its days may be numbered in my pandora collection!!!

    • Leann

      I’m going to play around with it for a bit…I saw one where there were open works around the watch face, so maybe that’ll make it look better? We’ll see. 🙂

  • Sam

    If you like the embrace watch there is a much easier way to secure it, which does not involve clipping it and unclipping it to the bracelets each time. Simply put the watch face on the bracelet, creating a loop with the double leather on one side, and the two ends on the other. Now you can fasten the clasp without having to take the watch face off each time.

  • Paula Stowe Chaffin

    Hi! I just was lucky to purchase a timebead this past week. I have the baby blue face with the plain bezel. It arrived with the battery bead too. 🙁 Was your local jewel able to change the battery? Mine is a screw on bead.
    I also agree not sure I “love it” for the $225 price and that it flops around and is stainless steal. Still a cute look and I think practical for me. 🙂

    • Leann

      Hi Paula, I still haven’t worn mine yet :(. There’s a jewelry repair/watch place that I’m planning on taking it to. Some jewelers won’t touch watches that they didin’t sell because they’re afraid to break it.

  • Jane Jones

    Hi Paula,
    Would love to get an update now that you have been wearing for a week or so.

  • Sheila

    Hi there, just wondering if you are wearing your time bead and how it feels. I am really excited to be getting one from Belgium, but I’m cautiously optimistic about how it will look.

    • Leann

      Hi Sheila, I haven’t actual worn my timebead :/. It just sticks out too much and I can’t make it stop spinning, even when I put a silicone o-ring underneath the clip.

  • Sue Baldock

    Amazon have a sale on timebeads at the moment – I have ordered this one.

    • Leann

      Good find! I’ll have to check them out, Sue :).

  • Lynda

    Can anyone tell me how and where to find this “time bead”??? Please! Thank you!!!

  • Vanessa

    Just wondering how the story played out…..were you able to get a new battery? Did you ever get used to the beads height and feel?

    • Leann

      Hi Vanessa, I never got used to it, sad to say :(. I just never found the place for it on my bracelets so it’s just been sitting in my box.

  • Vanessa

    I’m so sorry to hear that Leann 🙁 I was able to find an actual pandora timebead….its on its way 🙂 I hope I have better luck with mine!

    • Leann

      That’s okay, I wound up getting a Pandora watch instead ;). Good luck with yours!

  • Janet

    Honestly, it’s not a good look and cheapens the bracelet. Looks more like a knock-off bracelet instead of the real thing. Sorry, just being honest.

    Does anyone have a photo of the Embrace face and a few beads in a bracelet?

  • Amani

    I have 3 Pandora time beads and I love them. I put the “o” rubber rings and spacer of each side. You just have to find the right spacer that looks good on your bracelet. I have the beady beauty with the black face one. I have the brown oval lights on my two tone and I can’t remember which ones I used on the light blue 🙂

  • Lily Guardado

    Hi it’s lily from the cruise find me on Facebook:) and how do I find one of these time beads!!:)

    • Leann

      Hi Lily, they’re retired but I think a lady in Belgium can still find them and they pop up on eBay sometimes.

  • JM

    I want to find a timebead for mother’s day. I live in San Francisco but it looks like most timebeads are only in Europe. I’m not having much luck finding any on Ebay or Amazon. Any Advice?

    • Leann

      You probably won’t be able to make Mother’s Day :(. They’re sold sometimes on the Pandora Selling Groups – you can search for Pandora’s Angels on Facebook. Good luck!

      • Megan Bastick

        Hiya, are any of you guys on here selling your TimeBead by any chance? Cheers

      • Marta Koch

        I have a couple!

  • Scarlett

    I think your timebead is gorgeous! If you end up wanting to sell it then please let me know! 🙂

    • Leann

      Thanks, Scarlett :).

  • Abigail Castillo Almeida

    Where can I find a Pandora Time bead?

    • Leann

      I would try eBay or one of the Pandora selling groups on Facebook (Pandora’s Angels/Pandora Tribe).

  • Abigail Castillo Almeida

    Where can I find a Pandora Time bead?

  • Cyndi G.

    I just purchased a timebead on Ebay and with shipping it was around $80 US. I spent forever trying to get the clasp ope (I bought the clip on, not the screw on). The watch is currently running correctly but I don’t know how long the battery will last. It’s very, very tiny lol, very tiny. It does stick out much taller than the rest of my beads. I am reserving judgement as to whether or not I like it.

    • Leann

      I had the same thoughts…I ended up thinking that it looked too out of place. Haha.