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Collector’s Corner: Sarah Dodge

Collector’s Corner: Sarah Dodge

Grab a cuppa and settle down for a lovely edition of Collector’s Corner!

On todays edition of Collector’s Corner we are chatting with the lovely Sarah, a long term PANDORA collector.

Sarah, thank you so much for joining us this evening. I just made a batch of coconut brownies so please help your self. First, can you please tell us how long you’ve been collecting PANDORA?

Oh gosh. Since 2010 I believe. My father and step mom bought me my first PANDORA bracelet for Christmas. My step mom and sister just happen to notice I was eying them in a shop display when we were out Christmas shopping that year. They decided to surprise me and bought me a PANDORA bracelet and three beads; the teal flower Murano, the Frog and the Turtle. 

Aww that was a sweet start to PANDORA! It is to be completely surprised with a gift. What was it that first attracted you to PANDORA jewellery?

Well once I got that first bracelet my husband took me to a Jared’s store. He wanted me to pick out a few more beads to fill out the bracelet a little. Well… When I looked at all the options I was just hooked. I fell in love! I think it was the idea I could create jewellery around the things that I love. And since they had Murano charms in so many colours I realised I could also switch them around to match outfits. So I think it was the limitless possibilities that sparked the addiction, the ability to show my creative side  (It’s fun to tell people why you chose each charm) and the fact it was beautiful too didn’t hurt. 😉

I also love how just a quick switch of Murano charms can completely change the look of a bracelet. In effect the Muranos actually save you money. That’s what I tell my husband anyway! So Sarah you have been collecting PANDORA for nearly ten years now. Could you tell us a little about your collection?

Most of my PANDORA bracelets have a theme or center around a certain idea. Like nature, family, or just things I like that are similar. I also like to try to balance the bracelet with similar shapes and textures from the center outwards.

For example, my red bracelet includes lots of memories about my house; from the random turtle that scurried across the yard during my daughters birthday party and got more than he bargained for, to my garden. The geese, swans, and ducks my kids would feed, to the pair of cardinals that nested in a tree out back… it’s all memories of happy moments. 

That is both a beautiful story and beautiful bracelet! I love the flower charm next to the Ladybird Murano. That is still on my wish list. I think it would look lovely with the PANDORA Disney Parks Epcot charm, which is also an oxidised floral design. Do you have any rare, or hard to find pieces in your collection? 

Yes I do have a few. One of my favorites is the Asian Exclusive Pear. I also managed to get two beautiful green Murano charms which I wear on an Essence necklace. They were also Asian exclusives that I got from tyediedeb on eBay. She is one of the few people selling real PANDORA and she happens to have a friend in Hong Kong. She is great for finding those older hard to find pieces and I’ve bought several from her, including my wooden beads which were retired by the time I started collecting. 

Other favourite charms are the ones my parents bought me when to Germany for their anniversary. They brought me back the Blue Flower Murano, Charming Chick, and the Piggy Bank charm. 

My husband also bought me the Fairytale Fish that used to be a Russian exclusive. I wear it on a chain all the time since I love it so much. He was pretty bummed he paid so much to get it from Russia then only to have it come out everywhere like two years later. 😁

On a side note, I wish they would make the Arabian tea/coffee pot available all over. I really want to get it and haven’t been able to get my hands on one yet. I also have the gorgeous Pink and Blue Birthday Bloom charms with the real gemstones, before PANDORA started using synthetic versions. Plus I have the old Perfume Bottle charm with the orange stone on top. 

I also bought the Fairytale Fish when it was a Russian exclusive! Although I am pleased my one has an additional Russian hallmark on so at least it still seems a bit more special. I hope to be able to purchase the Arabian Coffee Pot. It would be a wonderful reminder of the mint tea I enjoyed in Morocco.
Seeing as you have such a large and varied collection, this next question might be hard to answer. What is your favourite piece of PANDORA jewellery?

Oh goodness that IS hard! I usually match my bracelets to the colour I’m wearing that day. Granted I do especially love the three I have which are centered around my kids and family. 

My yellow PANDORA bracelet is themed around things my son likes. The only non PANDORA bead is the cute monkey in the middle. He loves monkeys and I couldn’t find a PANDORA version I really liked.  

My pink PANDORA bracelet is for family and friends and is pretty special too. It has a charm for each of my best friends, my husband and kids, and favorite family members. The squirrel and penguin aren’t PANDORA beads though. My husband’s favorite animal is a squirrel 😆 Do you know how hard it is to find a cute squirrel charm? The squirrel is a Biagi bead and is super cute. 

Finally my blue PANDORA bracelet is centered around my girls. They love Disney and all their favorite movies are illustrated by charms on there. I designed it before PANDORA produced actual Disney charms. 

Wow! They are lovely designs and so special! So Sarah, now for my big question… Do you make up bracelets one by one, or do you keep your charms and bracelets separate and make up bracelets for any occasion?  

I used to put them together and switch out the Muranos to match my outfit, but over the years with what my family and friends have gotten me I started to accumulate so many that I didn’t need to do that anymore! Plus due to all the PANDORA free bracelet promotions, I ended up having more than enough bracelets to keep everything separate. Now when I see a new charm I like and it won’t fit on a moments bracelet, I wear it on a bangle. So I’ll have a Moments bracelet on one wrist and a stack on the other with bangles, Essence, and/ or leather. 

That makes sense. I keep everything separate which especially helps me when I write reviews. So Sarah, do you have anything exciting on your wish list?

Ooooo… Well I love the new good fortune carp for my Asian inspired bracelet. I also love the new Christmas train. I have a few small Christmas related bracelets. As for what’s coming up in the Spring Collection, I’m pretty excited for the new Butterfly Murano and the Turtle charm. 

The upcoming Spring Collection is amazing! I love the Butterfly Murano too and it is on my wishlist along with the Watering Can, Floral Bella Bot and Classic Flower Arrangement. Only one more sleep to go!
As a long term collector, what do you think of the direction PANDORA is taking in 2019?

I honestly wish they would stop using so much cubic zirconia in everything. I love the charms that have a lot of detail and they let the oxidation show off the design. The floral PANDORA Disney Parks Epcot charm you mentioned earlier is a good example, as well as the Seven Dwarfs All Around spacer. I hope 2019 they have more of that. I feel like lately a lot of the charms lately are super cute, but not quite my style.  

I do love that they have so many new types of bracelets coming out. I’m interested to see how the new bracelet designs will hold up. I am excited to see the new butterfly clasp bracelet in store when they come out.

I also hope they do more for the PANDORA Rose line. I love my PANDORA Rose bracelet and have a good way to go before it’s finished.

With all that in mind, what would you like to see from PANDORA in the future? 

More character and animal beads. As well as things that are deigned after hobbies. It’s always fun to be able to connect the beads you buy with memories and people you love. I feel like they have retired so many and haven’t replaced them. 

I’ll second that! Sarah, you mentioned that your children love Disney. What PANDORA Disney charms would you like to see PANDORA produce?

I love Disney PANDORA. I really want to get the Flying Dumbo charm. I do have two PANDORA Disney Moments bracelets. One with the sparkling castle clasp and the other with the a Mickey Mouse swirl design. I also have several other Disney charms. As for ones they haven’t made yet… Pete’s dragon would be my top pick, as it was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Also Lady and the Tramp, The Aristocats, and Sword in the Stone would be fun. 

Sarah, thank you so much for visiting. You have been the perfect guest and I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at your wonderful PANDORA collection and hearing your views.

Fancy appearing on Collector’s Corner? Send me an email at dora@theartofpandora.com

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Sarah
Sarah

Beautiful collection. But no safety chains to protect these masterpieces?!

Sarah
Sarah

Lol I get asked that a lot. I just make sure I have a threaded bead on the end. Plus I only take them off at home, so even on the rare chance one happens to fall off it’s easily retrieved. smile

Kathryn
Kathryn

I really enjoyed reading all about your collection. I even showed my husband the photos to prove that there is actually someone who has more bracelets than me … 🙂 I love Pandora for the same reasons you give. It becomes a very personal collection that brings back memories every time you wear it. I also agree about the overuse of CZ’s in a lot of the newer beads& that the quality doesn’t seem to be as good as it used to be. Also that the beads seem to be aimed more towards children and teenagers in the last few… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah

Hahaha yes when I took the photos for this it was the first time my husband had actually seen all my Pandora jewelry at once (I also have another jewelry box that’s not pictured in the article filled with rings and earrings too). He was like “Wow…” I was a little nervous from his tone and asked if he was ok with me having so much. Being the amazing man he is his response was “Well you deserve all that and more for putting up with me.” Lol But yes the quality does seem to be going down a bit… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah

Here is a better picture of the mixed bracelet.

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Pat
Pat

Impressive collection . I think I must be the only person who actually does like the CZ . In fact, I started collecting Lovelinks as Pandora didn’t do enough CZ for my liking. I’ve always preferred gold to silver and don’t really like oxidization but since my hair went lighter I’m finding I suit silver jewellery more and more. Having said that, the bling does have to be tasteful and not Joan Rivers style and I do find a lot of the new charms childish, but it does depend on how you style them, Dora’s styling of the robot charms… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah

Haha thank you ma’am. I do like some of the Cz charms though. I think my Christmas bracelet that’s shown and the Peidot bracelet I made around the Asian pear bead have the most cz of all my bracelets. But you’re right it definitely has to be styled correctly. Same for some of the newer pieces that didn’t quite fit my style. However Ive also seen them styled (outside the pandora released photos and their approved displays) and they do look better than I expected when blended with some of the older pieces. I completely understand branching out from pandora… Read more »

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Pat
Pat

I haven’t heard of elfbeads before, I’ll have to have a Google . I have a few Trollbeads bracelets, all freebies, as well as Rhona Sutton. My obsession is jewellery of any sort really. I gave up smoking almost 20 years ago and all my cigarette money has gone on jewellery ever since; traded one addiction for another, but I do think that jewellery is healthier . I’ve just spotted the camera icon in the bottom right hand corner here but I’m in bed on my laptop at the moment but when I get on the PC tomorrow I’ll see… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah

Jewelry is definitely a better addiction. Congrats on quiting smoking! That’s quite a feat. Sounds like you have an amazing collection though. You should email Dora and see if she might be able to feature you in her next edition of collectors corner. 😁 My only other addiction is tea. I have a whole cupboard full of different kinds. 😂

Pat
Pat

Let’s see if this works. I have more now due to the Christmas Pudding promo and the sale shutmouth

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Pat
Pat

There is only one ring that is actually Pandora, this is a very small selection of my rings hmm

Sarah
Sarah

These are my pandora rings

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Pat
Pat

They look nice cool .

Sarah
Sarah

Nice collection! I see you have two of the red cherry blossom muranos! I’ve been wanting one for the longest. Haven’t seen any on eBay that I was sure were authentic though. Thank you for sharing! 😁

Pat
Pat

I originally had one paired up with the daisy one but it seemed to over-power the daisy as it is so delicate, so I was never totally happy with the look. Then the daisy went in the sale so I got another one and was on the lookout for another cherry, which I did eventually find. So now I’m completely happy with the way they look grin . I hope you find one soon.

Sarah
Sarah

Are you talking about the field of daisies murano? The white background with the pale pink flowers? I had a hard time styling that as well. It looks nice between two white muranos or pale pink ones. Right now I have it on my work in project bracelet. It’s between Disney’s aurora murano and pink field of flowers murano. I have the pink glitter murano on there too.

Pat
Pat

Yes, that’s the one . Now I have them on my bracelet with the padlock thing clasp and the pink stones (can’t remember what that’s called either ) and the blooming dahlia clips and dangle (I think I’ve got that name right ) and they look lovely together; you can just about make that bracelet out in the top left hand corner of the wooden drawer on the left. I love the pink glitter Murano, I kept going back to the sale and buying more of those, they are on my gold clasp bracelet, in the Pandora trinket tray, GWP… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah

Oh yes I see it! Very nice. I always wait for the sales as well. Cant beat getting a free bracelet, earrings, ring, or some sort of GWP. I’m a sucker for their jewelry boxes. I also get things from Rue lala. How are the padlock clasps holding up? I keep going back and forth on getting one. I worry the clasp will pop open and I’d loose it.

Pat
Pat

That is a concern and the safety chains don’t look right with it either. I’ve not worn it that much, tbh, but it seems ok so far. I’d be gutted if I lost it . I actually got a size larger than I usually buy as seemed to be selling quickly so I can get it on without unfastening it, as long as it’s not too warm and my hand is swollen, lol . I find it quite tight to unfasten when it’s on so hubby has to do it for me .

Sarah
Sarah

I have the same issue when getting my Rose essence bracelet off. My husband has to take it off for me since the clasp locks so tight. But I’ll play with one of the padlock bracelets next time I go in. Maybe putting a clip on the end like Heather mentioned would keep the charms from at least flying off if it does pop open. I really love the look of the regal heart padlock… that’s the one I’ve been eying. 😁

Pat
Pat

I’m toying with the Heraldic Radiance, rose gold one, since it’s in the sale in the e-store, 45% off shutmouth . Can’t make my mind up sad .

Sarah
Sarah

Haha I feel your pain. That bracelet is gorgeous. I keep going back and forth if I want to get a Rose reflections or mesh Rose bracelet.

Pat
Pat

Oh, I have the perfect solution for that one, wait for the 3 for 2 offer and get both, and something else grin

Sarah
Sarah

Hahaha! Oh goodness. You’re a bad influence 😂😂

Heather S.
Heather S.

What a beautiful collection Sarah, thank you for sharing!
I do like seeing the older style charms.
I also do not use safety chains. I use clips on the end.
I do not like safety chains for me get caught on everything and in the
past I have had my vintage bracelets ripped off and ruined.

Sarah
Sarah

Thank you ma’am! Yes I don’t care for safety chains for that exact reason. I’m accident prone, so I don’t need anything extra to hang me up. Lol

Priscilla
Priscilla

Increíble colección, es realmente bella, me encanta ver los charms de plata que han sido retirados, lastimosamente no coleccionaba en esa época. Salvo por muranos y clips me parece que no sueles comprar dos piezas iguales, yo hago algo similar, solo compro en pares clips y separadores, los muranos y demás charms solo compro uno de cada uno, a veces es difícil darle simetría al brazalete pero en mi concepto eso también les da más variedad, pero no quita que me encante ver los brazaletes de otras personas hechos con varios charms del mismo tipo. Me encantó la forma en… Read more »

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Sarah
Sarah

Thank you ma’am! Yes I prefer to not buy duplicate charms when making a bracelet and only do so on rare occasions. I feel like it’s cheating. 😂 Plus half the fun is to try and find beads that will balance each other. Since I have to put in the extra effort to get the look just right…. I think it makes me appreciate each bead more and not impulse buy as much. As for retired charms… if you’re looking for something specific you can sometimes find them on eBay. Just make sure you purchase from someone selling genuine pandora.… Read more »

Susan Dreger
Susan Dreger

smile Love your collection!

Sarah
Sarah

Thank you! 😁