One of the biggest new trends in jewelry are the charm bracelets with collectible and interchangeable beads. Trollbeads, Pandora, and Chamilia are among the most well known companies. However, there are the multitude of copycat companies and designs out there as well. Whichever bead purveyor you choose it is said that most of them are of a universal design, and so if you want to mix and match between the companies then you should have no problem doing so!
If you do an internet search for “new pandora charms fall 2013″ you will find a wide variety of charms. Penguins, abstract designs, teddy bears, strawberries, mom themed beads, flowers, and creepy looking children. If those designs are not to your taste then I recommend searching for “new pandora charms fall 2012.” In my opinion these charms are much more tastefully designed. There are silver koalas and silver braiding, glass beads, silver knotted beads, wings, and a beautiful gold bead with a heart design. One thing that I appreciate about these bead companies is their ever evolving product line.
These charm bracelets make great gifts because they can be built upon every time there is an important milestone. For example, a grandmother may choose to give their granddaughter one of these bracelets. Then, each year for their birthday the grandmother can give the girl a new bead. The granddaughter will have something to look forward to each year, and will be able to look at the beads and remember when each was given. The only downside to a gift like this is that they are not popular with young men, and so if you choose to do this for your relatives then you will have to think of something different for the men in your life.
Some of these companies only have vendors in very small boutique stores, but some are widespread and available at most malls. Be sure to consider the availability of the bead if you decide to make a commitment like a an ongoing gift. Consider also the cost. Some bead companies are more expensive than others but at the same time some are of higher quality. You will have to decide where you are willing to make a sacrifice, either cost, or quality. However, the leading factor in deciding which bead company to purchase from should be based on which designs you like the best.
Trollbead charms tend to be darker in subject matter, and appeal to a very whimsical crowd. Pandora charms lean towards the main stream, and from the look of Chamilia I would guess that they are going for a very classic look. The best way for you to figure out which beads are best for you would be to look at pictures of each brand.
Whether you are looking for new pandora charms, new Trollbead, or new Chamilia charms a quick search on the internet will give you a preview of what is available before you drive all the way out to the store. And remember that each season there will be new beads released, so you can keep collecting!