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Beyond the Pandora Bracelet - New European Bead Necklace Types Have Arrived - Lariat and More

Updated on May 30, 2014

Pandora Clip Ring and Dangle Charm Make Up A Distinctive Necklace

Pandora Clip Ring and a Pearl Dangle Charm Make Up A Distinctive Necklace with a Haute Couture Look
Pandora Clip Ring and a Pearl Dangle Charm Make Up A Distinctive Necklace with a Haute Couture Look

For years, we have loved our Pandora charm bracelets but there is now a plethora of design options for your favorite beads to be showcased on a necklace. What is exciting is the five different types of necklaces. Yes, length, color and texture all are important components, but in case you haven't heard there are now five new categories of different types of Pandora necklaces. These new types are exciting and offer a whole new fashion adventure.

The design options in Pandora charm necklaces have now exploded with options ranging beyond the standard snake chain to the much loved lariat design to the brand new clip lock.

As you will soon see, many of these new necklace types can in their own right, create an entire outfit for you. The necklace becomes the centerpiece and your own individual fashion statement. In the old days we all longed for the expensive and individual fashion statement of " haute couture" and now haute couture is readily available with Pandora necklaces.

These new necklace styles are statement pieces and will give new live and new meaning to your wardrobe.

So the design options are simply endless but the types of necklace designs we have boiled down to five basic categories. Let's explore a few necklace design type categories:

Category #1 Lariat Pandora Necklace

Category #2 Traditional Multiple Bead Necklace

Category #3 Snake Chain with Snap Clasp with Trio of Charms

Category #4 Pandora Clip Lock Necklace

Category #5 Pandora Double Ring Necklace

So hold on to your hat, get ready for a visual delight of many different design ideas complete with five different category types of necklaces - all individually designed and crafted by you with Pandora style beads.

Oh How We Love Our Pandora Bracelets

So many of us are self confessed "beadaholics" but we haven't even ventured forth into the new world of fashion with a Pandora necklace. I promise you this is an exciting new world filled not just with new types of necklaces but with five different categories that can completely change your outfit from basic to a "wow". These necklaces all make a statement - bold and disctinctive. Yet they are often casual and can comfortably go from work to play. Yes, I can readily see all of these Pandora necklace types working well with both our blue jeans and even our silk for those special dinner dates.

If you thought you loved your Pandora bracelet you might be in for a surprise, you may fall even deeper into love with the many new Pandora type necklaces.

Heart Themed Design Bracelet

Heart Themed Design Bracelet with Mother and Daughter
Heart Themed Design Bracelet with Mother and Daughter | Source

Necklace Length Options

silhouette of different options for the length of necklaces
silhouette of different options for the length of necklaces | Source

Necklace Conversion

40 cm
30 cm
76.2 cm
83.82 cm

Bracelet Sizes

Estimated Body Frame Type
Bracelet Size
Very Large or Male

Necklace Sizes and Types

Unlike the bracelets the necklace size really depends on the style that you choose. Bracelets are essentially ruled strictly by size but necklaces offer a completely different game - a game of length.

Do first choose your type of necklace.

If you are seeking to draw attention to your neckline choose a necklace in the range of 16"-18".

Don't be afraid to change it up a bit.

Variety is the spice of life and the biggest design decision starts first with what your focal point will be for your outfit.

Yes, the design of your necklace will depend upon the neckline types you will be wearing.

Do have a variety in your wardrobe and you will find it this change can provoke a whole new look for you.

Design Theme Options for Your Pandora Necklace

Choose a Theme Type - Holidays or Events:

  • Christmas
  • Hearts
  • Family
  • Vacations
  • Lifetime milestones - graduations and birthdays

Choose a Color Theme:

  • Teal Blue
  • Dark Emerald Green
  • Serene Pink
  • Purple
  • Two Tone - Silver with Gold Accents
  • Gold
  • Gold and Pink (one of my favorites!)

Choose a Relationship Theme:

  • Celebrate a Mom
  • Celebrate a Sister
  • Celebrate a Daughter

Different Design Ideas

The beauty of the Pandora charms is not just the intricacies of the charms but it is the variety of the necklaces (and bracelets and/or matching bracelets) that you can create.

If you start with a theme you will be able to pull together your design quicker and easier. Do remember, you can layer both your necklaces and your bracelets so don't feel that you must pick only one. Do stay focused.

Fair warning - charms are addicting and you will quickly become scattered (as I was - yes, I am speaking from experience with multiple designs started and not finished). But do allow time, remember it is the journey that should be rewarding not necessarily the end game in two minutes. Take your time to design a necklace you will wear at least once a week and be proud of and you will be delighted with the compliments that will follow.

Need some design ideas for your necklace, here are a few listed below to get your creative juices flowing are shown at the right.

My Personal Favorite - Celebrate Mom

My personal favorite necklace design is the one that celebrates Mom. Do choose a color that is her favorite. Keep it simple. You don't need to fill up the entire necklace. A simple three bead design is often all that is needed.

One of my favorite necklaces is one single Pandora bead (an authentic bead in pure sterling with all the proper Pandora markings). My best friend gave this to me for a bracelet but the necklace I fill showcases the design much better.

Gold Theme Design Option with Layered Pandora Charm Bracelets

layered Pandora bracelets set of three, but the bracelets are not full of charms all in a Gold theme
layered Pandora bracelets set of three, but the bracelets are not full of charms all in a Gold theme | Source

Cannot Go Wrong With Gold

I know gold has gone out of favor for a time being - but only in theory. I believe gold is always in style. The problem with gold is its price. The other problem is if we go to fashion jewelry for the gold, we often are plagued with nickle and nickle for most people is an irritant to the skin. So while my heading says you cannot go wrong with gold - guess what if you don't have quality, as is the case in most things in life, you can go astray.

Yes, I have some charms that must have nickle in them because they irritate my skin.

For necklaces, we can readily combat that with placing the necklace over our clothing.

So for necklace design, the end of the story, is with gold you cannot go wrong.

I love the look a gold necklace whether I layer it over a turtle neck or a simple summer t-shirt. To me the look of gold is timeless.

Let's Explore The Many Design Options

Yes, there is life beyond gold and the many design options have been neatly outlined for you both in this video and also provided in a summary below:

  • Color with Glass
  • Color with Enamel
  • Texture
  • Repeat Charms
  • Dangle Charms
  • Glitz with Gems

Color Themed Design Necklace for Pandora Style Charms

Color Themed Design Necklace for Pandora Style Charms shown here in gold and pink
Color Themed Design Necklace for Pandora Style Charms shown here in gold and pink | Source

How to Design Your Pandora Bracelet

Design Option 1 - Add Color with Glass

The murano glass is an easy way to add color to your Pandora designs.

Design Option 2 - Add Color with Enamel

Enamel is another great way to add color.

Design Option 3 - Choose Different Texture Finishes - Alternate Types of Charms to Showcase Individual Charms

As the Pandora expert in the video to the right details, their recommendation for design is to choose a color theme but also to choose to add in different varieties so that the individual charms will stand out.

Remember, beyond color, don't forget the texture. Adding texture will make a big difference with your design.

Choose shiny and oxidized textures and alternate them throughout your design.

"If Haute couture is the most sublime form of fashion, H&M is fashion at its most democratic."

~ Rolf Snoeren

"I think there is a huge trend coming ... it's pure haute couture."

~ Victor Muller

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Does the term "haute couture" work when speaking about the many designs of Pandora Charms?

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Design Option 4 - Repeat Charms - Achieve the Magazine Quality Look

In the video, the example is given where three charms are repeated throughout the design. Repeating the charms I have found will give you that magazine ready almost "haute couture" design quality. Haute couture is often reserved for clothes that are very expensive and fashionable and hand made. Yet this term I feel is very appropriate for the goal of the "magazine quality" Pandora style design.

Repeated Charms Create a Bold Statement

It is stated that when you repeat the charms, you create a bold statement. I prefer the reference to the haute couture over the "bold statement".

Design Option 5 - Add Texture By Adding Dangle Charms

Another great way to add texture is to add dangle charms. Dangle charms for the holidays are one of my favorites. Right now I am building a gold tone Christmas tree necklace with a gold dangle reindeer and a red stone Christmas cross.

Design Option 6 - Add Color with Gemstones

Design your Pandora style bracelet/necklace with color by adding glitz. Gemstones offer a variety of colors and now we have a thousands of options with CZ stones and imitation diamonds and precious gems.

Five Different Design Types

OK, the design options are old news, you want to get to the new design types. Now you are in for a treat. The design types we will explore will include:

Type #1 - Lariat Necklace

Type #2 - Traditional Beads

Type #3 - Trio of Beads

Type #4 - Pandora Clip Lock

Type #5 - Pandora Double Ring

Lariat Design Options for Pandora Charm Necklace - Trio of Charms

trio of European beads on a lariat necklace
trio of European beads on a lariat necklace

Design Type Option #1 - Lariat Pandora Necklace Design

The lariat design is fun and refreshing. It will allow you to elongate your fashion look. As a person who is height challenged, this look in a longer length can completely change out your outfit.

Design Ideas for Your Pandora Style Beads


Design Type Option #2 Traditional Pandora Style Necklace - Multiple Beads

This is the first necklace I started with and it remains a staple in my wardrobe. I love the textures and the colors and the fact that it takes the Pandora style into the traditional bead style necklace.

Elegant and fun - and that is what fashion and jewelry should always be about.

Isn't it interesting how one necklace has color and the other centers around texture with little tips of gold? Two similar types but the color and the texture completely changes up the look.

Traditional Snake Necklace with Snap Closure with Trio of Pandora Beads

Traditional Snake Necklace with Snap Closure with Trio of Pandora Beads
Traditional Snake Necklace with Snap Closure with Trio of Pandora Beads | Source

Design Type #3 - Traditional with Trio of Beads

This one is my favorite. I know, I know no favorite children, no favorite necklace types. Also the single bead on a very fine chain is another of my favorites.

Pandora Necklace with a Clip Lock

Pandora Necklace with a Clip Lock
Pandora Necklace with a Clip Lock

Design Type Option #4 - Designing with a Pandora Clip Lock

The design of this Pandora necklace with the oxidized silver and the pearl, I find is striking in its simplicity. Who would have ever thought? For you see, there are real designers in this world who have the vision to bring this simple pieces together into one beautiful symphony.

Necklace Using a Double Ring

Necklace Design Using a Double Ring with Pandora Style Beads
Necklace Design Using a Double Ring with Pandora Style Beads

Design Type Option #5 - Designing Pandora Necklace with a Double Ring

The double ring design option shown here is with pink murano glass and oxidized charms.

How to Easily Design Your Euro Charm Bracelets and Necklaces

Organizing and designing your bracelet is best done before you fill your necklace and/or bracelet as the above video details.

Of the Five Types of Necklaces Which One Strikes Your Fancy?

Favorite Type of Pandora Necklace?

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“Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”

Christian Dior (French Fashion designer, 1905-1957)

Fashionable Pandora Style Necklaces Have Arrived

Fashion and jewelry have always gone hand in hand. As we have seen, we can now readily design for ourselves a couple of different haute couture Pandora style necklaces. We are no longer limited to the traditional bead and/or pendant.

And while we have explored five different types of Pandora necklaces or what I have called categories, the design boundaries are endless with various combinations of texture and color.

Fashion will never be the same. These new necklace types are a game changer for our fashion options. Pandora beads have always been fun but now the fun is even more enchanting because we can showcase our beloved front and center on five different types of necklaces that can readily make a true fashion statement.

Share your story - how do you wear your Pandora necklace. Is there a design or a type that you prefer? Do you have a special story behind your favorite piece of jewelry? Please feel free to share with us below.


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    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Suzanne Day,

      Thank you so much! Yes, the Pandora is famous for building your own design. I wonder if Nike copied Pandora in their customized shoes? Pandora is brilliant. What is not commonly known is the threaded beads are the very best because they will stay in place - this I did not realize until a gift of the real Pandora was given to me. Authentic Pandora charms are an investment grade piece of jewelry rather than fashion jewelry. There are so many other brands out that but Pandora still offers the highest quality - so glad I had that present to find out why!

    • Suzanne Day profile image

      Suzanne Day 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      These Pandora necklaces look really good (especially because you can choose the length) and I like having the option of building your own design, which Pandora are famous for. Voted interesting!


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