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Pandora Vs. Trollbeads

Updated on July 24, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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How It All Began...

I actually started my first charm bracelet buying a Silver Clasp Pandora Bracelet and 4 charms, which consisted of 2 glass muranos, one two-tone 'Mom' charm and a silver Little Girl charm. I was happy with it and told myself this would be it, because it cost almost $300.

Well, I realized early on that my charms spun all over my new Pandora Bracelet and this drove me crazy. So back to my local store that sold Pandora and discovered I needed clips to hold these charms in place.


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An Accidental Finding Led to a Further Obsession...

Inadvertently, I found some Pandora Facebook Selling and Trading Pages and my collecting quickly turned into an obsession. I now have 2 full bracelets that have gone through so many changes in the process to get to where they are today. I have bought and sold so many Pandora Charms over the course of 6 months it is just plain crazy.

Recently, I was going to a Pandora Meet and Greet with some local women I got to know through these Facebook pages and lo and behold, we stumbled upon another brand of charms and bracelet, known as Trollbeads.

Well, my obsession has taken a brand new form now with Trollbeads. I sold off most of my excess Pandora to fund this. Let me explain, Trollbeads have both glass and silver, gold or two-tone charms just like Pandora, but Trollbeads' Glass is out of this world. So detailed and absolutely gorgeous.

If you don't believe me let the pictures speak for itself.


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      Lady Summerset 4 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Hi, thanks for the hub, I never heard of troll beads. My husband bought me my first pandora bracelet and beads and and cost about $450 for 7 beads, bracelet, and stoppers. Thanks for the hub. I would like more information about the trading aspect you mentioned since I've tried to purchase off of Ebay, but too many frauds.

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      Janine 4 years ago

      Lady Summerset,

      Thanks for your comment. If you search for Pandora on Facebook. There are many groups out there. One that I know of is Genuine Pre-loved Charms/Bracelets. Also depending where you live you can find boards on Facebook that are local to your area. Happy Pandora Buying and Selling :)

      Thanks again :)

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      David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

      First, Welcome to hubpages. This is a great first hub. Many peole make jewlrey and some great HOw-TO articles would be very welcome here. I would also encourage you to use more photos because the piece you have displayed is awesome. How do you know when I piece is finished?

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dave, think you so much for your kind words. I do appreciate it. Honestly as far as knowing when a bracelet is finished, I have thought a couple of times that I finished a bracelet and have been happy with it, but then I see something else and decide to change it up and add some new charm or bead. The last pic on t he page, I have now taken beads off and added others on to as I said change it up.

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      David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I would encourage you to write a hub about this process. I say that because it is interesting to me to see how the mind of an artist works. It is one thing to see the finished product, but quite another to see how and why it was made/created. Tell us the story behind the piece!

      DNM!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Again, thank you Dave. I never quite considered myself an artist, but I do like your idea of showing and how and why I created what I am wearing. I just changed it up again today by the way and will need to take your advice in the very near future I think.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dave, please read my new Hubpage, which was written and inspired by your comments. https://hubpages.com/style/Creating-my-First-Troll...

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I just wrote another Hub on Trollbeads today :) Please take a look!!

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Very beautiful bracelets.. It's very nice to give bracelets for friends..just for a lucky charm! :P so cute!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you snowdrops. I have actually started both my mom and mother-in-law on Pandora charm bracelets and had so much fun shopping for them too. So I totally agree with your comment.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Janine,

      I love the trollbead bracelets. They are lovely! I have a Pandora charm bracelet in pink similar to the one on the wrist. I don't blame you for having a new obsession. I think everybody does these days. Lol. Voted up beautiful... I came back to revisit.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful bracelets! Didn't know there was a difference.... Thanks for this hub, very interesting!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you both lovedoctor926 and LaThing for your comments. Lovedoctor926, I have been become more addicted as time has gone by, but have recently started to just buy if I truly love the charm versus buying and then having some form of buyer's remorse. My everyday Pandora bracelet now is my family bracelet and every charm on there has some personal meaning towards my family. LaThing, glad to have been able to help out in explaining the different between Pandora and Trollbeads.

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      AnnA 4 years ago

      Loved this photo journey of your obsession. I found Troll first & was glad as I would've been hooked by Pandora too. Your finished Troll is GORGEOUS! I'll be taking a picture of it with me in August when I go to treat myself to some new beads. I have some issues with the bumpy beads getting dull. Have you noticed that? I'm thinking I won't get this anymore but been wanting that blueberry one. Do you prefer to buy ours from a shop or online?

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      AnnA, so happy to hear comments from a fellow Troll collector. I absolutely love all the different color combinations and being able to play with these colors by using the different glass beads. I honestly haven't noticed my bumpy beads getting dull. If you bought them in a store you should bring them back there and see what they can do for you. I honestly like to buy both online and in store too. Online selection seems to be unlimited and dealers and private people will take more than one picture of the bead if you ask, but I do still love to see them in person too when I can and touch Andy feel them whenever possible. Thank you for reading and commenting here and hope to hear back from you about you purchasing the blueberry one.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These pieces are so pretty. I really wish I had the money to buy these lovely items. I will live vicariously through you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      ChristyWrites, I actually sold off some of my gold jewelry and my Coach pocketbooks that I had from before I ever met my husband to be able to afford most of my Pandora and Trollbeads collection. Thanks for the compliment on my collection and for your comment and continued support.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I love these charm bracelets. I started one recently using Brighton beads. They are less expensive for the woman who wants a Pandora or Troll beads and can't afford it. Brighton beads are just as beautiful in my opinion.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carly, a friend of mine collects Brighton too and loves them. I got into the more expensive ones of course with Pandora and Trollbeads, but will admit I have slowed on my purchases in the past month or so, because I have had other expenses. However, I can't help, but love these and when I can do still purchase as I can afford. Thatnks for stopping by and for commenting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm keeping this in mind the next time I have a birthday present to buy for someone hard to buy for....you have given me great ideas with this series of hubs and I thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I have to tell you these are truly a great gift. I got both my mom and mother-in-law both started on them earlier this past year and both are hooked. My mother-in-law even went as far as showing me the charm she wants for her birthday next month. Might even be a nice gift for Bev from you. Thanks for stopping by and for your continued support and friendship, it means the world to me!!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting hub! I had never heard of Trollbeads before. I did think that I wanted a Pandora bracelet, but had no idea they were that pricey! Maybe just a tattoo with my daughters initials!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sharkeye11, they can be expensive, but there are times when they run a promotion that you can get the silver barrel clasp bracelet for free. That actually just ran that promo here last weekend and I took advantage of it myself, because I had gift card from my birthday in June I needed to use. You honestly just have to know when these promos are running though and that would be my advice if you did want to start a Pandora bracelet.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      These are truly your passion!! Glad that your Meet and Greet with the other collectors was successful as well! The uniqueness must make them stand out. Sharing, and tweeting!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you Michelle. These bracelet and charms are a nice hobby and do keep me smiling. I honestly can't thank you enough for always being so kind to me, for the shares and tweets too :)

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      From one of the comments I understood that this was your first hub. A great beginning indeed. Beautiful display of your Pandora bracelets. They are indeed gorgeous. Enjoyed taking a look at these lovely pieces of jewelry Janine. Thank you. Cheers, Rema.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Yes! I actually know what Pandora is LOL my sister used to have some. Very interesting on your discovery!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Rema, this was my very first Hub article. I loved these beads and when I first began writing on her a few months ago wanted to share my love and passion with others. Good eye noticing that :) Thank you again for you lovely and warm comments, it truly means the world to me :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Keith, I love how many people do actually collect Pandora. Trollbeads seems to be a bit more obscure at times (even though the company was founded first). Thank you for sharing here that your sister did indeed collect and very much appreciate you stopping by too :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A very good description of your hobby, Janine, and it's a healthy passion. Would like to see more photos of the troll beads. Thanks for sharing this lively passion with us!! Sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you again Michelle and my pleasure explaining and describing my passion for Trollbeads here. I will grant your wish for more photos when I publish the Trollbeads Halloween clloection very shortly :) Thank you also for sharing this one too :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Janine,so interesting and well informed. Here's to so many more to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Eddy, thank you as always and so very glad to keep everyone well informed on this hobby of collecting beads. And agree with you that here is to many more to share with each other!!

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