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well, I am DIY-ing my beads

While I wanted to add colored metal to my Pandora bracelet, I cannot shell out 9k plus for just one (1) solid gold Pandora spacer. Its just ridiculous. 

taken from Pandora’s website

I really like the twisted design though… and I wanted it in solid gold. Not like the new gold plated beads (Pandora Shine) that Pandora recently introduced. 

So, after some thought, I had a pair of gold spacers custom made. It took quite some time for trial and error, because I had one made and used it to cast the other.  I also used the old gold of my childhood earring to be recycled to add to my spacers.

my childhood earrings

While it is NOT from Pandora. I got good value for my money. Because instead of the initial plan of getting the spacers in 14k I had it made into 18K. And got the (2) pair for the price of 14,500php! -kind of like getting one 18k gold spacer for 7,250php that is still cheaper than one 14k spacer from Pandora. Its a good deal. And for the reveal… here are my custom made 18k solid gold spacers!  They might look small, but surprisingly they have a feel of weight to it.

My 18k gold twist spacers

So why did I choose to get 18k?

Gold is measured in karats. This unit of measurement tells us the percentage of gold in a piece. 18K gold (which is 75% gold) is the traditional mix of gold and other alloys, and it lends itself to making beautiful jewelry. This karat amount is less expensive than 24K but is very commonly used in fine jewelry making. Its coloring is a softer yellow than the deeper yellow of 24 karat, but the soft golden tone of the 18k is much more desirable in comparison to the paler 14K coloring.

To demonstrate the color here is a photo of 14k and 18k. 

see the color difference?

The most common type of gold used in jewelry in the U.S. is 14K and it was created to make a gold piece more affordable, at the expense of having less gold. This karat amount contains 58.3% gold, and similar to 18K, its strength is a good fit for rings and bracelets to necklaces and earrings.  14K was selected for a simple reason though… it is because it is just over half gold.  In addition to less gold and a smaller price, 14K tends to have less of a yellow color relative to 18K or higher.

Here is another photo in a different light.

On hand – the 14k pales in comparison to the 18k spacer.

And the beauty of getting solid gold is that should I get tired of the spacers I could get it melted and made into another trinket. 

My bracelet is now looking a bit put together and is now obviously looking two toned! I still haven’t decided if I am going to get clips. But right now I am pretty pleased with how it looks. I might add another pair of spacers once I decided if I wanted gold or go with rose gold for variation. I am very much indecisive, I know! If I could I would get all the stuff I like. I am limited only because I have budget to consider. Hahahaha! Help me decide?

two toned and loving it!

After all I still have a lot of room to spare on my bracelet. What do you think of my custom made spacers? Let me know your thoughts. 

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket. 

 

 


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one lovely bunny

I own a gifted Pandora bracelet and charms and is very much happy with it. But on the last day of February, I knew that my bracelet would not be limited to Pandora charms only, because I saw this (post from marthnickbeads) -limited edition, bead of the month from Ohm beads.

Ohm beads- Bunny Angel

It was the Bunny Angel. It was really cute and a fitting memorial for my beloved bunnies. Instinctively, I went to order one for myself hoping that I could still get one as Ohm bead’s limited ones tend to sell out fast! They are only making 2222 of these charms and I have to wait for their release day that was on March 2 to order. I just placed an order and waited.

Exactly Easter Sunday I get a message that the my bunny angel is now in the Philippines! Of course I had to wait a few more days for it to arrive home.

I got bunny angel with the serial#DJP879/2222 from Denmark that went to Australia and finally to Philippines – This bunny sure traveled quite a distance to get here.  And it came with a Perlen candy in tow along with a certificate of authenticity that bears the serial number.

Safely home! My Ohm bead -Bunny Angel

True to their promise the Ohm bead fits in my Pandora bracelet with quite a lot of room to spare. I do notice that the Ohm bead is quite lighter in weight than a Pandora charm. It does however have a lot of detail (Just look at those beautiful wings and he also has a cute little halo to match!) than that of Pandora’s charms. I am also impressed that the bunny angel is serialized and engraved with an individual code. That attention to detail is just amazing.

Not bad for my first Ohm bead. It was well worth the wait.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this from my own pocket.