Charm bead jewellery is special because you can make, design and create your own pieces. You can make bracelets, necklaces, key-rings, earrings and many others items of jewellery. It is so easy to do, simply select your piece of jewellery and slide on your chosen beads. Think about the colours, look and feel of the jewellery you want to create, something bright and bold, or sleek and stylish. Metal beads, called spacers, can also be purchased. These are often themed to help create that personal style. There are thousands of different types such as flowers, animals, symbols, plain bands or words. Jewellery pieces can be made completely with spacers or they can be used, as their name sake, to space out the glass beads.
Hanging charms are also available to add to your jewellery. Again these add a lovely theme to your design. There are many types are on the market such as, hanging hearts, flowers, animals or even christmas snowman!
There are many style of bracelets available, including bangles, snake chains and leather bracelets. The two main styles to choose from are plain snake bracelets or ones that have raised platforms. These platforms allow you to attach stopper clips too. The clips are used to hold a selection of beads and/or spacers, within a section of the bracelet, rather than allowing the beads to move freely a round. Also the clips can just be used if you personally like them.
Authentic charm bead jewellery is beautifully designed and made from quality sterling silver. There are many shops selling non official sterling silver beads, but the official beads will have the designers name stamped clearly into the metal on the inner core. Unfortunately like most designer products, they are very expensive. Each bead can costs upwards of £30, so if you want 8-10 beads on a bracelet you are looking at over £300, and that does not include the cost of the bracelet itself!
Like many designer products there are a number of copies on the market. So if you are looking for the non branded jewellery, then search for ‘style beads’, such as Pandora Style, Troll Style etc. These ‘style’ beads generally retail at £0.80p – £2. I would look for beads priced around £1-£1.50 as they tend to be silver plated and of a higher quality than the £0.80p beads.
Websites such as Armiga (www.armiga.co.uk) sell a complete range of Pandora Style Jewellery. Their products are silver plated and of a good quality. So you can purchase a Pandora look a like bracelet for an average of £15!! Their customer service is brilliant, so give them a call if you need any further information or want any help designing.
Armiga is an online creative gift website. Browse our beautiful range of products at http://www.armiga.co.uk