My mother in law has always been a fan of charm bracelets. I must admit that ever since I saw her Pandora one I fell in love with the endless design possibilities and the hundreds of charms one can buy to make each jewellery piece unique and timeless.
At first I (like the rest of you I'm sure) assumed that only women could wear charm bracelets. I have been known to push the boundaries when it comes to wearing things that are sometimes labelled as "females only". This was the case when I bought my first bomber jacket with faux fur on the hoodie - at the time only girls were wearing this - fast forward three years and you now see men wearing them everywhere.
Another good example is my previous obsession with UGG boots. The trend has certainly caught on amongst male celebrities and UGGs has even released a recent product line specifically targeted towards men as shown here. I must admit that even though I did end up purchasing a pair I haven't worn them as much as I would like and it certainly hasn't been because they are mostly worn by girls, it has been due to the non-stop rain we get year-around in Vancouver - UGGhhhhh :-(
So am I saying that in three years from now you will see men all over the world wearing Pandora charm bracelets? Probably not. However, there are lots of men out there who enjoy wearing and customizing their own jewellery pieces. Pandora doesn't seem to know this though as they continue to target their marketing campaigns and email newsletters specifically to women and those who may buy gifts for them. As you probably know by now I like to speak my mind so I decided to send them an e-mail to express my concerns:
The first decision you'll have to make is whether you'd like to have an all silver, gold, or oxidized silver bracelet. I decided to purchase the oxidized one for mine as it looks a bit more masculine and modern due to the darker tones. I bought the regular silver bracelet for my husband as it matches the other white gold jewellery he wears on a regular basis. You can't go wrong with any of the bracelet options - they are all gorgeous. Keep in mind that Pandora now offers leather bracelets as well. Here are some photos of the silver and oxidized silver options.