I’ve had a Pandora bracelet since early high school, and I’ve been slowly adding charms to it to mark major milestones, special occasions, and just because. Now that I’ve filled up my second Pandora bracelet with charms, I wanted to take a look back at everything they symbolize to me, why I chose each one, and the memories associated with them. Once of my favorite things about Pandora jewelry is that it allows me to commemorate my achievements and celebrate my life in a tangible and meaningful way.
This charm is the one I’m the most proud of, as it symbolizes my full ride scholarship to the University of Michigan. Once I received word that I got the scholarship, I immediately went out and bought this charm to commemorate it. I’d worked so hard to get good grades, learn other languages, volunteer, and give back to my community, so being recognized like this meant the world to me.
Letter ‘A’ (Sold Out, similar)
This was a gift from my mother, and it, of course, represents my first name.
My husband had this delivered to our hotel room in Berlin, to commemorate our first trip to Europe together.
This charm was another gift from my mother, and reflects my love for nature.
Turtle (Retired, similar)
One of my favorite places in Michigan, Mackinac Island, was said to be a great turtle by some of my family members and other indigenous people. It’s also a reminder that “slow and steady wins the race”.
During my time at the University of Michigan, I lived in the campus’ only all-girls dorm, called Martha Cook. Every Friday we had a tea with finger sandwiches, small deserts, and other light treats, and I had so much fun with my classmates, friends, and Robin at afternoon tea. It’s something I always looked forward to at the end of a tough week, and something I will always remember.
Graduation Cap (Retired, similar)
This represent my graduation from the University of Michigan!
Elephant (Retired, similar)
It’s said that elephants never forget things, so when I earned my first 4.0 at U of M, Robin gave me this charm to celebrate.
Heart with Lock & Key (Retired, similar)
This charm used to have a key attached to it, but after Robin and I became engaged, I had a jeweler cut the key off, and I gave him “the key to my heart”. It’s now in a little shadow box on his nightstand, and he says he looks at it every night before he goes to bed.
Tennis has always been my favorite sport, and playing tennis was one of the first dates Robin and I had together, because he had also played in school.
Camera (Retired, similar)
I have always loved photography, so it’s not surprising that I would want this charm.
Mermaid (Retired, similar)
I grew up on Lake Michigan, spending much of my time swimming, walking along the beach, and volunteering in and around the lakes. Some of my friends and family joke that with my long hair and affinity for water, I look like a mermaid.
Treasure Chest (Retired)
I like this charm because it reminds me that it’s what’s inside that counts the most.
Badminton Birdie (Retired, similar)
I had never played tennis or badminton prior to middle school, and the first time I held a racquet, I fell in love with racquet sports. That day in middle school gym class sparked a lifelong hobby that has helped me make some of my best friends, and happiest school memories.
Cinderella’s Castle (Retired)
The first castle I ever photographed was Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World.
Teacup (Retired, similar)
This teacup accompanies the tea pot.
I couldn’t find a charm unique to Tokyo when I was there, so I came home and bought this adorable bao charm, because it was the first thing I ate when we landed in Japan, and bao are one of my favorite things to make at home too.
I would love for my next bracelet to have more of a travel and nature or garden theme, since those are two of my favorite things. I’m on the hunt to collect all of the castle charms they’ve made, but until I find them all, I love how this bracelet looks, and that I can wear it with a anything.
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