You know that feeling when you want to kick yourself for doing something so stupid that you deserve the roundhouse kick you want to give yourself? Well, that’s how I felt this week…
I wish that it was a joke, but seriously I dropped a sterling silver ear cuff I bought from Hallo Jane into the garden below… because I got distracted while opening the packet… and their big puppy ate it. I’m concerned for the puppy but I’m also really upset with myself. I’m more upset with myself to be honest.
… you just can’t make this stuff up!
Let me show you what I did manage to buy during the Hallo Jane sale (that wasn’t eaten by the dog).
I have been collecting jewellery pieces since forever, but this year I’ve been feeling like adding more South African pieces in my collection. PS, I am not saying I’m buying designer pieces, but rather that I buy tiny pieces of wearable art.
It’s should be a surprise that I almost always wear a cowrie shell – since I love the ocean. The shell may be dangling from my ears, around my neck or even on my finger. However, I also like to wear something from my mom’s collection – even if it was something I brought back from my travels for her.
Lesson from this page of my life…
Sit down, sit still and do one damn thing at a time – ok!
Since I’ve last shared my and the kids’ Pandora bracelets I’ve added quite a few new charms. I wear mine regularly – even if it is now mostly just at home. (Scroll to the bottom to see how you can take part in the Voices of Pandora fun.)
My Pandora bracelet is all about travel, I have a suitcase and world map charm; followed by Big Ben as the UK was the first country I landed on all those years ago with one of my best friends; I also have a Dutch windmill because the Netherlands was where I phoned my mom from to tell her how beautiful the tulips were; lastly I have the Colosseum as hubby and I had so much fun on our European honeymoon here – and a waterseller’s line, “it’s the best water in the world” we will never forget.
For Lexa I have a fairy with a wand – because she is so magical; a Christmas cat to celebrate the Christmas we got little Sandton (the cat); we also have an orchid to celebrate all the beautiful flowers she and my mom saw when we were on Reunion Island; a double heart charm for when we got her sister; the big 5; A Mickey Mouse because she is obsessed with her MiMak; and lots of hearts because we love her so much.
Lily also has the sibling charm; as well as the Big 5 charm to celebrate South Africa; a beautiful pink flower charm from my own bracelet; A big white balloon with a teddy bear hanging onto it’s own teddy bear; plus just as many hearts as her sister; she also has an initial charm to signify her name;
Voices of Pandora
Storytelling and collecting are natural human impulses, something Pandora first tapped into 20 years ago with the creation of its Pandora Moments charm bracelet concept. To celebrate the now-iconic piece and thank Pandora consumers around the world, the brand kicks off Voices of Pandora on August 18, a global activation designed to ignite self-expression and connection through collecting personal stories.
Throughout September, Pandora will release collages of fan photos from all over the world wearing charms that are linked to memorable firsts in their lives.
With the activation, Pandora invites its community to become the voice of its celebration. By uploading a photo of their favourite charm on their arm, along with an explanation of what it represents for them, fans can share the memorable firsts and milestone moments they have captured with their Pandora charm bracelet. Whether it’s a first kiss or a first trip, with every charm comes a unique story. Using a selection of the images, Pandora will create a photo collage, releasing new versions to go live on its digital channels for September.
Adding to the collages, Voices of Pandora will also launch short films and feature the memorable firsts of both a selection of Pandora super fans from around the world and the Pandora Muses, a global collective of inspiring women. During recent remote photo and video shoots, super fans and the Pandora Muses shared anecdotes about their milestone moments and passions captured in their Pandora charms. From a camera symbolising a passion for photography to a turtle representing a love of ocean wildlife, the women seized the opportunity to get creative and tell the stories behind their jewellery.
Influencers around the world will also take part in Voices of Pandora, sharing their cherished charm stories. The collective result will be an original and diverse celebration of the people, stories and voices that make up the Pandora community around the world.
Consumers are still invited to submit their images and stories throughout September and until the end of the activation in October.
The Voices of Pandora activation will culminate in the release of a short film in October, highlighting content from our Pandora consumers worldwide. This film will be released to say thank you to fans for taking part in the celebration and trusting us with their memories and milestones.
Pandora and brand Muse Halima Aden unite in support of UNICEF, as the Marley family reimagine iconic anthem One Love for global fundraising appeal.
Model and activist Halima Aden has come together with Pandora in support of UNICEF’s One Love initiative, to reimagine a world fit for all children. With the goal of preventing the COVID-19 pandemic becoming a lasting crisis for the world’s most vulnerable children, Pandora will match every dollar donated through One Love up to the value of US$1 million.
Members of the Marley family are rerecording the late Bob Marley’s iconic anthem One Love in support of UNICEF. Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music will release a new version of the seminal song on 17 July with all proceeds from the song and related activities directly supporting UNICEF’s Reimagine campaign.
Originally recorded in 1977 by Bob Marley and the Wailers, One Love/People Get Ready is an iconic song for millions across the globe with its everlasting message to come together as one. The reimagined version of the song will be a true global anthem for 2020 featuring members of the Marley family, established musicians from all corners of the globe and artists from conflict zones around the world.
“Over forty years ago, my father wrote One Love about unity, peace and universal love during a time when there was much trouble in the world. Even in a time when we aren’t able to get together, his message remains true today, we can get through this global crisis if we come together through one love and one heart” said Cedella Marley.
As an advocate for global change, model and activist Halima Aden is raising her voice for the One Love initiative, encouraging the public to support and engage with donating functions across social media. With the first US$1M donated by supporters across the world doubled by Pandora, the proceeds will help UNICEF provide necessary equipment and essential support to vulnerable children and young people.
“As a Pandora Muse, I am so excited that Pandora supports the efforts of an organization that is so personal to me, UNICEF. As a UNICEF Ambassador, who was once on the receiving end of the services they provide to children around the world whilst growing up in a refugee camp, I know how detrimental the impact of COVID-19 will be if it hits refugee camps,” said Halima Aden. “The loss will be unbearable. In camps, there is no such thing as social distancing. UNICEF needs our help today more than ever and I’m so grateful to my Pandora family, as well as the Marley family, for coming together for this important initiative.”
Stephen Fairchild, Chief Product Officer Pandora, comments, “Across the world, we need to stand together in these difficult times, not forgetting those who need it most. By coming together with Halima Aden and the Marley family in support of UNICEF, we can contribute together towards ensuring that the post-pandemic world is fairer and more equal for every child.”
Throughout the month of July, Pandora and UNICEF will drive awareness by engaging with Pandora fans and influencers, raising funds in support of the One Love initiative. This includes a “swipe-up” donation matching function, an AR Instagram filter where each interaction results in a UNICEF donation and matching of all funds raised through activations on TikTok supporting the song launch.
Pandora’s partnership with UNICEF is a global call to action in response to a UNICEF estimate that, without urgent action, COVID-19 could cause an additional 6,000 children to die from preventable causes every day over the next six months. The collaboration on One Love is an extension of Pandora’s ongoing partnership with UNICEF that aims to support young voices around the world.
Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery brand, today announced it will entirely stop using mined silver and gold in its jewellery by 2025 and only buy from recycled sources. This will cut carbon emissions by two thirds for silver and by more than 99% for gold.
“Silver and gold are beautiful jewellery materials that can be recycled forever without losing their quality. Metals mined centuries ago are just as good as new. They will never tarnish or decay. We wish to help develop a more responsible way of crafting affordable luxury like our jewellery, and prevent that these fine metals end up in landfills. We want to do our part to build a more circular economy,” said CEO Alexander Lacik.
From 71% to fully recycled
Today, 71% of the silver and gold in Pandora’s jewellery comes from recycled sources. Shifting completely to recycled silver and gold will reduce CO2 emissions, water usage and other environmental impacts, because recycling of metals use less resources than mining new metals. The carbon emissions from sourcing of recycled silver are one third compared to mined silver, while recycling of gold emits approximately 600 times less carbon than mining new gold, according to life cycle assessments.
“The need for sustainable business practices is only becoming more important, and companies must do their part in response to the climate crisis and the depletion of natural resources. For many years, Pandora has used recycled metals in our designs. Now we are ready to take the next step and stop using mined silver and gold altogether. This is a significant commitment that will be better for the environment and make our jewellery more sustainable,” said Alexander Lacik.
Silver is the most used material in Pandora jewellery, accounting for over half of all purchased product materials measured by weight. Pandora also uses smaller volumes of gold, palladium, copper and man-made stones such as nano-crystals and cubic zirconia.
The decision to use only recycled silver and gold covers all use of these metals in Pandora’s jewellery, including grains, semi-finished items such as chains, and other parts from suppliers.
More silver can be recycled
Today, around 15% of the world’s silver supply comes from recycled sources. More than half of the recycled silver comes from industry, where the metal is used in chemical production, electronics and for other purposes.
Pandora will work with its suppliers to guarantee sufficient supply of responsibly sourced recycled silver, certified according to leading supply chain initiative standards such as the Responsible Jewellery Council. Pandora will also engage with key stakeholders in the supply chain to explore opportunities for increasing the availability of recycled silver and improve production standards.
The decision to use recycled precious metals follows Pandora’s ambitious decarbonisation targets announced in January. In 2020, Pandora will source 100% renewable electricity at its two jewellery crafting facilities in Thailand, and by 2025 the company will be carbon neutral across its entire operations. Pandora has also joined the Science Based Targets initiative – the leading corporate collaboration for action on climate change – and will publish a plan next year to reduce carbon emissions in its full value chain in line with the Paris Agreement.
Note to editors: The following sources were used to calculate the difference in carbon footprint between recycled and mined sources: mined and recycled silver (GaBi database 2019), mined gold (World Gold Council, 2018), and recycled gold (C. Hafner, 2019)
Pandora designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished jewellery made from high-quality materials at affordable prices. Pandora jewellery is sold in more than 100 countries through 7,400 points of sale, including more than 2,700 concept stores.
Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Pandora employs 28,000 people worldwide and crafts its jewellery at two LEED certified facilities in Thailand using mainly recycled silver and gold. The company plans to be carbon neutral by 2025 and has joined the Science Based Targets initiative to reduce emissions across its full value chain. Pandora is listed on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange and generated sales of DKK 21.9 billion (EUR 2.9 billion) in 2019.
One month down, 11 to go of the first year in a new decade.
2020 promises to be a good year for self-expression with Pandora…
I love checking out what is new at Pandora and in 2020 they have not disappointed. The year kicked off with #SomethingAboutYou. Play with the pieces that reflect who you are and what you stand for.
A flawless fusion of heritage and modernity, our ultra-modern Purely Pandora designs profile perfect proportions and an elegant play on minimalism. Bringing with them a sense of harmony and timeless wonder, symmetrical formations of polished metallic spheres on rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and charms create a storytelling style for 2020 and beyond.
Do you celebrate Galentine’s Day?
In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.
13 February is Galentine’s Day – Show love and support for the women in your life
On 13 February we celebrate Galentine’s Day and for this day Pandora has a symbolic range that celebrates the commitment to every type of love, inspired by tbest friend necklaces that split for sharing. This range features hand drawn hearts that are asymmetrical. These charms all represent an imperfect love that’s real.
Celebrate the perfect imperfections of your love with Pandora this #PandoraValentines
Whether you want to make a subtle move with a pair of classic heart shaped earrings or go full on roses and rings, we’ve got the pieces to make this Valentine’s Day memorable. Hearts, cubic zirconia and gleaming metals make for a romantic combination and there’s nothing like showing your affection with jewellery.
Romantic gifts don’t have to spell boring. “Hearts are an essential part of Pandora’s DNA and a visual element we’ve always loved to use,” note our VP Creative Directors, Francesco Terzo and A. Filippo Ficarelli. Showing that love has many forms and isn’t always flawless, our new freehand heart designs are perfectly imperfect. An understated piece that speaks volumes about how you feel, make her swoon and gift her a pendant this Valentine’s Day; it’s as romantic as it looks.
Channel the true romance of classic hearts and put the sparkle in your future together with clip-on charms for Pandora Reflexions bracelets. Shaped as romantic hearts, they’re available in cool sterling silver or blush-pink Pandora Rose, polished on one side and set with stones or embossed with our logo on the other. She can look at it and think of you. From everyday signatures to date-nightworthy styles, we’ve got you — and her – covered.
I can’t do a gift guide a day or break it down to one for every person in the family. The one thing I don’t want more of this year is more stuff taking up space in my house. With this post I’m taking the guessing work out of gift-giving if you need to buy for someone like me…
Hours of word fun
A book with crossword puzzles! I started doing crosswords again while my mom was sick and I’m almost done with my first book with 50 puzzles (but have started a new one in the meantime). This is probably one of the most relaxing things in my life. It is a “not so expensive gift” and if given to the right person, you will make someone very happy.
If there is a Secret Santa out there that would like to spoil me, buy me film for my Instax Mini LiPlay! You don’t even have to think about it – film is always appreciated.
If however you feel like spoiling a very special person in your life, get them the Instax Mini LiPlay or printer – or even an Instax Mini… or any Instax camera. I have yet to meet a person that won’t love one.
Just joking… When you order something from Takealot and would rather add something else to your cart than pay for delivery, put in a hand or lip balm from Burt’s Bees. Whomever you gift it to will think you’re the Bees’ Knees. (I’m so sorry about trying to pun it out!)
Pandora, always Pandora!
Did you know that Pandora and Warner Bros. have teamed up to
launch a Harry Potter inspired collection? I still can’t believe that Harry
Potter is still this popular, but apparently it is – according to my nieces.
You don’t have to be a witch or wizard to wear these
spellbinding charms, but you definitely need to know that you’ll make a Harry
Potter fan happy if you gift them one of these charms!
I’m more of a classic Pandora charm girl so I would probably appreciate something from the Festive Collection more… The Celestial charms speak to me but I wouldn’t say no to Shine Bright or Blue Dreams charms either!
I can throw a lot of beautiful content on how drinking a gin will conjure memories of South African landscapes, the scents of earthiness, fresh dewy florals in the veld or even the way thatch smells in the sun – but to be honest I’m just going to tell you that when you support local, you are the absolute best. When you wrap up and give a Wixworth Gin the recipient will know that it is a thoughtfully chosen gift and enjoy it more. #BeAClassic #wixworthgin
Just to twist your arm a little, look at www.stoprhinopoaching.com… when you can support a local brand that also gives towards the preservation of endangered species, you get double the gift glow satisfaction.
A meaningful gift
You can donate time or money to an animal shelter (hint hint), be kind to your fellow humans or support brands that give back. I heard about TOMS… and this is what you need to know:
TOMS was born of a belief in a better tomorrow. Since 2006, the TOMS community has been providing shoes, sight, and safe water to millions of people around the world.
Since its inception, TOMS has given over 93, 000, 000 pairs of shoes, over 770, 000 sight restorations, over 720, 000 weeks of safe water to deserving communities and over $6,5 million in impact grants.
Visit www.shoptoms.co.za to view and shop up a storm. #tomssouthafrica #shoptoms #standfortomorrow
I’m not going to lie, in our house there are more Barbies, My Little Ponies and LOL Dolls than anything else, but I’m guilty of spoiling my girls rotten because I want to play with their new toys…
You seriously don’t have to go big. I bought an egg with a packet of sweeties and a mini My Little Pony for Lexa as part of her advent calendar (and it costs R20) and she LOVES IT! I’m going to put it out there, for most kids as long as they can unwrap it, they’ll love it.
Ideas for your kids’s presents
Books and that includes colouring books
A toy from their favourite TV show (we have PJ Masks, MLP… Fancy Nancy)
A T-shirt with their favourite animals or TV characters
Fingerlings – these things are so cute
The super new Color Reveal BARBIE (please I want one)
A pet LOL for their LOL Dolls
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you spend. Just spoil someone with a thoughtful gift – or just put down your phone and have an actual conversation.
What makes you, you? Reinventing symbols in an entirely new way, Pandora Me explores self-identity through a brand-new collection of sterling silver micro dangle charms and single stud earrings, bracelets and a safety pin brooch that enables a new generation to create empowering jewellery looks based on the stories that make them who they are.
Reimagining the notion of miniature inkings through jewellery, looking at the way we use symbols and messages to express who we are as individuals, the small, hand-finished sterling silver symbols are powerful markers of personality and open to interpretation. From blue moons to bumble bees and music notes to magical unicorns, every piece has a meaning; it’s up to the wearer to define it.
The beauty of Pandora Me is that one person sees a symbol one way, and someone else sees it another way. It’s a more playful way to express yourself and your story — jewellery doesn’t have to be serious.
Pandora’s creative directors, Francesco Terzo and A. Filippo Ficarelli
The new collection is faced by the actor and activist, Millie Bobby Brown, who has signed a two-year contract to represent Pandora Me. The casual and cool campaign images, shot by noted photographer Cass Bird, feature Brown wearing her favourite symbols and sharing the personal stories behind each piece.
Meet Millie Bobby Brown — The Face of Pandora Me
The 15-year-old actress is a multifaceted talent on and off the screen and her professional accolades are well-known. She captured the hearts of millions in major television roles and is set to make her silver screen debut in summer 2019.
Beyond her professional talents, Millie’s passions for important social causes elevated her to become the youngest person ever to be included on TIME Magazine’s annual “100 Most Influential People” list, and UNICEF appointed her the youngest Goodwill Ambassador in the program’s history.
In addition to her tell it like it is attitude, Millie’s 18 million Instagram fans follow her page for fashion moments, her impressive rap skills and behind the scenes look at her life.
When she’s not using her profile to celebrate personal stories with her fans, Millie uses her stardom to advocate against bullying and the negativity on social media.
Millie Bobby Brown was born on February 19, 2004 in Spain to British parents, and moved to Orlando, Florida in 2011 where talent scouts discovered Millie. She has three siblings, and today she resides in London and Atlanta, Georgia.
One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
shells. I’m scared beyond words to pick them up from the beach because it might
have an inhabitant that pops out unexpectedly – and I don’t want to see that!
were down in Ballito we went to Sage for breakfast and as per usual I browsed
the little shops while dad and the eldest kid were in the park. That’s when I
saw the most amazing piece of jewellery ever…
There it was, a choker with cowrie shells in sterling silver – and a matching ring. I had to have the ring immediately, but with my thin fingers it looked like I was playing with an adult’s jewellery. I left without buying a piece but couldn’t stop thinking about that ring and a few hours later, I was stalking the maker Miss D Jewellery on Instagram.
her and met her the next day at the Ballito Pro to buy a cowrie shell ring. I
walked away from the pop-up shop and placed an order for a pair of custom
cowrie shell earrings. The night before delivery I message her to add a
necklace with single pendant.
me in Salt Rock with a beautiful parcel – and I couldn’t wait to wear my new
pieces. As she drove away I had the necklace on. By the time she exited the
shopping centre the earrings were on me too. I couldn’t stop touching them –
and I’ve mostly worn these pieces out in the last month.
I own other
cowrie shell jewellery bought on Zanzibar and the Maldives – but this, I don’t
know… It’s a little more special because I now know who the maker is; I can go
back and add to my little collection; or even ask for a custom piece.
showing it off – and if you ask me for her details I’ll give it to you, because
I want local makers to make it. I want everybody else to buy local too.
There is something about shells…
are little magical things from the sea that wash up on the beach. Some are
broken, some look new – and yet you can never be sure just how old they are. I
love holding smooth shiny shells or the “crinkle cut” shells and gently running
them between my fingers. It’s quite therapeutic when you sit and stare out over
Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.
I think there is a reason I am drawn to the sea and anything connected to it. It’s probably a reason I won’t ever speak about. I’m just thankful that I can carry something from it with me wherever I am.
I don’t need more jewellery, gifts or breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day. In our family (when I was growing up) we never celebrated the Mother’s/Father’s/Valentine’s Days, we celebrated birthdays, Christmases and victories – that’s it. It was really strange when I started dating my Irishman and they celebrated every single commercial holiday with extravagant gifts and restaurant lunches.
It is different for me, I didn’t get to have babies like (most of) you. I didn’t choose when I could have them or even if I could have them. All I knew was that I wanted them and I would stop at nothing to have my own kids. I was 37 and 39 when they arrived. Being older and wiser has its perks – one of them that I already have wisdom and everything else I want and need.
Don’t worry about the pressure or the responsibility. Just live in it, have fun, and when everything seems to be going right, just stay humble and remember your family.
I’m under no illusion that I will be there to see my grand kids, all that matter now is that my kids know that they are everything to me. I want them to have the best of the world I grew up in and the life their parents built and dreamt of. I want them to always know that I’m there, even if I’m gone one day. I want them to know that I knew them, thought of them, fought for them and loved them. Mother’s Day is not about me, but rather about me starting a tradition to add another charm to their bracelets…
I have written about my kids’ bracelets before. I started the bracelets to celebrate moments we shared, dreams I had for them and just to add something I loved. One of Lexa’s very first charms is a little Christmas cat, because we got Sandton when she was a year old and she loved him from the very first moment. Lily’s bracelet I started off for myself while waiting for her time to come and she has blooming flowers, because she was my wish that had to bloom. They both have a charm representing having a sister and that I added the day I was sure there would be two kids to love.
I don’t need more jewellery, gifts or breakfast in bed – but I do need to make sure that my girls have special pieces that I put together for each of them. I chose Pandora because it is a timeless gift that they can continue building, changing and customising wherever they may end up in the world one day.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
Joined by Love, a tribute by Pandora to the bonds we share
Pandora has also launched a unique collection to celebrate
the bonds that connect us. This very special collection is called JOINED BY
LOVE and it tells the story of Mother’s
Day in a versatile, new way. One where motherhood and the idea of being loved
and embracing the people you feel connected to, not just through DNA, play a
design, craftsmanship and attention to detail reworked classical symbols into
modern sensibilities. The iconic heart shape melds elegantly with the classic
love knot to create a new and inﬁnite link of love with a modern edge.
We’ve mixed symbols of unending love and linked them to create a new symbol inspired by the fabric of love and family bonds.You can put your own meaning and sentiments into the jewellery or see it as a complete style story.
VP Creative Directors, Francesco Terzo and A. Filippo Ficarelli
The new Knotted
Heart Bracelet is crafted from sterling silver links that hold a central
knotted heart as a tribute to timeless emotional bonds. For wear without
charms, the heart-embossed toggle slips through the largest link to close.
Combining smooth sterling silver looped with lines of glittering pavé-set
stones, the Knotted Heart statement ring redeﬁnes the ultimate symbol of
love – forever modern, forever connected.
As jy ‘n sentimentele mense soos ek is, dra jy wense op jou
mou. Die nuutste Pandora “Wish Collection” is soos om jou wense te sien.
Wat ek van Pandora hou, is dat ek ‘n versameling vir my 2
dogters kan bou sodat hulle eendag wonderlike dinge het wat hul sal herinner hoe
lief ek vir hulle is. Ek hoef ook nie ‘n volledige versameling te koop nie, kan
meng en pas om elke kind te pas – en koop soos ek ‘n ietsie ekstra het.
Die Pandora Wish Collection
As jy gee, moenie onthou nie. As jy ontvang, moenie vergeet nie.
Stapel hulle opmekaar, meng kleure, dra dit minimalisties of met iets blinks. Druk jouself uit – dit gaan alles oor self-uitdrukking. Sien die hele versameling hier.