Pandora is celebrating its 30th birthday this year!

Pandora, the ever-popular charm bracelet and jewellery brand, has had a remarkable journey from being a small Danish jewellery shop to a world-leading international brand.

In celebration of its 30th birthday the brand has compiled its own list of Unforgettable Moments – just like Pandora customers do on their bracelets! Here are a few of these special Pandora moments that we thought you might not already know…..

  • It was 1982 in Copenhagen and Danish goldsmith Per Enevoldsen and his wife opened their first jewellery shop. The couple would go on to be at the helm of a world renowned jewellery brand!
  • At the end of 1999, after several months of developing and testing various creative ideas, the first in-house jewellery designers employed by Per created the Pandora charm bracelet concept. The way Pandora charms twist onto the bracelets is actually patented to Pandora.
  • Until early 2000, the concept wasn’t called Pandora – it didn’t have a name at all! There had been an internal competition for employees to come up with a brand name but with only hours to go until printing deadlines for the marketing material there was no winner! A school girl who had been helping at the office suggested “Pandora” – distinct, memorable and easily pronounceable in different languages!
  • When Pandora bracelets first when on sale in February 2000, the charm collection was made up of only 15 charms! Ten of which are still available today, including the well-liked strawberry.
  • In 2003, the first Pandora shop in America was opened, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 2008 was the year that Pandora first advertised on television.
  • Pandora celebrated becoming one of the world’s three largest jewellery brands in 2009.
  • During the Summer of 2009 an important moment took place in bringing fans of Pandora together –the first ever message posted on the brand’s Facebook page invited them to share their favourite charms.
  • On an Autumn day in 2011, Pandora had a royal moment! HRH Princess Marie of Denmark was spotted wearing Pandora!
  • Also in 2011, the Pandora angel became the most widely worn charm as its unit sales passed the 2.5 million mark!

To help celebrate this special birthday, Pandora are giving something back to its loyal fans…. From Monday 16th April until Sunday 22nd April 2012 shoppers can receive a FREE Pandora Silver Bracelet worth £55 (product code 590702HV) if they spend £125 or more on Pandora!

This offer is subject to terms and conditions. The complimentary bracelet is 590702HV and cannot be returned for a refund. Image of bracelet shown for display purpose only. One bracelet per customer. Subject to availability. Please ask in-store for details. Excludes Northern Ireland.

Head Over Heels in Bath

Jo rubbed shoulders with fashion royalty during Bath in Fashion!

I was lucky enough last week to be invited to the hottest ticket in town, during Bath in Fashion week – a rare talk by the fabulous Manolo Blahnik, hosted by ‘Bath Life’ magazine – an event which sold out in 20 minutes!

Manolo has lived in Bath for many years, and this year finally agreed to get involved with this high profile event. He spoke about his start in life in the Canary Islands, his early forays into designing shoes for his dog, and then his stellar career designing some of the world’s most iconic shoes.

During the fascinating hour-long interview, we heard about the many famous names he has worked with or designed for, from Bianca Jagger to Angelica Houston to Kate Moss – telling us stories about the stunning shoes Kate wore at her wedding, hand-sewn in Italy the night before and flown in just in time; to the huge boost his career received from Carrie’s obsession with his shoes in ‘Sex and the City’.

Bath in Fashion gets better every year, this year featuring headlining talks and shows from designer Amanda Wakeley, Mulberry-founder Roger Saul, and milliner Stephen Jones, as well as Manolo Blahnik. With coverage now in Tatler, Vogue and the Telegraph, this week of fashion events and shows really puts Bath on the fashionista map.

We at fabulous have been heavily involved again this year, with our jewellery featuring in several scenes in the Spring / Summer 2012 catwalk show at the Guildhall, styled by famed stylist Rebekah Roy – stylist to Kate Moss – as well as being showcased at the Street Style events throughout the weekend.

Every time I go down to Bath to our store, I am amazed by the sheer vibrancy of what goes on in the city, and just how many events happen throughout the year. If you didn’t make it to Bath in Fashion this year, then keep an eye out on events later in the year, as it’s a really great place for a weekend away. We’re adding our own little bit of fabulousness to life in Bath this Summer, with our Garden Party at The Bath Priory – so if you want to see what all the fuss is about, take the opportunity to come and see us there. It’s on Thursday June 21st – we’d love to see you there!

Manolo Blahnik interviewed at Bath in Fashion