Saturday, 27 October 2012

Sparklable Jewellery: Pink Shamballa Bracelet Review

As I girl with a penchant for all things sparkly, I have been interested in buying myself a shamballa bracelet for a while (in case you're not quite sure what a shamballa bracelet is, I have included an explanation to the end of this post).

I have wandered past several Worthing Market stalls selling shamballa bracelets recently, but I'm always dubious to the quality of the goods sold in such places.

When the opportunity to review one from Sparklable Jewellery - a handmade jewellery business started by Chris; a woman who adores the appearance and emotional impact of gemstones - arose then, I was really pleased.

I picked out the 8-ball baby pink variant, which retails for £10...

Sparklable Jewellery Shamballa bracelet review

Shambhala Pink bracelet Sparklable Jewellery

The picture above really does not give this shamballa bracelet the justice it deserves - it is incredibly sparkly! I especially love how it glints when I am outside and the winter sun is just starting to disappear into the night.

Here's a closer look at the bracelet's beautiful pink metal, glass gem-encrusted balls.
Pink Shamballa bracelet close up

The quality of this bracelet is fantastic; there is no risk of the gems inadvertently going astray (I have mentioned my fear of this in a previous KatSick bracelet review). I can adjust the pull-ties fairly vigorously too, without worry I might cause any damage.

This lovely bracelet is finished off with the inclusion of two Haematite balls, at the end of each pull-tie (long enough to allow the bracelet to be made into an anklet, if preferred). The healing properties of Haematite are said to include:

♥ Focus ♥ Concentration ♥ Willpower ♥ Reliability ♥ Courage ♥ Confidence ♥ Optimism ♥ Trust ♥ Stability ♥ Protection.

You can see these balls in the picture of the bracelet on my wrist below.
KatSick Sparklable Shamballa bracelet

Sparklable Jewellery Packaging

Whether buying one of Sparklable Jewellery's shamballa bracelets for yourself or a loved one, you'll be pleased to know that each item arrives delicately wrapped inside tissue paper, and placed inside a shimmery gift bag.

Sparklable Jewellery gift bag

Sparklable Jewellery gift wrap

I think any lady would love to receive one of these shamballa bracelets this Christmas - I have hardly taken mine off since it arrived!

What is a Shamballa bracelet?

Back in 1994, Mads Kornerup (Denmark) opened up his own jewellery shop in Rue de Sevigne, Paris, which relocated to New York just two years later. In both of its locations, the shop specialised in the retail of pieces inspired by Indian and Tibetans traditions, but it was "the NY years" which saw Mads begin to experiment with creating his very own jewellery designs.

2004 saw Mad team up with his brother Mikkel, to launch jewellery company Shamballa Jewels, and in this year the duo released their first collection. The pieces - including the now iconic bracelet - were designed to "encourage the possibility of the wearer [connecting] with their inner compassion and wisdom", and were inspired by the mythical Buddhist kingdom of Shambhala (also often considered the final chakra, found inside the hearts of all people).

Shamballa Jewels bracelet: £81,494.00
Jay-Z was one of the first celebrities to be seen wearing a Shamballa Jewels bracelet, which he had custom made by the company. Since, the accessory has become very popular among the A-list, as well as every day folk.

Considering the high cost of official Shamballa Jewels bracelets - which comprise 18ct white gold and endless, brilliantly cut 18ct diamonds - many jewellery companies are making their own variants, using less precious (read as 'expensive') materials, naming them 'shamballa bracelets'.

If you want an affordable, but gorgeous shamballa bracelet, remember to visit the Sparklable Jewellery store.