Despite their recent popularity, Pandora style beads have actually been around for a number of years, since they were invented in Europe. In fact, Pandora style beads are sometimes alternatively referred to a European style beads, because this reflects their historical point of origin. Although they may still be referred to as European style beads today, the beads which you ultimately purchase may not come from Europe at all! There are skilled bead makers from all over the globe who are working to create bead of this style, and add their own unique touches to a style which has developed enduring popularity. Some of the finest quality European-style beads actually come from countries such as far afield as Nepal, where brilliant, sparkling facet glass beads are often handmade by artisanal craftspeople.
If you decide to make a Pandora style bracelet, it is important that you care for it properly, because this sort of bracelet is highly sought after. Luckily, it is really easy to clean this type of bracelet. All you need to clean your bracelet is a small amount of soapy water and a soft bristled toothbrush. The water should not be cold, or it will not clean the dirt off of the bracelet properly, but on the other hand, overly hot water may damage the glue used in the bracelet, depending on what style of bead you have opted for. Hot water is a particularly bad idea on beads which have multiple facet surfaces.
If the bracelet is only a little bit dirty, you will just need to give the Pandora style beads a gentle scrubbing with the toothbrush, and then rinse them off using a bit of clean water, so that you will not be left with any soapy residue. Do not be tempted to scrub too hard, nor should you use a toothbrush with very hard bristles for this task, or you risk damaging or scratching the beads. If the bracelet is covered in harder, caked-on dirt, you can soak it in the warm water for 5 to 10 minutes before you give it a gentle scrub, followed by a rinse in clean water. Soaking the bracelet should help you to dislodge any leftover dirt, without doing any damage to the bracelet.