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You absolutely love your new Pandora bracelet, but are you having trouble with its famously tricky hidden clasp? After struggling and chipping your nails a little too often, it might be time to find a simpler way to open your bracelet. Have no fear – we’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks for opening a Pandora bracelet with ease.
With some practice, you can quickly and safely open your Pandora bracelet with a tool you always have on hand – your fingernail. Just follow these simple steps:
- Hold the bead so the clasp is facing toward you.
- Place your index finger on the hinge under the clasp for support.
- Stick your thumbnail into the slot and push until the clasp pops open. If you have a barrel clasp, twist the clasp as you apply pressure in the slot with your thumbnail.
- If you’re still having difficulty, simply press your other thumbnail into the other end of the slot and press both nails at the same time. Make sure to press instead of pry to avoid breaking your nails.
Of course, you might not always want to use your fingernail – maybe you just got a manicure, or perhaps your nails are too short to fit into the slot. That’s why we’ve also collected some of the best ways to open the clasp without using your nails. If you’re a visual learner, you’re in luck because we found one of the best videos explaining how to open your Pandora bracelet. Keep reading to learn more!
How Can I Open My Pandora Bracelet Without Using My Nails?
As you probably know, Pandora bracelets are a classy, modern take on the charm bracelet. You can add meaningful charms – for example, birthstones of loved ones or astrological signs – to an elegant bracelet to create a personalized piece of jewelry that goes with almost any outfit. However, this elegant bracelet also a clasp hidden in one of the beads. This hidden clasp is great because it gives the bracelet a smooth, uninterrupted line, but it can be very difficult to open.
You can purchase a Pandora bracelet opener like this highly-rated one from Amazon. Using the bracelet opener is simple – find the clasp, insert the edge of the flower into the slot, and apply pressure. The clasp will pop open, allowing you to take your bracelet on and off and change the charms with ease. What’s even better is that it doubles as a cute charm for your cellphone, ensuring that it will always be there when you need it.
If you’d rather not spend money on a special bracelet opener, you can use other objects with a narrow edge such as:
- A guitar pick
- The back of a stud earring
- A nail file
Simply use any of these items as you would use your fingernail or bracelet opener. Just use caution with any object that could potentially slip and injure your hand.
How to Open a Pandora Clasp Using Nails or Bracelet Opener, With Video
This video shows how to open a Pandora clasp with your fingernail or with a bracelet opener.
To open your bracelet using your fingernails:
- Rotate the bead containing the clasp until you find the slot.
- Insert both nails into the slot, one at each end.
- Press firmly until the clasp opens.
To open your bracelet using the bracelet opener:
- Hold the bracelet opener firmly between thumb forefinger and hold the clasp with your other hand.
- Insert the edge of the bracelet opener into the slot.
- Press firmly until the clasp opens.
How Do I Open My Pandora Bracelet While I’m Wearing It?
It’s important to be able to open the clasp of your bracelet using only one hand since that allows you to remove it without assistance. This is easiest to do if you have a bracelet opener, but you can also use your fingernail.
Use the fingers of your hand without the bracelet to hold the clasp firmly against the top of your wrist. Using the thumb of the same hand, insert your nail into the slot. If you have a bracelet opener, hold it between the thumb and forefinger of the same hand and insert it into the clasp’s slot. Press firmly until the clasp opens. It might take a few tries, but you’ll have it figured out in no time!
How Do I Fasten a Pandora Bracelet?
To fasten your Pandora bracelet, place the tip of the bracelet into the clasp and close the clasp, squeezing it until you hear it click shut. If it isn’t closing easily, make sure the bracelet tip is completely in the clasp and isn’t blocking the lock mechanism. The tip of the bracelet is shaped a little bit like a mushroom and you want to make sure that the “mushroom top” is completely within the clasp, allowing it to close around the narrower part.
Does Pandora Fix Broken Bracelets?
Pandora offers a generous repair warranty – they repair silver and gold bracelets free of charge for up to two years after purchase, and leather, wood, string, or glass items for up to one year. Buying a warranty isn’t necessary – you simply need to provide your proof of purchase in the form of a receipt or bank statement. However, the warranty is void if your bracelet becomes damaged because you used counterfeit charms.
Can I Extend My Pandora Bracelet?
If you have a Pandora bracelet with open links, you may able to personalize its fit with a bracelet extender. Unfortunately, extenders are not available for styles such as the snake chain or bangle. To extend the length of your open link bracelet, follow these steps:
- Purchase a bracelet extender with links in the exact same metal, color, and style as your bracelet.
- Using pliers, open the last link of the bracelet extender and attach it to the receiving ring of the clasp (that little ring on the clasp to which the rest of the bracelet attaches). Detach the end of the bracelet from the receiving ring.
- Put the bracelet around your wrist and figure out how much longer it needs to be for your comfort. Count the links so you know the exact length, and then take off the bracelet.
- Using wire cutters, snip off the extra links, leaving only the necessary length.
- Use your pliers to open up the last link of the extender and attach it to the end of the bracelet.
You can use this method to add an extension to any other necklace or bracelet as well. Just make sure that the extender matches your bracelet perfectly for a seamless effect.