I want to introduce everyone to one of my new sponsors!
Forin is a new fashion jewellery store that lets you create your own bracelet (or necklace) using beads and charms.
You’ve probably seen the concept before – think Pandora and Swarovski Chamilia. But Forin offers a more affordable price point, while still using high quality sterling silver alloys (and not silver plating over lesser metals).
If you’re not familiar with the details… Pandora and Swarovski also use high quality sterling silver for the majority of their beads and charms.
…when the team at Forin asked whether I would like to try out some of their products, I was really hesitant.
Firstly, I am a lazy. I like to buy something that someone else has already designed. I don’t want to spend time thinking up a design for myself. Sigh, who has the time for that?
Secondly, I didn’t think all those charms and beads were quite my style. I always gravitate towards classic designs, or funky-bold statement jewellery.
Thirdly, I’m not that sentimental with my jewellery. I will wear something everyday for months and love it. Then I find something new, and stop wearing the old stuff. I move on. Quickly.
However, I figured… hey why not, these “Design Your Own Jewellery Concepts” are really popular, I’ll give it a try and see how I go.
I was really honest with the Forin founder. I said to her – “I am not a fan sorry!”
I even tried to make plans with her on how I was going to send the samples back to her!
Anyway, I picked out a few bracelets, charms, glass beads and Swarovski Crystal beads. They arrived beautifully packaged in a velvet case.
I sat there for a good length of time, playing with different design variations, trying them on my wrist, feeling them jangle about.
This clustered variation (pictured above) had most of the beads and charms that I chose from the website. It looked quite cool!
I discovered that I liked the “busy clustered” look, rather than just “one or two beads” on a bracelet chain.
I also realised that I chose too many “blue and turquoise colours” and should have chosen more blacks and silvers – which is a bit more of my style.
So this is me wearing my clustered bracelet, stacked up with my other daily wrist wear. Looked pretty good.
I wore my Forin bracelet everyday for a week or so. I changed the designs every 3 days. Tweaking it to how I like.
I made so many mental notes!
“I really like the Paw Print Charm, it’s so cute! I must get myself another one.”
“I’d like to get a few more black Swarovski Crystal beads, so I can alternate them with the silver charms. More black!”
“There needs to be more repetition in the pattern, to make it look a bit more balanced.”
“I’d be so nice if I could wear a charm that reminds me of each of my children.”
Yes, I was designing my own bracelet. And yes, it was quite fun.
This was another variation that I liked. I wore it like this for a while. It was very easy to wear with my daily outfits.
In fact, this was my favourite design and bead arrangement.
(Although I’d like to swap all the blue crystal beads with black crystal beads.)
And this is yet another variation. This time I bunched up 5 charms and beads together, with no separators, showing off more of the bracelet chain. This design was nice too. I’d like to try a bracelet full of charms and beads all the way around!
During my “testing phase”… can you believe it, I walked into a Pandora and a Swarovski store to compare the quality of the beads and charms. My bracelet passed with flying colours. Its charms were just as bright and shiny. Its crystals were just as glittery and sparkly. Its weight and the sound it made when it jangled… was just as nice. (That’s right, I like to listen to my jewellery, don’t you? :P)
And so I walked out, being very pleased with my Forin products.
I emailed Jace (Forin’s founder) and told her how happy I was with her products, that yes, I would love to do a review, and yes, I think I’m a fan now!
I’ve realise that after wearing it for a few weeks, I adore my little bracelet. I really, really like that all the little elements in its design was chosen by ME. I have become quite attached to it!
So I guess I’m not so lazy… I guess that beads and charms can suit me… And I guess that I can be a bit sentimental with my jewellery after all :)
I’m now happily planning away at how I’m going to add to it. A few more black crystal beads. A few more cute charms. And some charms that remind me of each of my children.
I’m looking forward to wearing it after I’ve *really* personalised it.
Forin has offered a S$10 discount for every purchase that is over S$100. Just use the discount code “10OFF” at the last step of the checkout process to enjoy this discount.
This promotion is valid till the end of next month, 28 Feb 2013.
Enjoy a browse and I hope you find something you like!
Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.