Pandora and Trollbeads are two international jewelry companies specializing in customizable beaded bracelets. Pandora and Trollbeads bracelets look similar because both are comprised of interchangeable beads.
The main difference between Pandora and Trollbeads is threading. A bead is threaded when grooves are cut inside the bead and along the bracelet so that the bead does not fall off. Pandora beads are twisted onto the bracelet. Trollbeads do not contain threading; they slide onto the bracelet.
Trollbeads bracelets are thinner than Pandora bracelets. Therefore, Pandora beads will fit on Trollbeads bracelets but Trollbeads will not fit on Pandora bracelets.
Pandora and Trollbeads have different bead themes. Pandora focuses more on everyday hobbies and events such as playing an instrument, birthdays and friendship. Trollbeads focuses on exotic themes of fantasy, astrology and mythical creatures such as fairies.
Trollbeads has more than 500 bead varieties as of 2010, while Pandora has more than 600. Both companies produce a limited number of one-of-a-kind beads as well.
Trollbeads was founded in Denmark in 1976. Pandora was also founded in Denmark, but in 1982.