This post offers a complete overview of every sought after and rare Pandora charm out there. It includes all rare retired charms and all limited edition charms. The only thing that I have kept back for another post is the country-exclusive charms.
*Last updated April 2018*
So many charms have been retired in the whole of Pandora’s history that it would be nigh on impossible to try and record them all. Instead, you should check out Pandora.net’s retired jewellery section to see a complete overview of what’s been retired. However, bear in mind that some of the oldest pieces are not even on the website, as they were retired before it was launched.
Instead, here is a list of the charms that are retired and sought after. Cycle through the gallery to see images of them.
- Bear Head
- Mushroom / Toadstool
- Magic 8 Ball
- Cell Phone
- Cola Can
- Red, Yellow and Blue Puzzle Pieces
- Dinosaur / Dragon
- The Ugly Duckling (part of the Hans Christian Andersen collection)
- HCA Top Hat (part of the Hans Christian Andersen collection)
- The Princess and the Pea (part of the Hans Christian Andersen collection)
- Spotty Muranos
- Perfume Bottle
- Spotty Headed Penguin
- Lion Head
- Sideways Elephant
- Sideways Fish
- Picnic Basket
- Butterfly Cameo pendant
This charm is extremely rare, as it was never actually for sale. Instead, it was handed out free to Pandora employees. The charm is supposed to be a mixture of the giraffe, the bumblebee and the lion, representing Pandora’s core values: passion, pride and performance. These fetch a pretty penny when sold on these days!
Blue Primrose Path
This charm was only ever released in Germany, and is no longer available to purchase. This is one of those charms that fetches a lot of money on the second hand market. Other colours of this charm are still available from Pandora.
This charm is not a religious charm, despite its name; it was released exclusively to Christ jewellers in Germany. It features a 14 carat gold open heart, and is one of the most sought after HTF charms amongst collectors. You can see the original listing for it on Christ’s website still, where it was listed for 59 euros. It certainly goes for a lot more than that nowadays ;)
‘Holy Grail’ charm
This charm, dubbed the ‘Holy Grail’ by Pandora collectors, was retired due to production issues; there were issues with the blue pearl drop losing its colour. It is very similar to the existing Dangle Daisy Teal cubic zirconia charm, which is still available today. This one is very rare – hence its name!
Canadian Maple Leaf
This was a Canadian exclusive release that debuted in Autumn 2009 – just in time for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. It features a white enamel background with a red enamel maple leaf. Collectors who own this charm have reported that the white enamel yellows with age, however.
German Oxidised Two Tone Spacer
This spacer was exclusively available in Germany and is now retired. It features an oxidised floral design, with two tone flower buds.
German Oxidised Pendant Dangle
This pendant matches the German spacer pictured above, and features a pink rhodolite stone in its centre. This charm was again only available in Germany, and is now retired.
This charm was released alongside the Hong Bao to celebrate the Chinese New Year in 2012. The silver version was re-released globally with the zodiac collection, but the two tone version remains an Asian exclusive.
Olympic Medal Dangle
This charm was released exclusively to the UK in 2012 as part of the Best of British set, in honour of the London Olympics. The charm was always intended to be sold for a limited time only, but Pandora were forced to pull the charm early due to complaints from the Olympic committee (Pandora weren’t official sponsors of the Olympics, and therefore should not have been producing Olympic-themed merchandise). I remember seeing these vanish from the shop windows very suddenly; one day they were in bracelet designs, and the next they were gone.
Purple Zebra Murano
This LE murano was released in 2012, as a surprise addition to the Tame the Wild animal print murano set. It was exclusive to Australia, the UK and Europe.
Sparkling Year of the Snake
This charm is very similar to the regular Year of the Snake charm; however, it has a line of cubic zirconia running up its underside. This was released exclusively in Asia in 2013 to celebrate the Year of the Snake.
I Love To Travel Charm
This airline exclusive charm was released in September 2013, and is an adorable remake of the existing suitcase charm. It features the words ‘I <3 To Travel’ with red enamel on one side, and a list of the continents on the other. It is currently only available as an in-flight purchase from selected airlines.
The Pandora Australia charm was due out with the Autumn 2013 collection; however, it was recalled due to complaints from Pandora collectors that it was inaccurate in terms of the number and placement of stars. There is a minute number of these charms floating around, making it possibly the rarest Pandora charm to date! It was assumed that the charm would be re-designed, but we are yet to hear any official news to this effect. For more details, see here.
Fascinating Aventurescent (Stardust) Murano
The Fascinating Aventurescent was intended to be a regular part of the Pandora Winter 2014 collection, but production issues meant that it only saw a limited release in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The copper flecks within the glass give it a beautiful sparkle.
The 14kt gold Forever Paris charm was a limited edition release in June 2016, only available from French concept stores. With only 500 made, each charm had its number engraved on the bail. The little stone at the top of the tower was a diamond.
Pandora has a history of honouring special royal events with a limited edition royal charm.
The Royal Church charm was released in Denmark in 2004 to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson. It has a grown crown and ’14-5 2004′ inscribed on its base. There are estimated to be around 3,000 of these in existence – it’s very rare!
Royal True Love Charm
This charm was released in 2008 in Denmark, to commemorate the marriage of Prince Joachim of Denmark to Marie Cavallier. Unlike the regular version of this charm, it has ’24/5 2008′ (the date of their marriage) inscribed on the back of it.
Royal Wedding Charm
This charm was released to celebrate the wedding of the UK’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. It featured a synthetic blue spinel to represent the blue sapphire of Diana’s engagement ring, which William proposed to Kate with, and ‘C & W’ engraved on the back.
Royal Baby Charm
After the birth of Britain’s Prince George in 2013, Pandora released this charm to celebrate – a limited edition version of the existing Baby Carriage charm. It featured a 14 carat gold crown, embedded with a cubic zirconia, and the words ‘Royal Baby 2013’ inscribed on the back. This was released in the UK, Canada and Australia only.
This charm is very possibly the rarest of all Pandora charms – I hadn’t even heard of it until I was a good year and a half into collecting Pandora. It dates back to 2003, when Pandora released it to support a hospital charity event in the Danish town of Randers. The event was called ‘Kiss the Frog’ and involved the locals of Randers decorating frog statues before placing them around the town. The charm is a representation of the frog statues. It was sold only in Randers, so it is really very rare.
This clip is based on the Lucerne dangle. It was released in Australia and the UK for a limited time in support of breast cancer charities.
The limited edition Lucerne dangle is not so rare as the clips, as it was released in all territories.
One World Health Charm
The One World Health charm was a US exclusive in aid of OneWorld Health, a non-profit organisation dedicated to developing medicines for impoverished countries. The charm features a clear CZ drop and two tone detailing. Pandora originally donated $20 for each of these charms sold – the charm was priced at $85.
The Pandora Family Ties controversy has become somewhat notorious in the Pandora community. The charm was originally released in 2009 for the Denmark charity campaign ‘Danmarks Indsamling’, which aims to help fight poverty in Africa. 12,000 copies of the charm were made. After the charity event ended, 1,000 charms remained, which Pandora decided to re-release in the UK market. However, the UK release was priced at £150 – whereas the original release in Denmark was only 225DK, which is roughly £25! Consequently (and unsurprisingly), there was significant consternation amongst UK collectors who had bought the charm when they learned of the price difference and, as a result, Pandora offered to refund collectors the difference in price, alongside a £50 gift voucher. Not too shabby! Since then, another version of the charm has been released.
The charm was also originally released in 14 carat gold:
The Venus Charm
This was the Denmark Indsamling charm for both 2010 and 2011. It was released to support women in Africa, and represents the Venus symbol for women. It was also released in 14 carat gold.
This feather dangle was the 2012 Pandora charm for Denmark’s Indsamling charity efforts, released in silver and in 14 carat gold. It was released exclusively in Denmark, and marks the last of Pandora’s Indsamling charms – they have declined to continue making them from 2013.
Pudsey Children in Need Charms 2015–2017
In 2015, Pandora UK released the Pudsey bear charm in support of the charity Children in Need. This was a limited edition charm and only available in the UK. The trend continued for the next two years.
The 2017 edition was announced as being the final charm Pandora would release in support of CIN.
Pandora Club Charms
Pandora Club Charm 2014The Pandora Club charm was released in March 2014 as a charm exclusive to Pandora Club members. The charm is modelled on the traditional Pandora charm presentation box, and features a lid that actually opens. Inside is a 0.01 carat diamond at its centre and the words ‘PANDORA CLUB 2014’ inscribed on the lid.
Pandora Club Charm 2015
Following on from the 2014 charm, Pandora released this limited edition Club charm for Summer 2015. This charm was not exclusive to Pandora Club members, but it was still marketed as a special Club edition. It features ‘2015’ engraved on one side and a 0.01 carat diamond on the other side!
Pandora Club Charm 2016
The 2016 Club charm featured a gorgeous beaded openwork design, which reminds me beautifully of playing cards. The stone is again a diamond.
Pandora Club Charm 2017
This is the only pendant Club charm – it has a locket design, but the cut-out at the front ensures that the diamond inside is always visible.
Pandora Club Charm 2018
The 2018 Club charm has been popular with collectors, offering the first character-based Club charm design since the original Hidden Heart. The stone in More Love is again a diamond.
Mother’s Day Limited Editions
Every year since 2013, Pandora have released a limited edition bead for Mother’s Day. These normally have two-tone detailing of some kind. However, there was no limited edition Mother’s Day charm in 2018, so perhaps this tradition is coming to an end. Pandora seem to be moving away from using solid gold in their new designs anyway, so possibly it is linked to that.
These Mother’s Day beads were produced in huge quantities, despite their limited edition status, and most are relatively easy to find on the second hand market. The designs are often more generic, especially as the years go on, also decreasing their collectability.
Bear My Heart Charm
The Bear My Heart charm was released in 2013 in all markets for Mother’s Day. It features a silver teddy bear holding a 14 carat gold heart.
Vintage Heart Charm
Much like the Bear My Heart charm of 2013, the Vintage Heart was a limited edition release for Mother’s Day 2014. It was released worldwide and was produced in limited numbers. It features a gold heart on both sides of the charm.
Always in my Heart Charm
The Always in my Heart charm is similar to the Vintage Heart but plays more heavily on Mother’s Day sentiment with a themed inscription. This was released for 2015.
Bound by Love Charm
The Bound by Love came out for Mother’s Day 2016, offering a double-sided gold bow and pavé set stones.
Precious Heart Charm
The Precious Heart is the last of these Mother’s Day charms, making its debut in 2017. It follows Pandora’s craze at the time for button-style openwork beads, with cut-out hearts along its side.
Black Friday Charms
The tradition of releasing a US-exclusive limited edition charm for Black Friday began in 2011, and continued up until 2016. In 2017, the charm originally marked out as the Black Friday bead was instead rebranded as a general holiday limited edition.
Midnight Hearts – 2011 BF Charm
This was released on Black Friday 2011, and retailed for $90. It featured black enamel and 14 carat gold. It also had the year 2011 inscribed on it.
A Precious Gift – 2012 BF Charm
This was released on Black Friday 2012, and retailed for $55. It was a red enamel version of the pink enamel present charm released in the Spring 2013 collection.
Let It Snow – 2013 BF Charm
This openwork charm was released on Black Friday 2013, and retailed for $65. It featured pavé cubic zirconia in the shape of a snowflake.
Christmas Wish – 2014 BF Charm
This pavé design was released exclusively in North America for Black Friday 2014. It retailed for $75.
The 2015 Black Friday charm was another North American exclusive, featuring a sweet two-tone snow globe design with an enamel base.
There was a stock image for an alternate version released as well, but it turned out that this was of an earlier prototype of the charm that never made it into production. It’s shame, as it’s lovely also.
The 2016 Black Friday charm fully embraced the pavé with this red poinsettia design. The date was engraved on the side of the charm.
This charm was originally intended as the 2017 Black Friday charm but at the last minute was marketed as a more general holiday-themed limited edition.
Pandora Disney Limited Editions
Since 2016, Pandora have released a Pandora Disney holiday limited edition. These have been Mickey & Minnie themed designs each time, usually featuring sparkling CZ detail.
Sparkling Mickey & Minnie
Mickey & Minnie Sparkling Icons – 2016
Mickey & Minnie Love Icons – 2017