This will be the last of my charm reviews for 2013, and I’m just fitting it in before the arrival of the Pandora Valentine’s Day collection, which will be on the 15th of January 2014. Today’s post covers the beautifully detailed Christmas Sleigh charm, known as the Dashing Through The Snow charm in the US.
The sleigh has a little sack of presents in the back, alongside a candy cane and a teddy bear.
Compared to the original garnet sleigh charm, this charm is leaps and bounds ahead in terms of design. It has a much more sophisticated, delicate design, with less heavy lines. The original sleigh is still lovely in its own right, but it is undoubtedly a much simpler charm.
Unlike the older sleigh, the Dashing Through The Snow charm is threaded through its sides, meaning that it sits forwards on your bracelet. The older sleigh was threaded so that sat sideways on the bracelet. I have to say, this does mean that the new sleigh sticks out from the other charms a bit – it’s a big charm in its own right. It also means that it doesn’t stay the right way up very much!
The other thing to note is the inclusion of the teddy bear on the side of the sleigh:
It’s a pretty faithful miniature of the LE Bear My Heart charm, and a nice little Easter egg that Pandora collectors will appreciate!
The only thing that strikes me is that, when you compare the two charms, you realise how much more gold is included in the Bear My Heart charm. And yet, in the UK, both are priced at £60 (which converts to $99 USD!). Consequently, I’m not sure how much value for money you are getting with the Dashing Through The Snow charm.
As you can see, the Sleigh charm threads on and has the Pandora hallmark ‘S925 ALE’ stamped on its side.
As it’s quite a sizable charm, I would personally avoid putting it with smaller, more delicate pieces.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that, when it slides on the bracelet and bumps into other charms, it makes a very hollow silver noise – like keys chinking together. I suppose this is because of the thinness of the front of the sleigh; none of my other charms do it.
This is a very beautiful charm, with some intricate detail, even if elements of its design do mean that it doesn’t sit quite as well on the bracelet chain as the original garnet sleigh. Overall, I am completely in love with this addition to my collection!
The Sleigh charm is £60 in the UK and $65 in the US.
Do you own this charm? Is it on your wish list? Let me know! :)