Finally some exciting news arrives in the Pandora world as we have confirmation of two new limited edition charms for the Chinese New year 2014! The charms consist of a Red Lantern charm, a national symbol for China, and a silver ingot, known as a Yuanbao. The charms are set to be released on the 9th of January.
We have images of the two charms, thanks to Instagram user audreyywp. One is a red lantern, with stunning enamel detailing, and the other a silver ingot.
Red lanterns are often hung around the house and seen during the celebration of the Chinese New Year, while the silver ingot charm represents wealth.
Pricing and Exclusivity
As for prices, the Red Lantern is rumoured to be HKD $499 and TWD $1,610, while the Yuanbao is HKD $299 and TWD $1,210.
These charms are currently Asian exclusives. However, in previous years, Europe and Australia both eventually received the Chinese New Year charms – it may well be the case for this year too. *UPDATE* The Chinese Lantern has now been confirmed for a March release in the US at least. I expect it will be released in other territories as well.
About Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is based on a lunar calendar, and consequently falls in January or February. This year’s falls on the 31st of January, and the zodiac animal for 2014 is the horse.
Pandora have a history of releasing special charms to celebrate the Chinese New Year, as Pandora is very popular in Asia. Previous offerings from Pandora for Chinese New Year included the Hong Bao and Dragon dangle charms in 2012, and the Sparkling Chinese Zodiac Snake dangle in 2013.
Do you like the 2014 Chinese New Year charms? Will you be trying to get hold of them? Let me know! :)