After all the excitement over the upcoming collections for 2014, today’s post looks at all the charms that will be leaving Pandora’s Moments collection this year! I published a list of retired charms for the UK a little while back; this list encompasses charms that will be retired in all markets – and it’s a big list! All the charms listed here will no longer be produced by Pandora at all, and will not be available in any region. Most Pandora stores will be sending their retired stock back to Pandora HQ, but you should check with your store to see if they will be keeping any retired stock.
I’ve organised the charms into categories – the list itself is pretty long and it’s hard to actually see what’s there!
First up is the teal smooth triple leather bracelet. This was announced as a limited edition soon after it was released – apparently, there were production issues with this colour of the smooth leather bracelets.
There aren’t too many gold charms retiring this season – however, a large proportion of the gold muranos are up for the chop. There are certainly more gold charms leaving the collection than are being introduced, and I wonder what the future is for Pandora’s gold collection.
There aren’t too many two tone charms being axed, either, and some of these had already been retired here in the UK. I’m sad to see the Stella charm go, which is a beautiful and unique-looking piece (although it suffers from the same loss of oxidation problem as the oxidised bracelet).
Only a small number of clips are retiring – the only one I’m sad to see go is the beautiful pink sapphire Double Heart clip. I have these on my fairy tale bracelet, and they are stunning!
A number of charms with stones are going, as many with cubic zirconia as with genuine gemstones. The cabochon charms are lovely pieces, and it’s a shame that they’re going – however, I always thought they were very expensive for what they were (£60 here in the UK, which translates to roughly $100 USD!). The same goes for the onyx and agate Forget Me Not charms; I own the agate version, and it’s so pretty in person.
Enamel is still popular at Pandora, and only a handful of enamel charms are retiring.
There are a lot of muranos being retired this season and, hopefully, it means that we’ll be seeing some more intricate and exciting designs from Pandora to replace them. Pandora’s glasswork is ever-improving, and it’s not surprising to see them retiring some of their older designs to make way for their new and improved designs.
One thing that I’ve noticed about Pandora’s dangle collection is that there are a lot of pearl pendants! Pandora have obviously noticed too, as three of them are due to be retired. This still leaves a surprising number of pearl pendant charms to choose from, however. ;) I’m not surprised to see the lovely butterfly cameo pendant go, either – it’s pretty far removed from Pandora’s increasingly modern aesthetic.
Finally, a great number of lower-priced silver charms are leaving the collection. A number of them have been replaced, or will be, by updated versions – the Santa charm has been re-designed in enamel, for example, and a new Pineapple, studded with cubic zirconia, is due out with the Summer 2014 collection. I suspect that the profit margins are greater on charms with cubic zirconia and enamel accents. It’s a shame that all the Halloween charms are going, and I hope that it indicates that Pandora are going to be coming out with a new Halloween series this autumn! The Pumpkin is so popular here in the UK that I’d be surprised if they didn’t replace it with something.
And that’s it! What do you think of the first retirement of 2014? Is there anything you’re sad to see go? Let me know! :)