Today saw the release of the limited edition Pandora Club charm in several territories, including the UK. Other markets are waiting until the previously-stated release date of the 13th of March, so some ladies will have to wait until then. I myself was lucky enough to be able to purchase the Club charm this morning from my local concept store, who assured me that the numbers of this charm were really quite limited. As some ladies are unable to see the charm yet for themselves, I have decided to put this review up sooner rather than later, so that they can share in the fun too! ;)
The Pandora Club charm is especially for Club members, and requires a special voucher to purchase it. It is a limited edition piece, and is reportedly pretty limited in numbers. For further details on purchasing the charm, see my post here.
The Pandora Club charm is a miniature charm box and, like the recently-released Gift from the Heart charm, it has an articulating lid, which actually opens. Inside lies a tiny heart charm, studded with a diamond.
The charm came with a cute sleeve, which stated the charm’s limited edition status. I have to say that I’m a sucker for all kinds of fancy packaging, so, although it wasn’t a special box, I liked that little touch.
The bottom of the charm is plain, aside from the ‘S925’ hallmark stamp. As you can see, the burnished silver surface is very smooth and prone to scratching. I’ve not even owned it a day and it is covered with little marks; this is going to be inevitable if you wear the charm on your bracelet.
Getting the charm open poses something of a difficulty; there is no indent in the lid for you to insert your nail, so it is somewhat tricky. You have to really prise it open, which I feel slightly loathe to do as I’m very conscious of how scratchable this charm is!
However, having said that, the inside of the charm is beautiful. A miniature of the classic Pandora heart charm is nestled inside, but with a slight upgrade; the stone at its centre is not a cubic zirconia, but a 0.01 carat diamond!
The lid is engraved with ‘PANDORA CLUB 2014’. This I really love; it heightens the charm’s collectability and makes it feel that much more special. The inclusion of the date also suggests the possibility that the Club charm might become an annual event.
In fact, the inside of the charm is so lovely that I am reluctant to close the charm, as I think it undoubtedly looks prettier open. However, the lid opens and shuts far too freely if not clicked close, and it’s impossible to wear comfortably. I think, practically, it has to be worn closed, which is a bit of a shame as it hides the diamond!
The prices are set as £60 for the UK, $75 for the US, $99 AUD for Australia, 69 euros for Europe and 89 CHF for Switzerland.
I love this charm; the inclusion of the diamond makes it extra special as well for Club members. My only reservation is that it’s such a shame that you can’t see how beautiful a design it is when it is shut.
However, I do think that the Club charm’s release in the end has been a tad shambolic; the vouchers have been released online for some territories, but this does not mean that the charm is necessarily being sold yet. Some more solid information would have helped the situation a lot, as would have a more uniform release.
Furthermore, the fact that several UK online retailers are selling it without any need for a voucher somewhat defeats the special nature of the charm; you don’t even need to be a Club member to buy it! This undermines the whole point of the Club charm’s exclusivity, and I’m slightly baffled as to why Pandora have allowed that.
Are you sold on the Pandora Club charm? Are you going to buy it? Let me know!