With the arrival of the US bracelet promo tomorrow, I thought it would be appropriate to post a little shopping inspiration with a review of one of the new pieces from the Pandora Spring 2014 collection! The blue Butterfly Kisses murano is so far my only Spring 2014 purchase, and represents one of my favourite pieces from the new collection.
Introduction – choosing the right colour
The Butterfly Kisses muranos come in two colours, blue and pink: After seeing them both in person, the blue seemed the more striking to me. The pink version was very beautiful too, but it was softer and less vibrant.
I’ve never created a blue-themed Pandora bracelet, primarily as I don’t want to build a bracelet based on aquatic themes. This blue murano, with its purple tones and spring theme, seemed to be the perfect place to start; it features beautiful blue hues without being at all nautical!
It looks particularly gorgeous in the sunshine, as you can see in this live shot from my personal Instagram. :)
This charm has a lot of variation as, like every Pandora murano, it is hand-painted; this shows especially in this murano, as the butterflies can be very different in shape and size. I’d advise picking out your charms in person when you’re looking to buy any murano, but even more so with this one. I picked out one of the more regular ones!
The charm consists of clear glass laid over a pale blue core, with the butterfly detailing painted on top of the glass. The butterfly itself is a dark purple shade, with blue and white accents. The murano also features the new, smaller Pandora murano core.
When it came to styling the murano with my other charms, I had to think a little harder, as I don’t have really have any other blue charms. Instead, I’ve paired with the charm with some pretty pastels and some darker purple shades. In the end, I found that these combinations really helped give more texture to the bracelet, and brought out the more subtle purple in the wings of the butterflies themselves.
I picked out some muranos that were a slightly bluer purple: the purple Fascinating murano and the purple Flowers For You murano. These, I thought, complemented the mixture of blue and purple in the Butterfly Kisses murano itself. I also included a little hint of white with mother of pearl and white agate charms, which look great against the darker purples.
Circle of Love Bangle
Surprisingly, I also really loved the murano with the new Circle of Love limited edition bangle. The soft lilac tones contrasted nicely with the baby blue of the butterfly.
Pandora have placed a lot of emphasis on pastel colours in their marketing for the Spring 2014 collection and, consequently, I’ve put this charm also with my two favourite muranos – the pink and white Looking Glass muranos.
I particularly like the combination of the Butterfly Kisses and the white Looking Glass murano; the Butterfly looks great with other white pieces, especially the new Darling Daisy clip from the new Spring collection.
This charm was my favourite from the new Spring 2014 collection and, if I don’t manage to get any others, I’d be content with this one. It may not be particularly original in design, but it’s wonderfully executed. I loved butterfly jewellery when I was a teenager, and it’s a nice throwback to that too! I will reiterate, however, that I think it’s important to pick out this murano in person, as it varies so much.
The Butterfly Kisses muranos are £30 in the UK and $35 in the US. To see other charms from the Spring 2014 collection, see here!
What do you think of the new butterfly range from Pandora? What was your first Spring 2014 buy?