The Vintage Heart charm is Pandora’s limited edition charm from the Mother’s Day 2014 collection and I finally have it within my hands to review! ;) This two tone piece follows the limited edition Bear My Heart charm, which was released for Mother’s Day in Spring 2013. In this post, I’ll be having a look at the Vintage Heart and also talking a little bit about a couple of the other Mother’s Day 2014 charms that I had a look at in store.
I did promise this review at the beginning of the week – however, with all the exciting news and previews that have emerged this week, it’s had to be pushed back a little. In any case, on to the Vintage Heart!^^
The Vintage Heart is a stunning openwork heart, featuring floral detailing and a gold heart at its centre. There’s actually quite a lot of gold on this charm, as the gold hearts are on both sides (unlike the pendant version of this charm) and are quite sizeable.
The name ‘Vintage’ is appropriate, as it features a classic style that seems more likely to please both old and new Pandora collectors. It is perfect for a Mother’s Day gift, with its elegant heart motif, but also has an appeal that goes beyond the familial.
The openwork detailing is beautiful, and you can see how the two halves meet in this shot of the top of the charm.
It’s pretty different in style to last year’s limited edition charm, the Bear My Heart. While I loved the teddy bear, I’m aware that its cuteness didn’t appeal to everybody. The Vintage Heart seems a lot more versatile and classic-looking – I would imagine that it would have a more universal attraction.
For those wondering where the ALE marks are on this charm, they’re located inside the rim on one side of the charm. They are very tiny (too tiny for my camera), but you can just about make them out.
For me, the style of this charm suits the dramatic look of the oxidised bracelet. I love the combination of the oxidised bracelet and hints of gold.
You’ll have to click on this image to see it properly – my blog layout does not accomodate wide shots very well!
However, it will ultimately be going on my two tone fairy-tale bracelet, which is very different in style. It features two tone charms mixed with pink enamel and murano glass. This is almost finished – I’m just wanting either the retired Princess and the Pea charm or the two tone castle charm, plus a couple of spacers, to complete it! <3
Stray Observations on the Mother’s Day 2014 collection
When I was in store to buy the LE Vintage Heart, I also got a good look at the 14 carat gold version of the Vintage Heart:
While the all-gold version is undoubtedly lovely, I actually think I prefer the two tone version. The silver contrasts very prettily with the gold, and I think it adds more to that vintage look. (However, my sales assistant was quite keen to point out the gold charms to me for some reason. When I paid for the Vintage Heart, she even made a point of popping a catalogue in the bag that she had folded down at the gold charms page! I think they can just sense my weakness…)
I also wanted to look at the new Happy Birthday cake charm, which looks so pretty in all the pictures I’ve seen, but they’d all sold out already! :( Obviously a popular one.
The other thing that I happened to see in the shop was my favourite ring from the new Mother’s Day collection – the Sparkling Bow. I’m toying with the idea of doing the UK’s 3 for 2 ring promotion in May, and I think that the bow ring looks great with the little heart rings released for Valentine’s Day 2014. Apologies for the quality of the picture – it was taken somewhat on the fly by a long-suffering OH… :
This is a stunning piece and it’s even more striking in real life than in the stock image. This was a limited edition piece that I was never in any doubts about getting; as one of the only two tone charms released with the Mother’s Day 2014 collection, it’s a lovely offering for gold-lovers.
For readers in the US, this charm is available as part of a gift set from April 11 to May 11 and comes with a gorgeous porcelain box. It costs £65 in the UK and $85 in the US.
What do you think of the Vintage Heart? How does it compare to last year’s LE charm, the Bear My Heart?