This feature seems to get later and later each month, but today’s post is my June 2014 haul! For the uninitiated, this is a regular blog feature wherein I share what Pandora I’ve acquired across the last month and encourage you to share your new purchases! I have a larger haul this month than I would normally – mainly due to the amazing bargains that were available in the sales during June, and also because I got my degree results, which resulted in some lovely Pandora gifts. ^^
So, as you’re probably aware, here in the UK we had our big summer sale last month – and I may have got a little too enthusiastic when buying stuff. ;)
My best bargain of the sale has got to be the Stella charm. It was listed for £25 on The Jewel Hut, down from £130! I couldn’t believe my eyes at first, but luckily my fingers were already adding it to my basket. ;) I was half-expecting it to be a mistake, and that they wouldn’t fulfill my order, but they did! It came the next day. It’s an absolutely stunning charm, with two tone detailing and five little diamonds.
The lovely new oxidised bracelet that I’m using to model this stunning charm is also a sale purchase. I indulged not once, but three times (!), in the ROJ (Republic of Jewels) sale. I couldn’t resist the oxidised bracelet in my first order, and I’m planning on creating a pretty teal theme for summer with it.
In my first order, I also picked up a Pandora classic – the two tone Queen Bee. I’ve wanted this charm for a long time, and she always strikes me as one of the ‘classic’ Pandora charms – a charm that many long-term collectors have, and one of the more iconic charms of Pandora’s original collections. I have to say that all my items from ROJ arrived beautifully shiny, and she put the rest of my collection to shame a little bit. ;)
My second order, however, was not for me. My friend had a big birthday recently and so I took the opportunity with the sale to start her with a ‘dora bracelet! The darker detail on the crown is perfectly offset by the dramatic look of the oxidised bracelet chain. I never really looked at the crown charm before, but it is surprisingly beautiful in person!
However, the oxidised bracelet I received to fulfill this order was quite different to the first, as you’ll see in the subsequent picture. This is because ROJ obviously had to run right through their stock to meet all their orders, and the second bracelet I had was of much older provenance – and consequently had a slightly different design. Pandora have changed the way they make their bracelets a few times over the years, and the two bracelets I received demonstrate the difference between bracelets made before 2013 and those made afterwards.
The easiest way to tell which kind of bracelet you have is to look at the hinges in the picture. The newer bracelet, on the left, has a wider hinge compared to the older style, which is narrower. The bracelet chains on the newer bracelets are also much stiffer, like a bangle, whereas the older bracelet chains are more supple and flexible. This new bracelet style was introduced in 2013. I think I do prefer the newer style in terms of look at least, as it makes the bracelet look much… neater, I suppose.
The last thing I got from ROJ was the adorable Pig zodiac dangle. This is one of my favourites from the 2013 Zodiac Collection – however, he arrived with quite a few oxidised spots on him, which I wasn’t expecting, and he’s also very thin from the front on, despite how fat he looks from the side. I just started a new part-time job and I thought he represented this nicely, as he reminds me a lot of a piggy bank! ;)
Finally, I graduated with a first class BA in English Lit this summer, and I got two charms as gifts to celebrate. My OH got me the gorgeous Study Books charm, which has the cutest detailing on it – including a little heart on its side, which you can just about see in this picture. I’m not sure why Pandora don’t have a plain book charm, one which isn’t fairy tales or study books – I’d love one of those, too!
Finally, my parents got me the gorgeous castle charm. This again is stunning, and full of those exquisite little details that Pandora are known for. I’ve wanted this charm ever since it came out with the Spring 2013 collection, and it’s finally finished off what I want from the fairy-tale-themed pieces! <3 I am thinking about doing a little retrospective review of Pandora’s Fairy Tale collection, as it’s just so lovely.
I’ve focused on the charms themselves for this haul, rather than how I’ve used them in designs – with the leather bracelet promo for the UK coming up later this month, I’m planning on getting some pieces to kickstart my new oxidised bracelet. Until then, I’m not entirely sure where everything is going, as I’m going to shuffle some things around, but I’m excited to see how all my designs will work out! :D Consequently my haul for next month should be focused more on styling.
What have you indulged in recently? Did get any bargains of your own in the various sales – or have you taken part in the leather bracelet promo? :D