Today sees the last of my coverage of Pandora Summer 2014 (just before the new Pre-Autumn collection comes out this Thursday), with a review of the collection’s quirky Windmill charm! Thematically, the Windmill fits well with the travel themes of the Summer 2014 collection, as it would make a great souvenir of a holiday to the country. In fact, my parents got me this charm from their own trip to Amsterdam this year. ^^
This charm and the Lucky Penny were my two buys of the Pandora Summer 2014 collection. While I enjoyed the bright oranges and teal hues that characterised many of the release’s designs, I found that I was most attracted to the all-silver designs, which reminded me of some of Pandora’s older collections and styles.
For this review, I’ve tried to capture the charm from all its various angles, as it has some really lovely oxidised detailing. As the design of the charm is actually quite detailed and looks pretty substantial from its stock image, I was expecting it to be slightly larger. However, it is really quite petite, as you can see in my ‘styling’ shots below – it’s no bigger than, say, the Darling Daisy clip or any of the standard silver charms. It’s not overly chunky at all.
There were rumours before it came out that the blades of the windmill actually moved, but unfortunately the blades are static. That would have been adorable, though! ;)
It reminds me in style of some of the older Pandora charms, but with perhaps a dash more sophistication. It has the same cute simplicity, and yet it has more realism in its details.
It has a rather sweet, whimsical look to it, so I instinctively wanted to style it in a more feminine design. The Windmill fits with delicate charms such as the Rose or the Cherry Blossom murano, but its quirkiness also adds a bit of interest. I liked the contrast of the its burnished silver look against the Pandora Rose bracelet’s clasp, too!
It isn’t the most summery of stylings, but then I don’t think the Windmill itself is necessarily that evocative of the summer season. I had to pair it with the gorgeous Pandora Bicycle charm, too, which also reminds me of Holland!
This was probably my favourite charm of the Summer 2014 release. It may be small, but it packs in plenty of Pandora’s beautiful trademark details. Its all-silver design also makes it more versatile than the rest of the collection’s offerings, with their bright hues and more overt seasonal motifs. It works well as a travel charm, but also just as a cute charm in its own right!
It’s priced very reasonably, too, at £25 in the UK – it retails for $40 in the US.
Did the Windmill go on your wish list? Did you buy anything else from the Summer 2014 collection?