Today’s post brings an updated preview of Pandora’s Winter 2014 collection! While I did previously publish an overview of the collection back in June, I have acquired some fab HQ stock images of the upcoming collection. I’ve found that they reveal little details about the charms that I missed from the initial pictures – the depth of colour in the muranos, the use of different colour enamels in the Christmas Bear, or the sparkle in the red enamel in the Letter to Santa.
The Winter 2014 collection is set to be released on the 30th of October – please look through the Winter 2014 tag for some great live shots of the upcoming pieces. Also, if you’d like to use these images, it would be wonderful if you could credit the blog. :)
The Winter 2014 collection will also feature a limited edition pavé clasp bangle – this time featuring a star design in clear cubic zirconia. This will retail for $75 USD or $85 CAD.
The two-tone bangle has been released early in North America so as to coincide with their free bracelet promotion, but for the rest of the world, this gorgeous piece will be available with the Winter 2014 collection. It is set to cost £275 or $325 USD.
The gold version of the Galaxy openwork is just breathtaking – the contrast between the cubic zirconia and the gold is lovely. But at $325, I can dream! It is a shame, too, that there is no diamond option for gold lovers.
Having said that, the silver version of the Galaxy is as lovely, and a lot more affordable at $50.
In contrast, I love the cuter look of the Twinkling Night clip, which is priced at $55. It reminds me of an illustration in a children’s bedtime story book, if that makes any sense at all. ^^
The Wishing Star is one of the collection’s more dramatic pieces, with a bold starry design. It is correspondingly expensive at $75 USD.
The Follow the Stars pavé balls are available in both pink and blue, and will retail for $70 USD.
The Night Sky openwork features two-tone and cubic zirconia detailing, but I particularly love the colour of the sparkly blue enamel stars. This will cost $65 USD.While it may be one of the more simple designs, the Starry Heart charm is one of my favourites from the collection. Beautiful in its simplicity, it is also refreshingly affordable at $25 USD. This will be a shop-in-shop exclusive in North America.
The Moon and Star pendants are also favourites of mine. I just love the cool colours, and they’d look absolutely beautiful worn together. These will be $65 USD.
In contrast, we have a selection of Christmas charms that are a lot more cutesy and feature a suitably-festive use of bright enamel detailing.
The Christmas Ornament is a more elegant design, with a beautiful cubic zirconia ribbon and some snowflake detailing. This is one of my favourites from the collection, but as it is similar to the upcoming Black Friday charm, I think I will probably opt for that instead. The Ornament will cost $60.
The Christmas Bear is reminiscent of the previous Bear My Heart design, but with the festive additions of a delightful Father Christmas hat and a little green enamel scarf. He’s one of my favourites from the Christmas selection and, if I didn’t already own the Bear My Heart, I think he’d probably be coming home with me this year. This will be $45 USD.
The Letter to Santa is another design that has really grown on me. I love the concept, and the enamel detailing is subtle enough that you could get away with wearing this one all year round. It’s priced at $40 USD.
We have another Father Christmas design for Winter 2014 – the Jolly Santa. I haven’t liked the previous two Santa designs from Pandora, as the faces haven’t looked quite right to me, but this one is much prettier. This will retail for $50.
The Happy Snowman features some heavy enamel detailing, creating a pretty contrast between the white and red enamel. Its little hat, perched at a suitably jaunty angle, is adorably detailed in silver. This will cost $50 USD.
Next up is the Christmas Pudding charm, priced at $50. My OH mentioned that he thought Pandora needed one of these last year, and they have executed it very nicely – although the bright use of enamel might prove a little limiting.
The Carolers charm is a plain silver design, something that is becoming a rarity in Pandora’s latest collections. It will cost $40.
Next up, we have another version of the existing Pandora present charm. While previous versions featured red and pink enamel, the Sparkling Surprise has cubic zirconia decoration. Note, however, that on this version of the charm there is no tag (there were issues with the tags falling off previous versions of this charm). It will cost $65.
This cute openwork charm is again a plain silver design, and features Santa’s Elves surrounded by presents. It will cost $45.
The silver Silent Night charm, which retails for $40, will be a Jared’s exclusive in the US and features various aspects of the Nativity scene.
These first two muranos are a highlight of the collection for me, and I can’t wait to see them in person. The Fascinating Aventurescent has a beautiful dark blue glass, flecked with iridescent colours that conjure up the perfect image of a night sky. It will cost $50.
The Midnight Effervescence is another charm that I am really looking forward to seeing in person! The high-res picture reveals some beautiful turquoise flecks against the dark glass, and I’d love to see what the effect looks like in the light. This will be $45.
Next up, we have more new colours of the Effervescence/Fizzle muranos in red and blue. These will be $45 or £35.
The Cathedral Rose has a pretty vintage feel to it, with some delicate blue enamel detailing. This will be a concept store exclusive and is set to cost $50.
The Winter 2014 collection will see a blue version of the Inspiration Within spacer, which would be great for adding a hint of festive colour to a bracelet design. It will cost $30.
The Spread the Love openwork is another two-tone design, featuring pretty gold hearts inset in silver ones. This is set to be exclusive to Jared’s in the US, but will be available as normal in all other regions. It will cost $75.
The Sparkling Bloom charm is another gold option, again with cubic zirconia detailing. It will cost $375.
Finally, the Everlasting Grace has a beautiful delicacy that is rather unique in this collection. The softness of the pearl strikes me as rather celestial, and conjures up a different side of Christmas I think. It is set to cost $75.
I think this is an absolutely lovely collection, with a nice balance between decorative star designs and fun Christmas pieces. It may not hit quite the heights of last year’s winter collection, which had some absolutely delighful pieces, but there is plenty to love here, too. My favourites are the Galaxy and Starry Heart from the starry charms, and I adore the Christmas Bear and the Letter to Santa. Oh, and the muranos – as I said, lots to love! ;)
My one criticism would be the lack of plain silver charms – most of these charms feature some form of cubic zirconia or enamel detailing, and I know many fans would like to see more plain silver pieces. However, in a recent interview with Professional Jeweller, one of Pandora’s CEOs cited Pandora’s increased use of enamel and stones in their work as a sign of improvement in skill and design. So, clearly the people in charge do not see this particular issue in the same way.
Which pieces are you most looking forward to from this collection? Are you planning on getting anything?