Today I’m continuing my reviews of the Pandora Autumn 2014 collection with an in-depth look at the King of the Jungle charm! I didn’t notice that charm as much when the initial stock pictures came out, as the beautiful floral motifs captured my initial attention, but it soon became a stand-out for me. With a less cutesy aesthetic and some lovely details, this charm has been one of the most talked-about pieces from the new autumn collection.
I just love the detailing on this charm. As I said in my review of the Floral Heart Padlock, one of the things I love about the Autumn 2014 collection is that many of the charms have a more distinctive, edgy look to them. His face has real character, and I love the very regal and noble poise to his expression.
On the other side, we have a luxurious mane. It feels nice and solid to hold – unlike the Floral Heart Padlock, which felt lacking in weight.
His crown is open, and you can see his mane beneath it. This charm would also be good if you’re thinking about doing a Disney theme, or want to create a bracelet using the new Disney charms – he’s perfect for The Lion King, and would contrast nicely with more cutesy fairy-tale pieces!
Underneath, his base is flat – this means that, if you lay your bracelet flat, he will rest the right way up if you place him that way.
One of my concerns when I first saw this charm in person was that he would look something like a hunting trophy, with his disembodied head. However as soon as you put him in a bracelet design, he looks natural and perfectly at home – not at all like the retired Pandora pig head charm, for example (one which I really don’t like!).
As he is rather regal, my first instinct was to create an elegant two-tone bracelet – the gold is perfect for autumn. This also features a fairy-tale theme, as he definitely fits in with that. I put him in the centre of the bracelet alongside the other animals with crowns – although he’s not two-tone, I think he holds his own!
However, I’m aware that this is quite a romantic design, and that edginess (I can’t think of a better word?) of design should be emphasised, too! Consequently I also styled him on an oxidised bracelet to give a more vintage look. I added the Pandora Rose heart to the centre, as its warm colouring reminds me a little of a lion’s mane.
Speaking of which, I also put together an animal theme to showcase this charm, with it at the centre. This design features a purple colour scheme, traditionally the colour of royalty. ^^ The charm would also look great if you substituted the purple muranos for the animal print ones from the Tame the Wild collection, I think – it would really suit a safari theme!
And if you notice that line going down my Purple Zebra murano – it’s not a reflection. I dropped it and cracked it! :(
This charm to me is one that should become a Pandora classic, as it represents a beautiful level of detailing, and character, too. He has a slight fairy-tale-with-an-edge quality to him, one that pleasantly reminds me of some more classic Pandora designs – such as the retired Ugly Duckling charm. I still am slightly wary of the disembodied-head animal charms in general, but in this case I don’t think it looks at all creepy when on the bracelet! ;)
The King of the Jungle is £30 in the UK or $45 in the US.
What do you think of the King of the Jungle? Is it on your wish list?