Today’s post sees the next of my reviews of the Pandora Autumn 2014 collection, with a showcase of the Japanese Doll charm! If you’re a regular reader, you’re probably aware that I’m a big fan of the Autumn 2014 collection – I love the range of themes, designs and colours. My total number of charms from the collection has hit six now in just over a month – which is pretty unprecedented for me! The Japanese Doll is one of the stand-out pieces for me, embodying that greater imagination in design and use of colour.
I liked this charm a lot when the first stock images of the Autumn 2014 collection came out, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I loved it when it actually arrived and I opened it up.
For me, this is a case of enamel detailing done just right. The charm is, however, stylised in a way that is pretty different from the rest of Pandora’s charms, and it doesn’t fit easily into existing bracelet designs.
The Pandora Autumn 2014 collection saw the release of two new enamel Doll charms: the Japanese and Korean Dolls. I loved the Korean Doll too but, as I said, I have already over-indulged in this collection and I made myself pick one! I think what made my choice was the elegance of the Japanese Doll.
For, in person, this charm features a very elegant, neat design. It’s compact, but contains a lot of detail, picked out in silver against the red enamel of her dress. I also love the slightly mischievous look that lies beneath her demurely downcast eyes. It’s a really fun design.
The red colour is very bright and vibrant, with a lick of red at the base of the charm too. The S925 ALE mark is stamped on the base, too. The little details in this charm are lovely – I absolutely love her pretty eyelashes, for example.
However, there is, of course, the essential question regarding Pandora dangles: how badly does it catch on things? I thought that I wouldn’t have any trouble with this one, but the hairpin in her hair is surprisingly lethal. I put on a lovely new Topshop jumper and pulled two threads in it before I’d been wearing it two minutes! So again, I’d advise not wearing anything precious and knitted with this particular dangle.
The Japanese Doll is not the most versatile charm, with its quirky style and bright red enamel. She doesn’t exactly blend. I have seen a number of designs combining this charm with the cherry blossom collection, and it really is effective. The red and the pink contrast beautifully together, and the bright pop of red really lifts the softness of the cherry blossom pieces.
I don’t have any other red pieces, but I’d also love to style her with the red Sweethearts murano or maybe the upcoming red Fizzle murano for Winter 2014. I love the contrast of red against the oxidised bracelet, too, and in the absence of other red muranos, white glass also goes great with it.
However I am personally going to wear her in a simple way. This charm has enough impact to be worn on its own, and I love it on the leather bracelet – it’s very fun and casual.
Having said that, I am also planning on taking the floral clips from my Pandora rose bracelet, just to give it a bit more interest. Additionally, I think that this charm would look great on this leather bracelet with a couple of the new Wildflower Tribute muranos that are coming out shortly!
I have always liked this design, but I was surprised by how much I loved it when I finally got to see it in person and to style it. Having said that, the Japanese Doll isn’t the most versatile, and it offers a different aesthetic to most of Pandora’s other designs with its bright colour and distinctive style, but the level of detail and quality of finish are most undoubtedly Pandora. It doesn’t look gaudy or cheap in the least.
The Japanese Doll is £45 in the UK or $45 in the US. So the exchange rate doesn’t work out too well for those in the UK!
Have you purchased one of the Doll charms, or are they on your wish list? Are you a fan of Pandora’s use of enamel detailing?