Today’s post sees the start of my reviews of the Pandora Winter 2014 collection, with an in-depth look at the stunning new Midnight Effervescence murano (or Midnight Blue Fizzle, if you’re in the UK like me). This murano was one of the charms I most wanted to see in person when the first Winter stock images came out, and it didn’t disappoint! It’s the first time I’ve ever bought two of the same charm, so I suppose that speaks for itself…
This charm is perfect to be worn in conjunction with the other cosmic pieces from this collection, such as the Galaxy openworks or the Wishing Star. However, when worn with a little gold or two-tone, it also works really well as an opulent festive piece!
Predictably, the charm in person looks quite different to the stock image. The flecks in the glass are not turquoise, but rather a deep midnight blue. It makes its colour look much richer, a dark blue more akin to a night sky.
My two examples are very similar, and there doesn’t seem to be much difference between them, even in size. (I didn’t pick them out to be the same; my store had a very limited quantity of them, so my SA had to grab one from the displays for me!) As you can see from the pictures, the glass itself is clear, while the shimmering colours are wrapped around the core. This murano does not have any bubbles inset into the glass, unlike the other Fizzle/Effervescent muranos.
The really special thing about this murano is the way its colour changes depending on the light, and the angle you’re viewing it from. It can be matte black; it can display an iridescent blue shimmer; sometimes, it takes on a gorgeous red glitter. Pandora explains:
The effect is achieved by using dichroic glass. Dichroic glass is a special coating treatment that is done to the glass and it was originally invented by NASA for use in satellite mirrors and it is also used on space shuttles.
In low light, this murano does turn a fairly matte black colour – however, as soon as the light touches it, the effervescent effect starts to show. In certain lights, too, the glass takes on a beautiful red/pink shimmer. The comparison with the Northern Lights is a good one!
The murano has the newer, smaller Pandora silver core, with hallmarks on one side.
I am going to wear my muranos with the new Winter 2014 Galaxy openwork on my silver leather bracelet. I adore the starry look, but I don’t have enough of the new star charms on my wish list to create a full bracelet – so this is perfect for me. I did originally want to wear a couple of red charms on my silver leather, but this works much better!
The muranos do look stunning against the silver snake chain, too, however. Combining them with the Galaxy charm is just perfect.
However, these charms are actually quite versatile. As I mentioned previously, if you mix them with a little gold, they take on a wonderfully rich look – perfect for Christmas! I know it’s a little early, but I added a few festive charms to this two-tone design, including the Carousel, the Dashing through the Snow sleigh and the Jewellery Box.
The Midnight Effervescence perhaps look most beautiful in combination with white muranos. The white creates a lovely contrast, and really sets off their dramatic colour. I’ve put together a variation on the design I made for my Ballerina review; the clear glitter of the cubic zirconia add to the effect, too.
In contrast, you can always pretty them up a bit with a more feminine colour scheme. I think they look lovely stacked with delicate pinks, too.
While I was intrigued by this murano from its stock picture, it wasn’t until I saw it in person that I appreciated just how beautiful it was. This is a murano bead that definitely stands out amongst their glass catalogue and I’d love to see more like it. The shimmering effect is stunning, and I love the way it changes depending on the light.
I really hope that I’ve managed to capture how pretty this charm is. The depth of colour is lovely, and all the examples of this murano that I’ve seen have been remarkably consistent. I have heard rumour, however, that Pandora are experiencing production issues with this murano, too, and it is true that my store didn’t seem to have very many. :/
Is this design on your wish list? How does it compare to the rest of the Winter collection?