Today I’m continuing my festive features with an overview of my Pandora Christmas charms collection! :D Christmas and the holidays are obviously a big season for Pandora, and consequently their range of holiday and winter charms is amazing, with a variety of styles and colours to choose from. Whether you want colour, two-tone or some classic silver designs, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you’ll like!
I don’t wear a Christmas bracelet, and so these charms are spread out across my bracelet designs. As you will see, too, I also don’t really go for bright pops of festive colour, although they look great in other people’s designs – for myself I get the more classic-looking charms that can be worn all year round. However, I am very tempted by the Christmas Bear from this year’s Christmas collection – so that tendency might be broken! ;)
Having said that, last year I did create a Christmas bracelet design that I would love to own. I love the festive look of the blue pavés, and the touch of gold… I’d still love to make this design!
The two-tone Sleigh is one of Pandora’s more recent offerings, one which features such pretty, delicate detailing. The style offers perhaps a more sophisticated style than the original sleigh design, with a candy-cane, teddy bear and large present slotted on its back. The only caveat with this one is the way it faces on the bracelet – I’d like it better if it sat side on, like the original sleigh. As it is, you do miss some of the details when you wear it on a full Pandora bracelet.
The Drummer charm is a Pandora classic, representing the popular Christmas song A Little Drummer Boy. I love the simplicity of this design; we didn’t see many charms in this kind of style debut this year, and I’m sad to see the originals retire.
When my OH and I were at university together, we had a tradition of going to the city’s Christmas market every year. The Carousel charm is a perfect reminder of this, conjuring up the fun and excitement in the run-up to the holidays. It has the word, ‘MERRY-GO-ROUND’ written on its base – another cute detail!
The Stocking charm is just perfect in its detailing: you can see a little candy cane, a teddy, a toy trumpet and a little doll peeking out of the top. It’s adorable – simple, but so cute!
The 2013 BF charm, Let It Snow, often crops up on Christmas bracelets! It’s possibly more of a winter piece, but it’s perfect for adding a little sparkle to a festive design.
So far, the Christmas Ornament dangle is my only festive indulgence this year. It’s a really beautiful charm, and offers a subtler Christmas look. It would look great on a Winter Wonderland themed bracelet, too, perhaps with a couple of the gorgeous light blue looking glass muranos.
For me, the Gingerbread Man is the perfect example of enamel done right. I love the little heart detailing on his middle, too. I do lots of baking in the run-up to Christmas, so this charm was perfect for me!
The Mittens are another cute, featuring some adorable pink enamel hearts. They’re not overly festive, too, if you just want to create a cute winter design.
The Reindeer charm is one of my most-loved festive charms. I was so excited for the Winter 2013 collection, which featured so many cute winter pieces – this Reindeer was my day-one purchase! However, it does have quite a significant drawback – this dangle is one of the worst offenders for snagging on clothing! It seems a shame, as it’s certainly the season for knitwear and, of course, Christmas jumpers.
There are such a wide range of Christmas charms available from Pandora, and if you’re interested in adding a little holiday cheer to your bracelet, you should definitely look them over! If you’re in the UK, you can have a gander at the Pandora Christmas charms collection at John Greed Jewellery.
I think my Christmas dangles are possibly the cutest of all Pandora’s Christmas range. The Mittens, the Reindeer, the Gingerbread Man – they’re all just lovely. I wasn’t as in love with this year’s Christmas selection, but I do have a few favourites including the Ornament and the Christmas Bear.
Do you own any holiday charms? Or do you wear a Christmas-themed bracelet? Which are your favourites?