The Pandora Fascinating Aventurescent murano has created quite a buzz in the community in the last month or so. Originally due out with the Winter 2014 collection, this murano instead saw only a very limited release due to production issues. Pandora have now stated that the murano has been pulled entirely, and will not be released at all. Consequently, demand for the few that made it out to stores has been high and I’m thrilled to have acquired one from Australia!
Today’s post will give a little update on the status of the murano and share some live pictures of the beautiful glittering effect. I’m sorry that this review has come a little later than I intended, but the murano has only just arrived!
This is a charm of many names: it’s the Fascinating Aventurescent in the US, Stardust in the UK and Midnight Faceted murano in Australia, just for example!
Pandora have now stated this murano is discontinued, meaning that they will not be producing any more. As far as I know, it only made it to stores in the US, Australia and Singapore – once these stores sell out, the murano will no longer be available. Consequently, it’s safe to assume that these will become somewhat hard to find in the future! It’s a real shame, as initially I was hoping that the issues would be resolved, and that we would be getting them here in the UK. :( However there have apparently been difficulties in production, including sourcing the materials at a reasonable cost.
The other issue is one with the copper glitter inside the glass. If there is copper at the surface of the glass, it has the potential to chip off and leave a tiny pinprick hole. This is not a particularly major issue, but it may have contributed to Pandora’s decision to abandon this design. My murano only has two of these holes in it, so I’m not too worried by it – yet, haha.
The murano glass is a dark navy blue and contains copper flecks, which give it a brilliant, cosmic glitter in the light. It really does look like a distant constellation of stars. I also like the fact that the murano has the old, fatter silver core, too – it just makes it feel more substantial, without detracting from the prettiness of the glass.
In some lights, the murano does look almost matte black – especially in photos, actually! The shimmering effect is somewhat dependent on how the light catches it.
However, if you hold it up to the light (excuse the fingers in this next shot), the sparkle is just stunning.
Additionally, it seems to me that some parts of the murano contain more copper flecks – some sides of it don’t sparkle quite so amazingly. I think this is possibly down to further production issues. Nevertheless, the overall effect is amazing.
Of course, my first instinct was to pair it with the Midnight Effervescence/Fizzle murano, which also debuted with the Winter 2014 collection. Surely a match made in heaven!
I got out my white muranos again and put together another variation on my navy and white cosmic theme for Winter 2014. I love the contrast between the white and the dark in these designs; it adds to the dramatic starry look.
However, I also thought that the murano might look good with the Pandora Rose collection, due to the presence of copper flecks in its glass. In actuality, the murano doesn’t look that coppery in person, but it still makes a striking combination!
This is a beautiful murano, and I think the name ‘Stardust’ suits it best. The constellation effect is lovely in person, and it matches the Midnight Effervescence murano perfectly. It’s a shame, however, that there are some quality control issues with it – the pinpricks aren’t so noticeable, but it would be good to have a more consistent shimmer throughout the murano. Overall I am thrilled with it, however, and I’m so glad to have managed to acquire one!
Is this murano on your wish list? Have you managed to get one? If so, how are you wearing it?