Exciting news today as I have a preview of Pandora’s upcoming Chinese New Year 2015 release! Pandora have a history of releasing special charms to celebrate the Chinese New Year, as the brand is popular in Asia. This new year in the Chinese calendar will be the Year of the Sheep, but neither of the two charms Pandora have created are based on that theme. Instead, they have opted for more general representations of the festival with an adorable Chinese Doll pendant and a 14kt gold Ingot charm (pictured below).
The Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar, and will fall on the 19th of February in 2015; the charms themselves should be available from the 19th of January. They are currently set to be exclusive to Asia, although I don’t have confirmation on which regions exactly will be receiving this release.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that both of this year’s Chinese New Year charms were made available globally with the Pandora Spring 2014 collection – so it’s likely that the 2015 charms will also be more widely available eventually.
Pandora Chinese New Year 2015 Collection
First up, we have an elegant new gold version of 2014’s silver ingot charm. This comes with a lovely limited edition fabric jewellery box. I really loved the original silver ingot, and in fact I just ordered myself one in the sale. I like it even better in gold. ;)
The second charm is a Chinese Doll, beautifully detailed in red and black enamel. It complements the existing Pandora Korean and Japanese Doll pendants, which were released with the Autumn 2014 collection. I believe red is a lucky colour in China, and the doll’s happy expression offers a really fun representation of the excitement of the new year!
I love the tradition of a special release to celebrate the lunar new year, and I always look forward to seeing what Pandora bring out for it. These charms are pretty, and nicely balanced; the ingot offers an elegant, luxurious option, while the doll is a more affordable, fun piece. The gold ingot will be prohibitively priced, and I already own the Japanese Doll from the Autumn collection – this is similar in colour as well as style. Consequently I don’t know whether I’ll be trying to obtain either of these. I do like them both, however!
What do you think of this year’s CNY collection?