Today’s post brings a list of the Pandora charms retiring for the beginning of 2015! Every year Pandora discontinues some of its less popular designs to make way for new ones; some of these designs eventually become hard to find, although this is more unusual these days as Pandora tends to make very design in quite large quantities.
This is the North American list and consequently not all of these beads are necessarily retired from production, as some of them are not yet discontinued in other regions – e.g. the Big Ben dangle in the UK is still a good seller! Additionally I will also add a few details on the UK’s first wave of retired pieces for 2015 at the end of the article. :)
North American Retirement List
Surprisingly, two of the Pandora Rose collection charms are already being retired. I have the Big Smooth Heart and I have to say that it hasn’t worn particularly well. Its smooth surface is very prone to scratches, and it is covered in little dents and marks. It still looks pretty on a bracelet, but it lost its lustre pretty quickly.
Some classic silver designs are being retired, including a number of Pandora’s staple cute animal designs. :( All the alphabet letters will be retired, from A to Z.
Comparatively, there aren’t too many accented charms being discontinued. This is unsurprising, as Pandora’s recent style has been for designs with heavy use of gemstones and enamel.
There’s an eclectic selection of muranos retiring, as Pandora culls yet more of their older glass designs, plus a few unpopular newer ones. The Flowers For You muranos in purple and green were actually my second and third muranos I ever bought; the purple one in particular is lovely, but I can understand that they are perhaps a little dated now.
Many classic dangle charms are retiring, too, including the classic silver and two-tone heart pendants. Some of the more obscure pieces are leaving the collection, too, including the figure skater and the stamp pendant, which I can appreciate have a more niche appeal.
The selection of clips being discontinued is perhaps the most disappointing thing on this list for me – it includes almost all the two-tone clips. :( Luckily I managed to grab the beautiful braided heart clip in the ROJ sale, but it’s kind of sad to know that new Pandora collectors won’t have these on offer to them. The safety chain is still on my wish list, too, and I’m hoping it’ll be included next time in the sales!
Finally, the number of bracelets retiring is pretty brutal to say the least! I wasn’t particularly sad to see the smooth leathers go last time around, but I’m surprised and disappointed to see so many of the braided leather bracelets being discontinued. They are absolutely great for stacking and for showcasing a particularly special charm – if you’re debating picking one up before they go, have a look at my leather bracelet review.
These collages detail a few additional items that are being retired in the UK. These are primarily quite new charms that have not sold very well at all, mainly from the Spring and Summer 2014 collections. The highlight for me are the 2014 CNY charms – I’ve picked up both of them in the sales from ROJ!
Additionally, many of the popular Summer 2013 charms are also being retired. I have to say that this summer collection never particularly appealed to me, but I know that it was a massive hit with collectors at the time.
The face of Pandora has changed dramatically since I first started collecting at the beginning of 2012. Almost all the pieces I bought then are discontinued. I recently got my Autumn 2011 catalogue and compared it to the one for Autumn 2014 – the overall difference in style is remarkable. Many of the charms retiring are plain silver designs that have since been replaced by charms with cubic zirconia accents and this list is another mark of Pandora’s continuing transformation in style. While I like many of the new designs, it’s such a shame that they come at the cost of some these classic and beautiful pieces. :/
What do you think of this list? Are there any pieces that you are going to acquire before they go?