Happy Valentine’s Day! Today’s post offers some romantic inspiration to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2015, with an in-depth review of the new Pandora With Love charm. This adorable piece is a miniature heart-shaped chocolate box, with light pink pavé ribbon detailing.
While many long-term collectors are not overly-pleased with Pandora’s recent obsession with ‘making it pavé’ (their advertising slogan here in the UK), I’m not at all averse to a little sparkle here and there. I particularly like the With Love charm, as the cubic zirconia themselves are quite a delicate, subtle pink and are not at all garish or too bright.
However, this also made it one of the most difficult charms to photograph, haha – the colour of the stones is so delicate and can easily look washed-out in bright light. And bright light is quite essential to a good photo! ;)
The With Love charm was one of the charms I was most eager to see in person, primarily because I absolutely love this kind of delicate shade of pink; in person, it looks more like a pretty pale lilac colour. The top of the charm I received is quite oxidised (unlike the stock image), and is therefore not very shiny. It’s not my favourite effect on this charm, as it makes it look quite dark in photos.
As you can see, the hallmarks are located at the base of the ribbon ends. One thing worth noting is that this charm is quite chunky, as it’s both wide and quite tall (you can appreciate this better in the bracelet styling images below!). It’s not disproportionately or unattractively so, but it is a bit bigger than your average Pandora charm.
The ribbon detailing is absolutely lovely, and extends right the way around the charm, as you can see here.
The colour of the charm’s cubic zirconia match those of the 2014 LE Circle of Love bangle exactly, and they look really very sweet together. The white Darling Daisy murano sets off the subtle pink shade nicely, too!
This kind of design also looks wonderful on the leather bracelets, too (I’ve been wearing these a lot lately). The purple leather in particular goes well with the pink.
In terms of my own collection, I’m wearing the With Love charm with the new Valentine’s 2015 heart-clasp bracelet. I started out with a delicate pink Valentine’s Day design:
However, I then thought I’d try pink and red as a colour scheme, which does work rather well for Valentine’s Day! I’m now thinking of adding red garnet cabochons, another pink hearts murano and the gorgeous red Sweethearts murano.
This is a really fun little offering for Valentine’s Day and the pretty lilac shade of the gemstones is gorgeous in person. It’s not my absolute favourite from the Valentine’s collection in person, but it goes perfectly with other heart charms, and adds a little sparkle to a bracelet design without being too ‘blingy’.
The With Love charm is $65 in the US, or £55 in the UK, where you can purchase it with the rest of the Pandora Valentine’s collection from John Greed Jewellery. It’s worth noting that this charm is exclusive to Jared’s Galleria in the US, and therefore is not available in Canada.
Have you bought this charm, or is it on your wish list? Have you received or treated yourself to anything for Valentine’s today?