Today’s post features a review of Pandora’s rather lovely Always in my Heart limited edition bangle, which is part of this year’s Mother’s Day collection. The UK celebrates Mothering Sunday earlier than the rest of the world – this year it falls on the 15th of March – and consequently some of the Mother’s Day collection was launched here earlier this month! My pick of the new pieces was this bangle – it’s one of the Mother’s Day pieces with a more universal appeal, playing on the theme of love rather than motherhood itself.
If you’re not in the UK, then this bangle will be out with the rest of the Mother’s Day 2015 collection on the 9th of April – so there’s a little while to wait!
Now, when I first covered this collection, I definitely said that I wouldn’t be getting any of the new Mother’s Day pieces. And I really did believe that at the time. But, I’ll be honest – my OH laughed out loud when I avowed that I wouldn’t be getting a single thing – and, sure enough, my resistance crumbled as soon as I got a good look at this bangle in store. This is a piece that looks absolutely lovely in person and it was just too tempting to resist!
The Always in my Heart bangle features a clear pavé heart-shaped clasp, and a beautiful engraving on the bangle itself, which reads ‘Always in my Heart’.
The bangle actually looks much prettier in person than in the stock image. The simplicity of the details look beautiful, and the finish is perfect. The pavé clasp looks delicate, and not too sparkly.
The bangle only has the pavé detailing on one side of the clasp. The other is plain silver, with the Pandora branding on it. It’s smaller than the other side, although it’s hard to tell from the picture.
The inscription I like more for its aesthetics, than for its meaning. I’m not a massive fan of Pandora’s more sentimental engravings (my OH was also less than keen on the inscription, branding it a bit ‘hallmark’), but I was willing to forgive this one as the overall effect is rather elegant. I tend to prefer to give my own meanings to things, rather than have someone do it for me, if that makes sense.
I find that the heart clasp makes this bangle slightly trickier to do up too, but it’s nowhere near as fiddly as the heart-clasp Moments snake chain bracelet!
Styling is a little tricky for me with this beautiful bangle, as I actually don’t intend to wear any charms with it at all. The inscription is very pretty and I don’t want to cover it up. The pavé clasp means that it looks striking enough on its own, too.
It’s also worth noting here that I still went for a medium-sized bangle, even though I’m not going to wear it with any charms. As you can see it is quite a loose fit, but I like that I can wear it over my sleeve and that it feels so light on my wrist. You hardly notice that you’re wearing it.
However, this is a great bracelet for stacking and I will definitely be layering it up with my other bracelets, especially the bangles and leathers. It looks gorgeous stacked with the two-tone bangle:
And my LE bangle from the Mother’s Day 2014 collection:
If you do choose to wear charms with it, perhaps a pendant might be best. They have only a tiny bale which won’t obscure the writing. Here, I’ve combined the bangle with my favourite pendant, the Treasured Heart, and the new Together Forever pendant as well.
The other thing you could opt to do is to get some silicone stoppers or the official clip inserts from Pandora and place a couple of clips on the bangle either side of the inscription. That way they won’t shift and cover it up. I did think that the Shimmering Rose clips, which are due out with the Mother’s Day collection in April, might look nice like this.
This is a piece that shows off how nice the ‘new’ Pandora style of jewellery can be. The pavé effect is pretty and an effective centrepiece, and I particularly like wearing it against darker clothing, or those with rich colours – the contrast between the clear stones is lovely. It seems to me more a nice piece of jewellery than a charm bracelet, however, one which looks best on its own. You may of course feel differently, but this is how it works best for me. ^^
This bracelet is £75 in the UK and you can buy it along with the rest of the Pandora Mother’s Day collection from John Greed. It’s not due out in other countries until the 9th of April, however. It’s worth noting too that John Greed now offer their own engraving service if you want to add your own words and meaning to your jewellery. :)
Have you bought this piece, or is it on your wish list? How do you like to wear your Pandora bangles?