It’s so close now to the launch of the Pandora Spring 2015 collection on Thursday (so exciting!) and, to help tide you over until the new pieces arrive, today’s post offers a review of the rather lovely Pandora Rose collection. This collection saw an official launch exclusively in the US last October, and offers an elegant range of rose gold plated charms and other jewellery.
The exciting news is that the Pandora Rose is slowly but surely making its way to more regions. It just launched in Brazil, and I’m hearing that it will make it to the UK this summer! :D When I hear more concrete information about future launches, I will update the blog. :) In light of this, I thought it would be good to offer a review of the charms for those who haven’t had the chance to purchase this collection yet.
I actually first started working on the photography for this review back in November, after a very lovely reader helped me to get a couple more of the Pandora Rose charms from Canada – however I have continually shelved it for later due to other things cropping up. But this has proven to be no bad thing – as, having had a good chance to wear in all my Rose pieces, I can offer some solid opinions on wear and tear, too. ^^
The Pandora Rose collection currently consists of a ring, earrings and a bracelet with a selection of charms (although more pieces will be coming in April) – this review will be focusing on the bracelet and charms.
The charms offer stylish, abstract designs – hearts, feathers, and glittering curlicues. This collection is clearly about style, and less about Pandora’s usual slogan of ‘unforgettable moments’ – we don’t see many character-based charms in this collection.
This is probably linked to the fact that these charms are plated and so will eventually start to show wear. Consequently, they’re not as good a choice for commemorating that ‘unforgettable moment’ as a regular silver or gold charm, which will last a lifetime. Instead, they’re beautiful and showy, designed to be worn primarily for their aesthetic qualities.
The charms are not threaded, and therefore are thinner, and lighter, than their traditional silver counterparts. This is particularly noticeable in the Big Smooth Heart and the Centre of Attention. The rims of the charms are very slim and do not feel as substantial as a normal charm.
For obvious reasons, one of the principal concerns for those considering dipping into the Pandora Rose line is the durability of the plated rose gold finish. I’m pleased to say that, after regular wear, I’ve not had any significant problems with my Rose pieces – with one exception: the Big Smooth Heart charm. This has recently been retired, and I’ve found that the smooth surface seems to show the scratches in a way that the other, more accented, charms do not.
However, overall, my pieces are looking as lovely as they did on the day I got them. The Light as a Feather openwork has lasted particularly well, and admittedly the Big Smooth Heart still looks lovely mixed in with my other charms – it’s only on close examination that it shows its scratches. The Pandora Rose bracelet clasp looks particularly good, too.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I am a big fan of rose gold! I love the pinker hue of the rose gold finish – and the contemporary, pretty designs that Pandora have chosen for the Rose collection also appeal to me. Pandora’s pink-toned campaign images work really well to bring out the prettiness of the Rose jewellery, too; the whole concept of the collection could have been designed for me, haha.
However, I actually find it somewhat hard to style the Pandora Rose collection. Its pink tone is not the most versatile of shades, and I find that I like it most when worn with quite specific colour combinations. One of my favourite ways to wear it is to mix it in with some delicate shades of pink and white; here, I’ve added the Rose and White Looking Glass muranos, which are absolutely stunning in combination with the Rose collection.
In contrast, they also look great when worn with the oxidised bracelet for an edgier, more contemporary look. The addition of white enamel and pearl on this design gives it a little lift and stops it being too dark, however. I’ve actually seen some adventurous attempts to oxidise the Pandora Rose bracelet itself, with rather spectacular results!
The Rose collection also looks beautiful paired with the limited edition Fascinating Aventurescent murano, which features beautiful copper flecks that shimmer beautifully in the light. This coppery shimmer makes it work very nicely with the Rose charms.
Finally, this is what’s actually on my Pandora Rose bracelet right now. I recently dismantled it, so it’s in a bit of a sorry state, as you can see. However, I have great things planned for it. ;) I’m creating a white and rose gold theme for this bracelet; the plan is to add the Rose Love of my Life clip, in addition to the new white Primrose and Darling Daisy pieces for Spring 2015. <3
I love that the Pandora Rose collection makes rose gold available to those who can’t afford the prices for the genuine thing. I don’t own a single piece of the Pandora 14kt gold range, as the prices are just too high here in the UK – but happily, I can afford to indulge in a few of these plated pieces. The quality of the pieces I have has largely proven to be very good, and I wouldn’t hesitate to reassure those who are worried about the durability of the plated finish.
My only reservation is that the Rose designs currently on offer are relatively limited – but the Pandora Rose line is only in its infancy, and I’m sure that many more options will eventually be made available! It’s very exciting that Pandora will be releasing this collection in more regions this year, and I’m looking forward to being able to see the whole range in person.
Are you a fan of the Pandora Rose collection? Do you own any pieces, or is it on your wish list? Would you be excited to see it launch in your region?