Today’s post offers my first review from the Pandora Spring 2015 collection, with a closer look at the new Sparkling Ladybug (or Sparkling Ladybird, if you’re in the UK like me!). This charm surprised me by becoming my most-anticipated piece from the new collection, and it did not disappoint in person! With its adorable face and pretty pavé detailing, the Ladybird has a lot of character and is one of the more unique designs amongst all the floral charms that Pandora have produced this season.
I’ll be offering some close-up shots of the new charm, plus a couple of ideas as to how you can style it! It looks great with the white enamel pieces from the Spring collection, and the subtlety of its colouring means that it is quite a versatile little charm. :)
I have to admit that I absolutely love Pandora’s animal charms; they are among the ones that I get most excited for! I also really like Pandora’s more cutesy style (in contrast to the more realistic style of say, Trollbeads): for example, my favourite detail of this charm is its face, with its simple, stylised look. He’s quite a chubby little charm, but in the most adorable way!
On his back, we have some pavé detailing, with the ladybird’s spots detailed in red and black cubic zirconia. The stones are described as red, but in person they’re quite pinky. It’s a pretty shade.
For me, this an example of how to get pavé right. There’s a lot of plain silver detailing on this charm and the pavé works really nicely in contrast with it. If Pandora included more plain silver or two-tone options, with some beautiful pavé charms like this mixed in, that would be perfect I think.
Another of my favourite things about Pandora are the little details they add to their charms – especially the animals! The Ladybird is no exception. If you turn him upside down, he has six little legs, which I find amazingly cute and creepy at the same time, haha.
One of my favourite stylings from the pre-release live images was this one featuring the purple leather bracelet, Sparkling Ladybird and Darling Daisy Meadow clip.
Consequently I’ve tried to emulate this look – here he is styled on the purple leather, with the white Darling Daisy Meadow clip and the white Primrose Meadow. The contrast between the red pavé and the white enamel is lovely! (Also, just a heads up – the purple leather bracelet is currently on sale at Republic of Jewels, alongside some other selected Pandora pieces!)
As you can see, the colour of the pavé stones is actually quite subtle in person, and the Ladybird blends nicely in with the other charms. Incidentally, the white Primrose Meadow is absolutely gorgeous in person. I love the contrast of the smaller white flowers with the larger Darling Daisy clip!
However ultimately I am going to be wearing the Ladybird on my oxidised bracelet, which will have a sort of pink pastel colour scheme. It doesn’t really have a theme, aside from flowers and cute animals, but I’m really enjoying this bracelet at the moment :) I like the Ladybug in combination with more classic Pandora charms, such as the pearl dangle – it’s fun to mix older and newer styles of Pandora!
I was going to add the pink Primrose Meadow, but the pink enamel looked quite luminous in store which was a bit disappointing (has anyone else found that?). Instead, I’m thinking that possibly two of the pink Petite Facets might look good.
This is an immensely sweet little charm and, while it may be a tad on the cute side for some, I love it. It goes wonderfully with the other floral charms from Spring, particularly the white enamel primroses and daisies! It might be fun to see more little bugs like this one: a butterfly with a similarly sweet face, perhaps. A reader on Facebook suggested a bumblebee, which would also be amazing!
The Sparkling Ladybird is $60 or £55 in the UK, where you can buy it alongside the rest of the Pandora Spring collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Do you have this charm, or is on your wish list? Which are your favourites from this collection?