Today’s post continues my Pandora Disney reviews, with an in-depth look at the new Frozen muranos from the Spring 2015 collection! These are part of the new Disney princess line, with each murano representing the ‘signature colour’ of a Disney princess. They also glow in the dark!
The Elsa and Anna muranos attracted my attention from the first sneak peek images, due to their lovely icy colour. I’ve been very excited to see these pieces for myself, as I think they represent something a bit different from Pandora. :D
In this review I’ll be offering some close-up shots of the new muranos, some styling inspiration and – of course – trying out the glow-in-the-dark effect!
Each murano corresponds to a Disney princess: the Frozen muranos, of course, represent Elsa (blue) and Anna (pink). It was so difficult only picking out two from the whole set of muranos, as there were so many beautiful colours. However, I was thrilled with my choices when they arrived – with a beautiful iridescent glitter and some wonderfully bright pops of colour, the pale blue and hot pink muranos are absolutely stunning in person.
I have seen Frozen a couple of times, and I love it, but I chose these muranos primarily because I loved the colours.
The iridescent glitter is particularly effective in Anna’s murano, as the contrast between it and the deep pink is just beautiful. I’ve heard from a number of people who have wanted a fancy pink or a hot pink murano from Pandora – and this is perfect! It’s a shame that it’s limited to North America.
In comparison, Elsa’s Signature murano is a more subtle colour, and so the glitter and the pale blue blend together pretty seamlessly.
Each murano is branded with ‘DISNEY’ on one side of the silver core. The other side features the regular Pandora hallmark, with ‘S925 ALE’. I’m glad that these muranos don’t feature the name of the princesses that they’re meant to represent – the dresses have them inscribed on the bail, which puts me off a little.
And, of course, one of the exciting things about these muranos is that they glow in the dark! It was very difficult capturing the effect on camera, but I did manage it, haha. When I first tried them after just exposing them to daylight, they didn’t glow very much at all and so, to get the muranos to glow as they do in this picture, I left them for an evening sitting by an electric lamp. I found that Elsa’s Murano glowed much more vividly than Anna’s, which produced a more subtle effect.
Clearly the glow depends on which colour murano you choose – and I expect that each individual murano will vary, too. I think that I read somewhere that they glow more if they have more of the iridescent glitter in them. Unfortunately I can’t try them all out! Overall, I’d say that Elsa’s perhaps had more of the wow factor – but, up close, Anna’s murano had such a beautiful cosmic firefly look to it.
The Frozen muranos look great together and that’s how I prefer to wear them. Here I’ve styled them on the bangle along with the stunning Frozen Snowflake pendant. <3 As you can see, the glitter in the glass sparkles wonderfully when the light hits it.
I love the Frozen muranos against the darker oxidised bracelet; the contrast between the dark chain and the bright colours is amazing in person. I’ve tried to go for a mini-Frozen theme, featuring Anna’s mittens, a reindeer for Sven and the Black Friday 2013 snowflake. Unfortunately I don’t have a snowman charm to represent Olaf ^^
Moving away from Frozen, however, these muranos are delightfully versatile. I paired them with my favourite Butterfly Kisses muranos to create this fairy-tale bracelet. It’s hard to fit Anna’s murano in particular with Pandora’s regular glass beads, as the colour is so much brighter – but I quite enjoyed the contrast between it and the softer pastels of the butterfly muranos. They look great with a little two-tone, too.
Of course, you don’t have to wear them together – and they fit pretty seamlessly into any kind of design. The Disney branding is hardly noticeable and you can use them as you want. The blue Elsa murano looks great with other blue shades; here I’ve gone for white and teal muranos. This is a mini-travel design – but I wanted to make it a little more delicate than most travel bracelets I see, so I added a couple of floral charms too. :)
As I’ve said, Anna’s murano is a little harder to match with Pandora’s existing muranos, as it is such a gorgeous bright pink. However, I actually loved it with the purple Sea Glass murano (which has just launched worldwide) and the white faceted murano, which provided a nice contrast. The hot pink struck me as ideal for a fun girly theme, so I added the Pandora Shopping Bag charm and the adorable Scottie Dog (although he would NOT stay the right way up!).
I am head over heels with these muranos, and I’d love to collect more from the set – particularly Tinkerbell’s and Cinderella’s! Although they do have Disney branding on one side of the core, it is not particularly obtrusive and you could easily use them in a non-Disney design. For this reason, it is a shame that they are limited to North America, as they offer some colours that the regular collection is missing.
The Frozen muranos are $45 USD or $50 CAD – unfortunately the Pandora Disney collections are exclusive to North America, so they are not available elsewhere.
Have you bought any of the new Disney muranos? If not, are they on your wish list?