Today’s post brings my first Pandora Summer 2015 review with an in-depth look at the new Pandora Green Petite Facets! <3 I’ll also just be reviewing the Petite Facets charms in general and offering my thoughts on how they compare to Pandora’s murano glass beads.
The colours of each Facet is rather beautiful and jewel-like – they didn’t disappoint in person! Read on for some close-up shots and some styling suggestions :)
There are four shades of the Petite Facets; purple and pink for Spring, and then green and blue for Summer. The colour of the stock images is not that representative of the actual charms, as the colours inevitably look a bit flatter. The depth and shimmer of each shade is best viewed in person!
I have opted for two of the pink Facets and one of the green. The pink is a pretty shade, with a milky, effervescent quality to it – although it’s a cooler pink than a lot of Pandora’s other pink charms. For me, it doesn’t match that well with a lot of the pink enamel or the pink murano glass, which tend to be rosier in hue.
The colour of both the green and pink charms looks beautiful when reflected through the faceted surface, adding to the sense of depth. While the pink Petite Facets is lovely, I think my favourite of all four shades is the Summer 2015 green. Its teal-green colour is so vibrant – it instantly takes me back to my lovely Caribbean holiday a couple of years ago.
The main difference between the Facets and the murano glass charms is the size difference. The Facets are a fair bit wider than the muranos, but blend in a lot better with regular charms in terms of height. The finish of the Facets is also more consistent, as they are synthetic stones; you don’t have to worry about matching them like you do with the handmade Pandora murano glass beads.
(Incidentally, my Green Petite Facets is quite a teal/blue-y green in person, and it goes quite well with the gorgeous Pandora Teal faceted murano, as you can see here!)
The hallmarks are on one side of the charm – small and unobtrusive. As you can also see, the Facets are threaded charms, and they feel nicely solid and substantial to hold.
The green and blue Petite Facets are made of synthetic quartz, while the pink and purple versions are cubic zirconia. The quartz Facets produce rather a lovely effect when placed in direct sunlight; like sun rippling over the surface of a pool. It makes for a perfect reminder of holidays and the ocean!
My first styling mixes the green Facets with a little rose gold. I am constantly discovering new ways to wear the Pandora Rose collection; it looks beautiful with bright blue and teal shades, especially when accented with some a few touches of white enamel. Wearing them on the bangle adds to the contemporary, summery look!
I also found that the green and the pink Petite Facets look surprisingly pretty worn together, too. This is another example of how well the Facets’ size fits with other charms; using muranos in this bangle design would have probably looked uneven.
If you want to go even further, all four colours of the Petite Facets look beautiful in this styling from Pandora Masonville:
Both the green and pink Facets look great when worn with their matching bracelets:
And this is how I personally will be wearing my green Facets; I’m planning on adding the new silver Tropicana openwork to this design, alongside another beachy silver charms – perhaps the pearl oyster or the retired silver seashell charm!
I have added my two pink facets to my pink-themed oxidised bracelet; they’re a lot brighter than the soft pink Cherry Blossom clips and the Butterfly Kisses murano, but I like the contrast anyhow. :)
Finally, as a little extra, my lovely reader Nicola asked to see a shot of my full Pandora collection – here it is! For relevancy, it does offer another shot of my pink bracelet with the new Facets and of the Summer 2015 leather bracelet with the green Facets. ;)
The Petite Facets won’t be replacing murano glass for me any time soon, but nevertheless I like them very much and they add a beautiful depth of colour to your bracelet. It’s great to have an alternative to the murano beads, and they certainly do blend more into an overall bracelet design – the muranos stand out more due to their size. I’ll be excited to see Pandora experiment with more colours for the Petite/Geometric Facets in the future, for sure!
The Pandora Petite Facets are $40 or £40. If you’re in the UK, you can purchase them alongside the rest of the Pandora Summer collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
What do you think of the new Petite Facets? How do they compare to the murano glass beads for you?