Today’s post continues the Pandora Summer 2015 reviews with a closer look at the rather beautiful Orchid pendant! This charm was the only one that I knew for sure that I wanted when the first stock images for summer emerged (although since then I’ve also indulged in the new green leather and the green Petite Facets! :P) and it has proved one of the most popular of the summer pieces!
With its deep fuchsia colour and floral design, it has an appeal that, while tropical, also goes well beyond the summer season. Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration! :)
In person, the colour is pretty true to the stock image (see below) – a lovely deep shade of pinky purple, which looks brighter or darker depending on how the light hits it. There’s a little purple cubic at the centre of the flower, too. <3
While I am often ambivalent to Pandora’s love of pavé, I do love their use of enamel detailing! ^^ I probably would have preferred this charm without the additional sparkle at the bail, but it doesn’t detract very much from the overall design. In person, you don’t notice it so much – it just adds a little complementary glitter to the stone at the heart of the flower.
I realised that I hadn’t seen a picture of the back of the Orchid before, and was pleasantly surprised by the pretty leafy details and buds engraved there. I love little touches like these!
It is a reasonably big dangle, but it is refreshingly light. Obviously, with the pavé detailing at the bail, it is not threaded, which contributes to its lightness.
Personally, I’ve added the Orchid to my black double leather bracelet, as I love the dramatic contrast between the black and the fuchsia. I was thinking that I could add a couple of the Pre-Autumn 2015 travel charms to this design – perhaps the new Camera and the Travel Together Forever pendant.
The charm is very beautiful and vivid in shade, and it is more than capable of being worn on its own – it would look beautiful as a necklace pendant, too!
For a fun, exotic styling, try switching the black out for the green leather instead. It’s not a pairing that would instantly have occurred to me, but it really does work, conjuring up that tropical look that characterises this collection. :)
I absolutely loved this styling from Pandora’s Summer 2015 campaign. My plan was always to try and recreate something similar for this review, but unfortunately I only have one Sea Glass murano and it was deliberately chosen to be light and not too vibrant, haha. I also just don’t have a lot of clear pavé or beachy charms.
Instead, for my silver bracelet stylings I’ve decided to focus on the Petite Facets again – they go so well with the new pieces for 2015, and are a great representation of how pretty ‘new’ Pandora can be. The deep pink of the Orchid goes well with the lighter pastels of the pink Facets, especially when off-balanced with a little white enamel.
However, I actually loved this combination a little more! :) The green and pink Facets do work together remarkably well, and the addition of the exotic-looking Orchid only adds to the effect.
This styling would look great with additional Petite Facets, and some plain silver charms – perhaps some beach-themed charms, such as the Dolphin or the Turtle, and some more floral pieces. :)
This is a rather beautiful little pendant, and a worthy centrepiece to a bracelet design (or a necklace pendant, too). It suffers a little from the usual superfluous pavé detailing, but the bright pink of the enamel is dramatic enough that it is doesn’t stand out too much in person. Of all the summer pieces, I think it is one that has the most appeal beyond the Summer months!
The Orchid is $45 USD or £40. If you’re in the UK, you can buy it alongside the rest of the Pandora Summer collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you bought this charm, or is it on your wish list? How does it compare with the rest of the Summer release?