Today’s post brings another Pandora review, with a closer look at the Pandora Club charm for 2015! This limited edition piece was released last month with the Pandora Summer 2015 collection and is the second special club edition that Pandora have made, following the 2014 Hidden Heart design. Happily, Pandora have done away with the notoriously poorly-executed voucher system from last year. This time around, anyone can buy the charm, whether they are a member of the Pandora club or not.
I was initially unsure as to whether I would get this charm, as I so liked the original 2014 charm, but the allure of it being a collector’s item and its diamond detailing eventually won me over. ;) Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration!
It’s actually a little bigger in person than I expected, and I mean that positively! If you compare it next to Pandora’s traditional smooth heart design, it is more substantial and a little taller.
The inclusion of the date is a nice touch and essential to the collectability of the Club charms, I think. It might have been nice to have the crown two-tone as several people have suggested but, on the other hand, having it be colourless does preserve that elegance and makes it more versatile.
The other downside to this design is that it is not a new one from Pandora; it’s essentially a recolouring of the Princess charm from last year’s Autumn collection. While the Club charm makes a nice alternative for those who aren’t so keen on the Princess’s more sparkly aesthetic, it is a shame that this collector’s item is not based on an entirely new idea.
Much like the last Club charm, this one also has a very smooth shiny surface. While the effect is elegant, it does mean that the charm is rather prone to picking up scratches. This photo was taken the day after I got it and it is already showing up with little marks and lines…
When I look at the two Club charms side-by-side, the new one seems a little more shapely and elegant than the 2014 Hidden Heart, despite its lack of quirkiness. One of my readers once had the lovely thought that this Club charm was a continuation of the 2014 one, that it was an ‘unboxing’ of the hidden heart in last year’s – I love that idea of the continuity between the two charms.
Many people found the original Club charm very hard to style, due to its size and its rather box-y shape. This is not at all a problem with this year’s charm – its simple heart design will go with pretty much anything!
For my first styling, I’ve dressed the Club charm down a bit and gone for a more casual look with a leather bracelet design. ;) I got these lovely moonstone cabochon spacers in the UK sales and I’ve been desperate to show them off – they go beautifully with the Club charm’s little diamond and they set off the delicate pastels of the two muranos nicely too.
A couple of readers have asked about pairing the Pandora Rose pieces with two-tone charms and so I thought I’d include a styling along those lines for this review!
The Club charm looks great with a little elegant two-tone to set off its diamond and the three-metal look works for me, too.
I am wearing my Club charm on my midnight-themed bracelet – the diamonds add to the dramatic effect and nicely complement both the gold accents and the dark blues of the murano glass. The design quite dark in tone, but I’m planning on adding a couple of gold spacers either side of the Fascinating Aventurescent to brighten up the middle!
The Club charm 2015 is a charm that I like, but not one that I love. It’s undoubtedly very pretty and classic-looking, and it would fit in nicely with any range of different bracelet styles, but it lacks the delightful quirkiness of the 2014 one for me. I am curious as to whether Pandora will go ahead and make another Club charm for 2016, and what kinds of designs they might for in the future – they would inevitably have to branch out a little, which might be interesting!
The Pandora Club charm is $65 USD or £55. 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 indulged in this year’s Club charm? What do you think of its design?