Today I am dipping again into Pandora’s Pre-Autumn 2015 collection, with a review of the new Ice Cream Cone pendant! :D This sweet little charm was not released in Australia or North America, but it’s available everywhere else – I’m still not sure on the reasoning for this, as it seems like it has pretty universal appeal.
I got mine last week on holiday in Amsterdam and it’s made a very cute memento of my trip there (even if Amsterdam isn’t particularly ice creamy… but I already had the Windmill and the Bicycle, haha). Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration!
While the design is rather a neat and simple one, there is still some nice oxidised detailing for the waffle cone itself and a little strawberry sauce is picked out in red pavé stones at the top of the ice cream. The colour is quite subtle, however, and the overall look of it is predominantly silver.
As a concept, ice cream is a really great idea for a cute holiday charm. It’s not a charm that they’ve made before, so it’s one of the more original pieces from the Pre-Autumn collection!
However I was initially a little disappointed that Pandora went for pavé detailing – I did say in my initial preview of this charm that it would have been great if Pandora had used some pastel enamels for the ice cream. On the other hand, I do appreciate that the subtler sparkle of the pavé does make it a lot more versatile, even if enamel would have been really cute!
It looks especially pretty in sunlight, and that’s when the sparkle of the pavé becomes more noticeable. In person, it’s really quite a slim, dainty pendant, and it doesn’t feel too heavy on your wrist unlike some Pandora dangles. It has a pretty thin bail, so it won’t take up a lot of space on your bracelet, too.
My first styling was a beach-theme, with dashes of two-tone to represent golden sand and teal shades to conjure up that lovely Caribbean sea! The pinky CZs on the Ice Cream are pretty subtle so they don’t clash with much and it is perfect for creating that vintage sea-side feel.
As I said before, I associate pretty pastels with ice cream shades and I really want to make a soft styling that brought that out. The pink leather bracelet is perfect for this purpose – it has a delicate pink shimmer to it that really lightens it and makes it pop. To go with the ice cream, I added some classic silver travel charms and a complementary white murano!
The other thing that instantly came to mind when I thought about ice cream cones were the fun of theme parks and days out. This then led me straight on to the Pandora Disney collection! Here I’ve styled my Minnie Mouse charms with the Ice Cream pendant on the retired red leather. It’s worth noting that the Ice Cream charm and the Minnie pavé clip share the exact same mix of clear and red cubic zirconia, so they match each other perfectly.
I am adding this charm to my travel/summer-themed bracelet, which has a fun mix of silver travel and animal charms on it. This is a bracelet that looks at it’s best when it’s on your wrist – the colours really pop, especially in the sun! If you’re into very coordinated colours, then this won’t be your thing – and I do usually colour coordinate my bracelets – but in this instance I just really like the mix of different tropical shades. ^^
I love the concept of an ice cream charm and, while I was initially disappointed that they didn’t go for enamel, this design has grown and grown on me since I first saw it. In the end, I was really excited to review this one and made it a priority as soon as I got back home. ^^ In person, it is really very cute, and the subtle pavé makes it that bit more versatile. It’s also pretty reasonably priced. Going forward I still have a couple more Pre-Autumn reviews to get through before the Autumn collection proper launches at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for those! :)
The Ice Cream Cone is £35 or 39 euros – it’s not available in North America or Australia. If you’re in the UK, you can purchase it alongside the rest of the Pandora Pre-Autumn collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Do you have this charm, or is it on your wish list? If it’s not available in your region, are you trying to obtain one?