Today’s post offers my next Pandora Autumn 2015 review, with a closer look at a few of the new charms from the Pandora Essence Autumn 2015 collection! Featuring some cool pastels and a couple of pretty silver designs, this collection was mostly well-received by collectors – and it didn’t disappoint in person. :D
It’s worth noting that this collection was not released in North America, and the rumours that the Essence line may be discontinued soon continue to circulate. It’s a real shame, as this collection is just as stunning in real life as it is in the stock images.
In fact, this is the first time ever that I’ve made a special effort to go out and purchase Essence beads as soon as they’ve been released! I came away with three charms, and what follows are some close-up images and thoughts on them.
While the whole of this collection is really rather lovely, I opted for a couple of the delicate pastel beads and the silver Love charm – I find softer colours a little more versatile, especially as I tend to wear my Essence beads for dressier and more elegant occasions. I didn’t really consider which values they represented, as I tend to pick out Essence beads based on aesthetics, and not on their meanings.
In the UK, Dignity is only available as part of a silver bracelet gift set for £75 until the launch of the Winter 2015 collection, when it’ll be made available on its own for £45. It irritates me a lot when Pandora UK bundle popular charms in order to get people to fork out more for a bracelet too, so, instead of waiting until November, I made the effort to acquire one from abroad instead.
The Love charm is the most affordable of the new Essence options, and features a simple plain silver design. It is the first time we have seen hearts in the Essence line, which seems funny considering how prevalent they are in everything else Pandora does, haha. It’s quite a simple design, but it’s pretty.
The Friendship charm is a delicate opalescent shade. It’s quite similar in style to the blue lace agate Patience charm (pictured on the bracelet at the top), and they go really beautifully together.
When the light hits it in a certain way, it gets a beautiful deep shimmer to it, which plays across the surface of the whole charm. My sales assistant described it as like a ‘sunset’, which is very apt. This does give it a slightly orange tinge in some lights, though. I think it’s beautiful, but you should probably check it out in person to see if it’s what you’re looking for, as the stock image is not really representative of its colour changes. It’s definitely not just a pale pink.
Last but not least, my favourite of these new beads has to be the new pearl Dignity charm. The idea of ‘dignity’ goes very nicely with the elegance and simplicity of the pearl. It’s worth noting that these pearl beads do vary slightly in shade, so you might want to pick yours out in person. They vary from a purer white to being a little more pink in shade – mine is on the pinker side. :)
My only concern with this beautiful pearl bead is its potential for scratching. I’ve found with my Viola Bloom (or is it Garden Odyssey? that bead has so many names!) pendant that the pearl does show up dints and scratches quite easily, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this one to see how well it wears.
This is how I am wearing my new beads: on the two-tone Essence bracelet, with the beautiful pastel blue Patience Essence bead. I’m thinking that, some day, I’d like to get one of the two-tone Essence beads as a centrepiece for this design, and to complement the clasp. ^^ I like the cool tones of the pastel shades on this bracelet, and think it makes for quite a delicate option for the winter season.
Essence bracelets are so great for stacking; and I wear this design with my existing Essence bracelet, which utilises beads from the very first Essence collection. They also look good with other light bracelets, such as the bangles and leathers!
I really loved this collection from Pandora Essence, and I certainly hope that it isn’t Essence’s swan song. The Dignity is absolutely beautiful, particular if you select one with a slightly rosier sheen to it, and I’d love to see Pandora make an equivalent bead for the Moments collection. I love pearls, and they’re wonderfully versatile too. The only thing is that I would recommend that you see these beads in person, or at least go digging for some live images of them, as some look different in real life to how they do in the stock images – the opalescent Friendship, in particular.
If you’re in the UK, you can purchase the new Essence beads alongside the rest of the Pandora Autumn collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you purchased any of these beads, or are any on your wish list? Would you be sorry to see the Essence line discontinued?