Today’s post brings a review of Pandora’s newest limited edition release for the UK – the Pudsey Bear charm, which is being sold in aid of the UK children’s charity Children in Need. Retailing at £40, 20% of the proceeds will go straight to Children in Need. The charm itself is a lot of fun, and really quite different from Pandora’s usual style with its use of fun, primary colours.
The charm officially launched in the UK a couple of days ago on the 5th of October. Pandora have been promoting the charm with the hashtag #PandoraxPudsey and lots of colourful campaign posters – although I did drop into my local store yesterday and couldn’t see any advertising out for the new Pudsey charm in store yet. The charm will be sold until the Children in Need telethon airs on the 13th of November.
The Pudsey Bear is modelled on the Children in Need mascot, a cuddly teddy bear with a colourful bandage across one eye:
The charm follows Pandora’s recent style of doing portrait representations of animals, featuring only their faces instead of their full bodies. I’m not really sure how instantly recognisable he is as Pudsey (his face has a teensy weensy little hint of chipmunk to me) but he has, nevertheless, a very sweet little face, with an enthusiastic smile. ^^
Pudsey’s bandage goes almost all the way around the charm, and features white enamel studded with red and blue enamel spots, and green and yellow cubic zirconia. The overall effect is really quite colourful, especially when it catches the light and the colours sparkle. This charm is threaded, and feels nice and solid to hold. The hallmarks are on its base.
I have to say, one of my favourite aspects of this release is the cute packaging that comes with it! Your Pudsey charm should come with this cute little sleeve to slip over the traditional white Pandora charm box. I am a little disappointed that I didn’t receive the packaging with my Pudsey Bear, enough that I am tempted to pop back into my local store and ask if they have any sleeves spare that they can give me, haha.
Let’s be honest – while this charm is pretty cute, it’s not the easiest to style with its bright colours and unique aesthetic. My first styling offers a way of blending it with a more generic theme: a teddy bear’s picnic styling, utilising 2013’s LE Bear my Heart charm and the two-tone Bear Hug to keep Pudsey company. I’ve also included the cupcake, teacup and Coffee Lovers charms to supply the refreshments, while the Butterfly Kisses murano and white enamel Darling Daisies conjure up a pretty, natural setting.
Children in Need fundraisers often opt for cake sales, or fun days out for children, so this whole idea is still in keeping with the whole idea of the charity’s fundraising too! ^^
My second styling leans into the whole Children in Need campaign a little more fully. Here, I’ve gone for a red leather bracelet, and I’ve added the Precious Boy & Girl to represent the children that the charity is raising money for. This is a sweet and simple styling to show your support for the cause!
Finally, Pudsey is symbol for a very worthy cause and he definitely carries a simple leather bracelet styling all on his own. Here I have gone for a soft pink, but he will go with pretty much any colour you choose!
I was always going to buy this charm – it’s limited edition, sold for a good cause and, for me, it comes with a hearty dash of nostalgia for childhood fundraising in primary school! Pudsey may not be the easiest charm to style, but he’s much cuter in person than the stock image suggests, and I still think it’s fantastic that Pandora have done something that is both creative and in support of a lovely charitable cause.
The Pandora Pudsey Bear charm retails for £40, with 20% of the proceeds going to the Children in Need charity – you can purchase your Pandora Pudsey Bear from authorised retailer John Greed. Please bear in mind that official retailers are not allowed to ship internationally, so if you live outside of the UK you will have to find a friend there who can get hold of one for you!
Are you a fan of this latest charitable release from Pandora? Have you indulged in a Pudsey Bear, or will you be trying to obtain one?