Today’s post brings my next review from the Pandora Autumn 2015 collection, with a closer look at the new Dragonfly Meadow openwork charm. This is another selection from Pandora’s Magnificent Kingdom set, which focuses on the majesty and beauty of the natural world. This one of my first must-haves from the new collection, and one of Pandora’s more delicate and intricate openwork offerings.
I was really inspired by the natural details of this charm, and so we have another rather floral review! ^^ This will probably be my one of my last reviews to focus on the Autumn 2015 collection’s natural themes before we get into some grittier Halloween stylings and, of course, some icy Winter designs!
This is another charm where the intricacy whimsical nature of the details really shines through; the charm’s most striking feature is its two pavé dragonflies, which are accentuated by little swirls to either side of them. The overall effect reminds me of a river bank, with flowers on the water and dragonflies skimming the surface.
The addition of a little dash of pavé creates a delicate effect, and seems perfect for representing the real life shimmer of a dragonfly’s wings.
However, the charm does not feature the pavé dragonflies all the way around it. There is also some lovely plain silver detailing, featuring a small flower with oxidised petals, and some fern leaves as well. The dragonflies nestle in among these details beautifully. The only reservation I have is that, while the effect is lovely close-up, the individual motifs are a bit hard to pick out from a distance, and the charm has the potential to look a little busy.
The Dragonfly Meadow is unthreaded, and features a small hallmark on the rim of the charm.
First up, I thought I would try this charm on my pink oxidised bracelet, which features a number of floral and natural charms. I think it fits in nicely, and goes well with Spring 2015 charms such as the Sparkling Ladybird or the Pink Petite Facets! :D I love clear pavé and pastel enamel together.
Next up, we have a styling based around the limited edition green leather bracelet from the Summer 2015 collection! The shimmering metallic green seemed perfect to represent the iridescent colours of the dragonfly’s wings, and just for a pretty nature-inspired bracelet. I’ve added the Floral Heart Padlock, which is great with the Dragonfly, and some teal-coloured charms to complement the green leather.
Finally, this is how I will actually be wearing my Dragonfly Meadow charm – with the purple double wrap bracelet, and the beautiful blue Butterfly Kisses murano.
I have been stacking this bracelet with my brown leather, which features the two new blush charms from the Autumn 2015 collection! Together, they sort of combine pretty spring pastels with more earthy autumn pinks and I have been really enjoying the combination.
Overall, this charm remains one of my favourites from the new Autumn 2015 collection. While it is pricey for what it is, it is well-made and the details are light and delicate. I am surprised, for example, that the Majestic Swan is cheaper in the UK than this one, seeing as the Majestic Swan is a nice solid silver, and this one is an openwork – and with fewer pavé stones. :S Nevertheless, the inclusion of the plain silver details works well to offset the sparkle from the pavé and, like the Majestic Swan, this means that the charm avoids the trap of looking overly blingy or glittery. Instead, it gives a hint of, say, a sparkle of reflected light on water, or simply the beauty of a dragonfly’s wings.
The Dragonfly Meadow is $65 USD or £55. If you’re in the UK, you can purchase it alongside the rest of the Pandora Autumn collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you bought this charm, or is it on your wish list?