Today’s post features my next review from the Pandora Autumn 2015 collection, with an in-depth look at the new blush Radiant Hearts charm. This charm is another sparkly offering from Pandora, and is available in pink, purple and blue (the blue isn’t out until the 29th) – I went for pink, as I like the vintage look of the blush.
Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration! :)
In some ways, this charm epitomises ‘new Pandora’; it’s showy, it’s glittery and, yes, it even has little hearts on it. :P I have never been against Pandora’s pavé offerings completely and, in fact, I like a great number of them; what I do feel, however, is that Pandora should keep up with their classic silver pieces as well as these new sparkly ones. In this instance, these cute button-style charms rather appeal to me, and the Blush in particular has rather a pretty, even an old-fashioned, aesthetic to it.
This is another instance where I think the stock image is pretty far removed from what the charm actually looks like in person. The bead depicts a ruddy, vintage-looking pink, one that is quite matte in shade. In person, my Radiant Hearts is almost a pale purple – it is nowhere near so warm in tone.
It’s an openwork charm, and features heart silhouettes around it. The blush stones are significant in size, and actually protrude quite far from the charm itself.
If you’re wondering where the name ‘Radiant Hearts’ comes from, it’s not just because of this openwork heart design around the side of the charm. If you look closer at the blush gemstone itself, you can actually see the silhouettes of hearts beneath the stone! It’s a very cool effect, and one that is not as obvious in the dark purple version of this charm – the stone is too dark for the hearts to show through clearly.
While the Blush Radiant Hearts and the Fascinating Blush do go really nicely together, they are quite different shades of pink. My Fascinating Blush is a warm, rosy pink, while my blush Radiant Hearts is much cooler, almost purple-y in tone.
While I have seen photos of many lovely full bracelet designs featuring this charm, for this review I’ve opted to go with more minimal designs and to utilise it as a fashion piece, a focal point. Here, using the Viola Bloom pearl brings out the old-fashioned feel of this charm a little more and emphasises the prettiness of its pavé detail.
You can give the charm a softer look by pairing it with some nature-themed charms – here I have used the new Autumn 2015 Dragonfly and Majestic Swan. Their pavé accents go nicely with the sparkle of the Radiant Hearts, but their delicate details work nicely to offset its more dramatic style.
Finally, we have an updated look at my Arabian brown leather bracelet design – I previously featured it in my Fascinating Blush review and, with the addition of the Radiant Hearts charm, it is now complete! I really love the combination of the warm pinks and the brown leather together, and the colours look beautiful worn out in the daylight.
While I can appreciate that this charm is not to the taste of some long-term Pandora collectors, for me the detail of the hearts shimmering through the stone is really lovely, and I quite like its sparkly aesthetic. Wearing it on my leather with some solid silver charms helps to offset its glitter. If you’re considering purchasing this one, I would advise trying to see it in person, seeing as its colour in reality varies quite a lot from the stock image.
The Radiant Hearts charms are $80 USD or £55. If you’re in the UK, you can purchase them 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?