Today’s post brings my next Pandora review, with a closer look at the new Asian-exclusive pavé star safety chain! I thought this would be a good transitional piece to do while I’m working on some Winter 2015 reviews – while it is technically an Autumn 2015 piece, its starry design fits better with the icy crystals and dramatic blues of some of the new winter charms!
This has really been the season of safety chains, with a total of three new designs making their début across the Autumn and Winter 2015 collections! Unfortunately, this gorgeous starry safety chain is an Asian-exclusive. Seeing as new safety chain designs are always top of collectors’ wish lists, this is a decision by Pandora that I can’t really understand. Nevertheless, there are many lovely ladies who are happy to help out with exclusive items like this one – I got mine from Singapore and it is really very lovely!
The safety chain
I was so excited when I first saw the previews of this piece, and it didn’t disappoint in person! The stars are small, but nicely picked-out, offering a cute but nicely versatile design – it sparkles, but not overwhelmingly so. The two halves of the safety chain are symmetrical, and are identical to the other.
My safety chain came in a 6cm, which is longer than I usually go for, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. From looking at Pandora.net, it does look like this safety chain is available in the usual length options from 4-7cm.
The safety chain’s design is based on the existing Twinkle Twinkle pavé star clip, one of my favourite clip designs. :D It is not exactly the same, however. The stars on the safety chain are a little smaller.
It screws on to the chain, but it’s a little bigger than traditional screw-on safety chains. The ends of it take up the whole of the threads, and it’s quite chunky.
This safety chain strikes me as the ideal finishing touch for any Winter 2015 bracelet, whether festive or wintry. However, for my stylings for this review, I wanted to do a couple of different sky-themed bracelets.
My first is a night sky, midnight-themed bracelet. This is how I actually wear the safety chain. <3 I was thrilled when I first saw the preview pics of it, as I knew it would be great for this design! The clear, silvery pavé detailing contrasts nicely with the darker muranos and thematically it is perfect, too. :D
My second ‘sky’ design is based around the idea of sunsets and sunrises. I’ve gone for a range of warm pinks, oranges and Pandora Rose to evoke the idea of a beautiful pink-red sky.
This design would be even better if I had more star-themed or sky-related beads to go with the colour scheme, such as the gorgeous openwork A Cloud’s Silver Lining. As it is I don’t have many, and so I’ve gone for beads that best evoke the colours of a morning or evening sky. ^^ Adding a few bird themed pieces would also add nicely to the theme!
This is a nice new safety chain offering from Pandora, with pavé star detailing that is both cute and nicely versatile. It would be perfect to be worn with any bracelets based around the new Winter 2015 collection – it would fit wonderfully with a festive theme or a bracelet based on icy blues and stars. It may not be the most original design, as it’s based on an existing clip, but nevertheless it works really nicely as a safety chain. It makes me wonder which other clips might work well as a matching safety chain!
It is a little bulkier and heftier than previous safety chains, although I’ve found that this seems to stop it twisting off the threads so much. It’s a real shame that Pandora have decided to make one of their coveted new safety chain designs a country exclusive, however. New safety chains are always very much in demand, and the more options available to everyone, the better!
Are you a fan of this design? If so, have you managed to get hold of one? What safety chain designs would you like to see in the future?