Today’s post offers a closer look at the new Layers of Lace clip, from the Pandora Autumn/Winter 2015 collections! While this clip has been available in most regions since the Autumn 2015 launch, it has only just been made available in the US and Canada with the Winter 2015 collection.
Hopefully this review will put you in a wintry mood, with pretty blues and icy pastels! I’m also including a first look at my Pandora Christmas bracelet design, which features the new Christmas Holly murano (a review will be coming soon!). :D
This clip’s pretty pattern looks quite like ice forming on a window, and it’s a great piece to style with the other wintry charms and pendants from the latest collection. The contrast between the polished silver and the oxidised detailing is absolutely stunning in person, and adds a lot of depth & interest to the design, without resorting to pavé sparkle.
One of the reasons I was particularly pleased to see this new design is that it reminds me of classic Pandora clips, but with some more sophisticated detailing. This kind of clip makes me want to buy them in pairs, to have them matching, and they are great to use if you like your Pandora bracelets nicely symmetrical. Pandora have released a few clips in this style this season – have a look at the new Feathered and Braided clips for more ideas. :)
The detailing on the clip itself is quite ambiguous, with pretty webs of silver and the occasional floral detail. Pandora have called it Layers of Lace, but it doesn’t particularly remind me of that. I find myself thinking of crystallised ice, or cobwebs and dew on a wintry morning. The nice thing is that, depending on what you put it with, it can pretty much be what you want it to be.
Of course, these clips would be perfect worn in conjunction with the new Winter 2015 icy blues – their plain silver detailing would offset all the pave crystals beautifully. However, here I’ve gone for something a little softer with the pale blue Looking Glass murano. It conveys a fresh wintry blue, just like the new Crystallised Snowflake pieces, but with a little more softness and delicacy. A little dash of two-tone adds to that classic Pandora look: the Carousel is one of my favourites.
They are also a great option for any festive designs you have planned. This is the basis of my Christmas design for this year, and I’m in love with its bright reds and greens – eventually I am going to swap out the Lace clips for the Dainty Bow and Twinkle Twinkle clips, but they are great place-holders until I manage to get hold of the Dainty Bow!
Finally, this is how I will ultimately be wearing my Layers of Lace clips: this is my Northern Lights design. The sparkly Anna and Elsa muranos are perfect for evoking the shimmering pinks and blues across the sky, while the Polar Bear makes a cute Arctic accompaniment. ^^ The Layers of Lace clips do look like icicles, and finish the look perfectly.
If you want clips to stay in place on the leather, ask your local Pandora for some black rubber clip inserts. :) This kind of design would be perfect in conjunction with the Glistening Wonder gift set as well, with its pretty pavé bracelet clasp and the Radiant Bloom charm.
Beautiful and yet nicely affordable, these clips seem like a welcome callback to Pandora’s very first clip designs and seem suited to please most tastes, whether you prefer new or old-style Pandora. I hope that Pandora continue to make some of these older-style clips, as they seem to me less obtrusive and better suited for spacing out bracelet designs and lending a little symmetry.
The Pandora Layers of Lace clip is £25 in the UK. In the US and Canada, they are only currently available as part of the Glistening Wonder gift set – please see this post for more details. :)
Have you bought this clip, or is it on your wish list? How are you wearing it?