Today’s post brings my next Winter 2015 review, with a closer look at the new Dainty Bow clip and safety chain! Pandora have created a matching safety chain, clip and bangle in this design – I went for both the clip and the safety chain to add to my Christmas bracelet. :D
This season, Pandora seem to have started a little trend – matching safety chains and clips. I have been desperate for new safety chain designs for a long time, and I’d love to see this trend continue. There are a lot of existing clips that would look great turned into safety chains. :D
What I love about the Pandora’s bow charms is that they are great for the Christmas season, as they evoke the magic of beautifully-wrapped presents, but also offer a pretty, chic design that has appeal all year round. They feature a spherical cute bow design, with just a dusting of pavé on the tops of the bows.
I got my beads pretty much without seeing them in person as first, as my brother picked them up for me in Australia (the exchange rate is greatly in my favour, haha). So I was interested to see how they compared in person!
In person, the design is very sweet, but perhaps not quite as striking – the insides of the bows are not actually oxidised, and the detailing doesn’t look quite as defined as in the stock image. As there is a lot of smooth silver, there’s also a concern that it might look a bit scratched and dull over time.
In the right light, however, the little dash of pavé at the tops of the bows does look very pretty. It’s a rather subtle design, overall, and it works well for a clip or a safety chain – it’s cute, but it blends in very well.
Like the Asian-exclusive starry safety chain, the Dainty Bow chain is on the chunkier side – it takes up more space on the threads than a traditional screw-on safety chain. It’s a bit heftier than its name would suggest, but it does look beautiful once on.
My first instinct with the Dainty Bow pieces was to put together some delicate, soft designs. As I said before, it’s not exactly a statement piece, and so I wanted to put with some other similar charms to really bring it out. Here I’ve used the Mother’s Day 2013 Circle of Love bangle, with its delicate lilac stones, and the adorable Sparkling Bow pendant, which is a recent acquisition of mine. ;)
This sort of look translates well into a larger charm bracelet design – here I’ve gone for some pastel pinks and whites, utilising the Pink Hearts murano and the white Fizzles. As usual, I like to offset my softer pastel colours with the edgier oxidised bracelet – I love the contrast between them. The darker chain also really sets off the glitter of the pavé charms.
However, the bow design also struck me as perfect for a Minnie Mouse design. Her signature motif across the Pandora collections is her pretty red bow – and the Dainty Bow pieces would be a very pretty and feminine complement to the Minnie-themed charms. My styling for this idea is slightly hampered by the fact that I only have two Minnie Mouse charms (the clip and the cupcake), but I expect that some of you will have more Minnie pieces than I do – so you can do this more justice than me!
Personally, I have added both these new charms to my Christmas bracelet. :D You will have seen (and will be seeing) a lot of it recently, so I won’t picture it again here. :P If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at my Holly murano review!
This became quite a ‘pink’ review in the end, but I couldn’t help indulging in my love of Pandora’s signature ribbons when it came to reviewing these beads. ^^ These two charms are very cute, but are not stand-out pieces for me. They will beautifully complement other charms, however, and I do think that they are a great choice for Christmas, fitting in with the presents and gifts theme, but also offering versatility beyond the season. Moreover, I am still thrilled that Pandora have come out with so many safety chain designs this season, and I do hope that the trend continues :D
This design also works wonderfully as a clasp on the Dainty Bow bangle, and I’m looking forward to picking one up in the North American promo, with a little help from a friend! ^^
The Dainty Bow clip is $50 USD, while the safety chain is $65 USD- in the UK, they are currently only available as part of a gift set. If you’re in the UK, you can purchase it alongside the rest of the Pandora Winter collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
What do you think of the new Dainty Bow pieces? Have you indulged in any of them, or are they on your wish list?