Today’s post brings my next Pandora Christmas 2015 review, with a closer look at the new Red-Nosed Reindeer charm! This has been a popular choice this holiday season, and I’ve seen him on more than a few Christmas designs. I love cute reindeer motifs for Christmas, so this was always a charm I was going to be excited to get. It also means that I’ve acquired a few other reindeer charms with which I can compare this one – including Chamilia’s much-coveted Rudolph design.
If you’re looking for more Christmas inspiration, my previous Christmas reviews for this year have included the Christmas Holly murano, the Red Robin, and the Disney Parks Minnie’s Holiday Wreath. Otherwise, read on for some very cute reindeer and some festive bracelet ideas!
Pandora’s Red-Nosed Reindeer is quite simple and cartoon-like in its detailing. For me, the most appealing thing about him is his cute red enamel button nose, and his cute little smile as well. These aspects combined make for a very cheerful & friendly version of Rudolph. As you can see from this picture, the silver finish on this charm is very smooth and shiny – it is difficult to photograph as it’s so reflective!
The Red-Nosed Reindeer is in the portrait-style that Pandora have favoured for their animal charms recently, featuring just the head and not the body. This does help with the tangling issue that collectors have had with the antlers, legs and hooves of the full-bodied reindeer pendant charm, but I feel like it loses something as well.
The antlers are pretty cute and defined, and they don’t have any sharp edges to catch on loose threads or beloved jumpers, which is great. However, it has to be noted that otherwise the back of the charm is pretty empty of detail.
The same goes for the base of the charm, except for the hallmarks. The shape of the charm does mean that it sits nice and evenly on your bracelet, and isn’t prone to flipping.
For comparison, I recently got the Chamilia Rudolph charm (my first non-Pandora charm ever, incidentally – something of a milestone, eh!), which is an elegant, slim, full-bodied design. Chamilia’s Rudolph is rather adorable, and every detail of the reindeer is fully-realised, down to his tail, hooves and glittering scarf.
Chamilia haven’t lost anything by making their reindeer full-bodied; it sits nicely on the bracelet and its antlers and ears hardly catch on anything at all, unlike the 2013 Pandora Reindeer pendant (pictured below).
I actually like this charm quite a lot more once it’s in place on a bracelet, if that makes sense. Its simplified look is offset by other more detailed pieces, and its little dash of red is a nice addition to a festive bracelet design. It looks great with other cheerful reds, and for this styling I have gone for a nicely traditional red and white colour scheme.
On the other hand, if you want something less conventional, this design is drawn from the idea of Christmas Eve – but it focuses on the idea of the reindeer chasing across a midnight sky, rather than the people sitting cosily around the fire at home. Here I’ve used the midnight and white Fizzle muranos (or Effervescence, if you’re in North America), and some starry clips to go with my Reindeer and Sleigh charms!
Finally – we have another shot of my own Christmas bracelet, all finished and ready to go. The Reindeer’s shiny silver finish looks great with the red faceted murano, while his little button notes contrasts rather sweetly with the pastel green muranos.
This is a fun, sweet charm – it’s affordable, offers a little dash of festive colour, and looks great when paired with the right charms on your bracelet. Having said that, I would prefer to see some more full-bodied designs from Pandora. The portrait charms are cute (Pandora says they’re inspired by cake pops) but they lack the sophistication of detailing that Pandora’s animal charms always used to be known for.
The Red-Nosed Reindeer is $30 or £35. If you’re in the UK, you can purchase it along with the rest of the Pandora Winter collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Did you buy this charm, or is it on your wish list? Do you prefer the full-bodied or portrait-style animal charms?