Today’s post brings the next in my series of Pandora Winter 2015 reviews, with an in-depth look at the new Christmas Puppy charm! I’ve been excited to do this review, being a lover of both Christmas and dogs. ^^ Additionally, as a bonus, I’ve also included an updated shot of my whole Pandora collection at the end of the review, as a few people have requested to see it.
For more Pandora Christmas inspiration, have a look through the Christmas tag to read previous festive reviews and features. Otherwise, continue on for some live shots and styling ideas! :)
Pandora are known for both their cute animals and their fun Christmas charms, so it’s no surprise that they decided to marry the two ideas in this adorable festive puppy charm.
One of the main attractions of this design for me is that it’s full-bodied; in this charm, you get all those cute little details that Pandora’s animal beads are noted for. The collar, the floppy ears, the dopey eyes – they’re all here! I love enamel detailing as well, and the red enamel hat is rather adorable – although this does make the charm a lot less versatile, of course.
I really love the expression Pandora have given this charm; it’s cartoonish, but it nevertheless rather captures the excitement and energy of a puppy. His stance, with paws placed apart, looks like he’s full of beans and ready to pounce. In a way, this makes the Puppy the perfect Christmas charm – full of anticipation for the big day.
The back of the charm shows Pandora’s characteristic attention to detail, with his collar, haunches and little tail detailed in plain silver.
You’ll find the Puppy’s hallmarks on its belly. I was a little disappointed, as usually with Pandora’s animal charms you will get adorable paw-prints or claws detailed on their feet (for example, look at the Lucky Cat!) – unfortunately the undersides of the Puppy’s paws are smooth and un-detailed. :(
The only thing about it is the size – it’s really tiny, as you can see in this comparison shot with last year’s Christmas Bear charm. The Puppy is shorter and narrower (if you have the Disney Eeyore charm, it’s about the same size as that). This does give the charm a cute, petite feel – but I would expect the price point to drop correspondingly, which it hasn’t. :/
I have just received the 2014 pavé star bangle from the Rue La La sale, so I’ve gone for a couple of bangle stylings to showcase this charm!
This is a mini-design that I’m dubbing Under the Tree, as I always used to dream of getting a puppy for Christmas when I was little. ^^ The London Guard charm seems perfect for a Christmas design, as he perfectly represents the traditional toy soldier stocking-filler. I’ve also added the original silver Present charm, the pavé Tree of Lights and the beautiful Prancing Reindeer ornament pendant. Its iridescent red enamel is just beautiful!
Next up, we have another simple festive bangle design. The red Christmas charms aren’t that versatile, so a mini bangle design might be a good alternative to trying to fit them into your regular bracelet designs. The clear Twice as Nice spacer is one of my favourites, and it goes with just about anything you please to put it with.
To finish off my Puppy stylings, we have one last shot of my own Christmas bracelet (which has been featured rather heavily over the last month, I know!) – I’ve tucked the Puppy away next to the mint green Candy-Stripe murano. I really love the fun combination of the cheerful red enamel and the light pastel green muranos, so the Puppy is perfect for this bracelet.
And, finally, here it is in a ‘live’ shot, on my wrist! :)
As a little bonus, I’ve also included an update shot of my entire Pandora collection (which isn’t for the faint-hearted! :P). You can click to enlarge it and see all the individual charms!
My collection has grown since June (when I last took a full collection photo!) – I’ve added my Christmas bracelet, which is to the right of the picture, and I’ve started a new two-tone bracelet (pictured at the top). I’ve had the two-tone bracelet sat empty since the March bracelet promo, but with the latest Rue La La sale, I finally found some pieces I wanted to go on it! There are also more rings, another necklace, and my brown leather bracelet.
I also revamped by travel bracelet by adding two Sea Glass muranos and some other fun pieces, while I have finished off my Pandora Rose bracelet as well. As you can probably tell, I love murano glass! ^^
This charm is probably my favourite of this year’s Pandora Christmas offerings, although I am biased by the fact that I am something of a dog lover in general! ^^ I appreciate that it may well be a bit too cutesy or cartoony for some tastes, but I love that it’s a full-bodied design – the dash of festive red makes it perfect for a brightly-coloured Christmas bracelet. My only real reservation is its miniature size – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in itself, but the fact that the price point remains high is slightly grating.
The Christmas Puppy is $45 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?