Today’s post brings my final Pandora Christmas 2015 review, with a closer look at the Prancing Reindeer bauble pendant! This charm has been another popular choice from the Winter 2015 collection and, although I wasn’t planning on getting this one (as I have two very similar charms already!), it won me over as soon as I saw it in person. ^^
On another note, I apologise for the lack of a Black Friday 2015 charm review! Despite being posted a few weeks or so ago, it has not yet made its way to me from Canada. From reading feedback from others online, it seems like Canada Post has quite a backlog, so it may well not arrive in time for Christmas. :( I hope there may still be interest in a review after Christmas time! ;)
Anyway – in the meantime, we have the Prancing Reindeer charm! Read on for some close-up shots and inspiration for bracelet designs. :D
The Prancing Reindeer’s red enamel has nice depth of colour, with a slightly iridescent finish to it. It’s a simple design, but it still has some nice touches, including the snowflakes engraved on the bail of the charm.
In North America, it’s a Jared-exclusive charm, which means that unfortunately it’s not available in Canada. This seems a real shame, as it’s one of the more subtle offerings from this year’s collection – offering that festive red enamel, but more elegantly.
It follows two previous ornament pendants that were released last year – the limited edition Black Friday charm, and the regular collection’s Christmas Ornament. All three are lovely designs, but I do feel like the red enamel reindeer give the Prancing Reindeer a slight edge over the previous two. ^^
The red enamel reindeer go all the way around the charm – the silhouette is graceful, and not at all cutesy. I like that this charm has no cubic zirconia detailing whatsoever, and it’s a pleasingly solid plain silver design – it’s quite heavy, as dangles go.
My first styling combines all of Pandora’s three ornament charms: the 2014 Christmas Ornament, the Black Friday Christmas Wish charm and the Prancing Reindeer. The ornaments are quite heavy dangles, and they’re a little awkward to wear so close to each other – but they look so cute that it’s worth it! ;)
For my next styling, I wanted to do something a bit more unusual. Last year, in Pandora’s advertising for the Pandora Rose collection, they included some Rose Christmas designs with red enamel, which looked surprisingly good – so I decided to try my own Pandora Rose Christmas styling!
The pink finish of the Rose charms complements the red enamel surprisingly well and its elegant finish helps to offset the cutesier Christmas Bear and Puppy.
Finally, I am currently wearing my Prancing Reindeer in a mini-Christmas bangle design, along with the Disney Snow White murano for a nice vibrant red. This styling is a little unorthodox from me, as it includes two Chamilia beads as well, aha. I picked out the adorable Gingerbread House from their latest Christmas collection and the lovely Rudolph as well.
Just to finish off, I thought that the Chamilia Gingerbread House deserved a closer look – the detailing is just so delightfully whimsical. The little door handle, the chimney at the back of the charm, and the miniature steps leading up to the door – all very prettily done! If you haven’t looked at Chamilia before, and you like Pandora’s quirkier Christmas pieces, Chamilia offer some cute charms that go really nicely with them.
The Prancing Reindeer may well be Pandora’s prettiest ornament charm yet – enamel detailing has long been a favourite of mine, and I love the little burst of colour that the leaping reindeer give to the bauble design. At the same time, it’s more subtle and elegant than other red enamel Christmas charms, which means that you can more easily get away with wearing it all year round, too!
The Prancing Reindeer is $60 or £40. 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?