Today’s post brings my first Pandora Valentine’s 2016 review, with a closer look at the new Wild Hearts murano! Like many Pandora collectors, I am a big fan of murano glass beads and they are often the charms I get most excited for. This glass charm is particularly innovative in its design, as will be further discussed!
I didn’t get to pick mine out in person, however, as my store had not received their shipment when I visited last Thursday. This is also true of various stores around the world – it seems that Pandora are once again experiencing production issues with this bead. Consequently, I had to order my Wild Hearts charm online and hope that I got sent a good one. Luckily, the charm I received is absolutely lovely – read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration! :)
Pandora Wild Hearts murano
The glass itself is clear, with some beautiful sparkle giving it a silver glitter. The hearts are painted on to the top of the glass and run all the way around the murano bead. The vibrancy of their colour makes the clear glass around them appear vaguely pink, too, giving the glass overall a beautifully-delicate shimmer and play of colour.
While I keep calling the Wild Hearts charm a ‘murano’ – this isn’t exactly correct. Historically, Pandora glass charms are made from Italian murano glass. However, the Wild Hearts charm is a mixture of Italian murano glass and German Reichenbach glass. The German glass is noted for both its vibrant colour and its clarity – both of which are evident in this charm! :)
The Wild Hearts murano has the smaller silver core, with hallmarks on just the one side of the bead.
I hear that there is some variation among these muranos, particularly in terms of the size and neatness of the double hearts. However, every example I’ve seen in pictures has looked rather beautiful – I get the feeling that most of the variations are as pretty as each other. The hearts are quite abstract in design and so, if they aren’t perfect heart shapes, it doesn’t matter too much.
If you’re a regular reader of my reviews, you’re probably aware that I like to toughen up delicate pinks and pastels by putting them on the oxidised bracelet. I also wanted to mix and match textures for a more contemporary design; the romantic, floral motifs of the Filled with Romance and the Rose contrast nicely with the geometric pattern of the silver Rockstar clips.
One of my favourite official Pandora campaign stylings for this collection was this pink leather bracelet design – the soft pink pastel of the leather contrasts really nicely with the darker Wild Hearts murano. Consequently, I thought I’d try it out in person!
It looked even better in person, especially as the hearts in my murano charm are larger than those in the campaign image. :D So, if you just want an easy way to wear this charm, it looks lovely on its own on the pink leather bracelet. You don’t even need to add anything else to go with it!
Gold and pink is another wonderfully opulent combination. The deep pink of the Wild Hearts murano lends a real richness to the gold beads, and is perfect for creating a romantic backdrop to your favourite fairy-tale charms.
I am actually planning on putting my Wild Hearts bead with the Cinderella muranos and last year’s Pink Hearts murano. I haven’t got all the pieces I want to start this design off yet, however, so I will be showcasing it in a future Pandora Valentine’s 2016 review instead! :)
While Pandora have reduced the quantity of murano glass beads that they make in recent years, the trade-off seems to be more innovative and beautiful designs. I can only hope that Pandora sort out the kinks involved with manufacturing these beads on such a large scale – delays and/or production issues seem to recur in every collection at the moment! :)
The Pandora Wild Hearts murano is $55 USD or £35.
Have you add this murano to your collection, or is it on your wish list? If so, how are you wearing it?