Today’s post brings my next review from the Pandora Valentine’s 2016 collection, with an in-depth look at the new Filled with Romance charm! This has been one of the collection’s most popular pieces – it’s ornate and elegant, and yet extremely versatile. :D
Coming up for reviews, we have more Valentine’s 2016 pieces including the adorable Piggy Bank charm and the Ribbon of Love! :D In the meantime, read on for for some close-up shots and styling ideas for the Filled with Romance openwork heart!
Pandora Filled with Romance review
This was the charm that got people most excited when the Valentine’s 2016 previews first came out, and it’s not too hard to see why! It may not be the most original concept (it’s yet another Pandora heart), but the is a lot more sophisticated than a lot of Pandora’s Valentine’s offerings and its ornate detailing is beautifully elegant.
It has a lot of filigree beaded detailing,and the density of the various swirls gives it a dark, Gothic look in person. It strikes me as rather Victorian and intricate – it has a very classic style about it.
No matter which angle you look at this charm from, it looks lovely! The detailing around the sides of the charm is possibly even lovelier than the front, as it each swirl comes together in a floral pattern. This also makes the Filled With Romance charm a great candidate for any spring bracelets you might be planning – it would be great with the openwork Roses charm for example! :)
On the other hand, as you may be able to see here, it is quite a thick and substantial piece. Not only is it quite wide, it’s also quite tall – overall it’s surprisingly chunky! It towers over other pieces and takes up quite a bit of bracelet real estate, too.
Which brings us on to how you might style this charm! :)
One of my favourite aspects of this charm is its darker, sophisticated tone, so I thought I’d try it on my nature-themed oxidised bracelet, which has charms of a similar style. The Filled with Romance goes really well with other oxidised charms, such as the Floral Heart Padlock, which is similarly intricate – or with the black enamel Mystic Floral, which is also quite Gothic.
If you read my Wild Hearts murano review, you’ll have seen this styling before – it does look lovely on the oxidised bracelet! <3
Embracing the darker stylings for this charm, my next design idea features the purple leather bracelet. I recently acquired the retired Viking charm with the help of a lovely friend from the blog, and I love his quirkiness. It’s surprisingly cute! Its oxidised detailing goes well with the vintage, Gothic look of the Filled with Romance and I thought the Viking could always represent the idea of fighting for love… or something like that! ;) He’s especially sweet and very wearable when paired with softer, prettier charms – such as the Twice as Nice spacers.
Finally, this is how I’m actually wearing my Filled with Romance charm – on my dark blue leather bracelet! I was thinking of adding a few pieces to go with it – including the Winter 2015 Fascinating Iridescent murano and the Starshine spacers, but I actually really like it just on its own for now. The FwR is something of a statement piece, and can more than hold its own!
I know that we all get tired of hearts, but sometimes Pandora come out with a design that’s special enough to make you see past the fact that it is, in fact, another heart design. For me, the Filled with Romance is one of them! I love its vintage look, and the Gothic tones of its darker ornate detailing. It’s wonderfully versatile and its size means that it would be a great centrepiece too – although it can be hard to style with other charms for the same reason.
Its plain silver detailing also means that it’s nicely affordable, unlike many of the pavé pieces. The Filled with Romance is $35 USD or £25. If you’re in the UK, you can still purchase it along with the rest of the Pandora Valentine’s collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you bought this charm, or is it on your wish list? How are you wearing it?