Happy Lunar New Year! ☽☽☽ To celebrate, today I’m reviewing Pandora’s Piggy Bank charm, which was created in honour of Chinese New Year 2016. This adorable lucky pig charm initially caused a little confusion among Pandora collectors, as 2016 is actually the Year of the Monkey – but the Piggy Bank charm is intended as a more generic symbol of wealth and prosperity for the new year. <3
Unusually for Pandora, this year’s CNY charm has been released in most territories, including Asia, Australia, some European countries and the UK – which was a nice surprise! The US & Canada have not received this charm so far, however.
Pandora Piggy Bank charm review
First of all, it’s wonderful to see Pandora return to a full-bodied design for this charm – this gives greater scope for adding in the little details and quirks for which Pandora have been known. For example, one of the things I love most about this charm is its happy, but rather naughty expression. In person, it looks like it’s planning mischief, and I love the way its whole stance – especially the way it looks like it’s covertly glancing upwards at you – contributes to that idea!
For me, the red enamel bow is the icing on the cake – I love enamel detailing, and the vibrant red of the CNY charms is gorgeous in person (especially on the existing Chinese Lantern charm!). The stylised detail of the eyelashes is also adorable!
The adorable detailing extends to every aspect of this charm, with four stubby legs and a sweet curly tail (plus a rather defined bottom, lol). The hallmarks are tucked away underneath it, as you can see here. It is a piggy bank charm, and it has a little slot on its back, too! This represents good fortune and wealth, making it an appropriate gift for the Lunar New Year. :D
Now, I’ve said a couple of times that I love this year’s campaign image for the Pandora Chinese New Year collection – the opulent combination of pink, red and gold is just perfect. So, that’s what I’ve gone with for my stylings this year! :)
To start with, here’s a lucky animal mini-design, featuring red, pink and a little yellow gold. <3 The Waving Cat is one of my favourite Pandora animals, and I love the little pink enamel heart on its collar.
I don’t have any 14kt gold pieces myself, but you can increase the richness of the effect with a few well-chosen gold charms – I saw this styling in-store, and I love the combination of the Lucky Pig with the gold floral spacers & red muranos here. <3
If yellow gold or two-tone isn’t your favourite, then red and pink silver charms look surprisingly great together on their own. I love the combination of the red enamel Chinese Lantern with the soft pink Cherry Blossom clips.
Finally, we have my own CNY/Asian bracelet, which features the majority of my Asian-themed charms on the retired red leather bracelet. :D This stacks well with my pink bracelets for a nice contrast in colour. If Pandora come out with any more CNY charms that I have to have though, I think it’ll be time to move to a proper silver bracelet – this red leather has about all the charms it can take on it right now. ^^
I’ll be wearing this bracelet today! ^^
Pandora’s animal charms have always been favourites of mine, and the Piggy Bank is very cute – the red bow adds the perfect finishing touch. I much prefer this design to either of the previous pig head charms, and it makes for a very cute piggy charm in its own right! It’s a nice size, it feels substantial and every aspect of the charm demonstrates Pandora’s characteristic attention to detail.
Having said that, it is a little cartoony and cutesy, and so I can appreciate why this piggy might not be your cup of tea – Pandora have done other, more subtle CNY charms in previous years, so it might be worth having a look through the CNY tag to see if one of their other charms takes your fancy instead. <3
The Piggy Bank charm is £35 or $49 AUD. 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.
What do you think of this year’s charm? Have you bought it, or is it on your wish list?