It’s just over a week until the launch of the Pandora Spring 2016 release, and today I have some lovely high resolution images of all the collection’s new charms! Entitled Poetic Blooms, the collection is due out on the 17th of this month and features a lot of floral motifs and nature-themed pieces.
This preview encompasses just the charms – please see my other preview for HQ images of the Spring jewellery!
The collection has also started to appear in stores in the US, and a couple of lovely readers have given me some live shots of the new charms – read on to the end of the article to see those. :D
Pandora Spring 2016 HQ Preview
First up, we have one of the most interesting pieces of the new collection – a new threadless Moments bracelet, with a spherical clasp. It’s like a scaled-up version of the Essence bracelet.
I’ve heard from one reader that her local store is telling people that this bracelet should only have 5-7 charms on it, which if true is very disappointing. I very much hope that that does not prove to be the case!
Another store has also been telling people that this bracelet will not be part of the March US bracelet promo, which is not encouraging either!
First of all for charms, I’ll start with some rather devastating news. :P The Flower Garden murano, originally intended as a Spring 2016 launch, has been delayed until the Summer 2016 launch in June. :'( :'( I am actually rather gutted about this as it was the piece I was most looking forward to and the one I had designed all my planned Spring reviews around. So I’ll be doing some rethinking!
The White Primrose clip has a 3D design, much like the Petals of Love clip from the Valentine’s 2016 collection. It’s priced at $60 USD / 55€.
The Poetic Blooms pieces are this collection’s signature jewellery set, featuring a rather pretty mixture of Pandora’s most popular floral designs over the past few years. The pendant is my favourite from this set, retailing at $50 USD / 39€.
There’s also a heart-shaped charm version, which I would totally get if I hadn’t already filled up my floral bracelet designs from last year! It’s a bit pricier at $60 USD / 49€. Pricier again is the dangle version of the charm, retailing for $65 USD / 55€. The Pink Primrose clip is silicone-lined and is designed with the new threadless bracelet, bangles and leather bracelets in mind. This is my favourite of the new silicone clips and I’m looking forward to seeing it in person! It will retail for $40 USD / 35€.
The Cherry Blossom clip offers a meadow version of Pandora’s extremely popular 2013 CB clip design, which is a favourite piece from my own collection. This version has the addition of cubic zirconia flower centres, which, depending on your tastes, may or may not give this one the edge for you. It’s priced at $65 USD / 55€
The Forget-Me-Not pieces feature amethyst-coloured cubic zirconia and come with a spacer, charm and pendant. The spacer is $45 USD / 35€. The pendant is $50 USD / 45€.
The charm is another button-style design, complete with cut-out petals on the side of the charm. It’s priced at $80 USD / 65€.
The Blooming Dahlia pieces are a cute dusty pink, and rather vintage in style – they’d look great with the blush pink charms from last year’s Autumn collection! The clip is $60 USD / 49€.
The matching pendant is $55 USD / 45€.
The Floral Daisy Lace clip and pendant are two of the collection’s only plain silver pieces. They are pretty, but not too different from what’s come before – I would have preferred to see some more plain silver character pieces. Nevertheless, the charms are pretty with an elegant, yet simple daisy design.
The dangle is affordable at $35 USD / 29€. The clip offers another 3D design, with more petals cut out along the charm’s sides. It’s $40 USD / 39€.
The Dazzling Floral is one that seemed entirely forgettable for me from the stock images, but looked much nicer in the live shots I’ve seen. It’s priced at $85 USD / 75€, though, so it’s one of the most expensive pieces from this collection.
Finally for flowers, the Sparkling Apple Blossom is a statement pavé charm that’s grown on me a lot. It has a pretty dusky pink centre, and stylised petals radiating around it. It’s a little pricier at $80 USD / 65€.
To complement all the flowers, we have some more nature-themed charms. These also largely draw on motifs from previous collections, most notably the Dragonfly Meadow and the Dazzling Daisy.
The Spring Garden openwork charm exemplifies this, with pink enamel butterflies, clear pavé dragonflies and some sparkling daisies and white primroses. It’s priced at $60 USD / 49€.
The Spring Time pendant is one of my favourites from this selection of natural charms, and I’m quite tempted by it myself! I love its disc pendant design, but I’m picturing it more on a necklace than on one of my bracelets. It’s priced at $50 USD / 49€.
The Dazzling Daisy Fairy draws on the same pink enamel and motifs, but it’s one of the more interesting designs – it does have the addition of a lovely silver fairy among the more familiar images. It’s priced at $60 USD / 59€.
The Fluttering Butterfly pendant is rather pretty, although I was originally told it was half white enamel – this is not the case, so I apologise for that misleading bit of info. It’s actually half silver, half pavé – but it’s still pretty! :) I can see this one looking rather gorgeous with some Cinderella blues and other clear pavé pieces – it’s $55 USD / 45€.
I also now have stock images, just on a bit of a tangent, for the matching ring and necklace. I haven’t seen these listed in the US catalogues, so they’re possibly Asian exclusives?
Finally, we also have the Remarkable Rabbit. I’m not keen at all on the name (why is the rabbit remarkable, other than for alliteration’s sake) but the charm itself is one of the cuter cake-pop animal head designs, IMO. It’s also a plain silver design, which is refreshing to see, and more affordable at $30 USD / 29€.
The Flower Garden murano may be delayed, but at least we still have these two beauties! The Shimmer muranos are coming in pink and purple for Spring 2016, and they feature faceted glass inset with a beautiful shimmer effect.
They are priced at $50 USD / 39€.
The Shimmering Droplets are $70 USD / 65€. They have a rather interesting 3D bubble texture to them, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing them in person, even they don’t particularly appeal to me.
The Shining Elegance clips are silicone-lined, too, and are also designed to section charms off on the new threadless bracelet, bangles and leather bracelets. They’re coming for Spring in pink, purple and clear colours, and are priced at $45 USD / 39€. They’re nice, but I would have loved some plain silver versions of these silicone-clips as I’d prefer something a little less sparkly.
There are two new 14kt gold offerings for this collection – the first is another silicone-lined clip/spacer, with cubic zirconia detailing. It’s priced at $285 USD / 199€.
The Radiant Hearts is the second, priced at $400 USD / 349€. Which is so far out of my price budget it’s unbelivable, haha.
The Our Special Day charm is a bit of a loner in this collection, not really fitting in with any of the other pieces. One side features a bridal dress, and the other a groom’s tuxedo. It’s priced at $50 USD / 39€.
Finally, we have a selection of Vintage letter charms, from A-Z. They are priced at $45 USD / 35€ each. I have never particularly liked Pandora’s alphabet charms before, but these actually appeal to me a lot. I love the Victorian styling of the lettering and the pretty curlicues, and the pavé does add a little something.
Pandora Spring 2016 Live Shots
A couple of my lovely readers have already got to see all the new beads in store and they’ve come back with some fab live shots that showcase the whole collection very nicely. They’ve kindly given me permission to share them here, but please do not reproduce the images without appropriate credit. :)
This first selection is from Alex – this first image compares the new Shimmer muranos with the upcoming Disney Signature Colour muranos for Aurora and Rapunzel. I’m quite surprised by how dark the purple seems for Rapunzel, I was expecting something much more pastel from the stock image.
Next up, we have a closer look at the Our Special Day, Poetic Blooms Heart, Spring Time pendant and one of the new Vintage letters.
The White Rabbit is visible in this one – the details of his face are a little blurry, but Alex tells me that his face is nothing like as odd as the stock image suggests and that in actuality he is very close to how the character looks in the Disney film itself.
These next photos are by Martha, and give a nice overview of a lot of the new pieces. You can see some of the new Poetic Blooms pieces, the Forget-Me-Not charms, the Shimmer muranos, the Bride/Groom charm, the silicone clips and more! You can click any to enlarge them – they are all worth a closer look!
Martha from Marthnickbeads has managed to get hold of the Purple Shimmer murano already, and her photos of it are just breathtaking:
It just looks so lovely in these shots and it’s going some way to reconciling me to having to wait for the Flower Garden murano, aha. If you want more gorgeous bead inspiration from across all the brands, you should definitely check out her blog! ^^
I’m excited for a number of these upcoming pieces, although I am still a bit gutted that the Flower Garden murano has been pushed back. I said it would happen and now I’ve totally jinxed it, haha. In the meantime, the pink and purple Shimmer muranos look so gorgeous and I’m looking forward to testing out the bracelet (provided it can take a decent amount of charms).The Fluttering Butterflies pendant is a possibility for my pink and periwinkle blue bracelet, and the Dazzling Daisy Fairy is also pretty.
However, I still feel like this collection would have benefited from having some more character or hobby charms mixed in with all the flowers. There are some very pretty pieces here, particularly the Pink and Purple Shimmer muranos and some of the floral beads, but on their own they feel a bit insubstantial. The collection very largely draws on popular floral motifs that have come before, and overall it feels mostly like a parade of Pandora’s greatest hits.
What do you think of this upcoming collection? Have you got your wish list mapped out yet?