Happy Easter everyone! ✿ Today’s post brings my next Pandora Spring 2016 review, with a closer look at the new silicone clip concept that debuted with this collection. I went for the Pink Primrose clips, and those are the ones that I’ll be featuring today. This is the second part of my Pandora Smooth threadless bracelet review, which went out earlier this week, so I advise that you read that post before this one. :)
As it’s Easter, I’ll also be offering some Easter inspiration in the stylings at the end of this post! ^^ The Pink Primrose clips I chose would be great for any spring or Easter-themed bracelet design.
Pandora Silicone Clips Concept
These new clips work pretty much like a Pandora Essence bead – they are lined with silicone inside and, once you clip them on your bracelet, they will stay in place. The silicone is clear and you’d hardly know it was there, just to look at it. You can use these to section off your bracelet, just like you would regular clips, but this time you’re not limited as to where you can place them!
The grip seems good so far – in the week or so I’ve been wearing my bracelet (albeit with just one bead), they pretty much haven’t shifted from where I placed them.
These are narrower than regular clips, and in style look much more like spacers. This means that, while you can use them on the chain of the regular Moments bracelet, they won’t fit over the threads themselves.
The other great thing about them is that their utility isn’t just limited to the new threadless bracelet – they’re also perfect for keeping your charms in place on the bangle or leather bracelet. Pandora fans for years have been buying silicone stoppers from eBay, or putting rubber inserts in clips – these new silicone clips offer a great Pandora-endorsed alternative.
Now, to start with, Pandora have released two styles of silicone clip – the pavé Shining Elegance, in various colours, or the Pink Primrose. I found the Shining Elegance to be a bit too sparkly, and I have a weakness for florals, so I went with the Pink Primrose. I was initially afraid that the pink would be a bit garish or bright in person, but it’s actually nicely delicate without being too pale.
Each flower is studded with cubic zirconia, which is a detail that I could have done without (I’d have preferred something more in the style of the original Cherry Blossom bead). But overall, the effect is reasonably elegant and you really don’t notice the cubics too much.
For my stylings, I decided to do one leather, one bangle and one threadless bracelet design, to showcase the clips on each! :) First of all we have this woodland design on the brown leather bracelet. I have a weakness for pink and brown together – the centrepiece of this design is the new Poetic Blooms pendant, which is tiny but very pretty.
Next up, we have a simple nature-themed mini design on the bangle. One of my first Spring 2016 purchases was the Purple Shimmer murano, and it goes surprisingly well with the new clips!
This last styling fully embraces both the primroses and the Easter spirit, with a styling made up of the Primrose Meadow charms and three cute little animals – the Cow, the Duck and of course the Easter Bunny himself!
All-in-all, I think that these silicone beads were a great move from Pandora. Even if you don’t buy into the new threadless bracelet concept, these are so useful for building bangle or leather bracelet designs. The only caveat for me (and, of course, it is early days) is that the range of initial designs is a bit limited – we need a few more neutral styles, I think, as the only options right now are full-on pavé or full-on enamel. I happen to love enamel designs, so the Pink Primrose worked for me, but I know that’s not true for everyone.
The Pandora Pink Primrose clips are $40 USD or £35 each. If you’re in the UK, you can buy them alongside the rest of the Pandora Spring collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you tried out any of the silicone clips yet and, if so, what do you think of them? Are any on your wish list?