It’s exactly one week until the launch of the Pandora Mother’s Day 2016 collection and so today I’m running my usual HQ images preview, with individual commentary on each new charm coming out! This launch is due out on the 14th of April and has drawn generally positive reviews from collectors so far, with some lovely use of pearl and floral designs that offer a little variety beyond the usual motherly designs.
This preview encompasses just the charms – please see my other preview for HQ images of the Mother’s Day jewellery!
I should also have my next Spring 2016 review up by this weekend (touch wood), so keep an eye out for that one. ^^
Pandora Mother’s Day 2016 Collection HQ Preview
Let’s start with the charms related to love & family, seeing as they really get to the heart of the collection. The following charms were already released in the UK back in February, but will be new releases in most other territories next week.
The Best Mother charm is a plain silver openwork, featuring those cut-out hearts around the side that Pandora started using last season. It’s a Jared’s exclusive in the US.
The Love Lines is a heart-shaped version of last year’s popular Sparkling Love Knot design, and is priced at £55. The Family Forever is $70 USD or £55. The Beloved Mother pendant is priced at £40 or $55 USD. I love the style of the inscription but unfortunately it just doesn’t apply to me. It would be nice if Pandora offered charms like these with customisable engraving. The Marble Arch store in London has started to offer engraving, but it would be nice to see it more widespread. The Entwined Love has more of those cut-out hearts, and is priced at $55 USD or £45. The Bound By Love charm is this year’s limited edition Mother’s Day charm, retailing at £70 or $90 USD. I already got this one and reviewed it here. The Mother Heart has a pretty pink cubic zirconia and a strategically neutral heart instead of an ‘o’ or a ‘u’. ^^ It’s priced at $50 USD or £35. The Sparkling Love Knot is rather pretty, and I love that the pavé doesn’t extend up the bail. It’s $55 USD and will be £40 in the UK when released alone.
The Nostalgic Roses murano was one of the only early release UK charms that wasn’t explicitly related to love or motherhood. It’s a pretty rose design, and you can only truly appreciate the detailing of the petals when you look at it from sideways on – the colour is quite strong and deep in person, however, and not so soft as it looks in the stock image. It’s £30 or $45 USD.
The following charms have not yet been released in any territories and include a greater variety of designs, including flowers, cupcakes and pretty pearls. In the UK, these pieces will be marketed as the second drop of the Pandora Spring collection.
First, we have this cute freshwater pearl design, entitled Luminous Leaves and priced at $ 70 USD or £55. Although it does have cubic zirconia in it, they look nice with the pearls.
This charm is complemented by the Luminous Elegance pearl pendant, which is very reminiscent of classic pearl designs from Pandora (with the addition of cubic zirconia). It’s $75 USD or £55.
Pandora are also making use of mother-of-pearl for this collection, as seen in the Luminous Floral design. This one has just a hint of cubic zirconia in it. I could see this one looking nice with the Pandora Rose collection or maybe the Fascinating Olive from last year’s Autumn 2015 collection. It’s $70 USD or £55.
The upcoming Signature Scent charm has proven to be a rather anticipated design amongst collectors – I’ve seen a lot of excitement for this one. I have the original retired and HTF Perfume Bottle so won’t be getting this one, but it’s fun that Pandora brought the idea for this charm back at least. It’s $50 USD or £40.
The Sweet Cupcake is a charm that I liked a lot from the first live shots of it – it looks very sugary with all that baby pink enamel icing. I already have two cupcake charms, which is probably as many as one needs, realistically. ;) It’s $50 USD or £40.
The Infinite Shine charm adds to Pandora’s list of affordable plain-silver openworks, priced at $25 USD or £20.
The Pavé Barrel clip matches the clasp on last year’s pavé Moments bracelet exactly – it’s priced at $75 USD or £55.
The only solid 14kt gold option for this collection comes in the form of the Gold Sparkling Love Knot, which will cost $400 USD or £349.
Next up, we have one of not one, but two new safety chains for Mother’s Day 2016! This one is features the classic Pandora logo design, priced at $40 USD or £35. This one will definitely be coming home at me. I am always in need of new safety chains!
However, this second new safety chain design is even more exciting for me – it’s another two-tone design, the first in years. The Heart & Crown safety chain reminds me of two miniature Pandora Club charms, studded with little gold hearts. This one is my most anticipated design, and it’ll go straight on the two-tone bracelet I’m currently working on! It’s $115 USD or £85.
My other favourite from this collection is the Glittering Heart charm, which is made from pearlescent pink enamel. I love how like a pearl it looks in live photos, and this one will definitely find a place somewhere in my collection. I’ve yet to work out where exactly yet! ^^ I would love Pandora just to make a pearl charm, like the Dignity bead from the Essence line, but charms like this are a fine substitute in the meantime. It’s £35 or $40 USD.
I love lock & key designs, but this one is slightly dampened for me by the cubics on the bail. It’s just a design thing of Pandora’s that I don’t particularly like. The look of the pendant itself is very pretty, though. It’s £35.
The Pacifier (or Dummy if you’re in the UK) is $50 USD or £35.
The Luminous Hearts charm is a good one to finish on – it features a celestial combination of mother-of-pearl and 14kt gold hearts, with not a CZ in sight! It’s £65 or $75 USD.
Pandora Rose Spring 2016 HQ Images
For good measure, I thought I’d also include HQ images of the upcoming Pandora Rose charms (for full jewellery too please see my original preview). These pieces should be coming out in North America for Mother’s Day 2016 – they may not be coming out in the UK until the summer.
To start with, we have another pretty white enamel floral charm – last year’s Darling Daisy Meadow is one of my favourite charms I own, so it’s not really a surprise that Pandora decided to produce another along the same lines. It’s $80 USD.
I prefer the big statement pavé charms in Rose, I think – the contrast between the pink metal and the clear cubics is so pretty! This one is quite pricey at $105 USD.
The Dazzling Daisy pendant is $55 USD.
We also get another new Pandora Rose clip design, which is always welcome! This one is $70 USD.
I personally love the Pandora Rose collection and the only thing that’s stopping me from indulging in any more is that I’ve filled up my Rose bracelet! :'( It’s already based on a pretty white floral theme, so I would need Pandora to come out with something a little bit different for me to start a new Rose bracelet.
Usually I am quite indifferent to Pandora’s Mother’s Day releases, not being a mother myself, but the variety of themes this year is much better – and releasing two new safety chains is also fantastic! All in all, this Mother’s Day collection holds a lot more appeal for me than those of previous years.
It feels like the Spring collection came out only yesterday, but nevertheless I am already set to get my hands on those two safety chains! ^^ I still have a few things to cross off my Spring list, but thankfully there is quite a gap between now and the launch of the Summer collection at the beginning of June, so I can pace myself a little. ;)
Are you planning on getting anything from this collection?