Today’s post looks forward to the Pandora Summer 2016 collection, which is due out in just over two weeks (where does the time go!) on the 2nd of June. :D Split into two categories of ‘Holiday Fun‘ and ‘Oriental Bloom‘, the collection offers a nice divide between the usual fun tropical motifs, and some more thoughtful cultural pieces, such as the amazing Chinese Junk Ship.
This post offers high-resolution images and detailed commentary on all the new pieces, plus pricing – I’ve also included a handful of Pandora Pre-Autumn 2016 rumours & teasers at the end!
I am so ready for the weather to get sunnier and warmer, and I’ve been daydreaming about past holidays at the beach – consequently, I was very much in the mood for a closer look at the Summer 2016 collection!
First up, we have two new double-wrap leather bracelets – note that they have the more recent spherical Pandora clasps. Pandora stated last year that new limited edition ‘seasonal’ leathers will be a regular thing every summer, which I very much approve of; the first limited edition colour is a gorgeous ‘honeysuckle pink’. This I have to have!
Secondly, we have a soft light blue leather. My parents recently brought me back the blue enamel Evil Eye charm from a holiday in Greece and I’ve decided that I also ‘need’ this bracelet on which to wear it. :P
Both leathers will be $50 USD or ; but I’ll remind you that the free leather bracelet promo is coming up in the US for June, so it might be worth hanging on and indulging in either one (or both) of them then.
First of all, we have my very favourite new charm of the year so far – the Flower Garden murano, finally!! I have seen some stunning live images of this charm and, if anything demonstrates how far Pandora murano glass has come over the years, it’s this one. Now – fingers crossed that there are no distribution issues with this one, come the 2nd of June…! ;)
It’s priced at $55 USD.
Next, we have two new plain-silver animal charms, which I was so excited to see. These, for me, have a real classic Pandora feel to them and make for such a refreshing change amongst all the more expensive pavé. The Kangaroo & Baby charm does not appear to be up for release in the US, which is a shame; all other regions *should* get this charm.
Then we have the adorrrable Lucky Elephant. This, by my count, makes the fourth elephant charm Pandora have made so far! With the exception of hearts or flowers, have they ever made so many different versions of a single idea before? A common complaint about all the previous versions is that the elephant’s trunk has been turned down; to be lucky, an elephant talisman should have its trunk turned upwards. Well, it looks like Pandora listened and – this time – they’ve got it right.
The Lucky Elephant is nice and affordable at $35 USD.
In contrast, these two new fruit charms are a little sparklier! They fit with the whole tropical theme of this collection very well, and they do look rather refreshing. ;) I got the original silver Strawberry back when Andy Murray won Wimbledon and I’m rather fond of it; consequently I don’t think I’ll be indulging in this new version, sweet as it is. It retails for $65 USD.
The Pavé Watermelon has split opinion a little, with some finding it fun and summery, and others finding it a bit blingy. I sit comfortably between both camps; I think it’s adorable, but it’s still not something I would really wear. It’s also quite pricey at $65 USD.
The Sweet Cherries charm continues the fruity theme, but adds some glossy red enamel to balance out the CZs. It’s $55 USD.
The Brazil Heart Flag adds to the set that came out with last year’s Summer collection, priced at $50 USD.
The Oceanic Starfish was a favourite from the earlier previews, and the colour looks even prettier in the high-res image! It’s a little pricier at $70 USD, but ever so pretty.
The Tropical Parrot is another super cute animal offering this season, although with more enamel and pavé accents than the previous two. This is hardly surprising or really a negative, as parrots are such colourful animals; I love the use of enamel here. It will retail for $55 USD.
I am curious about this one, as I have a tentative bracelet idea that I might want to use it for – it all depends on how ‘mint’ it is actually in person! It looked almost white in the live shots that came out months ago; but in the stock image, it looks kind of blue. So who knows! ;) It’s $50 USD.
For some reason or another, I have been obsessing about holidays recently and looking at these beautiful teal shades takes me right back to three years ago, when I spent a week or so in Antigua. The colour is a perfect match for that lovely warm Caribbean sea. The silicone-lined teal Shining Elegance clip is $45 USD.
The Teal Shimmer murano is $50 USD.
The Teal Shimmering Droplets particularly captures that gorgeous oceanic feel, at least from the stock image; each stone looks almost liquid. Such beautiful colour! It’s $70 USD.
The bright reds that make up the Oriental Bloom part of this collection don’t call to me quite so much, but they are striking nevertheless. They’ll definitely come in handy if you are thinking of starting a Chinese New Year-themed bracelet at any point!
The Red Shimmer murano is $50 USD.
The Oriental Bloom pendant is a straight-up recolour of the Spring 2016 Blooming Dahlia pendant, priced at $55 USD.
The Oriental Fan is another of my favourites from this collection; the design is rather elegant. It’s $65 USD.
The Chinese Junk Ship has been a very popular pick from the collection, and it’s not hard to see why, with its bright red enamel, stylised detailing and original design. I do wish that there weren’t the CZs on the bail, but you can’t win everything. ;) It’s $45 USD.
The Shimmering Droplets and Shining Elegance charms for this set, however, are not red but honeysuckle pink once again. The Shimmering Droplets is $70 USD.
The honeysuckle pink Shining Elegance is also silicone-lined and priced at $45 USD.
There’s a small, but sparkle-intensive, set of jewellery for this collection. First, we have the Shimmering Ocean ring, which is on the expensive side at $135 USD.
The rest of the jewellery continues the oriental theme. Both colours of the Oriental Blossom earring are $45 USD.
The pink Oriental Blossom ring is $45.
While the larger, clear version is $70 USD.
Pandora Pre-Autumn 2016 Teasers
I don’t have pictures yet, but I did recently hear some hints and tips on the upcoming Pandora Pre-Autumn 2016 collection from a source who works in a Pandora store!
Reportedly, the collection will include a new bracelet with a spherical clasp featuring the sun on one side and stars on the other, detailed in CZs. Also mentioned were new zodiac charms, in the same style as the current Vintage Letters, a Canadian flag charm, a new clip with love/infinity signs and some dangles for sisters & best friends.
I am never quite as keen on Pandora’s summer releases, but this one has a number of charms for which I am really excited! The oriental theme was a great move, I think, and definitely makes this collection stand out a little more for me from those of previous years. The Junk Ship and Oriental Fan are particularly gorgeous.
My must-haves are the leather bracelets, the Flower Garden murano and the two silver animals, which is a pretty healthy wish list for a summer release! I’ll also be wanting the Club charm for 2016, which is gorgeous. Regarding the Pre-Autumn info, I love the sound of the new bracelet and the zodiac charms could be cute, although I have never really been tempted by previous versions at all!
Are you excited for this coming summer collection? Have you got your wish list ready? :D