Today’s post brings what is probably my final review from the Pandora Spring 2016 collection, with a closer look at Pandora’s latest take on alphabet charms – the Vintage Letters. This is, by my count, the fourth version of alphabet charms to date, and they are personally my favourite so far!
I’m just squeezing in this short review before the launch of the Summer 2016 collection later this week; I am very excited to get started on some of the new summer charms & bracelets! In the meantime, however, read on for some detailed pictures and styling inspiration of the Vintage Letter charms!
Pandora Vintage Letter Charms Review
The Vintage Letters are all open works, with their featured letters on both sides. A minimal helping of sparkle sets off each letter and makes it stand out from its silver setting.
I have always been a bit of a Goldilocks when it comes to previous versions of the Pandora alphabet charms. I found the original silver and two-tone letters a bit heavy/plain-looking, and the silver CZ pendants too light and sparkly.
However, for me, these new Vintage letters are a nice compromise between the two. The letters themselves are elegantly drawn, accompanied by pretty curlicues and, yes, a little dusting of pavé, without being quite so blingy as the CZ letter pendants.
I picked out an ‘E’ and a ‘G’ – the initials for me and my OH. A bit sappy I guess, but hey. I love the E in particular – the Victorian script looks beautiful and really does remind me of old, beautifully handwritten letters. I work currently at a publisher of history books, and I love looking at the old postcards and letters we get to work with sometimes. ^^
Each letter charm has a pretty geometric pattern to each side of the letters, detailed in plain silver. There is quite a lot of silver in each one!
However, I find the styling for the ‘G’ is not at all clear – it kind of looks like a ‘J’. I think this is a problem with some of the Vintage letters, and my main criticism of them; some are clearer than others.
For this review, I’m just sticking to the one styling: my newly completed blue and pink romantic bracelet. I finished this one off with the initials, and the retired silver Piano from the UK sales (gone too soon!).
I’ve been collecting Pandora for over four years now, and recently I’ve started to experiment with colours a bit more. The periwinkle Cinderella muranos look good with so many different combos, and I particularly love them with a bright pink – the Heartbeat pink enamel heart charm and the Wild Hearts murano look fab with them.
My Vintage Letter charms bracket the middle section and make a nice focal point on the bracelet!
I understand why fans of the older Pandora style might not like the addition of pavé in these new letter charms, but personally I think they’re a pretty big improvement on what’s gone before – they are elegant, light and full of pretty detail. The pavé is a soft accent, and it looks great paired with vibrant murano glass – such as the Cinderella muranos. The only negative is that some letters are too stylised and not particularly clear.
The Pandora Vintage Letter charms are $45 USD Or £30. If you’re in the UK, you can buy the Letter charms, and the rest of the Pandora Spring collection, from authorised retailer John Greed.
Were you tempted by these new alphabet charms? Or do you prefer any of the previous letter charms?