Today’s post brings my first review from the Pandora Summer 2016 collection, with a closer look at the stunning new Flower Garden murano! This bead has been keenly anticipated by Pandora fans for months, myself included, and I am thrilled to say that it did not disappoint in person. :D
I overspent massively in the Pandora UK sales (but got some amazing older charms!!), and so have had to put the majority of my Pandora Summer 2016 wish list on hold – but there was no way I was waiting to get these Flower Garden muranos! Read on for close-up shots, tips on how they vary and lots of styling inspiration! :)
Pandora Flower Garden Murano Review
From the first previews of this charm, the combination of delicate flowers and vibrant colour seemed to catch everyone’s eye. Like the Wild Hearts murano from earlier this year, the Flower Garden charm is made with a mix of German and murano glass, which gives it that beautiful glitter at the core.
However, as with a number of Pandora’s more ambitious glass bead projects, there were some initial issues with this one and it got pushed from the Spring collection back to the Summer release. I’ve not heard of any supply issues since then, however, so it seems like they’ve fully caught up with demand for now.
The colours are even more vibrant in person. The background colour of the charm is a deep, rich pink, inset with golden glitter and little bubbles in the glass. Above that are little green and white flowers, each with a glass bubble at their centre, and finally there are deep pink flowers right at the top of the glass.
You can see all these layers clearly if you look at the charm side on. The murano glass charms are handmade, and from this angle you can really appreciate the skill that goes into producing one of these beads! The Flower Garden murano has the smaller silver core, as you can see here.
However, being handcrafted, this leads to a fair amount of variation in murano glass – particularly when there are so many different elements to the design, as in this one. From what I’ve seen in photos, some beads have a more red base, while others are pinker; some have more defined or larger flowers; some have more green in them than others. My two glass beads are really very different from the other, as you can see!
In one, the base colour is darker and the flowers are much daintier and defined. On the other, the overall look of the charm is much lighter, and the flowers are much bigger.
I personally love this kind of variation in a charm like this; both versions of it look beautiful, and it makes it feel a little less like you’re buying two of the exact same charm!
The bead with the less-defined flowers also has much more vibrant sparkle and flecks of glitter at the core. The overall look of the Flower Garden murano on the left is much lighter and sparklier, with more green tones and less deep pink.
This bead is ridiculously easy to style (well, for me anyway!) and there are so many different combinations I could have done. To start off with, I put it with the Wild Hearts murano, the other murano to feature the special glittery German glass. The sparkle in each murano looks great together, and their deep pinks really complement each other.
The Flower Garden’s vibrant colours make it perfect for a more tropical, exotic design, too; depending on what variation you get, there can actually be quite a lot of green in it. Here I’ve put it with my favourite silver safari animals. I picked the one that had more green in for this styling and matched it with two pastel green muranos that I stole from my Christmas bracelet. ^^ I like how the complexity of the newer Pandora glass still goes wondefully with the simpler, older-style glass beads.
Next, I decided to put it with everyone’s other favourite Pandora glass bead – the Cherry Blossom murano. The deep pink of the Flower Garden murano goes really well with a little yellow gold, and here I’ve made a miniature fairy-tale design, with some enchanted animals hiding amongst the flowers.
Finally, this is how I will be wearing my Flower Garden muranos – with the new threadless bracelet and the Fascinating Olive charm from Autumn 2015! I’ve added a couple of things to this bracelet since I took this photo, including the delightful Miss Hedgehog, which I recently purchased in the Pandora UK sales.
This shot from my Instagram shows it off in another light as well. They go very nicely with the Pink Primrose clips; the fact that the Flower Garden muranos have both pink and green in them means that they pull this design together really well.
The Flower Garden murano was just as beautiful, or even more so, as I was hoping, and I am absolutely thrilled with mine. However, you might feel about Pandora’s shift in style over the past couple of the years, it’s hard to deny that their glass work is continually improving. This is most probably my favourite new charm of 2016 so far; with depth of colour, delicate floral motifs and a lot of craftsmanship, the Flower Garden murano is a beauty. The only thing to remember is that, if you’re fussy about your charms, you will definitely want to pick yours out in person to ensure that you get the variation you want.
I still haven’t seen the rest of the Summer 2016 collection yet, but I will definitely make it next weekend – I’m sure that nothing else could top this charm for me though. ^^
The Pandora Flower Garden murano is $55 USD or £35. If you’re in the UK, you can buy this charm along with the rest of the Pandora Summer collection from authorised retailer John Greed, who are currently offering free delivery on Pandora orders worth £35 or more.
Have you bought this charm, or is it on your wish list? Did it live up to expectations? ^^