Today’s post continues our Pandora sneak peeks, with a look at the charms & bracelets (and yes, that is ‘bracelets’ with an ‘s’!) for the upcoming Pandora Winter 2016 collection. :D Due out on the 3rd of November, the Winter collection follows Pandora’s usual formula of cutesy Christmas reds and more sophisticated icy blues.
There will be a separate preview encompassing all other jewellery – rings, earrings, etc. – in the meantime, read on to see the charms & bracelets coming out for Winter!
Pandora Winter 2016 Collection Bracelets
Let’s start off with all the new bracelets – and there are a lot of them! AW16 is definitely season of the bracelets. The Entwined bangle is rather pretty in pavé, and looks to open and shut. The Sparkling Strand is another innovative new design, with a sliding clasp that allows you to adjust the size!
Finally, we have the Pandora Signature, the latest in a series of twists on the classic Pandora Moments charm bracelet. It features a gold centre, pavé detailing and ‘PANDORA’ written around the outside – the nice thing about this one is that it offers a much more affordable way to get a two-tone bracelet!
The rumours of a 14kt gold Pandora bangle have also proven true: this would make a delightfully luxurious Christmas present! It is absolutely beautiful, but extremely pricey I hear – on a par with the regular gold charm bracelet. Imagine how lovely this would look with the new LE gold Forever Paris charm!
Next, we have the anticipated limited edition bangle for the Winter 2016 collection! This year’s is a pavé snowflake design. In North America, this will be available as part of the special Pandora Black Friday 2016 promotions. I’m not sure that I’m very keen on the script (‘Unique as you are’) but the snowflake clasp is lovely!
Pandora Winter 2016 Collection Charms
On to the charms – we start off with some icy blues, including a darker blue version of the Radiant Hearts series. There’s a mix of starry, celestial themed beads (which would go really well with the Pre-Autumn Starry Sky bracelet) and some more wintry, frost-themed beads. The Crystalised Snowflake is a clip, FYI.
Gold lovers will be pleased to see what is something of a Pandora rarity these days – a new 14kt gold character charm, with not a CZ in sight! The new Angel of Grace charm is a welcome departure from their other recent 14kt gold offerings. There are also three new two-tone offerings. My favourite of these is the pretty Snowflake Heart, despite the CZ at the bail – it has the script ‘You keep me warm’.
*UPDATED 02/08/16 with an image of the Jared exclusive Mrs Claus charm* Next up, we have our Christmas beads! There are the usual vibrant red enamel shades, and some really pretty beads, including the Crystalised Floral, which seems like it’s both flower and snowflake. My favourite of these by far is Santa’s Home, which looks to be packed with adorable detail – the roof is white enamel and the house itself a dark translucent red enamel. :D The Christmas Kitten is also so cute, and a nice companion for the Christmas Puppy that came out last year.
There’s a Christmas charm missing from this set, though – the Mrs Claus figure from the Autumn/Winter 2016 live shots (on the right of the bangle). This will be a Jared’s exclusive in the US, which is why I don’t have a stock image for her yet!
Additionally, although unfortunately the image is not very clear, there is what looks to be a dangle version of the Crystallised Floral in this image, on the necklace chain. I don’t have a stock image for that, however:
Finally, we have one last charm – a new pavé bead called the Vintage Allure. This one is technically an Autumn 2016 charm (and should be coming out for Autumn in most regions) but is part of a holiday gift set in North America. I’ll update when I have more details on what exactly that gift set will be.
Pandora definitely have their winter collection formula cracked; while other collections occasionally throw up surprises, they seem pretty committed to their usual pattern of having a selection of wintry blues and cuter Christmas reds. However, while the collection is not exactly full of surprises, there is a lot here that I like! Of the Christmas beads, the Santa’s Home charm is adorably detailed; and the Christmas Kitten was always going to win me over. It’s full-bodied, Christmsassy and very cute!
I also actually really like the Shimmering Gift and the Crystalised Floral charms, even despite my slight pavé fatigue! The winter blue charms excite me a little less, as I filled up my midnight bracelet last year and I’m not inclined to start another on that theme.
Finally; the bracelets! Pandora have really gone all out on new bracelets this season. With the Rose bracelets, the Autumn bangle and now these, we are totally spoilt for choice. I like that the new Signature charm bracelet offers a more affordable two-tone option for those who can’t afford the solid clasp, but I think so far the new Pandora Rose heart-clasp bracelet is my favourite so far.
What do you think of the Pandora Winter 2016 collection? Is anything going on your wish ist?