We’ve had a lot of previews recently on Mora Pandora, but this weekend I’m returning to my Summer 2016 reviews with a look at the new Pandora Club charm for 2016! This is the third limited edition Club charm that Pandora have made so far, following the 2014 Hidden Heart and the 2015 heart & crown.
This year’s Club charm has been very popular with collectors – and rightly so, with its intricate design. Read on for close-up shots and some styling suggestions! :)
Pandora Club Charm 2016 Review
It’s another heart design, yes – but it stands out from the rest. (From the looks of the previews of next year’s Club design, Pandora seem pretty committed to the idea of heart-shaped Club charms). Its openwork design not only adds to its sophistication and delicacy, but also brings the price down a little for the UK, which is nice (it’s £5 cheaper than last year’s Club design).
The other exciting thing about this year’s Club charm – it comes with its own special box, which has ‘2016’ written in side and ‘Pandora Club’ on the outside. I am a total sucker for all glitzy packaging and extras, so this really was the icing on the cake for me! Australia didn’t get the special box for some reason, but all other regions seem to have.
Anyway – back to the charm itself! The polished hearts are so gorgeously shiny in person, and nicely offset by the oxidised beaded detailing around each one. The date is there at the centre of the charm, but it is small – it doesn’t distract from the overall design at all.
The only thing about having a more complex design is that the details of the diamond and the year get a little lost, the diamond in particular. It doesn’t stand out very much among all the other details.
Or, at least, not as much as in previous designs. While the Club charm for 2015 was simpler and received criticism for it, the stripped-back design did draw greater emphasis to the diamond as a result:
Obviously, I couldn’t resist getting my previous two Club charms out as well and putting them all together! This is a mini bangle design in honour of all the Pandora Club charms to date, with a little dash of gold and moonstone cabochon to finish off the look. I usually prefer bracelets with a little more colour, but the Club charms do hold their own!
I have my previous two Club charms on my midnight-themed bracelet – this new one fits right in with the whole thing. The little diamonds look beautiful against the deep blue muranos, and the whole effect is rather dramatic!
However, I don’t actually have space on that bracelet for the Club charm to stay there. I’m adding it to my threadless bracelet design. The Club charm is so generic that it can fit with pretty much any theme you like; the heart patterning really reminds me of the suit of hearts in a pack of cards, and so I wanted to put it with my White Rabbit charm.
I’d love to emphasise the Alice-y aspects of this bracelet more – the long-retired HCA top hat charm would be such a great addition! With the vibrant colours and fantastical animals tucked away amongst the flowers, this bracelet easily functions as a more subtle tribute to Alice in Wonderland.
This is one of my favourite bracelets at the moment, and the addition of Miss Hedgehog has improved it all the more for me! I’m planning on adding the Charming Owls when they come out, too.
The previous two Club charms were a bit hit and miss with collectors; some loved the 2014 Club charm’s originality, others found it too boxy. On the other hand, the Club charm for 2015 was much easier to style but some thought it a bit boring. I think the 2016 Club charm offers the best of both worlds; its design is intricate and interesting, while also being highly decorative and aesthetically pleasing. It’s so easy to style while also adding a bit of interest to your bracelet!
The Pandora Club charm is $65 USD or £50. Unfortunately my recommended retailer for the UK, John Greed, have sold out of this lovely Club charm, but you can purchase the rest of the Pandora Summer collection from their website.
Have you indulged in this year’s Club charm? What do you think of its design?