Today’s post brings my first Pandora review in a while with a look at the new Shimmer murano collection, which has come out with the Spring & Summer releases this year! I fell in love with these as soon as I first saw the stock images, and have snapped up three of the five colours that have come out so far :D
I do have one more Pre-Autumn 2016 review to do, as I recently picked up the cute little Koala bear while on my travels last week – so that one will be coming out before the launch of the Autumn collection on the 1st of September. :D
Anyway – all that aside, please read on some close-up shots and shimmer styling inspiration! <3
Pandora Shimmer Muranos Review
The Shimmer murano collection made its debut this year, offering faceted glass beads in vivid colours, overlaid with a pretty glittery sparkle. It’s kind of a revamped version of the original faceted murano glass collection, with a few more subtle colours. :D Currently, you can purchase pink, purple, red, teal and ‘frosty mint’ shades of the muranos, with a dark purple version due out for Autumn 2016!
So far, I’ve opted for the more pastel shades – pink, purple and mint!
Of all of these, I think the Purple Shimmer murano is my favourite. I’ve wanted a pastel purple for such a long time, and this lovely bead really delivers. It’s a soft colour while still being vibrant and striking, and the depth of the colour makes the shimmer stand out beautifully!
The Pink Shimmer murano, on the other hand, is a pretty, frosty candy-floss pink. The sparkles blend into the colour more, and they don’t stand out as much as they do with the Purple Shimmer murano. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however, as the sparkles still give the soft colour extra delicacy and texture.
Last but not least, we have the Frosty Mint murano, which is very pale indeed when compared to the other two. It’s very hard to photograph as I have to work with a white background, but my Frosty Mint murano does have quite a bit of minty shimmer in it, with a dusting of pink sparkles on top! It’s a gorgeous effect, one that comes out when you expose it to sunlight or a florescent light (but sadly too subtle for my camera to pick up!).
My first styling involves all my new Pandora muranos for 2016, with the exception of the Wild Hearts murano (although that probably wouldn’t have looked out of place, if I had added it!). Pandora’s glass has come on in such leaps and bounds that I think a bracelet focusing on their murano beads works is rather a beautiful thing these days.
I’ve also included a couple of photos of how I actually wear my pink & purple shimmer muranos! This is my classic silver bracelet, which pairs the shimmer muranos with the classic Lavender Candy-Stripe murano – it’s surprising how easily these newer glass beads blend with the older glass and classic-style silver charms.
I love how pretty and casual this kind of ‘traditional’ Pandora bracelet is, with its eclectic mix of silver animals and trinkets – I like to wear it on a dress-down kind of day, with summery shorts or jeans and a jumper, something like that!
I haven’t decided yet how I’m going to wear my Frosty Mint shimmer murano – I’m thinking of doing something a bit different and putting it with two of the Rapunzel Signature Colour muranos from the Disney collection, but am not sure just yet! I have a few ‘bought on a whim’ beads that are sitting on charm bars, waiting to be homed, haha – the dangers of impulse buying!
I consider these beads to have a healthy mix of ‘new’ and ‘old’ Pandora styling in them – they offer nice, solid blocks of colour and aren’t too fussy, but the shimmer gives them a bit of interest. As you can see from my bracelet design above, they really don’t look out of place with older glass and classic silver beads.
I’d love to see some new colours in this Shimmer collection – a shimmery black would have been amazing for Halloween (although the dark purple for Autumn 2016 would also do in a pinch!) and an actual shimmery light green would also be gorgeous, and wonderful for spring.
The Pandora Shimmer muranos are $50 USD or £35 each. If you’re in the UK, you can buy these muranos along with the rest of Pandora’s collections from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you purchased any of the Shimmer muranos? What shades would you like to see in the future?