It’s only a few days until the launch of the Pandora Autumn 2016 collection on Thursday, and today I’m celebrating with a detailed preview of all the Autumn 2016 charms and charm bracelets! We’ve got high quality images, pricing for the US & UK, and detailed commentary on all the new pieces! :D
This collection is really quite a big one and, much like last year, there are a fair region-exclusives. These can be confusing and so I’ll finish off with a section on the country-exclusive beads & bracelets, just for clarity’s sake.
The collection has already hit many stores in the UK and North America, and live shots have been leaking on to social media already – but I’ll feature a comprehensive round up of these on Thursday! :D Read on for HQ images and pricing! :)
Pandora Autumn 2016 Bracelets
Just as a reminder – this post is only covering charm bracelets & charms, so all other jewellery bracelets won’t be covered again here.
First up, we have the new gold Pandora bangle. Super pricey, but oh-so-pretty!
Next, we have the new Pandora Signature charm bracelet, which offers a more affordable option for people who can’t quite afford the regular two-tone bracelet. It’s a winter release in North America, but Autumn for everyone else. I saw this in the store on Saturday and it was really quite beautiful!
Pandora Autumn 2016 Charms
The Shimmering Medallion is one of my favourites of the sparkling charms; it’s just gorgeous. I love the pretty patterning and the soft colours. It’s a little more than I’d like to pay, however, at £65 or $85 USD – so I guess we’ll see! It would make a beautiful focal point.
The Floating Locket charm is a smaller version of Pandora’s new charm locket concept – the really cool thing about this little charm version is that you can actually open it and take the charm in and out. So hypothetically, you could replace this little heart charm with another one of the Petites, if you so wished! It’s £55.
There are also two new colours of the Radiant Hearts charms coming out, in cerise and opalescent pink:
These would be great for fairytale designs, I think.
We also get a new shade in opalescent pink for the Geometric Facets:
I am always pleased to see new safety chain designs, even if the sparkliness of this one isn’t quite to my taste – the Pavé Inspiration safety chain is $75 USD.
Next, we have two silver decorative clips. I’d have been more excited if these were silicone-lined and designed for the threadless bracelet. The Shining Path clip is £35 or $40 USD.
The Row of Hearts is plain silver, and a bit cheaper at £30 or $35 USD.
The Alluring Cushion spacer is £30 or $40 USD.
The Ribbon Heart charm is £45 or $50 USD.
A couple of the charms are darker in colour and style, with a kind of a Gothic feel. It’s nice to see a bit of a change from Pandora’s usual pastels and softer themes – the Opulent Heart is $75 USD or £55.
I noticed that the new Dark Purple Shimmer murano is priced at £40, unlike the rest of teh Shimmer murano collection, which are currently £35 each. I wonder if we’re about to see a price hike on the rest of them?
The Vintage Allure charm, priced at £55, is due out for Autumn 2016 in most regions – the only exception is North America, where you’ll have to wait a little longer. It’s out for the US & Canada as part of a holiday gift set.
Finally for this section, the Steady Heart pink CZ clip is £40 or $50 USD.
The Precious Prince & Princess are rather cute, with their snub noses – and it’s nice to see more plain silver options. They’re surprisingly affordable at $30 USD or £25 each, which makes me wonder if they’re a bit small in person or something like that?
The Fairytale Treasure charm is very sparkly, but I can imagine it looking beautiful with some of the classic two-tone fairytale beads, such as the Happily Ever After Castle. The gold and the purple would look great together. This bead is £60 or $75 USD.
The Fairytale Bloom is more to my personal taste, however – it may have a fair bit of glitter, but the detailing is rather delicate and I can imagine the whole effect looking beautiful in person. It would be nice with soft pinks. It’s £50 or $65 USD.
The Charming Owls are the only animal bead of this collection, but luckily enough they’re beautifully detailed and rather adorable! I love the detailing on the back of the charm, and the owls’ cute big eyes. This one will definitely be coming home with me! The only thing I wonder about is how much room it takes on a bracelet, with the little baby owl off to the side. It’s £30 or $35 USD.
The Interwining Radiance charms feature large cubic zirconia, entwined with strands of silver – really great as a focal point or for adding points of colour to your bracelet design. They are on the more expensive side, however, at £55 or $60 USD.
It’s available in clear or purple.
The Nature’s Radiance is similar, but a little pricier, as it has extra CZs, at £60 or $65 USD.
The Princess Crown Heart follows other similar offerings, such as the My Princess tiara, and is priced at £40 or $45 USD.
Hobbies & Inspiration
This charm for book lovers got slightly mixed reviews when the first preview images came out, but I love it. It’s got whimsy and a fair bit of detail, and the quote inside is rather delightful. It’s also more affordable at £35 or $45 USD. I’ll definitely be getting this one! If dangles aren’t your style, make sure you check out the existing Fairytale Book charm as an alternative.
The Heart of Freedom is another of my favourites from this collection – it’s a bit different from Pandora’s usual heart charms, and I love the bird motifs. I’m not as keen on the quote itself, but the side with ‘free’ and the bird flying off is lovely! It’s £30 or $35 USD.
The Shopping Queen charm has a dash of baby pink enamel, and I can imagine it’ll be popular with a fair few teenagers. It’s £40 or $50 USD.
Family, Love & Occasions
The Loving Sentiments is going to be part of a bracelet gift set in the UK for the time being, but will retail on its own elsewhere, as far as I’m aware. It’s $40 USD.
The Birthday Celebration charm is like a balloon in its brightness – perfect for getting into the birthday spirit, but maybe a tad hard to style. It’s retailing for £45 or $50 USD.
No Pandora collection seems complete with another variation on their popular present charm design, based on the 2012 Black Friday charm (how many variations are we up to now?). I quite like that this one is plain silver, and that it has a little star on top – I hadn’t noticed that before! This one is £30 or $40 USD.
The Family Roots offers a little 14kt gold and a really pretty classic locket design – I just don’t feel like the pavé was necessary at the top of the charm. It’s £85 or $150 USD, so pretty pricey – but there is a lot of gold!
The You & Me Forever charm is a really cool two-tone design, with three separate discs making up each part of the message. They form a little cut-out gold heart at the back. Again, the only thing that spoils this one for me a little is the pavé at the top. :/ It’s £60 or $95 USD.
The Celebration of Love, priced at $75 USD or £70, is a more sophisticated offering, with a healthy dash of gold.
The Happy Anniversary charm is £50 or $55 USD.
Pandora Autumn 2016 Country-Exclusives
The following three beads will be available in Europe and Asia, I think, but not North America or the UK – I’m not sure about Australia/New Zealand.
My favourite of them is the amazing Origami Crane, and I will definitely be needing help getting this one! It’s plain silver, detailed and such a cute design.
The Lock of Longevity is another twist from Pandora on a heart-lock design, with amber CZ to accentuate the design’s curlicues. The Protection murano is a really interesting bead, and I love the vibrancy of the colour. It would be a great match for the existing Watchful Eye dangle or as a souvenir of a Greek holiday.
Finally, the Fairytale Fish is a Russian exclusive bead (and totally amazing) – more details here.
Now, for the country-exclusive bracelets. A little while back, I posted an updated preview of new versions of the classic CZ barrel clasp bracelet, in pink, blue and purple. Now, the UK will not be getting these, or at least for now – the only place I have seen receive them so far has been the US. But please shout if I’m wrong, or if you’ve seen them for sale in your region!
Finally, we have a sneak peek at something of a mystery bracelet. As I was browsing through some campaign images recently, I noticed a model wearing a bracelet I hadn’t seen before. It looked pretty cool, with a textured chain and a spherical clasp:
I did some digging, and turned up this stock image for it – it’s like a textured version of the threadless bracelet. I kind of love it, and it reminds me of the 2011 Nostalgic Rock collection Pandora put out. However, I have no idea which countries will be selling it, or whether it’s been postponed or what – I have not seen it listed in any official catalogues yet. Again, shout if you hear anything about this piece or see it for sale in your region! ^^
These days blogging about Pandora is becoming something akin to investigative journalism, haha, with all these country exclsuves!
There are a lot of beads in this collection that, to be honest, don’t really interest me as a long-term collector: the family-themed beads, the hearts, the more generic decorative pieces – I’ve seen most of these types of beads before. However, there are some individual beads that really are must-haves for me – I adore the Origami Crane, the Love Reading charm and the Fairytale Fish, to name but a few. :D I also quite like the textured bracelet and will keep an eye out for that, should it crop up anywhere!
The UK had a ‘soft launch’ of the collection last Thursday (although the collection is not out officially online, stores have quietly put it out and some are even giving out Autumn 2016 catalogues), and I had a quick peek at it on Saturday. My first impressions (it was only a quick peek and I didn’t see everything) – I loved the new Essence mosaics, but found the new cerise enamel Freedom bead a bit bright :( The new floating locket necklaces are not as big and clunky as I was imagining and are actually quite cute in person. I didn’t dislike them at all.
Which beads are your must-haves from this collection?