Today’s post brings my first review for the Pandora Autumn 2016 collection, with a closer look at the limited edition Pandora Pudsey Bear charm, exclusive to the UK. This is the second year in a row in which Pandora have teamed up with BBC Children in Need to produce a special charm, with 20% of the charm’s proceeds going to support the charity.
This lovely bead only came out on Thursday – I received my Pudsey charm in the post this morning, alongside my first Autumn 2016 charm (the gorgeous Fairytale Bloom!) – so this is one of the quickest reviews I’ve ever put together, haha.
Read on for some PandoraxPudsey charm inspiration, with close-up shots and styling ideas!
Pandora Children in Need Pudsey Bear Charm 2016 Review
The 2016 Pudsey Bear is a full-bodied silver charm, with white enamel and coloured enamel dots making up on his iconic bandana.
The charm is pretty similar to last year’s, but with a full-bodied design. I have to say that I do prefer having the fuller detail, as I find the single head charms slightly cartoony – I still find the 2015 Pudsey very cute, but I just prefer the fuller design. To me, Pandora have also done a slightly better job at making it actually look like Pudsey – when you have his full body for context, it’s much more apparent that he’s actually a teddy bear!
Here’s another shot, showing him off in natural light (which is rather grey, as the weather is horrible here today). He’s so cute!
This year, Pudsey has the year stamped underneath him as well (excuse the rather rude shot!). It’s only very small, and blends in with the S925 ALE, but it should please collectors who like special charms to be commemorated with the date. I personally like having dates tucked in somewhere discretely on a limited edition charm – it just adds to the collectability and makes it feel a little more special.
He comes with a poster and a little card, as well. Last year’s Pudsey bear came with a sleeve for the box, but they don’t appear to have done those for this year.
However, as you can see in comparison with last year’s Pudsey charm, this one is rather tiny in comparison! The colours are much less pronounced (which is good or bad, depending on your preferences) and the details of his face are harder to see unless you get up close.
I still, on balance, prefer the full-bodied design, even if it is smaller – but it does make you raise your eyebrows at the £40 price tag.
Last year, many people found the bright enamel bandana of the Pudsey charm a bit hard to style. As this year’s new Pudsey is so small, this is much less of an issue, as the coloured spots aren’t really big enough to clash with anything. Nevertheless, I’m still going to focus on a couple of stylings that are a bit softer and more delicate, to demonstrate how you can wear these beads without them looking too childish!
To start with, I’ve put both the CIN Pudsey bears on my summer 2016 honeysuckle pink leather bracelet! This adds a nice bright pop of colour – very appropriate for Pudsey – which nevertheless is a bit more wearable than a bright blue, green or yellow, perhaps. I’ve put the delicate Lavender Candy-Stripe murano in between to soften the look a little.
For the next look, I took the Always in my Heart bangle from Mother’s Day 2015, and screwed each Pudsey bear charm either side of the clasp. I then held them in place by adding two of the Steady Heart clips, with silicone inserts inside each. This ends up looking surprisingly elegant, while showing off the cute Pudsey charms rather nicely!
For more styling ideas, you can always see my review of last year’s Pudsey charm too! :)
I find this year’s Pudsey even cuter than last year’s, and I’m thrilled that Pandora and Children in Need are teaming up again. It’s so nice to see the charitable releases and knowing that your bead habit is contributing to a good cause. ^^
The detailing on the charm is very cute, and I love that he’s a bit more ‘traditional’ Pandora with his full-body design. The only downside is that he is very small – however, it’s hard to grumble about value for money when a chunk of the profits are going to charity. The only plus side to the 2016 Pudsey being a bit smaller is that the colours on his bandana stand out less, and he’s much easier to blend with other colour schemes.
Like last year, the Pandora Pudsey Bear charm retails for £40, with 20% of the proceeds going to the Children in Need charity – you can purchase your Pandora Pudsey Bear from authorised retailer John Greed. Please bear in mind that official retailers are not allowed to ship internationally, so if you live outside of the UK you will have to find a friend there who can get hold of one for you!
Have you indulged in one of the 2016 Pudsey Bears, or is it on your wish list?