Today’s post brings my monthly Pandora news round-up, featuring all that’s coming up for October 2016! This month we have promo details, some info on product recalls, Halloween inspiration and a mini haul of my latest purchases too. ^^
There aren’t any big launches this month (we have to wait until the Winter release at the beginning of November for our next drop) but there are few promos and exciting little tidbits to keep us going until then!
In terms of blog news, those long-promised Autumn 2016 reviews are on their way – I have one finished and ready to go this week, and more in progress. ^^
Pandora North America Earring Promo 2016
Possibly the most significant event on the Pandora calendar this month is the start of the Pandora earring promo for the US & Canada! The promo runs from the 6th October until the 15th or 16th, depending on whether your local store is open on a Sunday, and offers a free pair of earrings up to $65 USD in value when you spend $100 USD or more in a single purchase.
I love the flexibility of this promo, and I think it’s a great way to get people to branch out a bit from the charms & bracelets, and perhaps the rings. I don’t own any Pandora earrings, and if I wasn’t on a ban after spending so much on Pandora last month, I’d be more tempted!
Pandora Autumn 2016 Floating Locket Recall
There always seems to be an issue with a particular product or two in each new collection at the moment – but unfortunately I have news of another product recall. You might have noticed that the gorgeous new Floating Locket charm has been pulled from your local store or online retailers you like to visit. This is due to issues with some batches of this charm, wherein the locket opens accidentally while you’re wearing it.
Apparently this issue is only related to certain production batches, but it’s worth keeping a close eye on yours if you have one, even if it hasn’t shown any sign of a problem yet. I’ve been told that they will be redesigning it to prevent this from happening and re-releasing it at some point down the line.
This does not affect the larger floating locket necklaces, which use a different opening system and don’t have the same problem.
Pandora Cleaning/Care Kits
There’s been a little bit of buzz lately about some new official Pandora care kits that have launched in UK Pandora stores lately, which contain instructions and tools for maintaining your jewellery – both Pandora Rose and regular items!
While quite expensive, the list of goodies that come with the kit is quite nifty, and they are beautifully presented in their little box:
- Pandora clasp opener
- Soft cleaning brush
- A white polishing cloth and white cloth pouch, suitable for Pandora Rose pieces
- A black polishing cloth and anti-tarnish black pouch for regular Pandora items
- Care guide instructions
These are currently available in the UK for £15, but I hear that they will be coming to other regions soon, including North America. :D They’d make a great stocking filler for Christmas. I’m not sure I would get one for myself, but I will probably ask for one from someone. I also kind of have a lot of bracelets at this point, and I get very lazy about cleaning them!
Unfortunately these days Pandora seem to be pretty focused on feminine, light motifs – hearts, flowers, cute animals, decorative sparkle – and quirky holidays like Halloween don’t seem to feature in that program. However, dedicated collectors can be very good at tracking down retired beauties and there are some amazingly cute Halloween-appropriate beads from Pandora’s past collections! ^^
So, for some seasonal spooky inspiration, please do check out my past Halloween posts. I won’t be making a new one this year as I have literally added nothing new to my Halloween bracelet, but I live in hope every year that eventually Pandora will bring out new spooky beads!
As I have indulged in some serious Pandora over the past few weeks, October is going to be slightly quieter for me on the bead front (or such is the plan, at least).
My latest haul from Rue La La is on its way from the US (photo courtesy of my lovely helper!). I was so, so excited to finally get my hands on the garnet cabochon (long retired – not sure how it came to be on Rue again, but I got one!) – I also got the silver poinsettia, which I’ve wanted for a while. The purple Python murano and blue pave star were impulse buys, but I’m sure I’ll find places for them somewhere. I might just wear the blue star on a necklace!
I also may have picked up a couple more beads for my birthday… there’s no rest for the bead collector! The Dazzling Daisy Fairy from Spring 2016 has finally worked its way into my collection, and I also got the Love Reading bead from the latest collection. :D So I’m going to be recovering a little from my bead purchases this month – not that that will stop me planning out my Christmas purchases and designs come November!
What are your Pandora plans for this month? Are you planning a Halloween bracelet – or are you taking part in the earring promo?