Today’s post brings a long-overdue review from the Pandora Autumn 2016 collection! <3 Today we’re looking at the gorgeous Fairytale Bloom charm, which is one of Pandora’s many recent pave offerings.
Read on for some styling inspiration and close-up shots of the charm’s detailing! :)
Pandora Fairytale Bloom Review
I think, a lot of the time, you have to find the right pave charms for you – I often get a bit turned off by the very sparkly charms, but this one hits the right spots for me as the sparkle is coupled by intricate, sweet detailing. The fact that they called it a ‘fairytale’ charm also adds to its glamour for me, for some reason – it’s just marketing, but it did add a more vintage-y gloss to the whole thing somehow! There’s a lot of power in a name. ^^
In person, the charm is pretty true to the stock image – but you do get to appreciate just how nicely it sparkles and how sweet the details are. It’s not too big or small. It manages to be delicate and quite showy at the same time, and it would probably work well as quite a focal piece on your bracelet or as a complement to other brighter colours. I find that clear sparkle can really bring out some of the soft enamel pieces, for example.
The only thing that gives me pause about this charm is the large gem in the middle – close-up it can look a little bit cheap, I think, which is certainly not what you want from a £50 piece of jewellery! But it just doesn’t look like a genuine stone. However, tucked away on a bracelet, it looks perfectly lovely and sparkly, and all the intricate detailing is what shines.
The S925 hallmark is tucked away to the side and is not too noticeable, as you can see in this photo.
The edges of the charm are plain silver, and they have a lovely rippled effect.
My first styling features one of my favourite colour combinations – brown and pastel pink! This is a simple spring-like styling that mixes in a dash of autumnal colour with the brown leather bracelet.
And, if you want to be really matchy-matchy, you can also throw in some of the gorgeous cherry blossom and dazzling daisy rings, too! (I love the whole of the Cherry Blossom collection so much! <3)
This next idea is a bit more experimental, mixing the Fascinating Olive and blush Radiant Hearts charms from last year’s autumnal collection. I was feeling quite nostalgic for that collection, for whatever reason, and so I also added in the gorgeous Arabian Coffee Pot, easily AW15’s stand-out bead for me!
Finally, I’m adding my Fairytale Bloom to my teal Jasmine bracelet, on the Starry Sky bracelet! I love teal and a little dash of clear sparkle, too, and the hints of gold give it a little more richness.
This is a very pretty and versatile little bead, although a little pricey at £50, maybe. It is sparkly and yet not too gaudy, and would look good as part of a fairytale bracelet design or simply as a decorative piece. However, I’d definitely advise going to see it in person before purchasing it, and just making sure that the finish is for you.
The Pandora Fairytale Bloom bead is $65 USD or £50. 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 bought this charm or is it on your wish list?