There’s just over a week to go until the launch of the Pandora Winter 2016 collection, and so today I’m taking another look at all the charms and bracelets coming out, with some gorgeous HQ images and commentary on each individual charm! The collection is due out on the 3rd of November, and features the usual mix of dramatic winter blues and classic Christmas reds.
This preview only encompasses the charms & bracelets coming out with this collection – for previews of the accompanying jewellery, including pendants, earrings, necklaces and rings, please see my other preview here! You can also see live shots of the whole release here.
In the meantime, read on for an updated HQ preview with US and EU pricing!
Celestial & Wintry Beads
Let’s start with the wintry beads, which feature a lot of clear pavé or crisp shades of blue.
The only new clip for this collection is the Crystalised Snowflake, which retails for $60 USD or 59€.
The Touch of Frost openwork matches it nicely (and doesn’t it look beautiful in the campaign image above?) – it’s 65€. The name is beautiful, and the charm does look like particles of frost forming on a window pane. I think little snowflake cut-outs might have been more on theme than the hearts, though.
The Heart of Winter is priced at 39€.
The Crystalised Floral is one of my favourites of this set, and it comes both as a regular charm and as a dangle.
The matching pendant is something of a mystery, as I’ve not seen it in my North American catalogues – perhaps a Jared exclusive there? In Europe, it will retail for 59€. This would be so gorgeous on a winter necklace!
Next up, we have celestial beads, which feature a deeper, more dramatic shade of blue. The Night Sky bead has pretty cut-out stars and some glittering blue enamel; it’s priced at $60 USD or 49€.
There’s a matching dangle, which bears the inscription I love you to the moon and back. It’s $60 USD or 55€. Both these beads appeal a lot to me; they’re just a bit expensive!
These would go beautifully with the only new murano from this collection – this will retail for $50 USD or €49. I am always head over heels with Pandora’s new murano glass beads; their work has come on in leaps and bounds over the past year or so!
The Galaxy spacer matches the Galaxy openwork bead that came out a couple of years ago, and retails for $40 USD or 35€.
To go with either the icy blues or the celestial charms, Pandora have included a couple of more generic blue decorative beads.
This new version of the Shimmering Droplets pavé bead, priced at $70 USD or 65€, features London blue crystals.
This new ‘Moonlight Blue’ shade of the Radiant Hearts charm offers a deeper blue than last year’s; it’s priced at $80 USD or 65€.
Two-tone & Gold Beads
Firstly, we have two new 14kt gold beads on the way – one without any CZs at all! This is the new Angel of Grace charm, retailing at $400 USD or 399€. What you might not have realised from the original stock image, however, is that the angel itself is hollow, with openwork detailing in its skirt.
The Loving Bloom is the second gold charm, retailing for $350 USD or 349€.
The Celebration of Love mixes 14kt gold detailing with just a hint of CZs; it’s $80 USD or 79€.
The Loving Family is $75 USD or 69€; it’s nice that there’s no CZ on this one, and that it just has the pretty silver heart detailing on the bail.
The Snowflake Heart, priced at $75 USD or 79€, is my favourite of these two-tone/gold beads – it would be so lovely on a necklace. I love the way it marries the idea of icy winter frost with the warmth of family and loved ones at Christmas. The only thing that I think will be divisive is the You Keep Me Warm inscription on it. It’s a bit overtly sentimental, and I can’t really imagine wearing it into the office, for example, without being teased a little!
And now we’re on to the part of the preview for which I’m most excited – all the holiday beads! <3
The Snowman has a rather glamorous CZ scarf, and retails for $50 USD or 49€ – he makes a nice alternative to all the red enamel beads, if you want something very Christmassy but a little easier to style!
Pavé beads are always hit and miss with me, but the Shimmering Gift is actually a hit this time around, despite being completely coated in sparkle. I think it would make a gorgeous winter bangle centrepiece, flanked by some more simple silver beads or some sophisticated clear sparkle. It’s pricey, though, at $85 USD or 79€.
My favourite of the Pandora sleigh charms to date is the two-tone Dashing through the Snow bead from 2013, but this new one is colourful and fun, and a rather cute alternative! The detailing on the face looks sweet and not at all scary, which I hope translates well into the charm in person! The Sleighing Santa is $55 USD or 45€.
Now, my surprise favourite is this one – Mrs Claus! She’s a Jared exclusive bead in the US (which also means that she won’t be available in Canada :(). I absolutely love this bead, it’s got such adorable detailing, and such character. The back of her apron ties round into a pretty red bow. She will be 39€.
My other favourite from this selection is Santa’s Home; just look at the details on this one! Silver oxidised bricks on the sides, the starry windows, the white enamel for the roof – and even the outlines of bricks detailed in the red enamel, too! I’m not crazy about the inscription on the bottom, but the rest of it completely redeems it for me. :D It’s $50 USD or 39€.
The Festive Tree is Pandora’s fourth Christmas tree bead; this iteration offers multi-coloured CZs and a lovely warm gold star on top. I have the original two-tone Christmas tree and the pavé version of that design also, so I won’t be chasing this one – but it’s nice to see a colourful version to complement the others! It’s $75 USD or 69€.
Cat lovers who felt hard done by when Pandora released the adorable Christmas Puppy charm last year need worry no longer – there’s now a matching Christmas Kitten charm! Featuring a little red hat and a matching present, it’s really very cute! It’s also one of the more affordable pieces at $45 USD or 39€.
Pandora are releasing yet another version of their ornament dangle bead – this one has Merry Christmas written on it in red enamel. It’s nice, but I’m not sure that it pips any of the previous three versions. My favourite is the Prancing Reindeer dangle from last year! This year’s Merry Christmas Bauble retails for $60 USD or 55€.
The Angel of Love is nicely detailed, but I like the little tribute to more classic Pandora designs with the simply styled features of her face. This charm will be $50 USD or 39€.
I am undecided about the new Sweet Gingerbread Man – it’s quite cute, but I so love the dangle Gingerbread Man from 2012 that I feel quite protective of it, haha. This new version is $40 USD or 39€.
Finally, we have the Adornment decorative beads, available in red and blue. Both are nice colours, but I can see the red being easier to style on a Christmas design.
These are $65 USD or 59€ each.
Rounding off the bracelet, we have two new bracelets for the Winter 2016 collection! The first is the Entwined bangle ($125 USD or 119€), which looks simply lovely in all the campaign imagery.
Finally, we have the limited edition Unique Snowflake bangle, which is due out with the Winter 2016 collection in most countries; however, I understand that it will be a Black Friday offering in the US & Canada. I still wish it didn’t have the inscription, but the snowflake clasp is gorgeous! Perhaps you could cover up the writing with charms if you didn’t want it to show. It’s priced at 69€.
There are some really lovely beads in here and, as usual, the ones I find most exciting about the character designs! Pandora have really paid attention to detail in a lot of these charms, from to Mrs Claus’s spectacles to the Christmas Kitten’s little pawprints! This is exactly the kind of thing I love, and I cannot wait for those beads. :D
My criticism, I guess, would be that there is a lot of repetition in this collection against what’s come before in previous years, both in terms of the themes and individual charms. However, that’s been true of all Pandora’s new releases this year – and it’s nice to have more choice if you didn’t like their previous take on a motif. Of course, there’s also a dearth of plain silver beads (which are also the most affordable), but this has become so commonplace with Pandora’s new collections that it’s almost hardly worth commenting on.
Much like last year, I’ve decided against getting any of the wintry blue charms, or the two-tone beads – instead, I’m going for three of the classic Christmas reds from this collection! :D My picks from this collection are Santa’s House (just too cute!), the Christmas Kitten and Mrs Claus.
What are your picks from this collection? Will you be putting anything on your list?