Today’s post brings my next Pandora Autumn 2016 review, with a closer look at a rather special piece – the somewhat elusive Fairytale Fish charm! The charm is a Russian exclusive – the first charm ever to be only available in Russia! This one has proven trickier to get hold of than previous country exclusives; it was made more difficult still by the fact that Pandora subsequently decided that the charm should be sold only as part of a bracelet gift set.
Some wondered if there was any particular reason why this charm would be a Russian exclusive, and a few ladies from Russia have clarified that the charm likely relates to a fairy story by the Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, in which there’s an enchanted fish. (This story does crop up in various forms in other fairy stories, such as those of the Brothers Grimm, so you probably are familiar with it in one way or another!) One of my readers put together this lovely photo as a tribute to the charm’s fairytale heritage:
For more details, close-up images and styling inspiration regarding the charm itself, please read on! <3
Pandora Russian Exclusive Fairytale Fish Review
It took me some time to track down this lovely bead; I approached a couple of people who had some difficulty finding one, before finding a lovely lady through my Instagram who could help me. When the charm arrived, I was not disappointed – it is just delightful!
The thing that struck me straight away is just how well the gold crown and the warm ochre stones complement each other. For me, this isn’t a charm wherein the use of CZ and a hint of sparkle seems gratuitous or offputting – in this case, I really think it adds to the charm’s design.
This is an adorable and rather funny-looking little charm. One of my favourite things about this bead is its expression; it has such a happy little smile. The eyes are picked out in black CZs, but thankfully they don’t look at all vacant or creepy, as Pandora have included some oxidised silver detail around each eye.
The tail isn’t articulated; it’s fixed in place. When you put the charm on your bracelet, it hangs sideways, with the face pointing upwards and the tail hanging down. The nice thing about this is that it always hangs the right way round – so many animal or character beads are known for flipping and not facing the right way. That is not a problem with this bead!
The charm isn’t threaded, due to the inset stones, and it is quite light to the touch – it’s similar in style to previous two-tone fairytale beads but it doesn’t feel as substantial. The details are nicely done, however, with his tail and fins picked out with oxidised grooves. The hallmarks are tucked away underneath his face, as pictured here.
As soon as I saw this charm, I knew that it had to go on my two-tone fairytale bracelet! This is one of my oldest and most precious designs – I’ve never quite been happy with the snake pendant (lefthand side), so I decided this would be the perfect replacement.
I am so pleased with the result; I think that the warm amber of the stones actually contrasts with and complements the pink very well. Even though the charm has a lot of CZ detailing, and it’s a lot lighter than some of the older beads, in terms of style it blends in with the classic Pandora charms perfectly.
As you can see from these shots, the amount of gold in the crown of the fish is comparable with that of older beads, such as the classic and much-loved two-tone Queen Bee!
Finally, here’s a shot of me wearing the bracelet out and about! ^^
This charm has become this year’s Arabian Coffee Pot (a country-exclusive that caused a lot of excitement last year!); it’s a little trickier to find, and more expensive to buy, but I do think that this is worth the trouble to track down. It’s gorgeous and rather original in design – and, even better, it takes it inspiration from fairytales and culture, rather like some of Pandora’s earlier designs, such as the long-retired Hans Christian Andersen set. The charm bubbles over with character, mixing the elegant styling of the tail, fins and beautiful golden scales with its funny, happy little face & expression.
As previously mentioned, this charm is exclusive to Russia; Pandora stores aren’t allowed to ship internationally and so, if you want to track down this charm, you will have to find a friend in Russia to help you! For more details, please see my original preview here.
What do you think of this bead? Have you managed to track one down?