Happy Halloween everyone! 👻 Today I am combining a little spooky inspiration with a review of the one of my favourite new Pandora Autumn 2016 beads: the Charming Owls!
Last year, I did a whole post on styling your charms for Halloween, showing off my own Pandora Halloween leather bracelet. However, Pandora have not released anything new again, despite the requests of many collectors, so I don’t really have any changes to that bracelet to show you. :( What I thought I’d do instead is to review this rather cute little bead from the Autumn 2016 collection, and give both the review and the charm itself a little seasonal spooky twist with some Halloween styling inspiration at the end!
Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration! <3
Pandora Charming Owls Review
Plain silver, full-bodied animal charms like this one are a rare and rather treasured sight from Pandora these days; often new animal beads will have pave or animal, or only feature the animal’s head in a rather cartoonish style. While this can be cute, it’s so nice to see some animals in a more classic style; the Charming Owls in particular is a bead that makes wonderful use of oxidised detailing. It is so shiny in person, and the contrast between that and the generous amount of oxidised detail is lovely.
The charm feels nicely like an older Pandora bead; it may be on the small side, but it feels solid, with a threaded core and a lot of detail. Some people have found the eyes a little creepy on this bead, but I don’t get that feeling with this charm at all! The eyes are hooded and nicely shaded, and the overall effect is rather sweet, I think.
Of course, for the purpose of Halloween bracelet styling – if you find their eyes creepy, it’s all to the good! They can just be an undead pair of Charming Owls…
It also has those traditional little Pandora details that really make their character beads for me – the owls’ feet are nicely defined, as are the mother owl’s tail feathers. The ALE mark is discreetly tucked beneath the charm, so as not to detract from the design.
The back of the charm is realistic in style, made up of tiny feathers. (In terms of Halloween bonus points, the feathers also kind of look like brains from some angles…!)
First up, this is how I’m actually styling the Charming Owls: they’re going on my Flower Garden bracelet. This bracelet is almost finished; it’s a slightly unusual styling for me, as I’ve put all my murano glass in the centre section only. This is what I love about the threadless bracelet – it offers total flexibility in terms of spacing and sectioning off the bracelet. I would struggle to fit in all that glass on a regular 19cm bracelet!
This bracelet is almost finished; I’m waiting on a silver leaves openwork that I got in the most recent Rue sale, and I might add the Forest Trinity pendant to it as well!
And now for some Halloween inspiration! Owl motifs are great for Halloween designs; while these owls are a bit on the cute side when you take them on their own, it’s amazing how much fun some of these cutesier beads can add to a Halloween-themed bracelet. My original Halloween bracelet features the adorable Curious Cat bead from last year’s Pre-Autumn collection, and in practice it blends in beautifully with the other spookier beads.
On the same basis, I’ve put the Charming Owls with the retired Pumpkin and Ghost, along with the Curious Cat, who stands in very nicely as a witch’s familiar. Orange, purple and black murano beads add to the overall effect!
The black leather bracelet is a great one to choose for Halloween, as it’s very versatile and you can easily just put other charms on it to wear during the rest of the year.
This bead is one of my absolute favourites from the latest collection; it kind of combines the best of old and new Pandora. It’s plain-silver, full-bodied and offers lots of cute little touches, but it also incorporates a realism of detail and a beautifully stylised approach that reflects how sophisticated Pandora’s designs can be these days. The Owls would make a charming addition to your Halloween bracelet, or any other design you might like to add them to! ^^
The Charming Owls bead is $35 USD or £30. If you’re in the UK, you can buy this charm, along with the rest of Pandora Autumn 2016 collection, from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you bought this bead, or is it on your wish list? Have you put together any Halloween designs this year?