Today’s post brings my next Pandora Autumn 2016 charm, with a closer look at one of the new hobby beads – the I Love Reading charm! This was something of a must-have for me, as I am an avid reader – I did literature at uni and by day I work at a publisher’s, so my life is pretty heavily tied up with books! I also used to take a lot of pictures of my charms with books, haha, as you can see here:
Read on for some close-up shots and inspiration as to how you might use this bead! <3
Pandora I Love Reading Review
I’ve been wanting a reading hobby charm for a long time, so I was really happy to finally see this one. In the end, Pandora have opted for an engraved dangle, with highly polished and smooth surface; it is really shiny in person!
A few people were disappointed by the simplicity of the design; the I <3 Reading motif is maybe a bit simplistic, and doesn’t represent much of the creativity that goes into an actual book, but – at the end of the day – this is a fun little charm to go on a pretty charm bracelet, and it doesn’t necessarily need to incorporate anything more complicated, I guess. If you’re looking for a more detailed book charm, and one that isn’t a dangle, the Fairytale Book might be a good alternative! :)
One of my favourite aspects of this charm are the adorable silver spectacles attached to the bead! I don’t need glasses to read, but the detailing is so cute and quirky that I just love them – for me, they’re what give this charm a little bit more interest and stop the design from being rather basic!
Like the previous Valentine’s and birthday card charms, this charm is articulated and actually opens to reveal a little quote inside. It’s a sweet little motto, and it does touch a chord with many days spent letting an afternoon go by and just getting immersed in another world. It also reminds me that I am lucky to work with books in my everyday life, meaning that time spent with them doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure for me.
In relation to the previously mentioned card charms, one problem that occurs with them is that the opening often becomes loose over time and the charm starts to fall open unintentionally while you’re wearing it. I imagine the same will be true of this book charm, sooner or later. My Love Note charm (pictured below, complete with old school Mora Pandora logo and photography..!) was actually pretty sturdy and held out for a couple of years, but the fastening has given a little bit and it now swings open pretty easily.
So, my idea for this first styling was sparked by the quotation inside the charm – ‘Ignore the things you have to do and just enjoy a book or two’. For me, that conjured up a lazy summer’s afternoon, sitting in the garden in the sunshine with a good book and afternoon tea!
To finish off with, this is how I am actually wearing my Love Reading bead. With so many charms retiring, I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic when it comes to my Pandora, and I’ve been putting together a few bracelets that pay tribute to some of my favourite older charms and styles. I also wanted to go back to basics in terms of this design, picking out some of the simplest of Pandora’s new charms and pairing them with some classics from older collections. The Love Reading, Origami Crane and Maximus pendants fit pretty perfectly with this.
This is probably one of the most ‘charm bracelety’ bracelets of all my designs – it’s pretty dangle heavy, and features an eclectic mix of themes and objects. It looks at its best when it’s actually on the wrist! :)
My plan is to add little hints of Disney in amongst the regular charms, and build up a very subtle Disney design that way – as you can see, I’ve used the Disney bracelet and Disney safety chain! :)
It’s so nice to finally have a charm for readers. Pandora perhaps could have got more creative with this design but, at the same time, its simplicity does mean that it will fit in with so many different bracelet stylings; it’s also fantastic to have another plain silver bead, with no CZ in sight – not even on the bail of the charm! I would still love them to do a writer’s charm as well; a typewriter would be amazing, or perhaps an ink pot, fountain pen or some other such thing!
The Love Reading bead is $45 USD or £35. If you’re in the UK, you can buy this charm, along with the rest of Pandora’s collections, from authorised retailer John Greed.
Did you get this charm, or is it on your wish list? Would you have preferred a different design?