Today’s post brings one of my final reviews from the Pandora Autumn 2016 collection, with an overview of the country-exclusive Origami Crane! This was one of the most interesting designs from the collection, and has the added bonus of being plain silver, too – however, the downside is that it didn’t make it out in every country, with both Pandora in North America and the UK opting out of offering this charm. It’s a little bit of a shame that, when Pandora do dip their toes back into this quirkier kind of bead, a lot of the markets seem reluctant to offer it.
Just as a side note, I’ll soon be starting on my Pandora Winter 2016 reviews, which I’m running a little later this year, as I’ve only got Christmas beads so far from the collection. :D
In the meantime, read on for a little origami inspiration!
Pandora Origami Crane Review
With the Origami Crane, Pandora gives its penchant for producing adorable silver animal beads a little cultural twist. The design is rather different from other beads we’ve been seeing from the brand lately, its plain silver detailing making a refreshing change from the more generic pave decorative beads we’ve been seeing a lot of lately.
A little reading up on paper cranes suggests that they have come to be regarded as symbols of peace, healing and good luck in Japan. A little search on Google reveals some truly beautiful and elegant examples, crafted from a variety of pretty papers:
In contrast, the wings on Pandora’s charm version are folded up, whereas most finished paper cranes seem to have their wings positioned to the side – so I guess technically this is still a crane in progress. I’m sure that Pandora decided on that for practical reasons, but at the same time I like the idea of the crane being not quite finished, of the paper folder being midway through the process. When you tie that into the symbolism of peace, that’s quite a nice idea!
The actual design of it is really quite elegant – its gently inclined head is very delicate and pretty – but the actual feel of the charm is a little bit awkward. It’s quite a large charm, and the shape of it is quite unusual – so it’s a reasonably hefty dangle. When my mum saw it on my bracelet, she actually enquired as to whether it was a paperclip. I’m not sure where she got that idea from – but it is an usual design and I can see why people might be a little puzzled to begin with as to what it might be! ^^
The space between the wings is hollow – this is what it looks like from front on.
The creases of the paper are depicted by lovely oxidised grooves, which contrast so nicely with the polished silver.
I was quite taken with the crane being associated with peace and tranquility, so for my first styling I wanted something really stripped back and calm. I opted for the silver metallic leather bracelet, and a soft blue pastel Looking Glass murano, which seems to me a nice representation of a peaceful, open blue sky. The plain silver ball clips set off the whole minimalist idea and nicely frame the whole thing!
The crane would also be perfect for an Asian themed bracelet! Here I’ve mocked up a mini Asian bracelet design, using the Wild Flower Tribute and Cherry Blossom muranos, the silver Ingot, and one of the Chinese zodiac animals – the very cute bunny rabbit.
Finally, this is where the Crane is currently living in my collection! This bracelet is very much a work in progress and isn’t looking at its loveliest in its present form, but it’s still very pretty on the wrist. The beads I’ve picked out are all quite shiny or crisp in colour. I would love to get the retired Zebra murano to go in the last section of the bracelet, opposite my snow leopard murano bead – so if anyone knows of an online retailer who still might have one, or some other source, please do let me know! ?
I just love how breezy and refreshing it looks with the blue December birthday bloom!
This charm is one of my favourite Autumn 2016 beads, and was actually my first Autumn purchase – this review is just a little tardy! ^^ It, perhaps, a slightly awkward design in some ways, but I love the individual details, the cultural significance behind the design and just how cute the crane itself is! The fact that it’s plain silver and something completely different from the other hearts and sparkle within the Autumn collection also marks it out as something rather special.
The Origami Crane is unfortunately not available in North America or the UK, but you can get it from numerous other territories, including Asia, Australia and some European countries. I got my Crane from Australia, where it was very affordable at $49 AUD!
What do you think of this design? Did you get it, or is it on your wish list?