Today’s post brings my first review from the Pandora Winter 2016 collection, with an in-depth look at the Starry Night Sky murano. My reviews from this collection are running a little later this year, as I have primarily indulged in Christmas charms and I wanted to feature them closer to the time – this particular charm was a rather impulsive addition to my collection. I hadn’t intended on buying it at all, but it was so pretty and crisp and wintry in person that I found that I had to have it! ^^
This has a few different names, depending on each region, so you might be familiar with it as simply the Night Sky bead or other variations thereof.
This post is brought to you after a great deal of angst, mostly due to my laptop abruptly refusing to charge – thereby restricting my ability to access the photographs for this review and to edit them! After a great deal of jiggery pokery and cussing, we are happily back in business, and so –
Read on for some styling inspiration and close-up shots of this rather stunning bead!
Pandora Starry Night Sky Murano Review
Each star has a little CZ at its heart, accentuated by a glittering sparkle deep within the glass. The stars are hand painted on to the glass, meaning that there is some variation between each murano – as you might expect. My stars are pretty crisp, but not as well defined as some examples I’ve seen online. The overall effect is beautiful in every murano I’ve seen in person, however – a lot of its loveliness is derived from the beautiful sparkle and deep colour of the glass, which really set off the stars and make them glitter, regardless of their shape!
As you can see, the murano glass itself is a deep, bright blue, rather than clear. A darker colour and the glitter effect itself is wrapped around the core, meaning that the glass looks darker from face on, but rather brighter from the side.
The murano features the smaller Pandora core, as pictured below. This image also really works really well to show off all the depth and variety of colour in this one little bead – the deeper navy at the core of the bead, the hint of iridescent sparkle and the brighter blue of the glass itself. The pretty white of the stars really sets it all off, too!
One thing that struck me is that the pairs of stars are not evenly spaced around my murano – the three pairs of stars are spaced closely together, with a big gap between the first pair and the third pair. Again, just another reason to go and pick out a murano bead like this in the store – that way you can check that every little detail is to your taste, if you prefer! :) It isn’t really that noticeable when you’re wearing it, but I know that many bead enthusiasts are particular when it comes to these sorts of things!
For a point of comparison, I’ve photographed this charm along with the Fascinating Aventurescent and Midnight Effervescent (Fizzle) muranos from previous years. They’re of a similar navy blue and work well together (particularly the Fizzle and the Starry Night Sky) – however, the closest match would be between the Fizzle murano and this new one, which have a similar effect in person.
For my first styling, I wanted to use this bead to give a more dramatic twist on a Christmas design. ❄️ This is my Night at the North Pole bracelet styling, using the murano and some starry clips to create the idea of the night sky, accentuate by the moonstone cabochons, with Santa’s Home and a little pave Tree of Lights charm to tie the whole thing into the idea of Father Christmas and the North Pole itself. To emphasise this, you could also add a Reindeer pendant, perhaps!
Secondly, this is how I am wearing my murano – on the double-wrap navy leather bracelet, which is one of my favourite leathers! It’s meant to be a kind of romantic, wintry stargazing bracelet: the boy and girl represent a couple, the stars in the middle the crisp night sky, while the frosty Snowflake bead and the gorgeous two-tone Winter Wonderland clips add a little winter magic. I just love gold and navy blue together, and it works so beautifully in a Pandora bracelet styling. You could definitely bring that out in this design more, perhaps by adding a couple of gold spacers either side of the murano, or a couple of two-tone festive beads.
And here it is on my wrist! I took this picture while waiting for my car to defrost this morning, as the glass looked so pretty in the early light. ^^ There are a fair few of my Rue La La purchases on here, too, with the blue pave stars, the snowflake and the Winter Wonderland clips!
It’s been said numerous times now how far Pandora’s glasswork has come in recent years, and I can only reiterate it again here! This is truly a lovely bead. The depth of colour is so striking, and the starry detail is very cute. I had no plans to buy another wintry blue charm, as my existing midnight-themed bracelet has been full for a long time, and yet I find myself putting together a whole new leather bracelet design to accommodate this one! It’s perfect for a more dramatic Christmas bracelet, or for any other starry design.
The only hesitation I would add is that it would be nice to see more variety. We’ve had navy blue muranos for the holiday season for the past three years now, and it would be wonderful to see them apply these new, sophisticated glass techniques to a greater variety of styles of murano bead. <3 That said, this bead is gorgeous and the great thing is that it works so beautifully with the muranos you might already have purchased from the previous two collections!
What do you think of this latest murano design? Did it make it on to your wish list?