Today’s post brings my first Christmas review proper of the season, with a closer look at the Pandora Winter 2016 Mrs Claus charm (also known as Mrs Christmas or Mrs Santa Claus, depending on your region!). This was one of my very first purchases from this collection and one of the most detailed of the new beads. :D
I am so glad that it’s the end of the week, which for some reason has seemed ever-lasting to me. I’m just waiting for the break from work over Christmas and to get stuck into all the Christmas fun – particularly the cooking and baking!
Therefore, it seemed entirely appropriate to me to come home from work and put the finishing touches on my review of the Pandora Christmas 2016 Mrs Claus charm, which is perhaps the most comfortingly and cutely festive bead going this season (providing you don’t find her miniature face creepy!).
Read on for close-up shots and some festive inspiration! 🎄
Pandora Mrs Claus Review
Clutching a gingerbread man, Mrs Claus has a kindly little face and very cute glasses perched on the end of her nose – I love the little oxidised dots for her eyes, which work very well. Miniature faces can be hit or miss, I find, whether in dolls, charms or anything else, with the potential for small features to be blurred or distorted into something that looks quite creepy. Happily, this one, for me, avoids that trap and manages at the same to give her face a delightful depth of character, kindly and bird-like.
The red enamel is even more pretty in person than it is in the stock image – it’s a translucent berry red, set off delightfully by all the lovely oxidation in the scalloped detail of her dress or the lenses of her glasses. I just wish that there was a Father Christmas bead in the same style, so that I could wear them in together!
As it stands, you can choose from the all-silver Father Christmas, the red enamel one or the comic-style Jolly Santa.
The detailing is there all the way round this charm, down to the hairs in the back of her bun, and the little red enamel bow adorning her back. Which is amazing, considering just how small this bead is. It’s very dainty & narrow and won’t take up much space on your bracelet (which is good for me, as it meant I was able to squeeze her into a rather tiny gap in my design!). It’s comparable to other small charms such as the Pandora Disney Eeyore.
At the base of the charm, you can see her booted feet and the edges of her skirts – the hallmark is also tucked away down here, too.
My first impulse for a Mrs Claus styling was a Christmas Treats design, which is intended as a warm, comforting mix of delicious indulgence and festive beads – I just wish I had the Candy Cane bead or the red candy-stripe murano, as they would have been perfect! As it is, I’ve gone for some rich golden tones instead, which pleasantly remind me of baking, cinnamon and gingerbread! I’ve used the original enamel Gingerbread Man, the two-tone Cupcake and the original Christmas Tree, and the silver Stocking bead.
To finish off with, this is my full Christmas bracelet, which I’ve tweaked from last year with three of the new holiday beads from this year’s collection. :D The Red Robin and pearl bell charms that I had on there before have been whisked away to other bracelets (you’ll see the Robin again in a later holiday review!), and replaced with Mrs Claus, the Christmas Kitten and Santa’s Home.
I posted both my Christmas bracelets to Instagram, too; you can appreciate how diminutive the Mrs Claus bead is when you see it in the context of all the others!
I say ‘both’ my bracelets, as I also have a little festive bangle design on the retired pavé star bangle, which has been updated for this year with the red enamel Pinecone & the Christmas Pudding.
In conclusion, if you didn’t already get it, this bead is already a festive favourite for me. I totally get that it might not be to everyone’s taste, but I love quirky, cutesy beads like this one – you can really appreciate the originality and thought that has gone into all the details, right down to her funny, cross-eyed expression and the scalloped edges of her apron. It’s warm and comforting, and the enamel is such a beautiful translucent red. The only drawback for this bead, for me, is potentially its size & value for money.
Just a reminder, too, that is a Jared exclusive bead in North America, meaning that you can’t purchase it in Canada, either. :( It’s sold as normal in the rest of the world.
What did you think of this charm? Did it make it to your wish list?