Today’s post brings my next holiday review, with a closer look at the Pandora Black Friday 2016 limited edition Poinsettia charm! :D
This is Pandora’s sixth Black Friday charm to date, a tradition that started with the two-tone Midnight Hearts charm back in 2011. This, however, is the first time that Pandora have offered the charm outside of North America, with the Poinsettia also being available in the UK, Europe and Asia!
The only one I’m missing from my collection is the 2012 red present enamel charm (if anyone is selling one for a good price, let me know! ?).
Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration for this year’s bead!
Pandora Black Friday 2016 Poinsettia Review
In some lights, the red of the charm can look quite flat (as in the first photograph in this article); however, when you catch it against the light, the depth of the colour really sparkles and the whole design takes on a new subtlety. It looks prettiest in natural light – I was particularly admiring it on a walk the other day!
A poinsettia is a nice choice for the Black Friday bead, I think; it’s Christmassy without being over the top, meaning it’s versatile and very wearable all the year round. Previous designs, such as the Christmas Wish dangle and the Wonderland snow globe charm, have been much more explicitly festive and harder to wear all year round. The CZs are a pinky-red and a little more subtle than the other red enamel Christmas beads. The CZ for this charm extends all round the charm, so there’s actually very little silver in this bead – it’s almost all CZs set in a silver framework.
Like all the limited edition Black Friday releases (with the exception of the 2012 red present bead), the charm has the date engraved on it for extra collectability! This is usually placed pretty subtly, and this charm is no exception – it’s on the opposite side to the hallmarks, in a small typeface.
It also comes with a special limited edition box, although this one is a little different to the small circular cream boxes we’ve seen in the past. This one is much more similar to Pandora’s regular charm box; it’s just coloured a pretty silver and lettered in rose gold. The inside is a bit fancier too!
The charm, being all pavé, is not threaded – it definitely feels very light in person. The upside to that, however, is that a bracelet full of pavé charms is nowhere near as heavy on the wrist as a bracelet full of older Pandora beads..!
And, if new Pandora pave beads really aren’t to your taste, you could always track down the retired silver Poinsettia (which is sure to be more affordable, too!) With its detailed oxidised finish and old-fashioned aesthetic, these two beads really do sum up the difference between Pandora’s style back in the day and their style back now. I have, and love, both! ^^
I previously mentioned how much I like the fact that this charm has festive connotations but is also rather versatile, and, on that basis, my two bracelet stylings for this post are not explicitly Christmassy. I’ll be doing reviews of two very festive charms next week, and you can expect those stylings to be full-on holiday fun! ;) For this charm, I wanted to do something a bit more subtle.
My first bracelet design goes for something a little more opulent, mixing classic and new-style Pandora to make a winter garden design. The CZs of the Red Robin and Ladybird charms match that of the Poinsettia exactly, and the red looks beautiful with the yellow gold of the retired Dragonflies and Saturn Flowers beads. The Darling Daisies are always very pretty, subtle additions to a bracelet design, and their white colour gives it a crispness that seems right for a wintrier styling.
This is how I will actually be wearing my poinsettia! I have finally put my Dainty Bow bangle from last year to good use, and created a mini Secret Garden design. The Cherry Blossom murano has both red and pink in it, and really brings out the subtlety of the red-pink of the Poinsettia stones.
Since taking these photos, I’ve actually bought a plain silver clip and used a silicone insert inside it to hold these beads in place. I don’t like the charms to just slide around my bangle!
I feel like this charm is definitely a grower; my initial reaction was somewhat lukewarm, but after seeing live images I really fell for its beautiful colour. The colour and effect of the CZs needs to be appreciated in person; pick it up and take it outside, and see how the colour changes in nature light! :) The stock image does not do it justice. I like, also, its versatility – it blends in fantastically with Christmas reds, but also works with Pandora’s other floral beads (and there are lots of those!)
The price is a bit of a facer – £70 in the UK or $75 USD – but this has become the standard for Black Friday releases. It’s wonderful that Pandora have decided to release the charm in more countries, and that the limited edition gift set boxes seem to have been launched in all regions, rather than just North America. ^^
Did you like this year’s Black Friday design and, if so, have you added it to your collection? How are you wearing it? ?