Today’s post brings the next in my series of festive reviews from the Pandora Christmas 2016 collection, following my previous articles on Mrs Claus and the Black Friday Poinsettia. :D Here we are looking at the sweet little Christmas Kitten, a shamelessly festive and cutesy bead, tricked out in some vibrant red enamel.
Read on for some more festive inspiration and some close-up shots!
Pandora Christmas Kitten Review
The Christmas Kitten instantly gets huge brownie points for me for being a full-bodied design, with fully defined whiskers, nose and sweet eyes/eyelashes! It clutches an adorable red present bead, which is a miniature version of the 2012 Black Friday A Precious Gift charm. :D (Which makes me quite jealous of this little kitten, as I have yet to find one! ;))
This was a somewhat predictable offering from Pandora this year, only in that it nicely matches the Christmas Puppy from last year’s Winter collection. :D
They could hardly make a festive charm for dog lovers and leave the cat lovers out! I have both a Cocker Spaniel and a little black and white cat, so both these charms were must-haves for me. The Christmas Kitten perhaps slightly one-ups the Puppy charm in that it holds a cute red enamel present as well as its Christmas hat.
The back of the charm doesn’t offer much detailing, unfortunately, but we do get the curve of its tail sneaking around the back.
I find the choice of detailing on its face very cute, and oddly enough quite reminiscent of a Chinese waving cat figurine. Its features remind me of the Waving Cat charm from Pandora itself, with a similarly stylised look to it. Its eyes in person also don’t look as vacant as the stock image suggests.
It also has a number of Pandora’s trademark animal details; its paws are minutely picked out (I always love this about Pandora’s animal charms) underneath the bead (which is where the hallmarks are located). It is a small charm, but not quite as tiny as the Mrs Claus bead. It’s threaded, and feels substantial despite its diminutive size.
My first styling is a traditional Christmas red design, which is pretty much in keeping with Pandora’s own preferred stylings for their holiday collections. Lots of red enamel and a little bit of sparkle lends a lot of seasonal cheer!
You’ve already seen my updated Christmas bracelet for this year, but I’ll post another shot of it again for good measure! I’ve put the Christmas Kitten opposite the Puppy for symmetry’s sake. The good thing about the smaller festive beads is that you can squeeze more on to your Christmas design – they bring out so many nice ones each year, it’s so hard to be able to choose just one or two ^^
Finally, this last styling is a bit more minimal and less ‘full-on’ festive. It’s based on the following campaign image from Pandora themselves, which really caught my eye.
I just love the simplicity of it, which allows you to indulge in a silly Christmassy bead and yet dress it up for something a bit more stylish. I didn’t have the clear pave lights charms, so I opted for some the BF 2013 Let it Snow and openwork Galaxy beads, which seem to be seasonally appropriate anyway!
It’s not my absolute favourite of this year’s holiday collection, but it is shamelessly adorable and, I’m sure, a shoe-in as a Christmas present for many cat lovers out there. It may not be as quirky as the Mrs Claus charm or as intricately detailed as the Santa’s House, but the detailing for the most part is up there with the best of Pandora’s cute animal beads, with the prerequisite pawprints, whiskers and the rest, and it makes a lovely companion to the Christmas Puppy bead from last year. I like the stylised approach they’ve taken to its features, which lend a little interest to the design, as well.
The Christmas Kitten is $45 USD or £35.
I’m sorry that I’ve not got around to the comments on my previous post yet – this is for the simple reason that we went out to see the new Star Wars last night after work and that tonight I will be baking up a storm for a work Christmas bake-off tomorrow (I’m being ambitious with a carrot cake, gingerbread, and Christmas pudding truffles!!)! I’ll get on to them ASAP. :D
Did this charm make it home with you, or is it on your wish list? ??