Merry Christmas Eve everybody! ♥️?♥️ Today brings my last Pandora Christmas review of the year, with a review of my favourite bead from the Pandora Winter 2016 collection: the Santa’s Home charm! Also known as Santa’s Grotto in some countries, this little bead has been a firm fan favourite, meshing Pandora’s classic attention to detail with some beautiful enamelwork.
Offering a hint of festive red but a little more sophistication, too, this charm was an absolute must-have for me! Read on for the usual close-up photos, and my final festive ideas for the year :D
Pandora Santa’s House Review
The detailing on every aspect of this charm is carefully considered, and just lovely – the ribbon on the door, the oxidised door panels, the pretty windowpanes and the little star in each of the windows. The gutter is picked out in little silver balls, and the snow on the roof is picked out in translucent white enamel.
I featured my Chamilia Gingerbread House last year in a review, which attracted a fair amount of notice at the time for its fun candy design and sweet little details, with many collectors wishing Pandora did something similar! Happily enough, this year this new Santa’s Home charm makes a lovely alternative to the Chamilia bead for those who are Pandora purists, and would rather stick to just one brand. It may not have the cute candy aspect to it that the Chamilia one has (it would also work kind of nicely in fairytale-themed bracelets – it would be perfect for Hansel & Gretel!), but it does have the same level of detail and sweetness.
This charm feels nice and solid, and the weight is evenly distributed, meaning that it doesn’t flip over so much when you’re wearing it. It tends to stay the right way up for me! :)
Pandora like to put little mottos and motifs on a lot of their charms these days, and the bottom of the charm says ‘In Santa’s Home It’s Always Warm’. I’m not sure that this charm really needed any quotations on it, but, if you don’t like script on your charms, it’s really not that noticeable – it’s more like a little easter egg. The oxidation is just slightly rubbed off on my ‘e’, but that’s okay! ^^
The charm is not the same on both sides, which shows nice attention to detail; the snow doesn’t quite come all the way down the roof, and the door is replaced with another little window. :D The other amazing detail, which you can see better in this picture, is that the individual bricks of the house are detailed in the enamel! I have no idea how they do this, but it looks just stunning.
I love the sides of the house, which feature a classic brickwork design, all nicely oxidised, and an adorable little star set into the roof. This exemplifies what I mean about this charm having the sweet details of the other cutesy Christmas beads, and yet managing to be rather neat and elegant at the same time!
My first styling brings a mini festive design, featuring red with a slightly deeper green than I’ve gone for on my own Christmas bracelet. The Fascinating Olive bead is perfect with the red faceted murano, while the starry clips set off the colours nicely.
I featured this charm in my review of the Starry Night Sky murano on my Night at the North Pole design – its red enamel is cute and festive, but not so bright that it can’t blend into a more sophisticated design. It goes really nicely with the deeper midnight blues and the oxidised chain!
I came up with another take on this sort of design, also, one which features a bit more colour. This is the Santa’s Home bead on my Northern Lights grey leather bracelet, which features the Anna and Elsa muranos to represent the Aurora Borealis, the Layers of Lace clips to represent ice crystals, and then the cute Polar Bear dangle as well. Also, as an aside – just look at the cute paw prints on the bottom of the Polar Bear’s feet! I had forgotten that little detail was there. :D
If you’ve been following my series of Christmas reviews this year, you’ll be very familiar with my Christmas bracelet by now, so I won’t show it to you properly again – however, as a way of tying up this review, this is a wrist shot of both my festive bracelets in action! I hope you are all wearing your Christmas charms, if you have them, too! ^^
So, in conclusion, I literally have no criticism to make about this charm – it is just stunning! Packed with cute details and yet offering something a little more sophisticated in tone, it’s no wonder that this charm has been top of everyone’s Christmas lists this year. The only thing I might be tempted to keep an eye on is the white enamel roof – white enamel does have a tendency to yellow, which is something that has started to happen to my Darling Daisy pieces, so that’s perhaps something to watch.
The Santa’s Home charm is $50 USD or £35.
I hope you all have lovely days tomorrow, and that you get what you’re hoping for under the tree! I’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of Christmas promotions. <3
Did you get this charm, or is it on your wish list? :D