Today I’m posting my next Pandora AW16 review, with a closer look at my favourite beads from the Pandora Essence Autumn 2016 collection! We have a little window of time between now and the launch of the Pandora Valentine’s 2017 collection mid-January, and so I thought that I’d do a little series of mini ‘catch-up’ reviews, where I take a look at various charms from earlier collections in 2016 that I didn’t manage to review at the time.
There are a fair few pieces that I have purchased and not yet reviewed, such as the Pandora Spring 2017 Dazzling Daisy Fairy, Luminous Floral and Disney’s Maximus, and Pandora Autumn pieces like the Pavé Inspiration safety chain, the Pandora Rose heart clasp bracelet and the popular Heart of Freedom. I’ll try and do as many as I can (do let me know if there are any you’re more keen to see), starting with a look at the mother of pearl mosaic Essence beads that came out back in September!
Pandora Essence Mosaic Beads Review
Back when the first AW16 previews came out, the Essence Autumn 2016 collection was the one that got me the most excited! With its pretty, soft pastels, the delicate patterning on the enamel Freedom bead and the use of genuine mother of pearl on three of the beads, I was head over heels. The CZ beads might not be to everyone’s taste, but they also represent a more contemporary look for the Essence collection, and demonstrate how Pandora is looking to broaden its appeal.
Therefore, it’s really very remiss of me to be so tardy in reviewing the purchases I did get from this launch! From the stock images, I’d earmarked the Generosity, Balance, Compassion and Freedom beads as potential buys. In person, I found the pink beads so pretty, but a little too bright for my bracelet design, which is a subtle blend of pastel pinks, blue and cream (picture by Pandora Orchard Park!).
However, the MOP blue Balance bead and the white Generosity proved just as perfect in person. Both the blue and the white versions are just stunning, and in quite different ways!
The Balance bead has a beautiful subtlety of colour, with shades of blue and grey rippling across each square.
They are set against a dark background, which you can’t see all that much of – what you do see lends a little drama and really sets off the play of colour in the tiles.
In contrast, the Generosity bead is a gorgeous milky-creamy off-white, with shimmering pearlescent squares set into a warmer background. I don’t know if this is true for every example, but you can see much more of the background colour behind the stones in this charm. It doesn’t detract from the overall effect, but I think I would have preferred to be a little more like the Balance bead in finish!
The shimmering, opalescent effect isn’t quite as striking with this one as it is with the blue Balance bead, but it really works well with other pastels or the pearl Dignity bead, which is a similarly subtle colour.
Some people worried about the mosaic squares potentially coming loose in the MOP beads – but you don’t need to worry about this, as they’re not actually stuck on top. It just looks that way. The finish is completely smooth!
I’m not going to do a series of stylings for these Essence charms, as I don’t have enough Essence beads to play around with, but I will show you my finished two-tone Essence bracelet, and how it looks stacked with my original silver one. ^^
This is how my two-tone Essence bracelet started out, with a soft mixture of blue stone and pearl:
I’ve since added quite a lot to this design – this is about as full as I would want to go with an Essence bracelet, as I prefer them not to be too full up, unlike my Moments bracelets! I’ve added a little bit of pale pink, and, of course, these two gorgeous Mosaic beads! I fell and hit the clasp of this Essence bracelet a little while ago, which has weakened it and has caused it to fall from my wrist a couple of times – so I invested in the Essence safety chain, too.
And here it is with my original Essence bracelet, which just has four beads from the original Essence collection on it. ^^
I do tend to wear them stacked together, as they’re quite delicate and the finished look isn’t at all chunky or heavy, as it can be with a regular bracelet stack. These tend to get trotted out when I’m looking for something a bit dressier (I’ll also often add a bangle in, to finish off the stack) or when I want to wear something that I know for sure won’t pull any threads in my jumpers! ;)
And that was my last post of 2016! I felt like the Autumn Essence collection this season was just stunning, especially with its heavy use of mother of pearl and some quite sophisticated enamel detailing – and I felt guilty for not having reviewed it when I loved it so much! Consequently, it seemed like a fitting way to finish off the year. ^^
My two Essence bracelets feel quite complete as they are (although I was quite tempted by a gold Essence bead when they were on sale back in the summer, but managed to talk myself out of it ?) but I’ll still be looking forward with interest to future Essence releases!
Did you get any of the Essence AW16 collection? Are you a fan of the Essence line?