Today’s post brings my first review of 2017, with a closer look at the stunning Pandora Chinese New Year 2017 charm – the red enamel Lion Dance bead!
I did promise catch-up reviews of older charms, and I’m aware that those haven’t materialised yet – I’ve actually done the work for most of them, it’s just that with the blog’s tech issues I didn’t want to post anything unnecessary and put increased strain on it. As I’m only purchasing two Valentine’s 2017 items, we’ll have plenty of time to go through those catch-up reviews before the launch of the Pandora Spring 2017 collection on the 16th March! :)
I’m also aware that there’s a huge backlog of messages & emails for me to go through – it’s been really busy and I am sorry that I’ve not been able to reply to so many! I will try and get through some this weekend.
In the meantime – read on for close-up shots and styling inspiration!
Pandora Lion Dance Charm Review
The Lion Dance charm is just one of those charms that was love at first sight for me, blending originality of design with Pandora’s classic attention to detail. His face is undeniably on the cute side, which is very much my kind of thing – he has very big black enamel eyes, which are accentuated by silver silver beading and white enamel. The detail of every aspect of the charm has been considered, with attention extended right down to his four nicely solid little feet, each gently oxidised,
For me, the stand-out detail for this bead is the enamelwork, however. There are paisley-like swirls beneath the enamel – I have no idea how they manage to achieve this sort of effect, but it is gorgeous! The enamelwork is complemented by the CZ fringing, which for me doesn’t seem superfluous or like overkill in the context of the overall design.
In certain countries, including Singapore, the charm is sold with traditional hong pao envelopes in red and gold. These are gorgeous and I was so pleased to get a couple along with my bead!
This charm is rather expensive, no matter where you get it from; however, it’s threaded and is very solid & weighty in person. It’s a large charm, both in height and width (which you’ll better be able to see from the styling pics), so you’re getting – in Pandora terms! – a fair amount of charm for your money.
The hallmarks of the charm are located underneath it. For those who were wondering, I’ve found that my charm does flip quite a lot when I’m wearing it – so you might become quite familiar with this upside down view of it on your bracelet! ^^
As previously mentioned in other posts, like many other Pandora collectors I’ve been taking advantage of various sales and snapping up retired beads over the past year – this two-tone bangle styling showcases some of my favourite finds! The Saturn Flowers two-tone charm came from the Pandora UK eStore, while I found the absolutely stunning mother of pearl two-tone pendant, garnet Birthday Bloom and the two-tone floral clip at Rue La La.
Red and gold always look so elegant and luxurious together, and the floral motifs on the older beads add a delicacy that complements the intricate detailing on the Lion. :D
If you’re looking for a way to style your Black Friday Poinsettia, too, then this is another option – it looks lovely with the Lion Dance and a little dash of soft cherry blossom pink, or just with plain reds!
Pandora also went for red and gold in their campaign images, with the addition of the Lock of Longevity, which has warm amber stones in it – a surprisingly winning combination! :)
However, for my final bracelet design, I’ve gone all-red. I’ve been so excited for the Valentine’s Sparkling Heart clasp bracelet to come out, as I’ve been waiting for it to put together my full silver Asian bracelet design. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, and I’ve still got a little space for future CNY beads ☺️
The red isn’t a perfect match for previous Chinese New Year charms – it’s a deeper, more sophisticated shade, as opposed to the brighter red enamel featured on the previous beads. They still look great together, but this shade is a little easier to style with other things, I think. It looks great with the garnet cabochon and birthday bloom charms in particular – the colour is a very good match.
I just love this bead. The vibrancy of the enamel, and the patterning within it, is just beautiful; the expression on the face is undeniably cute; its design is unique and interesting. It’s going to be hard for Pandora to beat this one for me this year!
The only downsides I can identify are issues of size – it’s quite large, and its rectangular shape means that it will probably work best as a focal bead on your bracelet – and of it flipping when you wear it. Flipping is a common issue with character and animal beads, however, and one that you kind of just have to learn to live with – it doesn’t really bother me! The other thing is that, with all that enamelwork and CZ detail, it is quite expensive. But worth the money for me! <3
Did you manage to track one of these charms down?