It’s been all about the previews on the blog this week, but this post takes a slight break to appreciate one of the new Pandora Valentine’s 2017 charms with a closer look at the Cerise Hearts Murano! Cerise has been the signature colour of this year’s Valentine’s release, and this Murano offers a lovely way of indulging in it without having to pick out a bead that’s overly sentimental – it’s not surprising that this bead has been popular.
I did also manage to get hold of the limited edition Valentine’s gift packaging along with this purchase, which was rather exciting! I was on holiday in Brighton a couple of weeks ago for my anniversary and this purchase will be a lovely souvenir of that weekend away. <3
Read on for the usual close-up shots, details and styling inspiration!
Pandora Cerise Hearts Murano Review
The first thing to note about this bead is that it is not a new design; it is exactly the same in style as the 2015 Pink Hearts Murano, with the pretty heart-shaped CZs tucked away into the glass. This version offers a bit more of a vibrant punch of colour compared to the previous murano’s baby pink shade; it would be nice to see some more shades with the heart CZs. A black one would be pretty cool!
I previously stated that I was going to try and be more selective about what I add to my collection this year (yes, we will see how that goes..!). I have always loved murano glass beads, and this seems a good staple solid-colour bead to add to my collection, and to Pandora’s overall selection of murano glass itself, the little hearts offering that cute touch without detracting from its versatility. Plus, I knew exactly where I was going to put it!
The colour is a lovely deep cerise, more of a rich wine colour than pink exactly. It’s feminine, but less soft than lighter shades, offering a little drama; something of a compromise between the baby pinks of previous Valentine’s collections and many collectors’ requests for some more dramatic Valentine’s reds, perhaps. The glass is tinged pink all the way through, but the depth of colour appears to be wrapped around the core.
There are four pink CZ hearts embedded in the glass, which has the smaller version of the Pandora silver core, so as not to showcase more of the design.
I’ve heard from several readers that there is some variation between examples in terms of colour, with some being deeper and more vibrant than others. When I looked in store, they were all much of a muchness when it came to the colour, but my store probably just got a similar-looking batch.
There was the usual variation in size, however, and the one I ended up with is probably a little on the skinny side, on balance. I’d probably swap it for a bigger one if I had the chance again, as I feel its slimness detracts from the impact of the colour a little.
Of course, this charm is perfect in combination with other recent Valentine’s charms, such as the Wild Hearts Murano; the white Abundance of Love spacer; and the pink enamel Heartbeat charm. I’m sure this is the kind of thing Pandora had in mind when they released it, and it does look sweet.
My styling is very much not in keeping with the romantic themes of the Valentine’s 2017 collection, however; I’ve decided to use it on my redesigned travel bracelet. This originally featured a mix of tropical teals and fuchsias, which looked lovely (to me, at least!), but I found that I never really wanted to wear it as much as my more colour-coordinated bracelets.
Consequently, I’ve given it an overhaul, giving it an entirely pink & fuchsia colour scheme. The pinks soften the eclecticism of the all the travel charms and give them a bit of softness, while the oxidised darker chain gives it a bit more punch and drama. I’ve also added the retired Pink Ribbon Murano bead, which was a secondhand find!
The teal beads, out of interest, have been allocated to my blue summer leather. ^^
If you’re in the UK, then you can purchase this lovely bead along with the rest of the Valentine’s 2017 collection from the Jewel Hut. :D
This is a lovely new glass bead; while it might not be setting the world alight in the way that some of their recent stunning glass designs have done, it is nevertheless a great new shade to add to Pandora’s glass collection. It has the same pretty tones as the Wild Hearts Murano without being as intricate or explicitly romantic.
However, I find it interesting that both my picks from this year’s Valentine’s collection are variations on existing designs; the Cerise Hearts Murano is a redesign of the Pink Hearts Murano from two years ago, which I loved, while the Sparkling Heart bracelet features the popular Love of my Life clip as a clasp. The Lace Bow Heart is the only new design from the release to seriously tempt me, but I’ve managed to stick to these two staples for now; I hope there’ll be more fresh designs in the upcoming launches that catch my eye.
What do you think of this charm? Is it going on your wish list?