Today’s post brings a surprisingly early Pandora AW17 preview, with a sneak peek at the Pandora Pre-Autumn 2017 collection! This release follows a pattern similar to last year’s, moving away from travel pieces and more towards charms with a more general appeal. We have a mixture of friendship and romance beads, and then some girly holiday night out beads, with lashings of bright enamel. I wasn’t originally going to be publishing these pictures until well into April, but they’ve been leaked on a fellow Pandora blogger’s site, which happily means I can post these now. Yay!
I don’t have prices yet, or bead titles, but in terms of release dates, the Pandora Pre-Autumn collections are usually due out in early July, so I’d predict that this one will be out on 6th July. Read on for a sneak peek at the new beads!
Pandora Pre-Autumn 2017 Collection Preview
As I mentioned before, the collection features two main themes. The first is friendship and love related. I’m starting with the love & friendship style beads!
The Girlfriend bead is very standard and simple in style. It looks nice and substantial in terms of the silver, but it’s very similar to the Love is Forever charm from the Valentine’s 2015 collection.
But in terms of romantic offerings, this dangle offers something a little more interesting! With a sweet pink enamel disc and the words You make my heart smile, this charm closely follows the design of the popular Vintage Night Sky dangle from last year’s Winter collection.
There’s a corresponding charm celebrating friendship, too, (although I suppose there’s no reason you couldn’t give the charm above to your friend as well!), which has a pearlescent enamel disc and the words My friend a star. I find this one quite sweet!
This clip continues the romance/friendship theme and is very similar to one that came out last year:
The Friend of my Heart dangle charm is another friendship bead that looks like it is intended to be split and worn by two people. Like many of Pandora’s newer releases, one is more contemporary in style than their classic butterfly friendship dangle, although I’ve always been fond of that one!
This heart & bow charm offers a more generic take on the love & friendship theme; its central heart/bow motif is very pretty, but the button style means that overall the design blends into other similar button-style charms Pandora has done recently for me.
Lastly for this set, we have this silver teddy bear bead, which is very similar to the existing Bear Hug. This version is plain silver and a more affordable option than the two-tone version.
The next section of beads focuses on nights out – the bright colours make me think of nights out on holiday specifically, on some tropical island or something! I suppose you could argue that the girls’ night out theme matches that of the friendship theme, in that these charms would hypothetically commemorate fun memories going away or out with your friends.
First up, we have this vampy red stiletto:
Which is reproduced in miniature form in this next charm, with the addition of a lipstick and a dress:
The cocktail glass features some fun bright enamelwork and is probably my favourite of this selection. It would look great on the mixed pink summer leather bracelet or with some of the summer 2017 enamel icon charms:
It’s complemented by this wine bottle charm, which goes rather heavy on the pavé: Finally, we have this enamel and pavé clutch charm:
These news items come from a Pre-Autumn 2017 write-up from my fellow bead blogger at Art of Pandora (although the pictures are from my own sources!). Firstly, I wrote about these engravable charms some months ago – they’re currently exclusive to certain stores in the UK. Apparently, these might be seeing a wider release for Pre-Autumn. This would be good if true, as I think they’re a rather nice option for a more personalized bead.
The same goes for this Disney Parks black and white Mickey bead that I was originally told was part of the Disney Parks AW16 collection. This apparently might also be a Pre-Autumn 2017 release.
Finally, we have a last interesting tidbit. I first came across these three muranos years ago when researching an older article in this Elle China news story; it turns out they were meant to be released for Summer 2013, but were held back for some reason. I never posted them as the design seemed to be dead and buried. However, they’ve now turned up in Dora’s preview, and so it looks like they might be released, finally, for Pre-Autumn 2017. I’ll update this section when I receive my own confirmation on these various points. ☺ They’re rather lovely; the black one looks like some kind of harlequin design.
This collection unfortunately doesn’t hold anything that grabs me particularly – I say ‘unfortunately’, but it’s really no bad thing, as I love lots from the Summer collection, with its pretty murano glass and vibrant tropical colours. I’m intrigued by the possibility of those murano glass beads getting released, though, as I really do like the cotton-candy feel of the pink one!
I think a couple of travel/cultural offerings would have been nice to see; last year’s koala threw a bit of a bone to long-term collectors who already have a lot of friendship/heart beads! It’s nice to see the plain silver teddy bears, but they are based on an existing design and don’t exactly offer something fresh.
What do you think of this latest preview? Does anything interest you?