The Pandora Mother’s Day 2017 collection is due out worldwide on Thursday, and today I’m getting into the swing of things with an in-depth, high-quality preview of all the new charms and bracelets!
The collection could not be more typical of Pandora’s usual Mother’s Day releases, with lots of love- and family-themed beads. There are a few more generic hearts and a couple of hobby beads – one for runner’s, for example – but there aren’t as many charms with as wide an appeal as last year, I feel.
The collection is due out on the 13th; this preview specifically encompasses the charm jewellery making its debut. To see the other jewellery pieces, such as rings etc please see my preview here. Otherwise, read on for an HQ look at the charms & bracelets!
Let’s start off with this year’s limited edition bangle, which features a white pearlescent enamel heart in its clasp and a signature logo clasp. I much prefer this year’s inscription to last year’s, as it’s a bit more generic and has a wider appeal for those of us who aren’t mothers.
In addition to the bangle, Pandora’s leather bracelet collection is getting a makeover! The traditional barrel clasp is leaving the leather collection and being replaced by the bangle-style spherical clasp. You wonder if the classic silver bracelet is ever going to get the same treatment…
The Love Always safety chain is the only piece that seriously tempts me from this selection – I’m always on the look out for new designs for my bracelets! There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about this one, and it’s very similar to the Family Ties safety chain; nevertheless it’s a sweet variation on the design and it’s (relatively) affordable at $40 USD.
The Dazzling Dress is priced at $50 USD, and would go well with some of the girls’ night out charms from the Pre-Autumn 2017 collection:
The Running Shoe is a long-overdue charm for runners, and features a very cute little heart on the sole. My OH ran the London Marathon last year and I’d be tempted to get this bead to represent him, if it weren’t for the CZs. The depth of detail is lovely otherwise, though! It’s priced at $45 USD.
The Graduation charm is a nice, plain silver bead, priced at $40 USD. I wouldn’t be surprised if they retired the original silver Graduation Hat dangle to make way for this one at some point soon.
The Dazzling Heart is a fancy-pink pavé heart design that I imagine will look very eye catching in person. It’s quite a bright colour, however, so it might go best with some of the new Summer 2017 enamel brights, or maybe as a single focal piece on a leather bracelet or a bangle.
The Infinite Love spacer is $40 USD.
The Luminous Love Knot is a lovely pearl bead, and one of my preferred charms from this collection. It’s $75 USD.
The Heart of Love charm features the collection’s signature pearlescent white:
The Hearts of Romance, retailing at $75 USD, offers a standard Pandora design, with two-tone open heart detailing and a hint of CZ.
The Interlocked Hearts motif is making a return for this collection, with the addition of an extra sprinkling of CZs – how pretty would this be in plain silver and gold?
The Ribbon Heart charm is getting an opulent makeover in gold and is a little on the pricey side at $400 USD:
Some of the next selection of beads have already been released in the UK and are more explicitly maternal.
The Tribute to M♥m bead makes for another in an increasingly long line of heart-shaped mother-themed beads that they’ve released for Mother’s Day. It’s very similar to what has gone before, but has the addition of a cute little elevated disc to make it a smidgen different. It’s priced at $50 USD.
The Love for Mother bead features the usual strategic heart that functions as both an ‘o’ for Mom and a ‘u’ for Mum. ^^ It’s priced at $45 USD.
The Mother Son Bond has a pretty script and retails for $45 USD – the back of the charm, as you might have guessed, reads ‘Son’.
I love locket-style beads, and would love something like this for a non-maternal theme. If you replaced the CZ with some intricate openwork detailing or some oxidised silver patterning, it would be so gorgeous! This charm is priced at $60 USD.
The Mother & Daughter Hearts charm is very similar to the Travel Together Forever charm from the Pre-Autumn 2015 collection. It’s priced at $65 USD.
The Mother’s Love charm is a slight puzzle for me, as I’ve not seen it listed in any catalogues since being given the stock image. Possibly a Jared exclusive? I’m not sure!
This following bead is another charm that I’ve not received confirmation on:
The Precious Heart is the collection’s limited edition offering, with two-tone detailing and soft pearlescent enamel.
The Tree of Hearts offers a slightly more interesting variation on the design, with pretty polished silver branches extending out throughout the pearlescent enamel. The little gold heart in the centre is just the perfect finishing touch!
The Family & Love clip offers a two-tone piece without the white enamel, and is priced at $65 USD:
This is another pretty locket bead, but it’s dedicated as a gift for a husband to give to his wife, alas. It’s $55 USD.
The Baby Treasures charm is kind of adorable, despite the CZ clinging to the bail. I love the combination of the white heart tag and the little teddy bear. So cute! It’s $55 USD.
The Baby’s Pram is another I quite like – it’s very sweet and old-fashioned in style. It’s retailing for $45 USD.
Finally, we have a selection of new Petites charms for the Floating Lockets. These are $40 USD.
The Love Heart Plate is described as being ‘small’ and it’s only $25 USD, so I imagine it’s like purchasing a single petite charm for the lockets.
This next charm, priced at $30 USD, is designed for the medium floating locket:
And then there’s the Love Heart Plate, also designed to fit the medium locket. With the extra enamel, it’s $35 USD:
For me, this isn’t the most inspiring collection – but then, not being a mother, Mother’s Day collections are often mostly misses for me. The pearlescent whites and gentle two-tones are very pretty, and there are some nicely sophisticated designs in the baby pram and the baby treasures charms. Nevertheless, I feel like this collection once again leans heavily on designs and motifs that have worked well for Pandora before and that it doesn’t offer much in the way of originality. This is a problem that we’ve had a lot of in this year’s collections so far, and I do hope that they go for something a little different for AW16.
Of these beads, my favourite is the new safety chain, but I still have a few beads on my wish list from Spring 2017 to be getting on with, so I won’t be rushing out to buy that one yet!
Which beads are going on your wish list from this collection?