Disney week continues on Mora Pandora, with my next Pandora Disney Spring 2017 review: last time we covered Tigger, one of my absolute favourites from the new collection and from Winnie the Pooh in general. Today we’re dipping into the world of Peter Pan, with a closer look at the two new Tinker Bell charms for this season!
Pandora had previously brought out Tinker Bell charms for both 2015 and 2016, but this is the first release that has firmly convinced me that I need to indulge. For 2017, they’ve brought out Tinker Bell’s Dress and Shoe, both of which are detailed in a lovely shimmering emerald enamel.
Read on for close-up shots and to see how I’ve styled them!
Pandora Tinker Bell’s Dress and Shoe Review
One of the things that strikes me most about these two new Tinker Bell beads is that, while they’re undoubtedly sweet, they nevertheless have a touch more elegance about them than some of the other Disney beads, which are often brightly coloured (e.g. Mickey/Minnie) or on the cutesier side (e.g., Eeyore, Pooh, or Maximus). These charms would go beautifully on a fairy tale theme, or a floral bracelet design, without being too explicitly ‘Disney’.
My favourite thing about these two beads is their beautiful colour: I’d describe it as a shimmering emerald, with a touch of sparkle. It’s wonderfully rich, and picks up the light beautifully without being garish or too luminous. Like the other princess dresses, Tinker Bell’s name is engraved on the bail. The dress itself is small and delicate; it’s my first Disney dress charm, as I think it’s one of the more elegant and versatile of the series. Only using one colour also adds to that; the overall effect is neat, streamlined and petite.
The princess dress charms have always been a little divisive among collectors, with some finding them adorable, and others finding them a little strange without their heads. Some dresses are more cartoon-like than others, too. However, I feel like Tinker Bell’s Dress works particularly well, because of the addition of wings – they’re a beautiful detail, and they give the charm that bit more balance.
The shoe lacks the delicate lines of the dress charm, but it makes up for this somewhat by the lovely addition of a pearl. I absolutely love pearls, and it’s so nice to see one used as an accent in a character charm, which is quite unusual for Pandora these days.
The enamel extends right the way around the charm, including the base of the shoe. The smoothness and lack of detail on the shoe really works to show off how pretty the enamel is – it’s very reflective and glassy in its finish.
I’m focusing on just the one styling today – one of my works in progress, my forest green Tinker Bell bracelet. I feel like this bracelet really shows off my preferred method of styling newer Pandora pieces – mixing my favourites of the new collections with classic charms that I’ve picked up on sale. The green Ladybug murano was a recent bargain from the Pandora UK eStore at £5, while the peridot Birthday Bloom, Peacock, Folklore muranos and daisy clips are all among my latest Rue La La purchases. The Autumn 2013 collection in general looks stunning with the Tinker Bell beads!
I went for the Poetic Blooms bracelet for this bracelet, which I wasn’t sure would work ahead of time (I ordered everything sight unseen from the US, as the Disney collection isn’t available in the UK) due to the mix of colours. The theme of my bracelet is definitively green, whereas the Poetic Blooms bracelet has delicate pinks in the clasp – however, as it’s only a very small amount, I thought it might go. And it does – or at least, I think so! The Poetic Blooms clasp is very subtle, and delicate – and the green of the Tinker Bell charms looks surprisingly pretty with the soft pink pastel anyway. It just adds a softer touch to go alongside some of the brighter murano glass beads.
I like to mix my Disney charms with regular beads; I’ve tried a couple of times to build more explicitly Disney-themed bracelets, and I so love to look at other people’s, but I’ve found that, when I’m designing a bracelet, I prefer just a little bit of that Disney magic mixed in with my regular beads. My bracelet has Tinker Bell hidden amongst the grass, and fairies lurking in the forest, rather than a full-on Disney theme. I’d like to add the green-eyed Wise Owl, or maybe the Happy Little Bird.
I’m also hoping that the Mint Glitter muranos from Summer 2017 will work with the colours I have here already, although I’m worried it’s a bit more blue than green! The Folklore peacock muranos do have a little bit of blue in them as well as green, so hopefully the Mint Glitter muranos will provide a nice accent to both shades. Incidentally, I just wanted to mention how in love I am with the Folklore muranos. I never paid them much attention when they first launched back in Autumn 2013, but truly the colour is stunning – I never quite appreciated it until I got a good look at them in person. I got mine from Rue – I’m not sure if they’re still there, but you should really consider them if they are!
For me, of these two beads, the dress is my favourite – the one that can stand alone, with its delicate wing detailing. The shoe is gorgeous, too, and earns extra brownie points for its pearl – a very elegant little touch – but I feel like this bead works best as a complement to the dress, and to the other Tinker Bell charms. It makes less sense to me styled on its own!
I get why Pandora have chosen to make Tinker Bell into a charm, as she’s a very popular Disney icon, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to see other charms from Peter Pan? I’d love to create a Neverland-themed bracelet.
Both the Pandora Tinker Bell’s Dress charm and the Shoe charm are $65 USD.
What do you think of these latest designs from Peter Pan? Have you bought them, or are they on your wish list?