Following from yesterday’s Autumn 2017 preview, today’s post brings my next review from the Pandora Summer 2017 collection, with a closer look at the Sunny Doll charm! If you don’t recognise this one, or haven’t seen it in your local store, it’s because it’s another Asian exclusive bead. :)
This little bead offers one of Pandora’s most interesting and unique designs of 2017 to date, and I knew that I had to have this one as soon as I first got the stock image for it! With the help of a kind friend in Singapore, my Sunny Doll arrived not long after the Summer 2017 launch at the beginning of the month.
Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration!
Pandora Sunny Doll Review
The charm is inspired by Japanese culture: it’s a teru teru bozu, or weather doll. These are used in Japan to bring good weather – an invaluable charm to have if you’re living in the UK, like me! :P They’re traditionally made from white fabric or paper, and hung from a window to bring sunny weather. If you want rain, you should hang it upside down. Before I had googled it and found all that out, my first thought was that it looks like a very cute little ghost. I do think that you could easily add it to a Halloween bracelet, if you were so inclined!
In person, the charm is very true to the stock image: just as cute! It’s a compact, dainty little charm, and there aren’t any pointed edges to pull at clothing or snag on things – which is always something to consider when purchasing a Pandora dangle! I thought that the doll’s eyes were oxidised, but they’re actually black enamel.
In recent times, Pandora has dropped a lot of the oxidised detail from their charms, opting for a shinier finish instead: as it happens, this charm doesn’t actually need that much oxidation to bring out the details, as the design is rather clever. The textured grooves of the doll’s skirt actually reflect each other and make the folds look shadowed anyway! There’s just a dash of oxidation above the red band and in the doll’s smile, and that appears to be it. It’s a very clean design.
The inside is hollow, as you can see below:
I’m focusing on just the one styling for this little good luck charm, one that I briefly showcased on Instagram. This is my red Asian-inspired silver bracelet, which uses the pave heart clasp:
I scaled this up from what was originally a mini Asian-inspired design on my red leather bracelet, as there were just so many pretty new red Asian beads coming out that I knew I would want to expand it!
In my scale-up I added a couple of garnet charms – the Goodbye Kiss cabochon, and the Birthday Bloom. The enamel of the Sunny Doll is a pretty cherry red, and matches exactly with that of the Japanese and Chinese Dolls. The red of the Lion Dance bead is a deeper shade.
I currently just have two murano glass beads on this bracelet, which act as a central point of the design. The Coral Looking Glass is a spot-on match for the red enamel CNY beads, and the Wild Flower Tribute works very well, too. A few readers have suggested that I add the Summer 2017 Koinobori murano to this design – however, I haven’t done that yet, as it would involve having to rebalance the muranos and it’s not available in the UK, meaning that I’d have to order it blind and hope that it’s as perfect a red as the other two.
I also quite like the space I have left on it, meaning I’ve got plenty of room for CNY-inspired Pandora release for a couple of years to come, at least. ^^
This is a very cute and kooky little design; I can understand it not being for everyone, but it wins brownie points with me and many other collectors just for being unusual and fun, and the fact that it offers a little good luck with a twist. I love beads that draw on culture, and the Asian-inspired charms are where you’ll most commonly find that these days from Pandora. Someone commented recently with an interesting link to Pandora’s latest report for investors, which notes that they’re looking to expand further in the Chinese and Asian markets. Perhaps this is why we continue to see such creativity in these kinds of beads.
If I had to make one criticism of my Sunny Doll, it’s that it doesn’t appear to have helped with the weather here AT ALL since it arrived. It’s been a thoroughly dreary and kind of rainy June so far in the UK, with the exception of the baby heatwave we had early last week – which was so hot that it was 30 degrees in my flat when I got home from work!
What do you think of this design? Have you managed to track one down?