It’s just over a week until the official launch of the Pandora Winter 2017 collection, and today brings some lovely high-quality images of all the new charm jewellery, along with some fresh commentary! :) The collection features some outstanding icy and cosmic blues, and some really fun bright enamels for the holidays – standard fare for a Pandora holiday collection, but well executed.
The Pandora Winter 2017 collection will debut on the 2nd of November. This preview covers all the charm jewellery specifically, including bracelets and floating locket petites – if you’re looking to see the other jewellery such as rings, necklaces, etc., please read my post here. :)
Read on for a full look at the charms coming out!
Pandora Winter 2017 collection
Let’s start with a previously unseen bead – the Jared exclusive charm for this year! This is the Sparkling Festive Stocking, retailing for $55 USD. As far as I’m aware, this will not be launched elsewhere in the world, and it will remain exclusive to the Jared’s chain of stores in the US.
I’ll come back to the rest of the Christmas charms later in the preview – next, let’s take a look at some of the absolutely stunning winter-themed beads, detailed in icy blues.
The Dazzling Snowflake is one of my favourites from this selection, offering a new twist on the original Radiant Hearts button design – it looks like there’s a snowflake cut-out underneath the stone!
The Dazzling Snowflake comes in both midnight blue and clear versions, priced at $90 USD / $100 CAD.
The Glacial Beauty will also retail for $90 USD / $100 CAD, and offers a diamond-shaped silver exterior wrapped around a blue crystal. The Snowflake Heart is more affordable at $45 USD / $50 CAD, and reminds me a little of the original Pandora snowflake charm with the little blue CZ at its centre. This next charm is probably my favourite of the Winter 2017 collection. The glittery midnight-blue enamel is just perfect against the polished silver of the snowflakes. It’s so simple, and elegant, and a wonderful demonstration of how beautiful ‘new’ Pandora can be. It’s priced at $50 USD / $55 CAD.
The Ice Drops Glass is another favourite of mine, as it looks so pretty in the stock image! I’ve heard that the glass itself is clear, with blue crystals studded in it and the colour wrapped around the core. I think I’d have preferred colour in the glass but will reserve judgement until I see it in person. It’s $55 USD / $60 CAD.
The Snow Flurry is a clear pave design, priced at $60 USD / $70 CAD.
The Heart of Winter reads You melt my Heart, and offers a pendant version of last year’s popular motif. It will retail for $60 USD / $70 CAD.
A matching clip will retail for $55 USD / $60 CAD.
In complementary colours, we next have set of cosmic/starry beads. These have a really nice synergy with the winter beads and work really with them, I think.
One of my favourites of these is the Celestial Mosaic, priced at $65 USD / $75 CAD. Its made from mother of pearl, which gives it the perfect luminescent shimmer for representing the night sky.
The Illuminating Stars bead is more par the course; it’s a button style bead, with cut-out stars decorating its edges. It’ll retail for $65 USD / $75 CAD.
The Bright Star set uses some lovely vibrant colours, but its large stones don’t give as delicate an effect as some of the other charms in this collection for me. The main charm is priced at $75 USD / $85 CAD.
The clip will retail for $55 USD / $60 CAD.
And the pendant for $55 USD / $60 CAD. I actually think that the colours are almost tropical; you could add one to an oceanic Caribbean-esque bracelet, if you wanted to conjure up some beautiful clear summers’ nights!
The Galaxy charm, a design that originally made its debut back in Winter 2014, gets a makeover this year – Pandora have added a deep blue stone to its centre, which I think works well. It’s a little pricier now at $70 USD / $80 CAD.The Starry Formation is a cute little clip, with just a hint of sparkling detail – I’d have preferred a plain silver version, with slightly larger oxidised stars running down the middle. It’s priced at $45 USD / $50 CAD.Finally for starry beads, we have the Orbit charm, retailing for $55 USD / $60 CAD. I really love how this design manages to be so simple and yet very dramatic at the same time.
Next, we have colourful decorative charms. The Radiant Hearts is getting a makeover in emerald green, which looks stunning IMO – this is pricey at $90 USD / $100 CAD, but would make a wonderful centrepiece for a holiday bracelet that’s a little more elegant.
The Nature’s Radiance charms are coming out in two new colours, both priced at $70 USD / $85 CAD.
The Color Fresco is our only 14kt gold offering, retailing for $400 USD / $500 CAD. Its colours are reminiscent of stained glass, but I feel like it’s also more fun and light-heated than that – like the bright colours of a narrowboat or something like that!
And now it’s on to the holiday beads! ? There are some really fun ones coming out this year.
This is another bead that would work well on a more elegant festive design. The charm, retailing for $75 USD / $85 CAD, is inscribed with Merry Christmas, but offers more subtle festive imagery with an angel, the traditional star, and a little snowflake. The dash of two-tone is great – I love the detailing on the star.
If you want a more traditional Pandora take on the same bead, however, the Christmas Joy reinstates the usual red and white enamel with a cute little Father Christmas motif, coupled with a little star and a present. Its RRP will be $65 USD / $75 CAD.
The Christmas Polar Bear is another one of my absolute favourites from this collection. The little lick of red in his scarf, his adorably tubby build and the little sign that he’s holding all combine to make him completely adorable – and he’s more affordable than many of the Winter charms at $45 USD / $50 CAD.
The Holiday Wreath is also very cute, with its brightly festive red and green enamel. It’s affordable $35 USD / $40 CAD and would make a rather fun centrepiece or focal piece on a bangle. The Festive Stocking is very similar to the Jared exclusive charm, except that it uses red enamel instead of red CZs and is correspondingly cheaper at $45 USD / $50 CAD. The Sparkling Candy Cane offers a twist on Pandora’s traditional candy-cane design, adding sparkling CZs instead of plain silver and a little bow, which is a detail I like a lot. If they’d kept it plain silver with the addition of the bow, I’d have been tempted! This one is priced at $40 USD / $45 CAD. The Sparkling Jolly Santa is another existing enamel Pandora design to get a ‘sparkling makeover, although I do think that this has made him look like he has a beard of bubbles! He’s quite pricey at $75 USD / $85 CAD. The Red Twinkle Glass looks stunning from its stock image, with a deep vibrant red overlaid with a sprinkling of gold dust. I hope the charm lives up to it in person! It’s $45 USD or $50 CAD.
In addition to these traditional Pandora reds for Christmas, we also have two beautiful blue beads that match the other charms in this collection very nicely – the more subtle colour will also make them easier to style and to wear all the year round, I suspect. The Snowy Wonderland offers a sweet little snow scene, and is priced at $55 USD / $60 CAD.
The Christmas Night, priced at $55 USD / $60 CAD, is my favourite of the two, however, and offers a beautifully subtle take on the snow globe design. It would be a great alternative if you missed out on the 2015 Black Friday charm.
To accompany these beads, we have six new petite beads, which are designed to be worn with the floating lockets. These are all $15 USD / $20 CAD, with the exception of the plain silver Shining Star petite, which is $10 USD / $15 CAD.
To finish off with, we also have three holiday charms coming out with the Pandora Rose line. These are all remakes of existing Pandora designs, but they do look great in Rose. The Sparkling Surprise is $90 USD / $100 CAD.
My favourite of these Rose holiday charms is the Sparkling Snowflake, a rosy version of the popular Winter’s Kiss pendant. It would be beautiful as a bracelet centrepiece or as a necklace pendant. It’s a little pricey though, at $100 USD / $110 CAD. Finally, the Twinkling Christmas Tree is $90 USD / $100 CAD.
The only new charm bracelet coming out for Winter 2017 is the Heart of Winter limited edition bangle, featuring a snowflake heart clasp on both sides and the engraving You melt my heart.
There are also a handful of new Disney beads coming out, which you can see if you have a mosey through the Pandora Disney AW17 tag, and three new Essence beads, which I think I’m going to preview separately, seeing as I missed my Essence AW17 preview. :)
Overall, I think this is a very good-looking collection – it may not be particularly different to those of previous years, but there are several beads that are really noteworthy. The use of the blue enamel in the Wintry Delight, Orbit and Christmas Night works wonderfully, while the Christmas Polar Bear and Holiday Wreath are such fun. It”s also nice to see that they’ve thrown in a couple of festive options that are more elegant and easy to wear the year round – the Rose festive beads, the Celestial Wonder, and the Snowy Wonderland, for example.
My must-have is the Wintry Delight, but I’m also tempted by the Christmas Polar Bear and the Sparkling Snowflake in Rose – the only problem with the latter being that it’s so eye-watering-ly expensive! I’m still trying to be more selective in what I add to my collection, despite the many temptations on offer here. :)
Are you excited for this collection? Have you narrowed down your wish list yet?