Today’s post brings my next Pandora review, with a closer look at the Vibrant Pudsey charm – a UK exclusive limited edition bead! This is the third charm released by Pandora UK in support of the charity Children in Need, which is an annual fundraising event. This year’s event is taking place on Friday (17 November), airing on the BBC :) This is the last charm Pandora UK will release in aid of Children in Need – next year, if they do another charity bead, it will be in aid of a new cause.
I wasn’t going to get this bead, but (as so often happens) in the end I caved at the last minute and bought one. It’s for a good cause! And then I wasn’t going to review it, seeing as it was so similar to last year’s – but again, today I was thinking that it would be a shame to miss this one out, having reviewed the previous two. So I’ve compromised with a little mini review.
It’s been a busy day, and I only had a half hour slice of time, with gloomy weather and poor light, in which to take the pictures, but I managed it! One of my errands involved meeting this gorgeous little girl, who has taken up residence with my boyfriend’s parents this weekend. ^^ 🐶
Anyway – gratuitous puppy photos aside – read on for close-up shots and bracelet styling inspiration!
Pandora Children in Need 2017 charm review
As in previous years, the CIN charm features Pudsey, the charity’s teddy bear mascot. He’s full-bodied, with enamel used to detail the white in his bandana and coloured spots – there are no CZs in this year’s charm. It’s a cute design, and I do like the movement captured in his stance, his hand raised to wave to us.
The thing that most made me hesitate to get this year’s charm and complete the set is its similarity to the 2016 Pudsey. It’s effectively the same design, but just in a different stance. It’s cute, and I think I might prefer it to the 2016 charm, but there’s little incentive for people to get both charms, apart from the donation to charity and the desire to get the set. People suggested some great ideas for this year’s charm before we knew what it was – a polka dot murano, or Blush, Pudsey’s female companion – and it would have been nice to see something a bit different.
Nevertheless, they do look cute all together on a bracelet, as below. A little Pudsey army!
For anyone else who’s a Pandora packaging geek like me, each charm has come with its own box sleeve. ^^ The 2016 one is top left, the 2015 one is in the middle, and the 2017 one is beneath. I quite like the slightly more elegant black and gold colour scheme they picked for this year’s!
The back of the charm is not that detailed, but does feature the year inscribed on Pudsey’s back and hallmarks on his legs. The bandana with its enamel pops of colour is visible, too.
To finish off, this is how I’ve styled my Pudseys, with one in each section. This is my pink/purple ‘classic’ Pandora bracelet, paying homage to some of the cutest silver character beads over the years. The Pudseys are very old-school Pandora in style, and so they blend in beautifully.
Another recent addition to this bracelet was Mrs Potts, whose purple lid/hat matches the Purple Shimmer murano very nicely. ^^
This is a cute little bead, released in aid of a great cause; if you missed out on last year’s, this is an excellent substitute, or your opportunity to complete your set and get all three Pudsey bears. If you’d like to read my past reviews of the other two charms, follow the links: 2015 and 2016. :)
The Vibrant Pudsey charm is £40 and available both in store and online. 20% of the proceeds will go to Children in Need. Please bear (ahem) in mind that official retailers are not allowed to ship internationally, so if you live outside of the UK you will have to find a friend there who can get hold of one for you!
Did you get this year’s bead? Which charities would you like to see Pandora support next year?