Today brings my next review from the Pandora Winter 2017 collection, with a closer and suitably festive look at the Christmas Polar Bear charm! – I’m rounding off the review with a look through my Christmas collection.
This is the only new Christmas bead I’ve bought this year so far, so I’m kind of going all out on the holiday theme for this review, as it might be my only Christmas review this year. But you never know! Maybe I’ll hoover up something else before the 25th hits.
Read on for a closer look at this charm, and lots of festive inspiration!
Pandora Christmas Polar Bear review
The Polar Bear is my favourite of the new Christmas beads. I love that there’s no pave, while the addition of a little enamel scarf is tastefully done and a nice addition. The charm is threaded, and he feels much more like a traditional Pandora charm, and yet the detailing is a bit more stylised and up-to-date than some of their older designs. His pose makes him look like he’s standing guard, waiting to flag Santa down for you!
We did previously have a dangle Polar Bear charm (which you can see in the styling section down below!), but I love that we now have a full-bodied design. It’s cute, but not overly so, with a light touch on the detailing. Its face is chubby and cuddly, but minimally defined. The feet and hands have claws, but they are simply done. He looks kind of sleepy, haha.
There aren’t really any surprises to be found at the back of the charm, or underneath. He has a little tail, and his scarf continues around, but there isn’t any extra detailing. The charm is very burnished and bright, as is common with Pandora’s more recent charms. Less oxidation, more shining silver.
The scarf is quite dark in person, offering a more sophisticated lick of colour than some other Christmas red enamel beads. You could get away with styling this in a more general bracelet design, I think!
And this is how I’ve styled it! I’ve finally found a use for my silver triple leather bracelet, which has been bounced around many different designs and beads over the years. I’m really happy with this, though. The combination of the bright red and the light blue is unusual, but works for me.
You can see what I mean about the Polar Bear being so shiny, though. The oxidised detailed of the older Christmas Teddy Bear charm is so much easier to catch on camera. The Polar Bear is smooth and shiny, and all the details are kind of swallowed up in the light!
And now, as I mentioned in my last review, I’m going to take a little tour through my Pandora Christmas collection and designs! Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of Christmassy beads and have used them all in different ways, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at them all. :)
Starting us off, this is one of my favourite and oldest designs. It was my third bracelet, and put together at the height of my Pandora craze (not that I’m not enthused now – I am – but Pandora was fresher for me back then, and the new designs were consistently exciting. Each new bead I got felt like an event and I could barely wait to see what was coming out next!). Some of my favourite old school Pandora festive beads are on this – the Mittens, the Gingerbread Man, the Reindeer, Dashing through the Snow (the two-tone sleigh) and the Black Friday 2013 Let it Snow. Can’t believe so many hang around in the sales these days!
Next, we have a more recent bangle design. This is a Christmas garden design, with the cheerful and chubby Red Robin and the Poinsettia Black Friday 2016 charm. The blossom murano softens the harsher pavé effect of the other two beads, I think.
These two bracelets are again, wintry but kind of holiday appropriate. The bracelet on the left is a blue, icy take on a mini Christmas design, mixing crisp pavé blues with a little two-tone in the form of the Snowflake clips (two of my favourites!). The bracelet on the right is my Northern Lights mini leather bracelet, with the original polar bear dangle. The leather is retired and I got it cheaply, but it’s a large size and doesn’t fit well :(
Next, we have my two most explicitly festive designs! This is my red festive bangle design. I added the Candy Cane dangle after it went in the US sales over the summer. The Rudolph and Gingerbread House are Chamilia, not Pandora – my only two Chamilia beads. They do such cute beads for the holidays!
Last but not least, this is my Christmas bracelet proper. I’d have loved to put the Wreath dangle from this year’s holiday collection on it, but there is no space on it! I like the combination of the cherry red with a lighter pastel green.
And there you have it! The Christmas Polar Bear is adorable and a worthy addition to my existing collection of Pandora beads, even if he’s not quite as fun as some of their other designs (among my favourites rank the Gingerbread Man dangle, the Mittens, the Christmas Puppy/Kitten, Mrs Claus and Santa’s House). But he’s nevertheless sweet, cuddly and festive, without being too OTT in terms of the use of colour or cute detailing.
I hope you enjoyed the little walk through my holiday collection as well. There are lots of different things you can do with the holiday beads, especially those that aren’t bright red in colour!
Did you get the Polar Bear? And do you have any Christmas designs of your own?