Merry Christmas Eve! ??❄️ There’s just one more sleep until Christmas and I’m celebrating today with my final Pandora Christmas 2017 review of the year. This time it’s the Holiday Wreath, a dangle decked out with beautiful enamel in holly green and berry red.
I will be baking away today (on the agenda is quiche, veggie toad in the hole, nut roast, and two kinds of cake ?) and will be wearing my most festive of festive Pandora bracelets while I do so!
I hope that you’re all having a lovely day today, and that you might find time to take a peek at this charm review, as the Wreath is an instant favourite for me. Read on for a last-minute dose of festive bead inspiration! :)
Pandora Holiday Wreath charm review
This is a little bit of an unexpected review, as I wasn’t planning on getting this bead initially, much as I liked it from the stock image. I’d been planning for the Jared exclusive ornament promo for weeks, but, as it happened, it ended up coinciding with a surprise Pandora US sale! This meant that my previously chosen charms for the Jared promo didn’t end up hitting the spend, and so my friend, having to make a decision in store, chose this for me to make it up. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I’m so glad that she did!
As if often the case, the stock image doesn’t convey the subtleties of the colour in person. The red enamel in my charm is a little darker, while the green is shimmery and iridescent. It’s not at all a versatile bead in terms of styling – it’s pretty in-your-face Christmassy – but this does also mean that it’s a beautiful focal bead, more than capable of carrying a bangle or leather bracelet design on its own, or being worn as a festive necklace pendant.
The back is similarly pretty, mirroring the front of the design in silver. I actually really love the back of the design; it could have been plain, flat silver, but they’ve added some little twists of detailing, bringing out the back of the bow and the wreath itself. The charm feels solid and well-made, which is especially nice considering how reasonably priced this bead in compared to others in the collection.
My first styling pairs the Wreath with one of my favourite bracelets, the double red leather. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but the berry-red enamel brings out the colour of the enamel beautifully. I picked two very comforting plain-silver beads to go with it – the silver Present is one of my favourites, while the Home Sweet Home sums up the idea of family. I wanted something simple, homely and festive!
One of my favourite campaign images from the collection is this one, which simply throws a bunch of the Christmas charms together, highlighting how the colours and themes complement each other. You can also see how cute this design looks in miniature – the Holiday Wreath petite looks super cute in this festive floating locket design.
So I thought I’d show my Wreath styled with my other Christmas picks from the latest collection – the Polar Bear and the Bright Ornament, both of which I’ve reviewed already. :D This bangle design strikes me as being more contemporary with the large amount of silver on show and the flicks of colour, but on balance I think I’d add a lovely bright red murano or something just to give this one a bit more kick.
Finally, this is pretty much how I’ll be styling my Wreath dangle. My OH is getting me the Heart of Winter bangle as part of my Christmas present, and I’ll be wearing it alone on that for the festive season next year. <3 I’ve styled it on the mesh bracelet in the meantime, which also looks great. The mesh bracelet is really light and shiny, and the colours of the wreath look beautiful against it.
For such a bright fun little charm it can actually look quite elegant styled alone! And it’s certainly a bit more restrained than my full-on Christmas bracelet:
I wasn’t planning on getting this charm originally, but am so glad I did – it’s fun, beautifully colourful, and surprisingly affordable when compared to the rest of the collection at £25. Enamel, while being even more colourful, can give such a warmer, calmer overall effect than coloured pavé crystals, and I think its use here is perfect for the Holiday Wreath charm.
I’ll finish as I started by wishing you again a very Merry Christmas – I hope everyone has a wonderful day tomorrow! I’ll be back either tomorrow or Boxing Day with a round-up of the post-Christmas sales and deals, depending on how much time I get. ?
Are you a fan of this design? Which Christmas charms have you gone for this year?