Today’s review dips back into the Pandora Autumn 2017 collection, with a look at one of our most recent country-exclusive beads – the Arabic Love charm. This elegant openwork continues Pandora’s series of Arabian beads, following from the much-loved Camel and Arabian Coffee Pot charms, both of which are also featured in this review. ^^
This latest bead came out with the Pandora Autumn 2017 collection, but only in the UAE. I got mine from Dubai with the help of a kind Pandora collector there. I wrote this review a little while ago but it kept being pushed back due to Christmas content and then unexpected sneak peeks. ^^
Read on now for some close-up shots and styling inspiration!
Pandora Arabic Love charm review
The charm is an openwork design, offering the same pattern on both sides – the word love is its its centre. It has a beautifully bright silver finish, with a heart pattern haloing around the central Arabic script.
The charm is pretty true to the stock image, but as is usual it’s prettier and more striking in person. Its all-silver design makes it a relatively affordable option, priced at 145 AED (around £30 / $40 USD at the time of writing), too.
The Arabian Coffee Pot came out two years ago in Autumn 2015, and was an instant hit with fans, who fell in love with its intricate detailing and unique concept. This charm is a follow-up to that one in many ways but for me it lacks the richness of design. The Arabic love motif is only a very minor twist on its button-style design and heart detailing, which can be seen throughout Pandora’s collections. It’s pretty, but not that different to their regular charms, and so hasn’t attracted the same attention from collectors as the Coffee Pot.
On the other hand, this does make it more wearable, I guess, and more easily stylable. To look at, the brightness of the silver is also attractive in comparison to the heavily oxidised look of the Dallah charm. The sides of the charm are simple polished silver, with the classic S925 ALE hallmarks tamped on one side. It’s not threaded.
My first styling mixes the charm in with other decorative beads that bring out and complement its heart patterning – the Mother’s Day 2015 bangle, the Love of my Life clip in Rose, and the Radiant Hearts in blush.
The Pandora Rose collection looks so stunning with blush tones, and the shininess of the silver Arabic charm is really attractive against the warm tones of the other charms.
However, I have of course decided to put this with my other Arabian beads! This was my bracelet as it stood – it’s one of my favourite designs, and I love that it branches out a little culturally from other themes I’ve done.
The new charm slotted in really nicely, and gives the overall design a more finished look, I think. <3 The blush beads also look pretty against the brown leather.
This is as full as I would want to make this bracelet – if I were to add any other charms to this design, I think I’d have to move it off the leather.
It’s always fun to hunt down Pandora’s country exclusives, and I’m glad to have found this one – it seemed the perfect way to round off my Arabian leather design, which has always seemed a little unbalanced with four beads on it. I do feel like its more generic design reflects an overall trend in Pandora’s new collections, a loss of the inspiration that went into the wonderful Camel and Dallah beads, but it’s pretty nevertheless. And, of course, the Chinese New Year beads remain as creative as ever!
The other exclusive charm that came out recently was this little limited edition two-tone beauty, which was exclusive to China, I believe. I was taking my break from both blogging and charm collecting when this was available in the autumn, and I missed it, but I do regret not getting it when it was around!
There was also a sparking crown charm just before Christmas, but it was a GWP and the spend was just so high!
What do you think of this charm? Do you like to collect country exclusives?