It’s less than a week to go until the launch of the Pandora Valentine’s Day 2018 collection, and today’s post brings an updated preview, offering HQ images, pricing in various currencies and some individual commentary. I also have fuller details on gift sets, which I’ll include at the end. There are some very cute promos for the CNY beads, too, including some pretty gold jewellery boxes!
The collection is due out on Thursday (11 January). I’m just showcasing HQ images of the charm jewellery in this post (charm & bracelets), but you can see everything else in the fuller preview I posted previously.
Pandora Valentine’s 2018 Preview
As is traditional, there’s a new Valentine’s-themed charm bracelet design making its debut with the collection. This features pink pave around the clasp, which also features as a detachable charm/pendant in its own right. This is a very pretty design, but I’d like to see it in a more neutral clear pave or just as a more intricate plain silver piece, with oxidized detail. It will retail for £60 / $75 USD / $85 CAD.
Matching this is the Lock of your Promise clip. It will retail for $65 USD / $75 CAD / £55.
We start with a handful of two-tone beads. The Two Hearts two-tone dangle is a very traditional bead, priced at $75 USD / $85 CAD / £60.
The Key to My Heart is another pretty two-tone design that benefits from its simplicity, with no CZs in sight! It’s priced at $75 USD / $85 CAD / £60.
The Shape of Love charm has been one of the more popular charms from the collection, offering a beautifully deep colour and elegant design. It’s priced at £45. This is one of the pieces that would most tempt me, if I had an obvious place for it within my bracelet designs.
This design will also be made available as a Pandora Essence bead, symbolizing the value of Love. It’s $50 USD / $55 CAD / £40.
The Two Hearts motif crops up again in the form of two new spacers. The spacers are 3D, in that they are actually shaped like a heart, and then they have a little CZ heart to adorn them, too. The silver version will retail for $30 USD / $35 CAD / £20.
The Rose version is even prettier, in my opinion, and will be a little more expensive at $40 USD / $45 CAD / £30.
The final two hearts design is this CZ-dusted charm, retailing for $55 USD / $60 CAD / £45.
The Talk about Love charm is one of the most affordable options from this collection, retailing for $35 USD / $40 CAD / £25.
The I Love You pendant is available in both silver and Rose – I love the concept, but think possibly that it might work best as a necklace pendant or as a single item on a bangle, leather, etc. I can just imagine it getting a bit crowded/lost in a full charm bracelet design. The silver version is $50 USD / $55 CAD / £35.
The Rose version is priced at $65 USD / $75 CAD / £50.
The Explosion of Love clip is silicone lined, meaning it’ll be useful for bangles, leathers and the smooth charm bracelets. I quite like this design, and would be tempted to use it if I needed another silicone clip for whatever reason. It’s priced at $40 USD / $45 CAD / £30.
The top of the Tree of Love charm, which will retail for $50 USD / $55 CAD / £40 is engraved with You & Me, which is not a detail I’d noticed before! I’d have quite liked this design, but I have an aversion to charms with pavé at the bail – it just seems superfluous.
The Burst of Love charms mix cherry red and pastel pink enamel hearts. This openwork herat will be priced at $50 USD / $55 CAD / £40.
Its matching clip will be $40 USD / $45 CAD / £30.
The Explosion of Love also offers a mix of pink and red, but this time in pavé-set stones – the effect is rather more dramatic! As with most pavé charms, it’s a little pricier at $80 USD / $90 CAD / £65.
The Jared exclusive charm for this year is this dangle design. It will only be available from the Jared’s Galleria chain of stores in the US and it won’t be sold in any other region.
The next set of charms have been quite controversial within the community, as they’re quite a departure from anything we’ve seen from Pandora so far. They’re based on lips motifs, with a murano, pave charm and openwork bead.
This silver openwork charm is the most affordable of this new set, priced at $35 USD / $40 CAD / £25.
Next, we have our only murano of the new collection, priced at $55 USD / $60 CAD / £30.
The most full-on of these designs is the Kiss More, a pair of pavé-encrusted lips. It’s selling for $75 USD / $85 CAD / £60.
The Glitter Kiss charm is an emoji-style bead, featuring sparkling enamel and stylised eyes. It’s another charm that departs quite radically from Pandora’s existing style of bead, and it’ll be interesting to see how people choose to style this one! It’s $45 USD / $50 CAD / £35.
I will say that these are only a small set of beads, and are something of an experiment from Pandora. The rest of the collection follows a more familiar pattern. Either these kinds of beads will find their niche and audience, or they won’t!
Finally, we have these two new charms launching in celebration of the Chinese New Year! The Luck and Fortune has been an instant favourite with many collectors, offering a dash of gold and some classic Pandora enamel detailing. It’s priced at $75 USD / $85 CAD, but will not be released in the UK. :(
The Double Happiness charm offers a more ‘new’ Pandora take on the New Year, with cerise enamel and complementary pink pavé stones.
Pandora US gift sets for Valentine’s 2018
I have some better images of the US gift sets – the titles of each set are in Spanish, but they show off the new sets rather nicely and give the RRP in USD for each:
The Kiss Me gift set comes with a rather cute make-up bag:
While the Kiss More gift set offers a free purse with it, shaped like the charm itself:
The gift set with a difference is the Be Mine gift set, which features two stacked open bangles.
As you can see, you have two options for the included charm, and I have a couple of high quality shots of them. The first is called Be Mine:
And the second, Soul Mates. I like the more contemporary font of this one – it has quite a nice simplicity to it!
You can see a live shot of both beads below. I’m not sure whether these will be offered separately from the gift sets or not yet, however.
Pandora CNY 2018 bead promotions
Thanks to Patty Ng, we have a beautiful live shot of these two CNY 2018 charms (both of which will be available from 11 Jan). The Luck and Fortune charm is $129 SGD, while the Double Happiness is $99 SGD.
If you purchase the Luck & Fortune (God of Fortune bead) in Singapore, then you’ll receive this pretty gold jewellery box. I expect this offer will be running elsewhere, too!
This is a rather enticing deal, but it’s slightly compromised by the fact that the price in SGD is so much higher than elsewhere. $129 SGD translates as around $97 USD – $20 or so higher than the US retail price of $75 USD. It’s a lot more to pay for the fancy box! (Even though it’s really pretty!)
Both the Lock & Fortune and the Double Happiness charms come with the gold hongpao envelopes as well.
All in all, I’m most excited for the little God of Fortune dangle and the 2018 Club charm from next week’s launches. I won’t be indulging in any of the Valentine’s 2018 pieces – as far as I’m aware! – especially considering how much I have hoovered up during the sales. And there were plenty of things from the SS18 sneak peeks (now removed) that piqued my interest.
Charms such as the Shape of Love have a beautiful colour, but they just don’t match anything I’m working on right now, and I have enough heart jewellery in my collection for the time being. The bracelet is intriguing, but again, I don’t want to start another design based on pink pave right now!
Are you planning on buying anything?