Today brings my next Pandora review, with a closer look at the Pandora Club charm for 2018! This is the fifth limited edition Club charm that Pandora have released so far, keeping to a tradition of honouring their loyal fans and Pandora Club members with a dedicated charm in celebration of them.
This year’s charm is a globe, celebrating the idea of love and Pandora collectors around the world. Read on for some close-up shots and thoughts on this bead! <3
Pandora Club Charm 2018 Review
Previous Club charms have been primarily heart-based designs, as you can see below. This has always seemed something of an error to me – if you’re aiming the bead at collectors and real Pandora fans, you should come up with something more unusual and not a generic design that we have seen many times before.
This is why I think this charm does quite a clever thing. You can take it to refer specifically to our global community of Pandora collectors, but it also has a more message with universal appeal. My OH’s mum was given it by a friend for her birthday last week, and she loved it, despite being a very casual collector.
One rim of the charm has ‘PANDORA CLUB’ written on it, and then the other features the usual S925 ALE hallmarks. Like all Club charms, the little stone in it is a diamond – a very low carat one, but a diamond nevertheless. It’s just the little touch of opulence that sets them aside from Pandora’s regular charms. :)
The charm is inscribed with the date, as is also traditional! It is threaded, and feels nicely solid – much more like an old-school charm.
The attention to detail goes all the way round; it’s very prettily executed. I like how the charm’s sentimental message is offset by its contemporary detailing, stopping it from being too saccharine. The geometric grid dividing up the globe and the contemporary font work really well in contrast to the sweet little silver hearts. The silver is beautiful and shiny, which is emphasised by the contrast of the oxidation used to outline the grid of the globe.
The other collectable aspect is its pretty presentation box. This is identical to those from previous years, with the exception of this year’s date being on the lid.
I had so much going on over the weekend (including replying to all your lovely Spring comments!) that I didn’t have much time to put together lots of stylings, but this charm is so versatile. It would look great on a travel bracelet, or on a mini design with other club charms! These are some previous designs of mine for a little inspiration, and I’d add this charm to any of these:
However, I’m using my Club charm on the silver mesh bracelet in a special design. Like many, I suffer from anxiety and, at times, depression, and it’s been difficult to deal with at times over the past year, especially since we moved so much further away from my family last February. My happiness bracelet is a mini-design dedicated to reminding me of cheerful, comforting things; in addition to the Club charm, it has the Home, Sweet Home and the So Many Reasons to Be Happy US-exclusive dangle.
I’m thinking of adding the Rainbow murano from the upcoming Pandora Spring collection, which would really complement its cheerful, bright message – although the beauty of it currently is that it has no colour scheme and stacks beautifully with pretty much any other bracelet I own. Whenever I feel in need of a bit of cheerfulness, I can just slip it on my wrist with whatever else I’m wearing.
I’ve heard from a lot of people that this Club charm is their favourite – and I can completely understand why. With an uplifting theme that works well both as a general message of love and as a tribute to the Pandora community itself, this charm has a little more going on than some of the previous Club charm heart designs. I still think my ultimate favourite is the 2014 Hidden Heart, but this one is a close second. :)
I also think Pandora did well to release it with the Valentine’s collection instead of Spring & Summer, as in previous years. The Valentine’s collection is often more generic and less appealing to long-term collectors, so this charm offers something interesting for us to purchase while waiting for the Spring collection launch.
The Club charm is $65 USD or £55.
What do you think of this year’s Club charm? Have you added it to your collection , or is it on your wish list?