Today’s post brings a fun mid-week update with a little round-up of some Canadian exclusive engraved charms for 2018! I’ve been posting about US exclusive engraved charm designs for a while, but there are actually a lot of Canadian exclusive designs, as well, including some really cool Chinese New Year charms and some floral pieces.
However, as Pandora Canada doesn’t list any of them online, it’s taken a while to get any kind of comprehensive round-up of what’s available. It’s a pity that Pandora don’t sell them via the Canadian eStore, as it would make it much easier to see what’s available. The US eStore is pretty good at updating with all their exclusive engraved beads.
The other issue is that, if you want any of these beads, they’re only officially available in physical stores – so you can’t order them via Pandora.net. I don’t know if they’re available from all Canadian stores, so I would advise that you ring your local store to find out what they’re offering.
All live images are courtesy of tiedyedeb, who has them available via her online store, unless otherwise specified. Read on for a look at all these designs!
Pandora Engraved Charms for Canada
All these designs are based on Pandora’s stock engravable charms, which have become increasingly prolific in recent months. Pandora tend to wheel these out when they want to do designs that have a more specific niche and that won’t have worldwide appeal.
The first set of charms are all related to the Lunar New Year, and they’re a funny choice to me for Canadian exclusives to me, as I don’t really get why Pandora would want to limit these beads to Canada. Nevertheless, First up, we have the Good Fortune charm:
However, my favourites of the CNY ones are these red enamel charms. The lick of colour against the silver is striking, and makes them look more original than most of the other engraved designs. The Lucky Fish design taps into traditional Chinese iconography for the Lunar New Year:
The Happy Together charm shows a dragon and a phoenix in balance, detailed in red enamel. I actually did some research to find out more about this symbol:
Two of the most powerful of the four celestial animals are the dragon and phoenix.
The dragon and phoenix are the perfect couple in Feng Shui. Dragon is “yang” while Phoenix is “yin”, and they complement each other in creating yin-yang balance to harvest successful matrimonial bliss.
I love the phoenix motif particularly. It would be great to see a proper charm dedicated to one.
The Wishing Wealth dangle completes the Canadian exclusive Chinese New Year set; I like that the enamel design makes full use of the available silver! I did a little research on this one, and it seems to be a traditional gold coin motif for the Lunar New Year.
You can see it again in this image from Pandora Southgate. It’s sold in a set with the two Lotus charms, which are two of my favourites from the Canadian exclusives. I love floral designs, and I think the silver engraved heart looks more distinctive than the pavé button or the engraved dangles.
Next, we have some Canadian exclusive designs that are more culturally relevant to Canada itself! ^^ The Mittens dangle is adorable, and would be my choice of a souvenir if ever I went to Canada.
The Fleur de Lis charm is a symbol from the Quebec flag:
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know how much I love florals – the Trillium floral pendant is my favourite of this set! I love the delicate enamel and the little silver centre at the heart of the petals. This is associated in particular with Ontario.
The Totem Pole charm is another of the coolest designs among this set. Research on this particular symbol threw up this:
The totem pole (also known as a monumental pole) is a tall structure carved out of cedar wood, created by Northwest Coast Indigenous peoples to serve variously as a signboard, genealogical record and memorial.
The Inuksuk charm is another really interesting one, based on an Inuit practice of constructing figures from piled stones in order to communicate. However, of all the engraved designs, I think it loses something in practice – it looks quite unformed – even mummy-like. It could work well on a Halloween bracelet for that reason, haha.
It’s hard to see all the detail of the East Coast Lighthouse charm, as the silver is so shiny (a problem I often have when doing my own reviews!) but it’s effectively a pretty lighthouse design in teal, white and red enamel. It has Canada engraved on the back.
Finishing off, we have the J’aime Quebec charm, which is the least distinctive charm of the set.
I think there are some really interesting and thoughtful designs amongst this set; like many collectors, I love it when Pandora dig deeper into regional culture, and when you actually learn some interesting things through collecting beads! My favourites of these are the CNY beads, particularly the Happy Together phoenix/dragon design, and the florals – the Trillium and Lotus beads.
Do you like any of these designs, or have you managed to pick any of them up? If you live in Canada, have you seen any in your local store?