Today brings my first Pandora Spring 2018 review proper, with a closer look at the beautiful Sparkling Snail charm! At first, I found him adorable, but silly – nevertheless, I kept noticing him and thinking how nice he’d look with certain beads, and then the live images came out, and before I knew it, he had crept to the top of my Spring 2018 wish list. ^^
He ended up being the first bead I got from this lovely collection! My boyfriend actually surprised me with him after work just after the Spring launch. I got up to run a bath, came back, and a Pandora bag had magically appeared in my chair while I was gone. Inside – this adorable snail! :D
It was a gloomy, rainy day here last Saturday – and so it seemed like the perfect kind of weather for a snail to poke his head out of my jewellery box and into this review. 🌧🐌 Read on for some close-up shots and styling inspiration!
Pandora Sparkling Snail review
In person, this little Snail is just as sweet as his stock image – cuter, in fact! The way it’s weighted gives him quite an endearing whimsical little tilt, inclining his eyes towards you.
The pink in his eyes is not as vibrant/noticeable in person, however, so they don’t really limit the versatility. You can choose to bring it out by pairing it with other pinks, but otherwise it doesn’t pose too much of a colour clash! You can find the hallmarks for this bead tucked along his underside, too.
The back is all silver – so, although this bead has a lot of pavé on it, it’s offset by the substantial amount of plain silver on show. When you have the bead the right way up, you don’t even see that much pavé. It’s threaded, and while it’s a compact design, it still feels nice and solid, and a ‘proper’ Pandora animal bead that would go with any of their previous offerings.
The only thing is that the silver, beings smooth, does show up scratches quite easily. I work at a desk 9–5, Monday–Friday, and have been pretty much wearing this charm every day since I got it! It’s showing up signs of wear already – which is no real fault in the charm, just an unfortunate side effect of typing.
So, for my main styling, I’ve gone for an semi-insect/bug-themed bracelet – which is much cuter than it sounds, I promise you! At the centre of the design is the new Enchanted Garden Glass murano, with its little bumblebees drifting in the glass, and then the two Butterfly Kisses glass beads either side of it. I think this glass combination works well, the purple complementing both the pink and the blue either side of it.
As you can see, I also got the Wildflower Meadow bracelet and safety chain – the bracelet in particular is great to wear with this adorable Snail, as it has a little ladybird dangling from it, which match the whole insect-y theme very nicely. ^^ I’ve also added in the Dragonfly Meadow.
You could add any number of other related beads though, such as the ladybird charms, or perhaps the retired scarab beetle? That might count! Or, there’s the beehive, or lots of other butterflies. 🦋
Also, just to show you how nicely the blush pink crystals in his eyes go with brown, I popped him on this leather bracelet. It goes really well with other blush beads, as well!
I’m actually wearing it on an all-lilac/lavender styling with the Enchanted Garden Glass murano, but I’ll be featuring that one properly in my next review, which will be of the EG murano. 🐝
For me, the Sparkling Snail is symbolic of a really great and revitalised Spring release from Pandora, offering a design that mixes the brand’s newer passion for pavé with the magic of their older character charms. It’s quirky, without being overbearing, as it’s quite petite, and it settles nicely into a bracelet design. I love it, and judging from the images I’ve seen from social media, a lot of other collectors do too!
The Sparkling Snail is $55 USD or £45.
What do you think of this charm? Has it made it home with you, or is it on your wish list?