There’s just over a week to go until the launch of the Pandora Mother’s Day 2018 collection worldwide and, as is traditional, today I have some beautifully high res stock images and some live shots as well of all the new charms and bracelets coming out! This release has been generally well received by collectors, offering some pretty bows and charms celebrating life’s milestones.
The collection is due out on 12 April. In the UK, we already received a portion of this collection back in February as our Mother’s Day falls earlier in the year. The rest of the charms will be marked as being the second part of the Spring collection instead.
All live images in the post are courtesy of tiedyedeb at eBay, who takes great close-ups of all the new beads as soon as she gets them in. :D Please do credit her if you reproduce them!
This post covers all the charms and bracelets coming out – check my previous post to see all the other jewellery. Otherwise, read on! :)
Pandora Mother’s Day 2018 collection
The Flourishing Hearts bangle is a lovely limited edition design, which a padlock clasp that can be removed. The only downside for me is the family-related inscription, but the overall design is so beautiful that I’m very tempted anyway! In the UK, it is actually pretty much sold out everywhere, so it did prove to be reasonably limited in quantity.
The Sparkling Floating Heart Locket is another of this year’s new padlock bracelet designs, offering a further twist in that the clasp is also a floating locket! I really like this idea, as it offers that further layer of customisation. There’s such a variety of different petites, you can really make the bracelet fit with whatever design you like: Christmas, summer, Valentine’s, it’s all to play for! The bracelet will be $100 USD or £90.
The next bangle is an absolutely stunning limited edition piece that I will be snapping up! This is called the Patterns of Love bangle more generally, or the Celebration bangle in the UK. You may be pleased to know that it has no engraving on it. I understand that it will be offered as a GWP in multiple regions, but I only have the details for France so far, where it’ll be offered from 14th May with spends of 129 euros.
The Plentiful Hearts, retailing for $55 USD, is our only new murano glass design, but it’s a nice one. I’d love to see some live images of it. I’m not sure why it’s so much more pricey in the UK than other muranos, though – it’ll be £45.
The Bright Hearts safety chain is one of the pieces I’ll definitely be getting, as I have a purple design that’s all finished and just needs a safety chain! I like the pretty contrast between the different stones. It’s $55 USD or £45.
The enamel balloon animals have attracted quite a lot of attention from this collection – they are something a little different from Pandora, and it seems they’re a bit love/hate with collectors. Personally, I find them rather cute! This Mouse & Balloon bead is $55 USD.
The contrast of the bright silver and the pearlescent enamel is gorgeous in the live images:
However, my favourites are the Elephant & Balloon charms. In pink and blue, these are beautiful options to represent a new arrival, but they also have a more generic appeal. The silver elephants are beautifully detailed, and just so cute!
The pink version has a little blue CZ in it (the blue one just has a clear one). The beads are priced at $50 USD each.
The Balloon & Teddy is the last of these animal balloon charms, and makes a lovely complement to the Perfect Pals bead that came out for Spring. It’s $50 USD.
The Shiny Bow is another of my favourites from this collection. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Disney bracelet proper, and I think these clips would be a lovely way of drawing on Minnie’s bows without being OTT. It’s retailing for $55 USD, but will be pricier in the UK at £55, unfortunately.
The Brilliant Bow is a new kind of charm from Pandora – it’s much larger than a regular bead, and has a more 3D shape. It’s a beautiful statement piece, but pricey at $90 USD!
However, the reasoning behind its high price tag is made clear when you realise how big it is, as you can see in his campaign image posted by Pandora. It’s huge, especially when you look at how small the clasp of the bangle is in comparison! I can’t imagine wearing this with other charms on a traditional design, but it looks great as a standalone, either on a bangle or leather, perhaps.
I’m not as keen on this one, mainly as I feel like this is one where, for once, some kind of colour would have been good to differentiate the bow from the heart. Even just some extra oxidation! It’s affordable at $35 USD.
The Harmonious Hearts will be priced at $35 USD/£25. The price is refreshingly low, and the design is really beautiful!
The Bouquet is an obvious choice for a wedding-themed bead, but has appeal beyond that, too. It will be priced at $55 USD/£45.
The Best Bridesmaid charm will be $45 USD/£35. It’s the same on both sides.
The Love Couple is a more comic take on a wedding charm, striking a more light-hearted tone than some of their previous marriage beads. It is retailing for $50 USD.
The writing on the top of the charm says ‘Love of my life’, as you can see from these images:
The Graduation Scroll will be $40 USD or £35.
It looks like it will be quite big in real life, but I do like the design of the Achievement Trophy! The little flowers and rosettes are very sweet and stop the design from seeming overly clunky. You’ll be able to purchase it for $45 USD or £35.
The other side of the trophy has ‘1’ written on the side:
This cake slice another of my favourite designs, but I still think that the Congrats legend on it is unnecessary, limiting the charm’s appeal and purpose without adding much to its design. Nevertheless, I doubt that the writing would be that noticeable or obtrusive if you did want to use it for some other design (people have mentioned some very sweet sounding tea party ideas!). It’ll cost $45 USD or £35.
The live images reveal some lovely addition details on this charm – the different enamel colours representing the layers within the cake, and the silver ridged frosting at the back!
Next, we have five new milestone birthday/anniversary charms! These are all $50 USD.
This Perfect Home dangle already released in the UK – I absolutely love the concept, but it’s a very big dangle in person. It hangs quite low and it’s also quite wide, so you just have to think about how you might style it on your bracelet with that in mind. It’s $55 USD.
The Love M❤m bead marries together soft enamels in the collection’s signature pastel purple. It’s $45 USD. The Flourishing Hearts pendant is a lovely plain silver pendant, priced at $45 USD. I bought this when it was released in the UK and reviewed it already. I’m wearing it with my other enchanted Spring beads!
The design stands out less to me in charm form, but it’s still a nice silver option. It’s inscribed with Love makes a family, much like the matching limited edition bangle. It’s $35 USD.The Degrees of Love features the words Love you More, Love you most. I do quite like the way the writing is melded more into the design itself, rather than just being engraved. It makes it a bit more versatile, as the writing is less immediately decipherable. It’s $35 USD.
The Shining Path clip (RRP $45 USD) is already available in other colours and metals, but will now be available in pink, as well.
The Perfect M❤m dangle is $50 USD.
The Mother & Baby Bird dangle is a very sweet way to represent Mother’s Day, and perhaps a little more subtle than some of the more usual charms. I would have loved it if the pavé had been replaced with some kind of oxidised silver patterning, though. It’s $50 USD. The existing plain silver heart-shaped Floating Locket is just about to retire, but this new sparkling version is here to replace it! It’s retailing for $90 USD. There will be a new set of plain silver alphabet petites to go with this locket, retailing for $10 USD/ £10.
The Love For Mother dangle is a Jared exclusive bead, retailing for $55 USD. This means that it won’t be available anywhere outside of the US!
The Lotus has attracted a lot of attention, and it really is a pretty design! In their description of this bead, Pandora emphasise its ‘serenity’ and the double lotus design – one in enamel, and one filigree silver. This will be exclusive to Canada and “emerging markets” (not sure what’s meant by that!), retailing for $50 CAD. I may well have to try and get my hands on it! I’ve not been able to find out any more information on this little bird dangle, however. It’s possibly a country exclusive for which I’ve not yet seen the catalogue, or it’s a design that hasn’t actually made it to production. If you have seen it in your country’s catalogue, please do comment and let us know! :)
Again, I very much like this collection and think it’s such a vast improvement over last year’s more generic assortment of hearts and buttons. The soft lilac colour scheme is rather pretty, and I like the way Pandora have gently introduced some new concepts into the collection – the balloon animals, the sparkling locket bracelet, the statement Brilliant Bow charm.
My favourites of these are the Bright Hearts safety chain, the Shiny Bow clips, the Plentiful Hearts murano, the Elephant & Balloon charms, and the Serene Lotus pendant. Of those, I think I’ll definitely get the safety chain and then I’ll see which of the others I like best after seeing everything in person before deciding what goes on my wish list! To be honest, I’m still quite high on the Spring collection, so I will take some time before diving into this one. ^^
On a side note, thank you for all your wonderful comments and suggestions on the April news round-up! I’ll be replying to them as soon as I can. <3
Are you planning on getting anything from this collection? What’s on your wish list?