Today brings my next Pandora Spring 2018 review, with a closer look at one of the most popular beads from the collection – the Enchanted Garden Glass murano! It doesn’t feature heavily in Pandora’s campaign material, but it’s been in fan photos all over social media in various beautiful designs.
This murano was love at first sight for me, with its combination of bees and my favourite pastel pinks and purples, and so I was straight down to my local store to get one after this collection launched! Read on to see my thoughts on the bead in person, and how I’m wearing it. ???
Pandora Enchanted Garden glass review
The idea of this glass bead is that it offers a little garden scene, with bumblebees hovering lazily amongst pink blossoms and pastel green leaves, and swirling vines snaking throughout the design. This is a far more ambitious design than Pandora has attempted before, with so many different elements within one bead, and I have to admit that when I first saw the stock image, as lovestruck as I was, I feared that it might be struck by the dreaded production issues.
Thankfully this hasn’t been the case, and there have been plenty of these muranos to go round. I heard from a Pandora store that the bumblebee details are made separately by an American glass maker, and that they are then placed inside the murano glass by Pandora’s artisans. I’d love to see a ‘making of’ for this bead! The stock image is itself a work of art – including the profile view:
In person, the details don’t melt into each other in quite the magical way that the stock image suggests, and the colours in actuality are much softer, too. This is no real criticism of the bead – which is lovely – it’s just not exactly as the stock image makes it seem. There’s an alternative stock photo that I would consider more accurate:
Nevertheless, the effect is quite lovely. I love the apple green crispness of the leaves, and the pretty pink flowers remind me of my favourite Cherry Blossom murano. It’s just a lovely collection of motifs, all nestled into one design. The murano has the smaller Pandora core, with branding on just one side, which allows you to see more of the design from sideways on.
In low light, the base lilac colour can be duller, as below, and the details of the bead become muted. The flecks of glitter beneath the glass don’t leap to illuminate all the details.
Catch it in bright, natural light, however, and it’s an entirely different story. The whole design comes alive as the light runs through it, illuminating the iridescent flecks beneath the glass and pulling together all the details in a way that transforms it from an ordinary glass bead into something more special.
As with most murano glass beads, this is definitely one to pick out in person. The majority of the beads I saw were lovely, but there were a couple that had very small or blurry bees, and the detailing of the vines and leaves varied a bit as well.
My first styling idea marries blue and purple, which is a favourite combination of mine. The Blue Blooms murano looks super bright in this picture, and it can be under direct light, but normally its effect is a tad more subtle. This is another garden life-themed bracelet, picking out butterflies and ladybirds, and a little sneaky frog prince too!
My next images focus on how I’ll actually be wearing this charm! This is the beginning of my bracelet design. Obviously, it’s far from finished – but I really like the Lavender Radiant Droplets with this murano. However, beautiful as it is, the colour of the Enchanted Garden is much less vibrant than other Pandora murano glass beads. The design overall is going to have a much softer tone to it than most of my bracelets.
I was considering adding more colour (possibly a more vibrant purple, soft pink/white enamel, or pastel green), but I think I’m just going to embrace a more subtle design. The little Cute Mouse and the Teacup beads will be going on there, which will add a little pink.
The Wildflower Meadow bracelet & safety chain are also quite a pale purple, so they don’t bring much additional colour to the design.
I did have these clips on my Victorian Floral bracelet, but then I got the oxidised Star clips and they looked so great on it instead! So I switched out the clips, and my Wildflower Meadow bracelet inherited the abstract CZ ones instead.
They look great stacked together, in any case, and I have been wearing them like this all week to work! As you can see, I rearranged the order since taking the pictures above a little – I’ve put the spacers in the middle with the purple and moved all the character beads to the outer sections.
I know that other brands have a better rep for glass, but I love that Pandora continues to work on improving and expanding their own murano glass offering. The little bees are a nice nod to the Pandora Shine launch, too. This particular bead happens to hit all my favourite things – pastels, florals and adorable bumblebees – and so I was always going to love this design! The concept of this garden scene murano is so pretty, and I am looking forward to future glass beads with the same ambition as this one.
The Enchanted Garden Glass is $55 USD or £35.
What do you think of this bead? Have you bought it, or is it on your wish list?