Today’s post starts of the week with my next Pandora Spring 2018 review, offering a closer look at the Iridescent Rainbow murano! This was one of the first pieces leaked from the Spring collection, and it instantly caught my attention. It eventually became a little eclipsed by the beauty of the Enchanted Garden Glass from the same collection, but with its delicate use of colour and cheerful detailing, it’s definitely worthy of attention.
Read on for close-up shots and some styling inspiration!
Pandora Iridescent Rainbow Glass murano review
One of the things that I love most about this bead is its vibrant use of colour, capturing the spectrum of a cheerful spring sky without being too primary and brash in tone. The colours aren’t quite full rainbow – we have pastel green, blue, yellow, light purple and dark purple – but this creates a more subtle effect that is easier to style and none the less pretty.
However, I had to go through a few beads to find this nice one – when I first went to purchase this, the store I visited only had one left. I didn’t buy it, as the rainbow was very small and not all the stripes were complete. I sound like a broken record, I know, but again, this is one to choose in store. As Pandora’s murano designs grow more complex, the variation in detail becomes even greater!
As you can see from the profile view, the glass itself is clear, with the colour wrapped around the core.
The colour is beautifully vibrant in person, and it varies according to the light, appearing a deeper or a lighter blue. The contrast of the white cloud against it is stunning, and the flecks of glitter in the glass really bring this out.
The murano has the smaller silver core with branding on just the one side, which reveals more of the glass design from sideways on. I love how you can see the clouds and rainbows drifting through the glass from this view!
My first design I’ve called In the clouds, putting the Rainbow murano with soft white glass beads that bring out its cloud detailing.
The Heart of Freedom, with its pretty bird motif, fits in with the idea of soaring and blue skies really nicely. The Birthday Blooms are mainly there for complementary colours, but also to give the idea of these vibrant blue skies over pretty spring meadows, etc.
This is how I’ll be wearing my Rainbow murano, however – on my happiness themed bracelet. The blue is not an exact match for the Blue Blooms, which is quite a bit lighter in shade, but they complement each other really well and work nicely together.
The Rainbow murano goes really beautifully with the US exclusive So Many Reasons to be Happy dangle, which is probably my favourite engraved piece that Pandora has done so far.
I also had an idea for a ‘pot of gold’ bracelet, but I didn’t really have the right pieces. But I love the idea of using this rainbow murano, the Treasure chest, some clover beads, and some beautiful two-tone charms to convey this idea. And the little Gnome/Leprechaun would be great if you have him!
What I like about the two Spring 2018 glass beads is that both capture a scene, tell a story – this one shows clouds drifting past a lovely summer sky, just like the Enchanted Garden Glass shows little bumblebees among the flowers. Both are truly lovely in their execution. I’m sorry not to see more muranos for Summer, but I hope that Pandora will experiment with more for Autumn 2018. :)
Have you bought this glass bead, or is it on your wish list? How would you style it?