I am very excited to be posting my first preview in a little while, with an overview of the Pandora Autumn 2018 collection! This is making its debut in late August/early September (I believe the date to be 30 August), with a whole range of exciting new pieces.
Today’s post covers the regular Moments charm jewellery – I’ll be previewing other jewellery (rings, necklaces etc), plus the Rose, Shine and Essence collections separately! There’s a new bracelet concept launching in October, too, but I’m not able to talk about that one yet.
Overall, to me it seems like the collection has quite a youthful, contemporary feel, but with enough key pieces and character beads offer something a little more substantial, too. Read on for an overview!
Pandora Autumn 2018 collection preview
As is traditional, we begin with the charm bracelets! Pandora have gone for the new padlock-stye clasp bracelets instead of the traditional barrel clasp, with one smooth charm bracelet and one bangle design. The padlock smooth bracelet is particularly pretty, retailing for $75 USD / $85 CAD. I didn’t see the bangle on the right in the NA catalogues, however.
First for the charms, we have an unusual theme, featuring harvest and grain motifs. I really like this idea – it’s seasonal, but a little bit different to Pandora’s usual direction for Autumn. The safety chain in particular is amazing (it has silicone grips, also, btw). I would have loved to see a little collection of woodland animals accompanying this autumn-themed selection – a fox, owl, badger, dormouse – just to peep out from amongst the sheafs and grains! We get a hint of this motif in the Always by Your Side dangle, but it would have been nice to be able to scale it up to a whole bracelet design.
Prices for NA are as follows:-
Bright Seeds – $50 USD / $55 CAD
Radiant Grains of Energy – $80 USD / $90 CAD
Always by Your Side – $50 USD / $55 CAD
Icon of Nature – $35 USD / $40 CAD
Grains of Energy clip – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Grains of Energy safety chain – $55 USD / $60 CAD
Seeds of Elegance clip – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Dazzling Grain Swirls – $50 USD / $55 CAD
Next, we have some more standard decorative designs and hearts. Among them is a ‘seasonal’ floating locket, which will be a limited item, and a beautiful new take on the standard glass beads. This features iridescent murano glass, but with a patterned sterling silver core. I wonder what size this will prove in real life – I know that a lot of collectors avoid muranos as they’re so much larger than regular beads. Perhaps this won’t be so noticeable, with the more evenly proportioned silver-to-glass ratio, or perhaps the bead overall will be smaller.
The beads without names are those I didn’t see in the NA catalogue. Prices for NA are as follows:-
Faceted Floating Locket – $65 USD / $75 CAD
Love You Lock – $45 USD / $50 CAD
Sparkling Love – $75 USD / $85 CAD
Lace of Love – $45 USD / $50 CAD
Iridescent White Glass – $55 USD / $60 CAD
Additionally, for decorative beads, there is one 14kt gold offering:
My favourite collage is, inevitably, this little selection of fairytales and fables. The Love Potion is made from a ‘pink mist crystal’. The unicorn is not in quite the same style as the more elegant fairytale pieces, but would nevertheless fit in rather nicely – or you could always style him with some of the Spring 2018 rainbow beads, if you really wanted to embrace the cute.
Prices for NA are as follows:-
Fairy Tale Book – $55 USD/ $60 CAD
Bruno the Unicorn – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Regal Castle – $50 USD / $55 CAD
Regal Heart – $30 USD / $35 CAD
Love Potion – $55 USD / $60 CAD
Regal Love Key – $60 USD / $70 CAD
Free as a Bird – $55 USD / $60 CAD
Regal Key – $45 USD / $50 CAD
United Regal Hearts – $45 USD / $50 CAD
Keys of Love – $55 USD / $60 CAD
Regal Beauty – $50 USD / $55 CAD
Lock & Heart – $50 USD / $55 CAD
Dazzling Crown clip – $45 USD / $50 CAD
Finally, we have a slightly odd little collage – miscellaneous pieces, really, but featuring some more personal and local touches. However, the most exciting bead here (for me at least!) is the Pumpkin! Now, how long have we been wanting a new Halloween bead! Ever since I started the blog, years ago, and before that, too. Finally, we have one. 🎃 I am not surprised to see this, given the huge popularity of the engraved US-exclusive Halloween beads last year, and hopefully more will follow in coming years. This cute pumpkin gets extra brownie points for being an all silver design, too. :D
Prices for NA are as follows:-
Family Game – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Sweet Pumpkin – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Family Locket – $55 USD / $60 CAD
Family Roots – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Thank you Letter – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Rabbit Lantern – $50 CAD (not available in US)
Dazzling Stethoscope – $40 USD / $45 CAD
Hero Dog Tag – $50 USD / $55 CAD
Om Symbol – $55 USD / $60 CAD
Firefighter Essentials – $55 USD / $60 CAD
In Pandora’s literature on the collection, they cite the themes of Renaissance, harvest and fairy-tales as their inspiration. It strikes me as a ‘new’ Pandora take on one of their most classic collections, the Spring 2013 extravaganza of fairytales. We have a new songbird, castle, fairytale book (no frog prince, though, alas!). This gives both existing collectors a new way of styling old favourites, and also newer collectors an opportunity to invest in classic Pandora designs, but reimagined in a style more concurrent with Pandora’s current offering.
I love that the button-style beads of recent AW releases have been offset this time by a refreshing mix of characters and more thoughtful decorative designs, with the quirky grain and renaissance motifs. CZs are still present and fairly ubiquitous, but more delicately so. My favourite picks are Bruno the flipping adorable little Unicorn (not his official title), the Free as a Bird, and possibly the little book as well. I like the castle, but it’s very similar to the Disney Parks equivalents if you already own one of those. I really like the white murano glass bead, and would quite like to use it as a focal point on the new padlock bracelet with the pink Love Potion, Bird and Bruno. I am quite into my mini designs at the moment!
What do you think of this collection? Is anything making its way on to your wish list?