The previews continue this week, with a detailed look at the Pandora Autumn 2018 launches for the Shine collection! With warm colours and delicate detailing, the collection mixes some brand-new harvest motifs with Shine versions of some existing Pandora classics.
This collection will launch with the other Pandora Autumn releases on 30 August. Read on for a full preview, with prices and HQ images!
Pandora Shine Autumn 2018 collection preview
Beginning with the bracelets, we firstly have two non-charm options. Priced at $175 USD / $195 CAD, this a Pandora Shine version of the Sparkling Strand bracelet:
The Floating Grains bangle is a rather pretty limited edition piece, with tiny gold leaves dangling from a link chain. It will be retailing for $225 USD / $250 CAD.
The Mesh bracelet, however, is what really grabs my attention, offering another beautiful way to wear your Shine pieces. It’s $200 USD / $220 CAD.Two more existing charm designs get the Pandora Shine treatment – the Pandora Shine Radiant Hearts is priced at $125 USD / $140 CAD, and features a lovely golden stone at its centre. It’s expensive, but so delightfully sunshine-y. The Intertwining Radiance also pairs a golden stone with the Shine finish very nicely, and will be offered at $100 USD / $110 CAD.The most affordable way of achieving this effect, however, might be through the Golden Faceted Glass, priced at $65 USD / $75 CAD.The Shine core melts wonderfully into the iridescent yellow glass, which would look lovely with the existing white Shine murano and bumblebee pieces.
The Dazzling Grain Swirls bead retails for $75 USD / $85 CAD. I suppose the CZs help to pick out the detail of each individual seed, but I still can’t help wishing that it was a plain Shine design.The Seeds of Elegance clip has a silicone grip inside, meaning that it’ll work best to keep charms in place on bangles, smooth bracelets and leathers. It’s priced at $55 USD / $60 CAD.The Sparkling Arcs of Love clip will be $65 USD / $75 CAD. This also has a silicone grip.
The Floating Grains pendant ($75 USD /$85 CAD) is another of the most interesting beads from this set. The CZs are more delicately tucked away, and I absolutely love the twists to the bail of this charm at the top. The only thing I wonder about it is its size – judging from the campaign image above, it’s quite a hefty bead.Next up is one of the most interesting and cute pieces of this collection – the two-tone Scarecrow Guardian, retailing for $90 USD / $100 CAD. Pandora have added a little tag that reads Guardian of love to it, presumably to give it a wider appeal and to make it clear that he is, indeed, a friendly little scarecrow – however, once again, on a personal level I wish that they hadn’t added that extra layer of sentiment to this fun and original little design.
The Seeds of the Future pendant also offers a little message, linking the harvest motif with the idea that Dreams are the seeds of the future. It will be $65 USD or $75 CAD.
Returning to the more decorative pieces, the Floating Locket charm is being given a makeover in Shine – this will be priced at $100 USD / $110 CAD.There will also be a proper necklace version of the floating locket – this is the Medium Floating Locket, which will come on a 60cm chain (adjustable to 40 or 50cm) and retail for $275 USD / $305 CAD.
The Circle of Seeds necklace is another limited edition piece ($275 USD / $305 CAD) – it’s oh-so-pricey, but a very pretty statement piece nevertheless. It comes on a 60cm chain with a sliding clasp.Another of my favourites from this collection is the Gates of Love two-tone necklace, with its Pandora Shine core nestled away within silver filigree detail. There was a matching charm version in the original launch booklet I saw for this collection, but I’ve not been given a stock image for it now, so I’m not sure whether it’s still coming out or not. This necklace will be $125 USD / $140 CAD.
Next up are the rings! The Circle of Seeds ring is $150 USD / $165 CAD, and makes extremely elegant use of its motif of chained seeds. It will also be a limited edition.The Grains of Energy will be a little more affordable at $115 USD / $130 CAD.The Open Grains is refreshing in its simplicity, priced at $65 USD / $75 CAD.Finishing up, a very popular Pandora classic gets the Shine treatment – the My Princess Tiara ring will be $100 USD / $110 CAD.
One of the things I loved most about the initial Pandora Shine launch was that Pandora chose motifs that really benefited from and suited the 18 kt finish. The sweet little honeybees were perfect. On the same note, the grains/harvest theme of this Autumn launch is another that truly complements the Shine range. The vibrant yellow brings to life the golden grains and seeds, and the straw of the scarecrow. The only issue for me is the price point, which is somewhat prohibitive for the majority of these pieces.
My personal favourites are the Scarecrow Guardian and the Mesh bracelet decked out in a Shine finish, but I have such a list from the regular Autumn collection already that I don’t think they’ll be day-one purchases!
What do you think of this latest collection for Shine? Do any pieces catch your eye?