Today brings my next review from the Pandora Pre-Autumn 2018 collection, with a closer look at the new Crown Logo charm! For me, the Crown ‘O’ beads were the key pieces and highlight of the Pre-Autumn 2018 launch. A go-to bead for anyone who’s looking to represent their love of Pandora, the Crowns are also free of the CZ detailing present on most of the other pieces from this collection. My favourite of all three finishes was the Rose version of this charm – read on for some inspiration and close-up shots!
Pandora Rose Crown ‘O’ charm review
The whole point of this charm is branding and celebrating Pandora itself, so if you tend to avoid this heavily branded beads, then this bead probably isn’t for you. ^^ It’s also quite an emblem of ‘new’ Pandora, in my eyes. It’s an openwork, it’s bold and quite contemporary in style, and it’s available in all three of Pandora’s key finishes.
The design is an openwork one, meaning that it has no threads and simply slips on to your bracelet. The bracelet chain is visible through the ‘O’. You can see it in silver and Shine finishes in my Pandora Pre-Autumn 2018 overview here.
Again, one of the things I loved most about the new Rose padlock bracelet is how beautifully shiny it was, and the same applies to this charm. The Rose pieces in particular just seem to glow when new.
The O itself is decorated throughout with cut-out hearts. This kind of detailing at one point became something of a turn-off for me, as it used to appear on all Pandora’s generic ‘button’ beads, which we saw a lot of between 2015 and 2017. This year, they’ve really dialled back on all that, and the cut-out hearts here complement a design that for me packs a little more oomph than many of the buttons.
I will note that this bead is quite big – if you’re hoping to slot it in as part of a fuller bracelet design, I would advise trying it in store first, as it might dwarf some of your other charms. The hallmark appears on one side of the bead, and again features the new ‘MET’ hallmarking for Rose. My bead also has a factory mark to the left of the hallmark.
An alternative for a logo bead is the more traditional Pandora King Crown two-tone charm, long retired now of course. This actually predates the Pandora crown logo, and perhaps even inspired it! This is much smaller and daintier than the new Crown.
I wear mine on my all two-tone bracelet design (one of my faves!) – this is an older shot of it:
I mentioned that I’ve been quite into my mini stylings recently, and I have been quite enjoying putting together smaller bracelet designs that aren’t quite so heavy on the character beads – these are the bracelets that I like to stack with my fuller charm bracelets. These new Crown charms are perfect for a standalone bead that will really set off a bangle or leather, as on the open bangle below. And, now that there’s a Pandora Rose open bangle coming out for Autumn, you could always invert this look and put the silver Crown on that bangle!
I’ve made no secret about the fact that I absolutely love the Mint Glitter muranos, which came out last year in the summer, and they look particularly stunning with a bit of Pandora Rose. I’ve never had the chance to tell them on an all-Rose chain before – it looks really lovely. The smaller silver core isn’t very noticeable, and doesn’t detract at all from the Rose finish.
The murano’s height also works to complement the larger size of the Crown itself.
Lastly, this is the basis of how I’ll actually be wearing my signature Crown bead. Since taking this photo, though, I’ve updated this design by swapping in the Libra charm for the Mora Pandora heart and adding Rose Shining Elegance clips. I’ll be reviewing the Pre-Autumn letters soon, and I’ll show you what that looks like then. :)
As I said previously, this is my favourite new bead from the Pandora Pre-Autumn 2018 launch. It’s very decorative and not a quite a traditional character charm, but it’s undeniably a great choice anyone who loves their Pandora and still runs to the store to shop each new collection. It more than carries its own, so you could wear it as a focal point on a bracelet or simply on its own on a leather or bangle. The King Crown is probably still is my favourite of the two charms, but this is a very nice option for those who want something a bit more ‘new’ Pandora.
On a side note, it has been rather Rose-y on the blog this week, but my next review will focus on the silver Pre-Autumn 2018 letter beads for those of you who don’t collect the Rose line. ^^
The Pandora Crown ‘O’ in Rose is priced at £45. If you’re in the UK, you can purchase this charm along with the rest of the Pre-Autumn 2018 collection from authorised Pandora UK stockist John Greed.
What do you think of this charm? Have you bought it in any of the three finishes?