Today sees the global launch of the Pandora Disney Autumn 2018 collection, and to celebrate I have HQ images, live shots and commentary on all the new beads to celebrate! This collection sees new additions to the popular range of Snow White charms, and a brand new addition to the Pandora Disney range.
For those who are unaware, Pandora do not currently want their Disney collections previewed in advance, although I am trying to see whether there might be any leeway on this going forward. In the meantime, read on for a full look at the Pandora Disney Autumn 2018 collection!
Pandora Disney Autumn 2018 collection
What I love most about the Snow White beads is that they include some villain-themed beads! Collectors have been requesting a Disney villains collection, and while Pandora haven’t quite gone for that, they seem to have taken the decision to include some darker charms alongside the cuter beads.
The Evil Queen’s Black Magic bead is a Disney-fied take on button-style charms – with a dramatic black stone at its heart, the sides of the charms feature cut-outs of scenes from the film. Next, we have the Evil Queen’s Magic Mirror – on one side of the charm we have Snow White herself, and on the other the Evil Queen.
The Snow White’s Apple and Heart charm is perhaps the most successful of these darker beads – it has deliciously sinister overtones, with its little heart box and the bright red of the poisoned apple.
The Snow White Portrait clip offers a sweeter counterpoint to the Queen-themed beads, although I’m not sure whether I like the style of the detailing. It might look a bit more subtle in person!
On the other hand, the Snow White’s Bird charm is just so cute! The sparkle is complemented by really solid silver detailing – I can’t quite tell how the charm is weighted, though, with the bird leaning forward from its perch. I’m looking forward to seeing it in person.
The Snow White’s Book charm is just that perfect representation of the heavy fairytale book that used to start multiple Disney movies. The red enamel detailing means it’ll blend in nicely with the other Snow White beads, if not with the rest of Pandora’s fairytale collection.
Finally, we have a much more cheerful bead with the Seven Dwarfs spacer. This is a adorably fun little design, with the dwarfs’ faces picked out entirely in silver detail. It’s so fun to see Pandora branch out from the princess beads and embrace the quirkier characters within the Disney movies.
Our next movie franchise – Pinocchio! I think I’m right to say that we haven’t see a Pinocchio bead from Pandora before. The When you Wish upon a Star charm is a lovely bead, and a bit more abstract in design – it manages to be characterful and decorative. Beads like this one are a nice way to balance and space out a Disney bracelet, without all the characters making it look too busy.
My favourite of these new Disney charms, however, has to be this adorable Jiminy Cricket charm! So beautifully done – I love pastel enamels, and the umbrella is perfect. There’s not a CZ in sight here, either.
Figaro is another charm that’s proven quite popular in the leaked images, and his black enamel will set off the lighter colour of the Jiminy Cricket umbrella so nicely. Finally, we have Pinocchio himself in a very detailed all silver design. I wish he had a more substantial bail, but I doubt many people will be looking at that when the charm itself is so thoughtfully delineated.
To finish with, we have some live shots! Stores in the US and Canada often get the collections a little ahead of time, and post some fab live images for us to look at in the meantime.
I particularly love this lovely image from @sarinak23, which beautifully shows off the bright blue of the Jiminy charm:
This strikes me as a really strong Disney release – I always prefer it when they focus on characters other than Mickey & Minnie, as important as they are to the brand. As a Pandora collector overall, I relish freshness and new characters, and this collection delivers that in spades. The Snow White beads, while wickedly creative and fun, are not something that I can easily fit in my collection with their bright reds and bold themes – but the sweeter, softer Pinocchio beads do appeal to me on the other hand. I have a pretty pastel blue bracelet that I think the new Jiminy charm would be perfect for – so that’s definitely one I’m considering!
What do you think of this collection? Are you buying anything?