Today’s post looks forward to our next big Pandora release, with an overview of the Pandora Winter 2018 collection! This is in some ways traditional for Pandora, with icy and celestial charms contrasted with bold and cheerful festive beads. However, there are some more off-the-wall and quirky options thrown in to mix things up a little!
Pandora have not allowed me to preview the whole collection, so there are a few beads missing – these are mainly Pandora Rose or Shine pieces, or decorative charms, so almost all the characters here. And, in any case, if you go to your local store and pick up a catalogue, you can see the whole range there. :D
The collection will be out 1 November. As usual, I’m sticking with charms and bracelets for this post – other jewellery will be previewed at a later date. Read on to get an overview for what’s coming out!
Pandora Winter 2018 collection preview
We begin with some traditional frosty beads – and one that’s less traditional! The Heart Melter is a funny little charm, and another of Pandora’s more quirky offerings this year. It’s actually made from murano glass, although I don’t know how they have done its googly eyes! The other beads here are more par for the course – while they have seasonally appropriate ‘frosty’ names, most of them are quite abstract in design and could be used in lots of different ways. My favourite is the beauty ruby-coloured version of the Dazzling Snowflake. My favourites are all in the next collage, however. I am a fervent lover of hot drinks, and there’s nothing like a lovely mug of hot chocolate to make you think of Christmas. The other adorable bead is the Christmas Train, which comes bearing presents just like the birthday train in Wallace and Gromit, haha.
In retrospect, I’m not sure why I put the Ice Carving bead here and not in the frost collage, but there you have it.
There are some space beads coming out too – the safety chain is really lovely and would work well on either a Christmas or a space-themed bracelet. And, if you want to combine the two themes, there’s always the Santa in Space bead! 😂
Next, we have a sneak peek at the holiday limited edition charm and bangle for this year. The Christmas Ornament charm is a pearlescent version of last year’s Rockettes charm, with an adorable moon crescent dangle attached. Weirdly enough, Pandora gave me this stock image with the Autumn images, but I assumed it was a mistake. However, it does appear to have been released as an Autumn bead in some countries and is available to buy there now – France, for example. I’m not sure why!
To go with this bead, we have the Firework limited edition bangle. Again, Pandora first gave me this image with the Autumn stock photos, but it doesn’t appear to have been released early like the corresponding charm.
This would look nice with these two Firework-themed charms coming out – they’re not limited edition,but the Dazzling Wishes looks absolutely stunning. If you look closely, the enamel plate at the back is all-over glitter, and with the sparkling CZ explosion set over the top of it, I’m sure it will be so striking in person.
The Dazzling Firework looks more snowflake-like to me, on the other hand.
The next two beads must be regional releases, I think – they’re not in the regular UK catalogue. This Nossa Senhora Aparecida charm is pretty beautiful, and nicely detailed in enamel and silver:
The Radio City Charm must be to do with the Rockettes charm that came out last year:
Finally, there’s also this cute blue star clasp bangle!
My favourites from this set are the Firework bangle (I don’t mind the inscription this year), the Cocoa charm and the sweet Train bead. I also love the Pandora Rose Reindeer that’s coming out, but I am not allowed to preview this yet. :) I already have made a start on a new Pandora Christmas design, which currently just has the Holly Wreath dangle from last year on a limited edition bangle. The Christmas Ornament charm is also gorgeous!
Are you going to purchase anything from this collection?