It was some time ago now that I posted the first entry in a new ‘Retired and Hard to Find’ series, wherein I showcase hard-to-find charms individually. Consequently, I thought it was time to publish the next entry in the series, which details a recent acquisition of mine – the retired Perfume Bottle!
If you want to get an overview of what HTF (hard-to-find) Pandora pieces there are out there, then you should check out my post here. Otherwise, read on for some detail on this gorgeous retired charm!
Background on the Charm
This charm was released back in Spring 2008 – however, it doesn’t seem to appear in Pandora catalogues after 2010, suggesting that it was retired only a couple of years after it was first released. This also puts it as having been out of production for the last four years. Its item number is 790427OCZ – it retailed for $50 USD or £35 in the UK.
Additionally, there are two versions of this charm that I know of. They are slightly different shapes, and the hallmarks are different, too. One version has its ALE hallmarks stamped directly on the base, while the other has its ALE mark stamped around the base (as you’ll see on my charm). Don’t worry – both versions are genuine Pandora!
The charm is a little silver perfume bottle, featuring the Pandora logo and a orange cubic zirconia at its top.
The logo features some nice oxidised detailing, providing a striking contrast to the rest of the charm, which is a polished silver. However, my favourite detail of the Perfume Bottle is the little flower stopper. The orange cubic zirconia might put some people off, but overall to me it has an elegant, kind of vintage aesthetic. It’s just gorgeous.
As for the technical details, the Pandora logo is only on one side of the perfume bottle; the other side is clear. Depending on which version of the perfume bottle you have, the ALE mark will either be around the base (as you can see on mine), or it will be stamped on the base itself.
This has been on my ‘Hard to Find’ hit list for a while, and I’m really glad that I managed to find this one for a good price. It’s not the rarest of the HTF Pandora charms, but it’s one of my favourites. It has such a beautiful, classic design and, to me, it shows a lot more originality than many of Pandora’s most popular designs.
On the other hand, I can see why Pandora decided to retire this charm, too – the orange gemstone may not be the easiest colour to blend into an existing collection. However, with the vibrant oranges of the recent Summer 2014 collection, this seems like a great time to be focusing on this charm, which would look great with some of the new charms.
Do you have this charm? Or are you looking for it? Are you a fan of some of Pandora’s older designs?