Today I’m dipping back into the Pandora Autumn 2014 collection with a look at the gorgeous Dove of Peace and black Mystic Floral charms! These are the last of my Autumn 2014 reviews, and were requested by several readers – I hope that it proves useful! I’m sorry that it’s taken me a little while to get these up, I’ve been busy. :)
Looking forwards, I have some more Winter 2014 reviews coming up, and some fun features for the holiday season. Stay tuned! ;)
These are two of the more popular pieces from Autumn 2014, and it’s not hard to see why; the Dove of Peace is a perfect example of the cute animals that Pandora have been known for, whereas the black Mystic Floral charm is a dramatic piece that brings an easy elegance to any bracelet design.
Pandora Dove of Peace
When pictures of this charm were initially leaked, people wondered if it might be a hummingbird; while I love this design, a hummingbird would have been delightful, and a little less obvious than a dove, perhaps. However, this design still has a lot of charm, and its cute detailing made it instantly one of my must-haves from the collection.
The base of the charm features cubic zirconia accents, which are a light golden brown. I don’t tend to like gratuitous cubic zirconia, and admittedly I would have liked this charm better if it was plain silver, but the effect is fairly subtle, and gives the charm a nice autumnal colour.
One thing that I am not so keen on, however, is the base of the charm. It is not threaded, like a necklace pendant. I know that this keeps the price point down – this charm is £5 cheaper than the Ballerina, for example – but it makes the charm feel a little less substantial. Other than that, the charm itself is lovely; it’s a simple design, but the detailing is very sweet.
And now for styling! I just got one of the beautiful red leather bracelets in the North American bracelet promo, and I just had to use it. The Dove’s delicate detailing looks so soft and pretty with the Wildflower Tribute and Cherry Blossom muranos.
However I also wanted to style it with some warmer autumn tones, seeing as it has those lovely honey-toned cubics in its base. My collection doesn’t really have many yellow or golden colours – ideally I’d style it with the new golden faceted murano. Consequently I decided to pair it with my new Pandora Rose charms – especially as one of them is the delightful Light as a Feather openwork!
Finally, I was thinking of other ways to wear it and my OH pointed out exactly how many bird charms I had. A bird theme was a must! My favourites of these are the lovely Song Bird and the Hans Christian Andersen Ugly Duckling charm. <3
Pandora Black Mystic Floral
This is an elegant little charm, and my instinct is to use it on a more minimalistic bracelet design. I love it in combination with other floral charms, such as the beautiful Viola Bloom pendant. I came up with this design over Halloween; hence the presence of the lovely little Ghost and Pumpkin charms. ^^
I also would love to do a classic black and white theme, but the Mystic Floral is my only black charm! I hope that it gives you an idea of how beautiful this would be. ^^
I have found it an incredibly versatile charm, one which instantly brings elegance and cohesion to a bracelet design – consequently I’ve used it numerous times in recent reviews, including those of the Autumn 2014 Ballerina and King of the Jungle charms.
I like how it can add texture and contrast to a feminine pave design, like this one:
My favourite look, however, might be this one. It gives a beautifully vintage look in combination with the oxidised bracelet and the Darling Daisy clip.
And that’s it for my Autumn reviews! I loved this collection, and I have a stunning six pieces from it. It’s the first time I’ve been really excited for an autumn release in a while, and the range of original designs within one collection has been pleasantly surprising from Pandora.
What do you think of these two charms? Have you bought either of them, or are you planning to?