Today’s post brings a quick review of Pandora’s new two-tone bangle, which was released globally with the Winter 2014 collection. Pandora first released their all silver bangle in 2013; after it proved enormously popular, they followed it up with a two-tone version in the latter half of 2014. The bangle itself remains silver, but with a stunning 14kt gold clasp.
This will be my last Winter 2014 review before the release of the Valentine’s Day 2015 collection on the 15th of January, so I hope you enjoy it. ^^
I never thought I would own this lovely piece, but I was fortunate enough to receive one this Christmas! As it is potentially a rather big investment, I thought it was worth reviewing, and offering some ideas as to how to wear it. If you’re looking for some tips regarding the bangle in general, please take a look at my silver Pandora bangle review.
The stock image really does not do this piece justice – the colour of the clasp is so much brighter and shinier in person. There is also a two-tone Moments bracelet, which looks beautiful with two-tone charms, but the contrast between the gold and the silver does work particularly well with the bangle. It is striking enough to be worn on its own, without any charms.
Often, when comparing gold versions of charms with their silver counterparts, the gold version proves to be smaller than the silver one. This is not true of the two-tone and silver bangles; the clasps are the same size. Gold does not oxidise, therefore the letters are much lighter on the two-tone bangle than the silver one. It looks so much shinier than my silver one, which is showing up the scratches a bit! ;)
With an precious piece like this, I’d be tempted to avoid filling it up with lots of charms – the bangle has a very shiny finish and it is very prone to scratching. :( Openwork charms are best, as they are not threaded and will therefore have less contact with the bangle itself. If you’re concerned, too, I wouldn’t advise stacking it with full Pandora bracelets. It’s a little ridiculous, as my full Pandora bracelets are technically worth more than this one, but it’s the most expensive single piece of jewellery I now own.
Clips won’t scratch your bracelet either if you use a silicone stopper (pictured right) or one of the clip inserts that Pandora provides (pictured left). If you fasten your clip over one of these on the bangle, they will hold the clip in place and stop it sliding around and scratching it. You can buy the black inserts from Pandora themselves, while the silicone stoppers are readily available on Amazon or eBay.
With a piece like this, I think simplicity is the prettiest way of wearing it. For example, it looks so striking when worn with one a single charm or clip, such as the white enamel Darling Daisy:
Even though the murano beads have threads, I couldn’t resist pairing the bangle with the delicate Cherry Blossom murano. They go beautifully together, and the lovely pinks of the murano really soften and bring out the prettiness of the gold clasp.
To stop the murano moving, you could always pop a couple of pretty clips with inserts either side.
Elegant two-tone pieces such as the Vintage Heart also look beautiful with the bangle – this picture is a snap of a design put together by my local store. As I said, simplicity works best for me with the Pandora bangle in general, and I love this look.
Warm honey tones also set off the gold clasp very nicely, as in this shot from the PANDORA magazine (I don’t have any yellow in my collection!).
However, if you want to soften the look a little and create something a little vintage-looking, I love a combination like this. I’ve added the Vintage Allure charm, with its delicate green spinel stone, and the white enamel Darling Daisy clip. The soft green and white look really pretty with the gold.
Finally, I also like to stack it! I don’t like wearing it with full Moments bracelets, as I’ve said; however, I am currently loving it in combination with my Essence bracelet – the Wisdom charm looks so beautiful with two-tone pieces! This is only a quick snap taken with instagram (and a dreadful phone camera), but you get the idea!
The two-tone bangle is a lovely piece; it is effortlessly elegant, and looks beautiful with so many of Pandora’s decorative pieces. I particularly like it with softer, delicate charms such as the blossom muranos or the Darling Daisy clip; although I’m sure it would look great worn with some dramatic, edgier designs too. I’d like to see what it looks like in combination with the delicate pink of the new heart murano coming out for Valentine’s Day, too.
It’s tempting to save it for special occasions, as the bangle is particularly prone to showing up wear, but I’m not really that kind of person and I’ve been enjoying wearing it over the past couple of weeks! I am, however, being careful with what charms go on it and what I wear it with; I want to enjoy wearing it, but it would be a shame if it looked scratched up very quickly.
The two-tone bangle is $325 in the US and £275 in the UK, where it is available from John Greed Jewellery along with the rest of their selection of Pandora.
Would you invest in a more expensive Pandora bracelet? How do you wear your two-tone pieces?