Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year and so, to celebrate, I thought I’d review the rather adorable Chinese Doll charm! This is one of two charms that Pandora have released to celebrate CNY 2015, and it features a beautiful red enamel Chinese-inspired design.
This charm is only currently available in Asian markets (and Australia) to celebrate the Chinese New Year. For the rest of the world, this charm will be out with the Pandora Spring 2015 collection on the 12th of March. ♥
The most striking thing for me about the Chinese Doll is her sweet, happy little face – it has a lovely stylised look to it, which works much better than Pandora’s attempts at more realistic miniature faces. ^^ The red enamel is nice and bright, and contrasts nicely with the shiny black enamel that’s used for her hair. Red is (I believe) a lucky colour in China and so I think this would make a great good luck charm too.
One of my favourite aspects of this charm are the cute little details – her ears and feet stick out rather adorably.
The Chinese Doll completes a set of Asian-inspired set of doll charms; the existing Pandora Korean and Japanese Doll pendants were released with the Autumn 2014 collection. However I love how each doll has a very distinct style and character. While the Japanese Doll (pictured below) is quite neat and elegant in its design, the Chinese Doll is broader and simpler, offering a cheerful, sunny look instead. The Japanese Doll has a rather demure expression, while the Chinese Doll’s face is adorned with an endearing smile. It’s perfect for representing the New Year as a celebration.
Pandora for their Chinese New Year campaign images have used a rather opulent red and gold colour scheme.
Consequently, I have decided to go with the same for my CNY-inspired bracelet design! Here I’ve used the two-tone bracelet and safety chain, with the gorgeous Braided Heart two-tone clips to add that little hint of gold. I’ve then added a couple of pearl pendants to add to the elegance of the design.
I have actually picked up quite a few of the Chinese-inspired charms over the last couple of years. I don’t have the Ram (even though it is my zodiac!) though, so I’ve focused on a more general Chinese theme: I’ve included the Waving Cat, the 2014 Chinese Lantern and silver Ingot, and the silver 2012 Hong Bao charms. :D However you’ll have to imagine that the Ingot at the centre of this design is gold – that would be perfect! ^^
Of course, this charm’s appeal isn’t limited to Asian-inspired bracelets. If you read my review of the Together Forever pendant, you will have seen this leather design before – the Doll looks adorable with the pretty Pink Hearts murano and leather bracelet.
To finish off, this is how I am using the Doll permanently within my collection. The design is a little asymmetrical (something that I usually avoid) but it does look very pretty on the wrist!
This is probably my favourite design that Pandora have created for the Chinese New Year to date. Enamel detailing can be a little controversial, but I love its usage here. It’s probably not the most versatile of colours either, but it does encapsulate that happy sense of celebration perfectly. <3
Many people have mentioned how they would like a whole series of dolls to represent different countries and cultures. I absolutely love this idea, and I would love to see some more of these Dolls appear in the future!
Have you managed to acquire this charm, or is it on your wish list? Have you created any bracelet designs to celebrate the New Year?