Today’s post offers one of my final Pandora Spring 2015 reviews, with an in-depth look at the new Graduate Owl charm! With graduation season up and coming in the US, and school/university finals under way here in the UK, I thought this would be an appropriate time to offer a review of this rather cute little guy. ^^
This charm was a must-have for me as I have been embroiled in the writing of multiple papers and dissertation proposals over the last couple of months. Getting myself the Graduate Owl was one way of reminding me that all the stress is worth it! However I also want to make the case for him just as a cute charm – something that anyone can enjoy.
Read on for some close-up pics and some inspiration as to how you might style it!
I really love the trend of recent years for owl accessories, and the Graduate Owl charm offers quite a fashionable design, with its cute eyes and geometric pavé detailing. The sapphire-blue eyes give an extra dash of colour that completes the look – however they’re not so prominent that you can’t style the charm with other colour schemes.
In some ways, it seems a shame to limit such a fun little design to those who are graduating. I did think that, perhaps, you could also use him to represent learning, or aspirations, or even just wisdom. While it’s true that he has the graduate’s cap on, the scroll on the bottom of his feet isn’t that noticeable ;)
You can see where they got the idea for this charm from – the original study books charm has an adorable little owl engraved on the back of it. (I got the Study Books as a surprise charm from my OH to celebrate getting a first in my undergrad degree last year! The Graduate Owl I got myself this year as more of an aspirational charm. :P)
As with most of Pandora’s newer pieces, this is a charm of many details – everything is there, down to his talons and tail feathers. He is perched on a graduation scroll, although this is quite hard to see when the charm is facing the right way around.
The only thing that slightly disappointed me with this charm is the fact that it is not threaded, and it feels very lightweight in person. I should have realised this before I purchased it, as pavé charms are never usually threaded – but there’s such a lot of detail in this charm that it just looked more substantial from the stock image.
The back of the charm features silver feathers, while a fully-detailed mortar-board is perched on top of its head. ^^
As his eyes are blue, my first instinct was to try him with blues and purples – here I’ve mixed some of the new Spring 2015 florals with some classic Pandora. This is a very shiny silver charm, and it looks even lighter with the addition of the cubic zirconia. Consequently, it makes for a nice contrast with the oxi bracelet.
Leather bracelets are also excellent if you want to give this charm as a graduation present; a leather makes the bracelet look complete with even a single charm.
The same also goes for the Pandora bangle – as you can see in this campaign shot, which features the Owl perched alongside some sparkly spacers and the Graduation Cap dangle.
The Owl is going on my pink-themed oxidised bracelet, which features a mixture of flowers and cute animal charms! I have actually added more to this bracelet since this picture was taken, including a couple of the new Spring 2015 Pink Petite Facets. :D
While some may dislike the Owl’s sparklier pavé look, I think that it really does work here. It offers another good example of how Pandora can make pavé detailing feel like an integral part of a charm’s design, rather than superfluous sparkle that doesn’t bring much to the charm but nevertheless pushes up the price. Consequently, the Graduate Owl seems a worthy addition to Pandora’s extensive catalogue of cute animal charms, which is why it’s something of a shame that its appeal is limited. ;) However, I do feel like the charm is pretty enough that you could buy it just for its cuteness too!
The Graduate Owl is $55 USD or £45. If you’re in the UK, you can buy it alongside the rest of the Pandora Spring collection from authorised retailer John Greed.
Have you bought this charm, or is on your wish list?