It’s been a little while since my last Pandora review, and so today brings two for the price of one, with a closer look at both of the new safety chains from the Pandora Mother’s Day 2016 collection! ^^
I have accrued a substantial number of bracelets at this point (please don’t ask me the actual number :P) and I’m always on the look out for new safety chain designs. Consequently I was so excited to see these two new safety chains in the previews for this collection.
Read on for close-up shots of both the two-tone Heart & Crown safety chain and the plain-silver Logo safety chain, and some styling inspiration!
Pandora Mother’s Day 2016 Safety Chains Review
Both of these new safety chains are cute, universal designs, and could be used with any bracelet you feel like – unlike some of the more recent offerings, such as the ‘Family Forever’ or Disney safety chains.
Consequently, I picked up them both! ^^ The first I got, and the one for which I was most excited, was the Heart & Crown. It’s been so long since Pandora did a new two-tone safety design. :D The overall look is very polished and shiny.
This new one is a little cheaper than the existing two-tone designs; so, if you feel like the price is a little excessive for other two, the Heart & Crown might be a good next-best. Even so, there is a decent amount of gold in it – the little gold hearts are on both sides of the hearts.
Another cute feature of this design are the little crowns on top of each heart. These are silver, and not gold; I don’t feel this detracts much from the design and, on balance, it was probably better to keep the cost down.
In this way, it’s rather similar to the 2015 Pandora Club charm – they’d definitely look nice styled together.
The second safety chain is plain silver, and a lot more affordable. It’s the latest in a series of safety chains based on existing Pandora clip designs, this time on the Loving Pandora logo clip.
However, if you were one of those who found the previous safety chains in this style too heavy or chunky, you’ll be glad to hear that Pandora has addressed this issue with the Logo safety chain. It’s smaller compared to the Dainty Bow safety chain or Pavé Star safety chain, and much more delicate on the bracelet itself.
Perhaps this added daintiness contributes to the fact that, while it’s quite a basic design compared to the other safety chains, it’s surprisingly pretty in person. I really do like it.
For my stylings today, I’m going to show you two ‘classic Pandora’ designs I’ve been working on for the past year or so. As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, Pandora has been retiring a lot of their old character designs over the past year or so; I’ve been snaffling up the ones I love best whenever they crop up on Rue La La or on sale here in the UK.
These have gone into two bracelet designs; one is a classic two-tone bracelet, and the other a classic silver bracelet. Consequently, it is very serendipitous timing that Pandora have come out with a safety chain design for each! ^^
First, we have my two-tone bracelet, which is not quite finished. I added just a touch of ‘new’ Pandora with the beautifully rich golden Belle murano from the Pandora Disney collection. It makes for a great centrepiece, and its colour really emphasises the touches of gold in other charms.
To add a little more colour into the outer sections of the bracelet, I also included two of the gold Vintage enamel spacers, which retired last year. These go amazingly with a little yellow gold.
However, you definitely don’t need a two-tone bracelet to wear this safety chain! You could wear with the oxidised bracelet to great effect, for example, or just to add a bit of oomph to a regular silver design. :)
Next up, we have classic silver design! The Pandora animals are some of my favourite beads, and I have a fair few of those on here – the Panda, the Puddleduck, the original Snake, to name a handful. I also have other favourite classics on there, and I’ve used them to divide up the animals, so that the overall look is not toooo cutesy. The Treasure Chest, the Camera, the original little silver House.
There is no pavé allowed on this bracelet – all the colour is either murano glass, or enamel (and there’s not much of that either). ^^ I am just in love with both the Pink and Purple Shimmer muranos. They are just gorgeous, and they offset the other plain silver charms amazingly. They fit in well with the long-retired Lavender Candy-stripe murano surprisingly well, too!
It seemed like something of a no-brainer to use the Pandora logo safety chain on a bracelet dedicated to honouring Pandora’s classic silver designs!
These are two solid new safety chains, and I particularly love that they are both classic, no-pavé designs. In this way, these will work well with both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Pandora bracelet stylings! I expected to like the Heart & Crown way more than the plain silver Logo safety chain, but the Logo safety chain is surprisingly cute and delicate in person.
I understand that it’s Mother’s Day today for many of you across the world – to all of you who are celebrating, I hope you have a lovely day! Maybe some of you received either one of these safety chains to celebrate. ^^
The Pandora Heart & Crown safety chain is $115 USD or £85; the Logo safety chain is £40 USD or £35. If you’re in the UK, you can buy these two pieces and the rest of the Pandora Spring collection, from authorised retailer John Greed.
What do you think of these new safety chain designs? Will you be purchasing either of them?