Today’s post brings a shockingly overdue review from the Pandora Spring 2017 collection, with a closer look at the blue Field of Flowers muranos! These did not launch in all regions, and have been rather sought after – with their lovely bright blue shade and delicate floral detailing, it’s easy to see why.
It feels like such a long time since I last did a review! Wait, that’s because it is. I’ll be honest with you – I’ve not been well over the past few weeks (tired all the time…!), and it’s also coincided with a bit of a Pandora slump. So it’s been hard to find the energy to blog. I am all over retired beads and have been buying up a storm on Rue La La, but I just am not that excited about what’s coming up next. There are pieces I’m looking forward to (um hello Summer 2017 muranos) but it’s just not the same as I used to feel about new Pandora releases. I debated whether or not to actually say this (and my boyfriend thought that I shouldn’t), but I know that a lot of people have been feeling the same, and it seemed better to be honest! And, having said all this, actually sitting down and writing this review has really helped me start feeling the love again. I want to write more about this in some other point, but felt I should explain a little bit why I’ve not been as present on the blog lately. :)
Anyway, enough of my rambles – read on for a review of these lovely beads! :)
Pandora Spring 2017 Blue Field of Flowers murano review
Now, the first thing to note is that these are not actually my muranos – they are two that I bought for a friend of mine in the US who couldn’t purchase them for herself, and she very kindly allowed me to photograph them for review before I package them up for her. I personally went for the purple Field of Flowers murano, and will be getting the pink as well – but only because the blue doesn’t fit with any of my current bracelet projects. It is stunning – as you shall see! ^^
The colour in the stock image is quite a delicate, light blue, but I’ve not seen any of these muranos in person that have been quite this shade in person.
For the most part, the examples I’ve seen have been quite bright and deep in shade – definitely not a soft pastel blue. It’s a very vibrant cornflower blue at best, with a slightly luminous quality. They are absolutely stunning – really rich and eye catching, but quite different from the pink and purple versions, which are much softer.
These muranos have the smaller silver Pandora core, so as to allow you to see the design better. I do love looking at the floral murano glass beads from side on, as you really begin to get a sense of the work that’s gone into them – the depth of the flowers, the swirl of the ribbon through the glass…
These muranos vary a lot! I’d definitely advise buying these in person if you can. I was purchasing two, as I said before, for a friend in the US and I ended up taking one back as it was so much skinnier than the other. The swirls and the detailing of the flowers also differ a lot, which I don’t mind as much – but it does affect the symmetry of a design when the actual beads themselves are so different in size, I feel.
For my stylings for these muranos, I’ve paired them with different sets of floral murano glass. I think Pandora really excel with their floral beads, and they’re often the charms I like buying most these days. <3 They have the most ‘old school Pandora’ feel of all their new releases. First up, I paired them with a little delicate pink – the older 2014 Field of Daisies murano, which have cropped up in a few sales. They’re just gorgeous, and the little lick of yellow in the middle gives them such a sunny warmth, too.
I’ve got to that point in the year where I am obsessed with going on holiday – I still haven’t booked something for this summer and I keep dreaming about lovely getaways in the sun. This bracelet is a little homage to that, bringing out the hint of the tropical in these muranos by pairing them with vibrant orange glass beads. :D
My favourite combo that I came up with, however, is this one. I love the cool combination of the blue and purple pastels, and the oxidised bracelet really accentuates that. I’d have loved to add in the light blue Birthday Blooms to complete the two-tone look, but unfortunately I don’t have it! :(
This murano is a truly lovely bead, and I really did enjoy borrowing a couple from my friend to play with for a couple of hours. ;) The depth of the colour is stunning, and the glasswork is just gorgeous. However, its brighter blue doesn’t really fit with anything in my collection as it currently stands, and I’m not planning on getting one for myself in the immediate future.
The Pandora Field of Flowers murano is £40 in the UK; it’s unfortunately not available in the US or Australia.
Have you indulged in one of these beauties yet? If so, how have you styled it?