Today’s post brings my first review from the Pandora Summer 2017 collection, with a closer look at the Mint Glitter muranos! These were a day one purchase for me, with their gorgeous sea colour and sand-like glitter. No matter what you might think about Pandora’s changing style in relation to other charms, I think that their murano glass is an area in which they consistently show innovation, quality and real creativity.
The sun has finally, finally come out here in the UK, and so it seemed perfect timing to do this summery little review. Read on for some close-up shots and minty styling inspiration! <3
Pandora Mint Glitter Murano Review
The murano is called the ‘Mint Glitter’, but I’d definitely say that the colour has quite a lot of blue in it – more than I think you’d expect from ‘mint’! It’s such a stunning colour, though. It works particularly well with the golden glitter, as it instantly puts you in mind of tropical beaches. The colours work so well together. In addition to the darker gold glitter, there is also some lighter shimmer in the glass, which really set off the whole effect – you can just see it to the left of the murano in this picture:
As is usual with the murano glass beads (which are handmade), the Glitter muranos vary a lot. The stock image, for example, shows mainly lighter glitter. Both of my muranos tend to have darker, deeper patches of gold (which I prefer), rather than the iridescent, all-over shimmer of the stock image murano. The muranos in store were also different in size: I picked out two chubbier ones, as I think they always show off the designs and offer a greater pop of colour!
The glass itself is clear; all the colour is wrapped around the core. The beautiful bubbles are spread through the glass itself, however. The murano features the smaller Pandora silver core, allowing you to see more of the glass design and appreciate all those lovely threads of gold.
As many people have noted, the glitter in the muranos is really reminiscent of golden sand – combined with the rich jewel-like colour, it immediately made me want to revisit an Arabian Nights styling. :D For this, I combined the mint with some lovely pastel purples, and added the Camel, the Arabian Coffee Pot, the Twinkling Night clip and the Hope Chest as my themed beads. The pink sapphires in the Double Heart clips remind me of treasure, too, while their hint of gold adds a dash of warmth.
Next, I decided to bring out both the gold and the teal in the murano with a two-tone ocean-themed bracelet; the mother-of-pearl in the pendant (one of my absolute favourites) reminds me of seashells. The Open Sky spacers are other favourites of mine – I chose them for the idea of clear blue sky above the water, or wind whipping past as you’re sailing.
My next styling comes as a result of a number of questions I had over whether the Glitter muranos look good with the Pandora Rose collection. My answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ in the case of both the pink and the mint glitter beads! Both the pink and the mint colours complement the rose gold shade well, while the threads of gold look coppery when paired with the pinker metal. This bangle design shows off the mint with a Pandora Rose clip – I don’t have the pink Glitter muranos to show you with the Rose, but I saw some very nice combinations in store.
Finally, this is how I have actually been wearing my muranos. If you followed my blog in the run-up to the Summer 2017 launch, you’ll know that there was a fair amount of handwringing from me, as I didn’t know whether these muranos would lean more green or blue in person. I wanted them to match with my green Tinker Bell beads.
As it turns out, they do lean quite blue – I wasn’t sure that they would work with my green beads, but they were just so lovely that I bought them anyway! I knew that I had to have them in my collection, one way or another. ?
After a little bit of rearranging, I found an arrangement that worked for me. :D The Tinker Bell beads do look lovely with the Mint Glitter beads, while the Folklore muranos contain both green and blue in them, which helps to pull the whole thing together. I’ve since added the Happy Little Bird in the gap between the Daisy clip and the murano to finish it all off!
This charm is just as nice as the stock image promised; the combination of the blue-green and the golden glitter is perfect for summer, but also subtle enough to be worn all year round. If I had to pick just one bead from this collection, the Mint Glitter would be it. :D Having said that, I’m actually quite tempted to go back for the same design in pink, which is also really lovely. :D
The Pandora Mint Glitter murano is $45 USD or £35.
Have you bought this charm, or is it on your wish list?