Today’s post brings my first review from the Pandora Mother’s Day 2018 collection, with a closer look at the new Flourishing Heart pendant! This charm was released early in the UK, as we celebrate Mothering Sunday this coming weekend – it will come out in most countries in April.
Read on for some close-up shots and styling ideas!
Pandora Flourishing Hearts pendant review
The Flourishing Hearts pendant is lovely in its simplicity, featuring arching silver branches encased in a beaded silver heart. It isn’t overly oxidised, but the branches refletcing each other give it a darker look that make it seem as though it is. All the branches are beautifully defined, and the design curves outwards, adding to its shine.
A common complaint among Pandora collectors is that they produce too many on heart charms – and yes, this is yet another heart design, but I am always more forgiving when hearts are used in a more interesting way. The little silver heart tucked away to the left and the overall shape of the pendant are sweet, but not bland in the way that some of the button heart designs are. As the stock image shows, the hallmarks are on the inside of the bail.
The back of the charm does not offer so much to look at – the branches are flat and not so sculpted, and the light doesn’t catch the details as much on this side. It’s still pretty, though. The charm overall is very light and delicate – it would also hold its own as a necklace pendant.
I love that it’s plain silver, and it makes a beautiful alternative for those who liked the Valentine’s Tree of Love pendant but were put off by the pavé:
Styling: All Purple Everything
I have purple on the brain for this review, as ultimately I want to use this pendant with the lilac Enchanted Garden Glass murano from the Pandora Spring 2018 collection. I’ve earmarked the lavender Radiant Droplets, the oxidised Star clips to go with them, but I’m just waiting for the Wildflower Meadow bracelet to style them. In the meantime, I’m wearing them in a mini bangle design:
Continuing with this colour scheme, I put together two additional stylings using some of the older glass beads. They used to do a lot of really pretty deep purple glass, and it really brings out the details in shining plain silver beads.
The Purple Zebra murano is one of my absolute favourites. It has such a beautiful colour, especially when you catch it bright light. I think the Flourishing Hearts has a simplicity that goes very well with older beads and glass.
Finally, I went for a softer styling, using the long-retired Lavender Candy-stripe murano as a focal point. The Lavender Droplets from last year go very nicely with it.
While Pandora have attempted the tree of love / family tree motif multiple times over the past few years, the simplicity of the Flourishing Hearts pendant makes it my favourite so far. It’s sentimental without being saccharine, and would fit beautifully with some of the upcoming Spring florals and enchanted charms. My only quibble is the price point. It’s very light and delicate, and yet it’s £35. It contains a lot less silver than I think I’d expect for that money. Nevertheless, the intricacy of the design is lovely.
It’s not as exciting a bead as some of the upcoming Spring character charms, but it’s a lovely decorative piece and one that will complement those beads nicely. The bonus was that I also got the gorgeous Mother’s Day gift bag for this year with my purchase! All in all, I am a very happy bunny! ?
What do you think of this design? Is it on your wish list?