Today sees the launch of the brand-new Pandora Shine collection worldwide, and – huzzah – I am finally able to write about it! Pandora has been very cautious about this launch, but now that it’s all officially out there I’m covering its launch with HQ photos of all the new pieces, live shots, and commentary. :D
For those who really are unaware, Pandora Shine is a brand new line of 18kt-gold-plated jewellery launching with the Pandora Spring 2018 collection.
I’ve put in pricing where I have it, but I didn’t make it a priority to track down the full set of pricing ahead of time as I knew I wouldn’t be able to preview it before stores were listing these pieces anyhow. In retrospect, I should have done as I’m still writing this ahead of time and won’t have time to put the prices in for the article’s launch, so apologies for that! :)
There will be more pieces coming out in April with the Mother’s Day 2018 collections, too, although I am not permitted to preview those yet.
Pandora Shine – An Overview
Pandora Shine is Pandora’s first big new concept since the launch of the Pandora Rose line back in 2014, which is why there’s been such a huge marketing campaign to mark its launch, bringing in bloggers, promos and advertisements galore. To begin with, the collection will only be sold in concept stores and online.
The Shine jewellery is 18kt-gold plated sterling silver jewellery. It will look quite different to Pandora’s existing solid gold line, which is 14kt, and much less yellow in person.
The plating consists of several layers – the sterling silver is overlaid with a layer of palladium and then finished with a very thick layer of 18kt gold.
Pandora Shine Bracelets
The Pandora Smooth Bracelet is the closest thing we have to a traditional Pandora Shine charm bracelet – it has no threads, however, and you’ll need either silicone-lined clips or rubber stoppers underneath your clips if you want your beads to stay in place on it. It’s $175 USD.
The Sliding Bracelet is $175 USD or £150 – slightly eyewatering, but it is a lovely finish. I’d love to make a little mini Shine bumblebee design on this one!I find myself really liking this Pandora Shine heart bangle – the contrast between the metals is lovely, and the price point is a little more affordable at $100 USD.The Honeybee bracelet is the only non-charm bracelet option, and it will be a limited edition piece. Pandora Shine Charms
One of the pieces that has featured very heavily in Pandora’s pre-release campaign is this Queen Bee pendant ($90 USD/£70), and I can appreciate why – it’s detailed, very striking and yet rather sweet with its tiny heart detail. Also, the motif of the queen bee plays rather well into ideas of female empowerment, which crops up in Pandora’s marketing a lot at the moment – do celebrate, do shine, do Pandora.
The Heart and Bee is refreshingly free of any enamel or sparkle, and I love the little dangling bee detail. This one is another of my favourites, although I’d like to know if it’s threaded or not. It’s $55 USD.This openwork, retailing for $50 USD, might be my favourite of the bee pieces, and I’m considering it to go with the Enchanted Garden Glass bee murano.
The Golden Honey charm, priced at $65 USD, offers a beautiful colour combination. As I’ve said many times, I love enamel detailing done well, and the amber enamel is a perfect honeycomb.
The Honeycomb Lace is rather a statement piece, only loosely connected to the other bee pieces through its honeycomb detailing. It’s pricey at $90 USD, however.
Finally for bee charms, we have the Sweet as Honey dangle, RRP $100 USD. I’d have preferred this one without the CZs at the bail and across the beehive – and I think it would have been great to make the bee stand out a bit more against the hive with some more black enamel stripes.What you might not realise from the stock image is that the gold swirls of the beehive actually surround a golden ‘tiger eye’ stone at the centre of the charm, which is pretty nifty. This must also account for some of the high RRP.
For this initial collection, Pandora have been careful to pick motifs and concepts that are actively complemented and enhanced by the use of a gold metal – as well as honeycomb and bumblebees, we have two sunshine-themed charms. The Rays of Sunshine openwork features ‘warm yellow enamel’ and CZs around the edge, and will retail for $90 USD.
I think I prefer the You are my Sunshine charm, however, with its secretly sweet message hidden inside it. The CZ at the bail seems superfluous, but the overall effect is warm and cheerful. It’s $75 USD. There is one Pandora Shine murano, offering a swirled white glass design priced at $50 USD. White and gold are a lovely combination, and it’s nicely versatile.
The Filled with Romance charm is one of my favourite Pandora hearts, and I have it already both in Rose and silver finishes! ☺ This new Shine version will be $50 USD.
The only Shine safety chain available at launch is this clip Logo design. It’s silicone lined, which it would have to be to be effective on the Shine Smooth Moments bracelet. The price is high, however, at $150 USD, and I hope they come out with a more affordable and less heavily branded option soon.
The Shining Elegance clip is silicone lined, and will work on any of the three Shine charm bracelets pictured above. It’s $65 USD.There are also two regular Shine clips being released – however, you’ll need silicone inserts to use them with any of the Shine bracelets above, as none of them have threads, which seems a bit odd. I’m surprised not to see a Pandora Shine traditional barrel clasp bracelet. This is $65 USD.I am glad that they included a plain Shine clip, with no CZ, but it would have been nice to see something that wasn’t so heavily Pandora branded. A plain ball clip would have been great, or perhaps a honeycomb design to match the bees! This is $55 USD.
The Golden Pavé Ball has a lot going on, mixing CZs of different sizes and colours. It’s $100 USD.
Rounding off the charms, we have a bumblebee petite for the floating lockets. I am not sure about the idea of wearing a little bee inside a locket – it might look a bit like a specimen! This is $20 USD.
Pandora Shine Jewellery
The Rays of Sunshine charm has a matching pendant – this is very large and would probably be best suited to a necklace rather than a bracelet.
The Honeycomb Lace pendant is $90 USD.
The plain Shine necklace chain is on hand to complement the pendants, too.
The chain on this necklace is 45cm, but is adjustable to 42cm or 38cm.
The Honeybee choker is a limited edition piece. It’s beautiful, but chokers do float in and out of fashion.The Honeycomb Lace is, like its sister charm, a very striking statement piece – it wouldn’t be for me, as I don’t like rings with very thick bands, but it is certainly wonderful to look at!The Honeybee ring is another limited edition piece, and another bumble-themed piece that I think works incredibly well. The honeycomb shape of the ring is so pretty!From the stock image, I’m not sure on the contrast between the yellow stone and the gold metal in this ring, but I’d have to see it in person to be sure.The Enchanted Crown is coming out this Spring in Rose and silver finishes as well, and I’ve seen several live shots that pair contrasting metals together to beautiful effect.The next set of rings all offer Shine versions of existing Pandora designs. I particularly love the Linked Love in gold – it’s such a pretty, but elegant little ring!
The Bee & Heart studs are just so sweet, although I’m not sure how I feel about having earrings that don’t match haha. They’re $45 USD.
The Honeycomb Lace earrings are a little pricier, shall we say, at $125 USD.
And, to finish off, the PANDORA Forever earrings are $75 USD.
Pandora Shine Live Shots
Stores have been teasing the new collection over their social media, and I’ve collated a few of my favourite shots here.
The pieces I like most are still the pretty little bee pieces, which look beautiful together. I love how the honey beads work so wonderfully with the bee beads but also a more subtle, decorative complement to them.
The Shine collection has its own special packaging, too, including a gift bag as pictured below:
Pandora Shine Launch Promotions
Pandora has made a huge marketing push with the launch of this new collection, and there are a number of promotions running to celebrate Shine’s launch. I will try and update this section tomorrow with any extra info that emerges.
In the US, Pandora will be offering this ring dish with spends of $150 USD or more on Pandora Shine until the launch of the Mother’s Day collection next month.
In the UK and some European countries, there will be a golden clutch on offer. In the UK, this will be available with spends of £125 on Pandora Shine; in Europe, this will be available with spends of 99€ on Pandora Shine (although check your local Pandora for availability).
The clutch bag is super cute in person! However, I have to say I was really very taken with the pretty box it comes in! I love the pretty gold floral motif they’re using for Shine.
If you’re in the UK, then you can shop Pandora Shine and get the beautiful clutch bag at official Pandora stockist John Greed – link is below! :)
They also have the totally cute Pandora Shine presentation boxes, FYI.
I have only had good experiences with the plated Pandora Rose line, and have never been able to afford to collect the existing 14kt gold line; consequently, on a personal level I am excited for Shine, especially the bumblebees, but I can nevertheless understand the reservations of those who worry that this new line will devalue their solid gold Pandora jewellery. The price point, while quite high for some pieces, is still much more affordable than solid gold – exactly how much value for money you are getting will depend on how well the finish lasts.
I think the bumblebee motif was a very good choice; it embodies the good points of Shine, offering contemporary and cute designs that work well in gold but that are maybe not classic enough to merit the price point of 14kt gold. There’s nothing like it in Pandora’s existing collections, and it immediately gives Shine its own personality and character. However, I do feel like their Shine basics – clips, safety chains – could have been more interesting. These first options are either heavily branded or heavy on the CZs, and none of them are quite what I’d choose to complement those lovely bumblebee charms.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a little piece of Pandora Shine early, and am excited to be offering my first review from the collection later today!
What do you think of the Pandora Shine range? Are you planning any purchases?