Today’s post casts an eye over the Pandora Summer 2018 collection, which launched worldwide back at the end of May. With bright colours, festival themes and the odd tassel, it offers a mix of novelty, seasonal charms and more classic beads that have a more timeless style to them.
I never covered this launch due to issues that cropped up during my agreed preview schedule with Pandora. Since coming back to the blog, however, I asked you guys whether you’d be interested in hearing my belated thoughts on these Summer charms and bracelets, and it was nice to hear that some of you would! It also seemed kind of therapeutic to finally be posting it! ^^
So, read on for my review of the Pandora Summer 2018 charms! ??♥️
Pandora Summer 2018 collection overview
There are two main themes to this collection – party in paradise and Pandora festival – with bright cartoon-like burgers, taxis and emojis on the one hand, and feathers, dreamcatchers and calmer colours on the other.
This first set of charms features brighter decorative beads, continuing the rainbow motif found in the Spring 2018 collection. My favourite of these is the Rainbow Mosaic, which uses mother of pearl to create a beautiful iridescent effect that has a little more subtlety than the pavé. I have to say, I am not at all sure how I feel about tassels. I like the colours they chose a lot, but they seem kind of impermanent somehow, and I can’t quite imagine incorporating them into any of my bracelet designs. Did anyone buy any and, if so, how did you end using them? :)
Obviously, as a compulsive caffeine drinker and lover of all pink things, the Drink to Go was top of my Summer 2018 wishlist! ^^ Of the others, I did think the Popcorn charm a rather funny little bead to start with, but after seeing it in a pretty picture from @mypandoracharms, I suddenly realised how cute it was! I keep thinking that it might be rather fun to do a mini carnival/theme park theme bracelet, with the Popcorn, some silver animals and perhaps some Disney parks beads. I don’t quite think I’m brave enough to put the retired Clown on it though :S
For me, the charms on the bottom are fun, but a bit on the novelty side, and they wouldn’t really fit neatly anywhere in my existing collection.
I couldn’t really think of a hook or overall name for this collage – I just liked the look of all the beads together. ^^ They’re all from the ‘festival’ theme. I did like the teal Shape of Love charm from these stock images initially, but seeing one in store, the colour didn’t seem quite as solid and vibrant as I would have hoped. Perhaps it was just a poor example, though. The Dreamcatcher is my other favourite from this selection, and the Compass Rose is pretty, but the colour isn’t really one that fits in with any works-in-progress in my collection.
The Spiritual Feather also gets top marks from me! It’s plain silver, affordable, and so nicely detailed. It’s a great alternative for anyone who missed out on the Indsamling silver Feather charm back in the day, which has become a very rare and expensive bead.
The bracelets for this season are all leather. There are two different styles – the first being four colours of a double wrap leather bracelet, and the other a leather version of the new sliding bracelet. For me, the tan brown leather sliding bracelet is by far my favourite – I absolutely love the contrast of the softer brown leather against the silver tassels! I haven’t bought any leathers for a long time, but I was really quite tempted by this one.
The next set of charms are marked as being regional exclusives in the North American launch guide.
My favourite of these is the absolutely beautiful pack of Playing Cards. How perfect for a Las Vegas bracelet, or an Alice in Wonderland theme? You could put it with the White Rabbit and the 2016 Club charm, which always reminded me of a playing suit with its pretty beaded detailing.
The other charms are more obviously landmark/tourist based:
I absolutely love what they have done with the enamel detailing in this gorgeously coloured Love Canada bead – the veining of the leaf looks stunning in darker enamel. This is marked as being a Canadian exclusive in the North American launch guide.
Overall, for me, this is a Pandora Summer collection that offers something a little different. Past collections have often focused exclusively on ocean themes, and I like that they’ve brought in different ideas, different characters – the coffee cup, the ferris wheel, the whole festival idea. Nevertheless, I feel like some of the bright, primary colours are perhaps a bit casual or novelty for my particular tastes, and I find myself gravitating more to the silver-based, classic character beads. So far, I’ve obtained the Spiritual Dreamcatcher and Drink to Go charms, which I reviewed in an earlier post:
Since then I’ve also added the Spiritual Feather charm to my collection. Such a pretty bead! I’m wearing it on a black leather, which I like most stacked with my Pandora Rose bracelet:
Of the travel beads, I think the Canada one is very unusual and such a pretty shade of wine red – but then, I do love my enamel detailing! The Colour Wheel is rather fun, too, but I think I’d struggle to style those multi-coloured stones! Perhaps it would be good for a Disney design, which often incorporates lots of vibrant colour.
Did you like this year’s Summer collection? Which pieces did you buy?