REVIEW: PANDORA FAIRYTALE FISH CHARM
WHAT A CATCH!
Earlier this year PANDORA fans worldwide went a little crazy trying to reel in the new Russian exclusive ‘Fairytale Fish’ Charm. After a little patience I finally caught him!
The PANDORA Russian country exclusive ‘Fairytale Fish‘ Charm (N0. 792014CCZ) is a beautiful two tone charm set with yellow and black stones. Inspired from the Russian folktale titled “The Golden Fish” (read the story on the News Pinboard) this stunning charm would be perfect for a fairytale themed bracelet.
When I first saw the stock photo of the Fairytale Fish Charm I loved the quirkiness of the design. My favourite PANDORA charms are the two tone charms and the little golden crown on the Fairytale Fish Charm adds a special touch. As the Fairytale Fish Charm is a Russian exclusive he proved tricky to purchase but finally I found a PANDORA fan willing to help me purchase him. The PANDORA Fairytale Fish Charm is available in Russia and Bahrain for 5,950 Rubles / 44.00 BHD.
In real life the detail of the PANDORA ‘Fairytale Fish’ Charm took my breath away, especially when viewed through a macro lens. It is one of the most exciting PANDORA charms I have seen in a long time and he would be a treasure for any PANDORA fans collection.
One of the interesting things I noticed when viewing the Fairytale Fish Charm through the camera lens was an extra Russian hallmark on the right of the face of the fish. The Russian hallmark isn’t visible to the naked eye so doesn’t detract from the beauty of the charm. Interestingly it is the law in Russia for this hallmark to be added to jewellery if it is large enough but the first batch of the Fairytale Fish Charm do not have the hallmark on them. It was added for next batches sold. For me the extra hallmark adds to the uniqueness of the charm.
The normal PANDORA S925 hallmark is marked on the underside of the face of the fish. The expression on the fishes face is delightful and makes the Fairytale Fish look friendly and inquisitive.
The clear and orange cubic zirconia are in a pretty pattern on the body of the fish and compliment the subtle details on the fins and tail. The PANDORA Fairytale Fish is an openwork charm (not threaded) and is quite light. The body part of the fish is quite small and tail of the fish hangs down quite a lot as you can see in the styling photographs.
When I first thought about how to style the PANDORA Fairytale Fish charm I thought of using the Shoreline Sea Glass murano charms (No. 791608). The purple and the gold crown on the Fairytale Fish charm create a regal look together. I chose quite a symmetric design to make the Fairytale Fish a focus point for the bracelet. As in the Russian folktale titled “The Golden Fish” the fish gets caught I used the Galaxy (No. 791388CZ) charms to represent the fish being tangle in a fishing net.
I created a similar style using the Ocean Sea Glass Murano Charms (No. 791610), the Ocean Mosaic Pavé Ball (No. 791261MCZMX) and the Green Petite Facet (No. 791499SGQ). The teals and green make me think of the Golden Fish swimming back to freedom into the deep sea. Despite having orange cubic zirconia stones the PANDORA Fairytale fish really is very versatile and looks stunning with a variety of colours.
As my collection of two tone PANDORA charms has now grown enough to fill a bracelet I decide to make a simple two tone bracelet design with the Fairytale Fish as a centre feature.
My verdict on the Fairytale Fish? A real catch!
Have you bought the Russian Fairytale Fish or is he on your wishlist? What’s your favourite way to wear him? Let us know in the comments below.