REVIEW: PANDORA OCEAN LIFE CHARM
Make a splash this summer with the sweet Ocean Life charm
Celebrate the summer in style with beautiful blue enamels and stones.
The PANDORA Summer 2017 collection is fun, vibrant and full of cute little details. When I first saw the preview I decided it was time to dive in a get my first ‘button’ style charm, the Ocean Life charm. In the past I have avoided the button charms as they have seemed too flat in comparison with other designs and I wasn’t sure how they would sit together. The Ocean Life Charm (792075ENMX) changed my mind as the different textures in the design add to the dimension.
The Ocean Life charm is very accurate to the PANDORA stock image. The fish design is made up of bright blue enamel and dark blue enamel. The dark blue enamel actually has a very subtle sparkle to it which is rather pretty. There are mixed cubic zirconia stones on the charm including a pale blue stone for the eye and clear stones on the tail.
I really love the seascape imagery used on the Ocean Life Charm. The shell and the coral is really beautiful and I’m pleased to see PANDORA continuing to add attention to detail in their charm designs. The cut out area between the coral add to the feel of movement around the fish and is quite charming.
The Ocean Life Charm is an openwork charm and is unthread which means you have to be careful taking when opening your bracelet if it is the last charm on the end.
The pale blue cubic zirconia stones around the edge of the Ocean Life Charm are like little droplets of water. The rounded shape really catches the light and sparkles.
The normal PANDORA hallmarks are very subtle and are on one side of the charm near the hole, which means it is hardly noticeable once it is on the bracelet with other charms.
For my first styling of the Ocean Life Charm, I decided to match the bright blue enamel with the Disney Jasmine Signature Colour Murano Charms (791648) and the Tropical Parrot Pendant Charm (791903enmx). I balanced the design with the Sparkling Palm Tree Pendant (791540cz) and the new Tropical Starfish & Sea Shell Pendant Charm (792076CZF) on both sides of the bracelet. I used a selection of animal charms to add to the holiday vide of the bracelet and I think the result is fun yet elegant.
For a brighter and livelier design I paired the Ocean Life Charm with the Paradise Sunset Charm (792116ENMX) which is also from the new Summer 2017 Collection. I used both the Shoreline (791608) and the Tropical Sea Glass (791610) Murano Charms to compliment the blue and pink enamels. The turquoise and fuchsia pink of the Tropical Parrot and the Orchid Pendant (791554en69) really make this a dynamic and energetic bracelet.
I used the Light Blue Leather Bracelet (590734cbl-d) to create a laid back style. The Pearl Oyster (791134P) and the Sailboat Pendant (791138cz) add to the nautical feel and the Green Petite Facet (791499sgq) Ocean Mosaic Pavé (791261mczmx) charms add beautiful summery colours.
Keeping with the turquoise, and teal theme I used the Tropical Sea Glass, Green Petite Facet and Ocean Mosaic Pavé to surround and highlight the Ocean Life Charm. I really love the combination of colours and textures and it reminds me of holidays snorkelling, watching the fish swimming play amongst the corals and anemones.
For a sweet and simple style I paired the Ocean Life Charm with the Paradise Sunset Charm on a Bangle. The Sparkling Palm Tree Pendant looks really cute in the centre of the two charms and unites the sand and the sea images perfectly. I love wearing PANDORA bangles when I want a lighter style or to show off favourite charms.
My final style and is another mini-design on a Bangle. With the Ocean Life Charm at the centre I matched both the dark and bright blue enamels with the Aventurescent Stardust (791628) and the new Mint Glitter Glass Murano Charm (791669). The glitter in both murano charms emphasises the sparkle in the dark blue enamel and reminds me of the sunsetting over the sea. The Intricate Lattice Charms (791295CZ) provide a graceful element to this bracelet and it would be a charming accessory for an evening out.
My verdict on the Ocean Life Charm? It's gotten me hooked!
Have you bought the PANDORA Ocean Life Charm? Or is it on your wishlist? How have you styled it? Let us know in the comments below.