REVIEW: PANDORA Pudsey Bear 2017 Charm
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Support BBC Children in Need in style with this miniature replica of our beloved Pudsey Bear!
If you love PANDORA and enjoy supporting good causes, then this review is for you! For a few years now PANDORA has released special Limited Edition Pudsey Bear Charms to support BBC Children in Need. The first Children In Need broadcast was in 1980 where £1 million was raised, and it’s been continuing every year since. To date BBC Children in Need has raised more than £890 million to help make a difference in the lives of the children who needed it. BBC Children in Need is currently supporting around 2,400 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages that include; poverty and deprivation; disabled young people and children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.
PANDORA is the official jewellery sponsor for Children in Need and will donate 20% of the price of the Pudsey Bear charm to BBC’s Children in Need. This year the BBC’s Children in Need show will broadcast on the 17th November 2017.
The PANDORA Limited Edition Pudsey Bear charm (796255ENMX) for 2017 is in a standing position, waving to his friends. The previous Pudsey Bear charms had Pudsey in a sitting position or a head only charm.
The PANDORA Pudsey Bear Charm displays Pudsey wearing his famous spotty scarf over his left eye. The colourful scarf is beautifully detailed in white, red, yellow, blue and green enamels. The colours of the enamel are bright, but as the spots are quite small it does not look garish and is quite subtle once on a bracelet.
Pudsey’s scarf loops completely around his head and the added depth of the enamels provides a realistic raised look compared to the smooth silver of the charm.
As with other Limited Edition charms, PANDORA engraves each years Pudsey Bear charm with the year date. The 2017 PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm has ‘2017’ engraved at the top of Pudsey’s back. The normal PANDORA ‘S925’ and ‘ALE’ hallmarks are on the back of Pudsey’s legs. My only grumble with the 2017 Pudsey Bear charm is that the hallmarks take up quite a lot of the design. I would have preferred it if they were tucked away underneath the charm on the bottom of Pudsey’s feet.
As a result of the 2017 PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm being a full bodied design it is fairly flat. This is often the case when you compare full body character charms with those in sitting positions or head only charms. For example, the PANDORA Disney Piglet charm is smaller than the Tigger and Eeyore charms which are both sitting down.
Despite it’s small size, the PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm for 2017 is quite weighty as it is a threaded charm. I do like threaded charms as they feel slightly more secure on my bracelet. When I first saw the 2017 PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm I was excited as I thought I would be able to wear him on a necklace as well as bracelet design. Unfortunately due to his head being quite big he is a bit top heavy and flips upside down. When worn on bracelets, charms either side of him will stop him from spinning and turning around.
My first design with the PANDORA Pudsey Bear is a Disney Teddy Bears Picnic theme filled with favourite characters, flowers and tea and cake! I didn’t use any murano charms in this design as the various enamel colours provide lots of pretty pastel shades. Flying Dumbo, Piglet (792134EN117) and the Tinker Bell Dress (792138EN93) dangle charms balance this fun filled bracelet and the sparkling clasp of the PANDORA Disney Mickey bracelet (590731CZ) looks like a charm too! Mrs Potts & Chip (792141ENMX) and Alice in a Teacup add to the picnic theme along with the two tone Cupcake (790417) and Teapot (790250) charms. The PANDORA Cupcake charm is now retired but BeCharming.com has a limited quantity still available for $45 USD.
For my next styling with the PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm I took a more grown up approach using the Open Bangle (596477). The Open Bangle is perfect for showcasing special charms like the Limited Edition Pudsey Bear. This look focuses on the spots of Pudsey’s eye scarf with the round Golden (796327EN146) and Rose Glitter Ball Charms (796327EN145) at either side. The shimmering sparkles in the Glitter Ball charms almost looks like fireworks exploding, which is quite fitting as the Children in Need show on the BBC is in November.
For a sweet and simple design I added the PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm to the new PANDORA Mesh Bracelet (596543). This is a pretty way to draw attention to such a worthy charity and highlights the detail in the little bear. I especially love the contrast on the woven mesh against Pudsey’s smooth body with his little pudgy belly!
My final styling for the PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm, is a fun relaxed look on the Honeysuckle Pink Leather Bracelet (590734chp-d). The Cerise Encased in Love (792036NCC) and Openwork Heart (790964) charms emphasis the love, care, and support that children need and deserve to grow into well balance adults. I find this design comforting as it symbolises that there is always someone there who cares and ready to offer a helping hand… or paw!
My verdict on the PANDORA Pudsey Bear charm? It's a bearnecessity!
The Limited Edition PANDORA Pudsey Charm (796255ENMX) is only available within the UK and is for sale for £40 at the UK PANDORA eStore. As well as being a cute addition to your bracelet, PANDORA will donate 20% of the price of the product to BBC’s Children in Need.
Do you collect the PANDORA Pudsey Bear charms for Children in Need? How do you wear your Pudsey charm? What other charities would you like PANDORA to support? Let us know in the comments below.