REVIEW: Pandora Disney The Lion King Simba Charm
“The King has returned.”
Striking a pose with his flowing golden mane, Simba is ready to take pride position on your bracelet.
The release of the Pandora Disney Lion King Collection was met with wild approval earlier this year. Included in the range are the lovable characters Timon and Pumbaa depicted trekking through the jungle. Plus the romantic duo Nala and Simba in a sparkling heart charm. My favourites from the collection are the two Pandora Shine charms; the Simba & Mufasa Sunset Pendant and the Limited Edition Simba (768049ENMX) charm.
Dora Explores: Pandora Disney Lion King Simba Charm
The Pandora Disney Lion King Simba charm is released in two versions; Silver (798049ENMX) and a Limited Edition Pandora Shine (768049ENMX) version. Normally I prefer silver charms rather than Pandora Shine but the gold option looks amazing in this design and suits Simba perfectly.
Both the Pandora ‘S925 ALE’ hallmark and the ‘©Disney’ copy write are stamped on the underside of the Lion King Simba charm. Simba’s luscious locks fall down the back of the charm creating a soft subtle texture.
When I first saw the stock image of the Lion King Simba charm I was a little concerned about the enamel colour. In the official stock image Simba’s nose appears quite a bright red but in reality it is a dark brown shade and looks more appropriate. While his eyes gaze out majestically in glossy black enamel.
Style 1: The King Has Returned
“Look Simba, everything the light touches, is our kingdom.”Mufasa, The Lion King
“A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.”Mufasa, The Lion King
“Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king.”Mufasa, The Lion King
My first styling with the Lion King Simba charm is set on the new Moments Three Link Bangle (568143) in Pandora Shine and silver. The golden brilliance represents the Simba’s kingdom, “all that the light touches”. Young King Simba is at the centre with the 14k Gold Tropicana Openwork (750834) depicting a jungle on his left. While the radiant pink topaz gems on the 14k Gold Celtic Circles (750811TPK) charm portrays Simba’s rule as King.
Although the Moments Three Link Bangle does not have clip stations, I found that the 14k Gold Lucerne (750818) Clips could be positioned over the little hearts on the bangle’s middle link. As the clip hole is smaller than a charms it stops the charms from sliding onto the silver sections of the bangle.
Style 2: Circle of Life
“It’s the Circle of Life and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, ’til we find our place on the path unwinding.”Rafiki, The Lion King
“Hakuna Matata! It means no worries.”
Timon, The Lion King
“The past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”Rafiki, The Lion King
Arranged on the 14k Gold Clasp Bracelet (590702HG), my second design with the Lion King Simba charm tells the story of The Lion King. The retired Monkey (790422) charm illustrates when Rafiki raises baby Simba up with out stretched arms and introduces him to the animals. Wise Rafiki is often seen at his home, a baobab tree which is depicted with the two tone Tumbling Leaves (791205CZ) charm. Of course the King of the Jungle (791377) charm is perfect for Mufasa and the Purple Geometric Petite Facets (791722NRP) are the colour of royalty.
Simba runs away from both the tribe and his responsibility until he learns a lesson from the stars, depicted with the Disney Frozen Snowflake (791563CZ) charm. Then Simba is ready to take his place as rightful King and wear the Crown (791580CZ). The Safari (791360) charm shows Simba going home to help the animals and finally accepting his place in the Galaxy (791388CZ). Finally the Tree of Life (790429) evokes the regrowth throughout the land with Simba as King.
Style 3: Look at the Stars
“Well, somebody once told me that the great kings of the past are up there, watching over us.”Simba, The Lion King
“Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from stars. Whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you, and so will I.”Mufasa, The Lion King
“Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the circle of life!”Mufasa, The Lion King
My final styling with the Pandora Lion King Simba charm is a mini design on the retired 14k Gold Clasp Black Leather Double Bracelet (550705CBK-D).
A pivotal part in The Lion King is the star gazing scene. Countless shimmering stars are illustrated with the incredible Fascinating Adventurescent Stardust Murano (791628) charms. While the two tone Night Sky (791371CZ) represents how young Simba recalls what his father once told him, that he is not alone. The sparkling 14k Gold Heart Pendant (750809D) pictures Simba filled with love and encouraged after talking with Rafiki.
My verdict on the Pandora Disney Lion King Simba Charm? Majestic!Dora
Limited Edition Pandora Disney Lion King Simba (768049ENMX)
- Wow Factor - 10/1010/10
- Value - 10/1010/10
- Design - 10/1010/10
- Versatility - 8/108/10
I absolutely love the Limited Edition Pandora Disney Lion King Simba (768049ENMX) charm! It is a must have piece for any Lion King fan. The only area I haven’t given it full marks is on versitality, as I don’t believe it works well paired with silver only charms. However I am willing to be proved wrong!