REVIEW: PANDORA Free As A Bird Pendant Charm
“I sing for love, I sing for me, I shout it out like a bird set free.”
This enchanting pendant provides wonder and surprise to your bracelet with a tiny bird flying free.
Hidden secrets featured in many of the charms from the PANDORA Autumn 2018 Collection, including the spectacular Free As A Bird pendant. Although I already have quite a few bird charms in my collection, I couldn’t resist the PANDORA Free As A Bird Pendant Charm (797575CZ) with its dainty bird ready to fly out the cage!
Dora Explores: PANDORA Free As A Bird Pendant Charm
As someone who grew up in the countryside, I have always loved birds and birdsong and I was immediately attracted to the PANDORA Free As A Bird Pendant Charm. PANDORA have produced numerous bird themed charms over the years included the gorgeous two tone Nightingale (791114) charm. Decorated with a pretty swirling pattern and a glistening line of clear cubic zirconia stones, the new Free As A Bird Pendant has a similar feel.
Despite having a similar design to the retired Nightingale charm, the Free As A Bird Pendant contains a special surprise! Unlock the silver cage to reveal a teeny songbird, ready to fly free. Keeping the pretty birdie safe is a petite chain that is fused at the top of the cage. A slight bevel on the edge of the door enables the cage to be opened easily with your fingernail, while the small clip locks it securely.
Recent PANDORA charms seem to be shinier than the older styles, but I am happy to see that there are beautiful touches of oxidisation which highlight the details of the Free As A Bird Pendant. Hanging beneath the cage, the bird is noticeably brighter and it is hard to see her tiny eyes and beak.
A back view of the charm shows the dinky bird proudly displaying her fluffy wings and tail feather. Choose to wear the Free As A Bird Pendant with the songbird tucked up inside her cage or flying free. A small opening at the base of the charm allows the chain to hang freely.
The Free As A Bird Pendant has a slender bale, set with sparkling cubic zirconia stones. One side of the bale has the PANDORA hallmark engraved, ‘R1 S925 ALE’, and the other side is plain.
Style 1: Freedom Through Words
Your head is a living forest full of songbirds. - E.E. Cummings
'I am no bird and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.' - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Since I was a child I have found freedom within novels and fairytales. Simply opening a book can carry you off to a new experience, a different time or a whole new world. My first styling with the Free As A Bird Pendant, depicts freedom through the written word and is full of characters from various stories.
With its smooth dark finished, the PANDORA Oxidised Bracelet (590702OX) lends a grown up air to this design. Sitting in prime position is the intriguing Free As A Bird Pendant with the retired Stella Star (390328D) and Forest Trinity (791214PE) pendants providing balance to the design. Blending the old with the new, the retired Wanda’s Garden Spacers (790861CZK) look striking next to the bright Disney Snow White’s Bird (797166CZ) and Bruno the Unicorn (797609) charms.
Fairytales of old are illustrated with the two tone Fairytale Fish (792014CCZ) and Nightingale (791114) charms, while Disney favourites are celebrated with the magical Princess Crown (791580CZ), Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach (791573CZ) and Seven Dwarves All Around (797491) charms.
'You've got to believe in yourself otherwise no one will believe in you. Imagination is like a bird on the wing, flying free for you to use.' - Ozzy Osbourne
Style 2: Flying Free
'You can cage the songbird but you can't make her sing. And you can trap the free bird but you'll have to clip her wings.' - Elton John
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky.
Over the years love of travel has taken me through Europe, Asia, Africa and America and the thrill of adventure carries its own special freedom. With its’ lightweight feel the PANDORA Mesh Bracelet (596543) is an ideal background for my second styling, ‘Flying Free’. Flight is symbolised by the Free As A Bird Pendant, Light As A Feather (791186CZ), Dreamy Dragonfly (797025CZ) and Dragonfly Meadow (791733CZ) charms.
Visits to paradisiac beaches are pictured by the Sparkling Palm Tree (791540CZ) and memories of Venice are illustrated with the romantic Gondola (791143CZ) pendant. Wild African and Asian safaris are represented with the retired Elephant (791130) and Mother & Baby Monkey (790422) charms. As the colour blue represents both the sky and sea, and is associated with open spaces and freedom I used the Elsa (791644) and Cinderella’s Signature Colour (791640), Ice Drops (796365CZB) and Mint Glitter (791669) Murano charms.
A bird sitting on a branch is never afraid of it breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but on her own wings.
Style 3: Freedom Within
'Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free.' - Leonard Cohen
She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing 'yes' into the sky.
Feelings of freedom can come from a variety of things and it isn’t necessary to step onto a plane to be free. My final styling with the Free As A Bird Pendant demonstrates that how we choose to express is another way to be free. The casual Moments Silver Sliding Bracelet (597125CZ) is perfect for the relaxed ‘Freedom Within’ styling.
'A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.' - Maya Angelou
On one side of the Free As A Bird Pendant, the Multi-Coloured Mosaic (797183MPR) charm conveys the freedom of a colourful imagination whilst on the other side, the shimmering Green Petite (791499SGQ) the freedom nature provides. Leisure activity can be a wonderful source of freedom and the cute Sentimental Snapshots (791709CZ) charm is a wonderful attribute to my photography hobby and the meaningful Heart of Freedom (791967) charm with it’s engraved bird illustrates the freedom it provides.
My verdict on the PANDORA Free As A Bird Pendant? It's as sweet as a song!
PANDORA Free As A Bird Pendant Charm (797575CZ)
- Wow Factor - 8.5/108.5/10
- Value - 10/1010/10
- Design - 10/1010/10
- Versatility - 10/1010/10
This is a fantastic design from PANDORA and it has made me excited for future collections! The openable feature is very creative and although the charm is quite intricate and features stones it is still reasonably priced. As a pendant charm it can be worn both on necklaces and bracelets and is very versatile. The only area that drops a few points is its ‘wow factor’ as it doesn’t necessarily ‘wow’ you until you unlock the cage. Overall it is a wonderful charm and would be a lovely addition to your PANDORA collection.
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