REVIEW: PANDORA Illuminating Stars Charm
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
The PANDORA Illuminating Stars charm (796373CZ) was one of the few star themed charms from the PANDORA Winter 2017 collection, which was largely full of holiday and snowflake charms. Although the Illuminating Stars charm is not as conspicuous as some of my other picks from the Winter 2017 collection, it has a winsome design which is quite captivating.
I have always been fond of star shapes and back in my school days I filled the covers of my exercise books with teeny tiny star doodles. Now that I have matured a little I prefer to use stars to add a dreamy, magical feel to my jewellery with charms like the PANDORA Illuminating Stars.
The face of the PANDORA Illuminating Stars charm is comprised of three stars and five sparkling halos. Each star is slightly different. One is a made of a star shaped cubic zirconia, a second has a single set cubic zirconia stone at it’s centre and the third is finished with s soft, white enamel which has a subtle glittery, pearlescent effect. The entire design is encompassed with a bright, gleaming orbit of clear, cubic zirconia stones. Although I sometimes believe PANDORA can overuse cubic zirconia stones in their designs, I think the use of them in the Illuminating Stars charm is just right.
Initially I dismissed button style charms, as I wasn’t sure if I would like how they integrated with other charms on a bracelet. However, after I added the Ocean Life (792075ENMX) and Tropical Sunset (792116ENMX) charms to my collection I changed my mind! I particularly appreciate how PANDORA use the circumference of button style charms to their benefit by adding intriguing patterns or cute messages. Tweetable: Itsy-bitsy cut out stars fill the border of the #PANDORA Illuminating Stars charm. I adore how the stars radiate and shoot out from the centre point!
On BeCharming.com you can currently receive up to 45% off the Ocean Life and Tropical Sunset charms in the Winter Sale. The Ocean Life charm is currently on sale in the PANDORA UK eStore for £35. The Tropical Sunset / Paradise Sunset charm is also in the UK Winter sale on Hugh Rice for £35.
The standard PANDORA hallmark, ‘S925 ALE’ is engraved around the entrance of the Illuminating Stars charm and is tucked away quite discreetly.
The PANDORA Illuminating Stars charm is an openwork charm which provides additional lightness and movement to the overall composition.
My first styling with the PANDORA Illuminating Stars charm is a heavenly starburst necklace. The floating white glass stars inside the Starry Night Sky Murano (791662CZ) enhances the delicate pearlescent star on the Illuminating Stars charm. Technically the Heart of Winter Pendant (796372CZ) is an icicle but in this design it resembles a star explosion!
You can currently receive up to 45% off the Starry Night Sky Murano and Heart of Winter Pendant in the Winter Sale on BeCharming.com. In the UK the Starry Night Sky Murano is also on sale on The Jewel Hut for £38.
My second styling is a brilliant blue celestial wonder! I used only the middle section of the PANDORA Signature Pavé Clasp Bracelet (590723CZ) with the Illuminating Stars charm in prominent position, to highlight it’s beauty. The stunning Royal Blue Galaxy (796361NCB) and Celestial Mosaic (796400MMB) charms contribute a cosmic force and the magnificent Starry Night Sky and Ice Drops Murano (796365CZB) complete the design.
For my third styling the Open Bangle (596477) is ideal to display an elegant trio of charms; the Illuminating Stars charm, flanked with two Galaxy charms either side. I love the lightness of this look and the silver stream of the bracelet threading the charms together. It is simple yet elegant.
In my final styling I used the Illuminating Stars charm to add a magical feel and twinkling of fairy dust that surrounds Tinker Bell! The delightful Disney Tinker Bell’s Dress Dangle (792138EN93) charm flutters daintily between the Illuminating Stars and Disney Frozen Snowflake (791563cz) charms on the shining PANDORA Mesh Bracelet (596543).
If you still haven’t bought the wonderful PANDORA Mesh Bracelet, now is the time to do so as you can receive up to 45% off in the Winter Sale on BeCharming.com. The super cute Disney Tinker Bell Dress Charm is also included in the sale!
My verdict on the PANDORA Illuminating Stars Charm? I'm seeing stars!
PANDORA Illuminating Stars Charm
- Wow Factor - 8.5/108.5/10
- Value - 9/109/10
- Design - 9.5/109.5/10
- Versatility - 9/109/10
A captivating design that will appeal to many. A nice charm to adorn any winter themed bracelet. May win the role for best supporting actor, while not playing the key role.
The PANDORA Illuminating Stars Charm (796373CZ) is $65 USD and is available from our preferred PANDORA retailer BeCharming.com. Plus from the 26th December until the 31st December you can receive up to 45% off!
Do you have the PANDORA Illuminating Stars charm or is it on your wishlist? How do you style yours? Let us know in the comments below!