REVIEW: Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm

“It’s not always easy to hug a hedgehog. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

Practice social distancing with Nino the Hedgehog. His prickles will stop anyone from getting too close!

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Nino the Hedgehog is a playful Pandora Friend, born at the release of the Pandora Autumn 2019 collection. Despite his prickles he loves to spread happiness and good vibes.

Prior to practicing social distancing, affectionate Nino loved to give big hugs to everyone around him. The clever hedgehog would carry a big bag of marshmallows to cover his spikes before giving nice, fluffy hugs! In fact when he lived in New York City, you could find Nino the Hedgehog (798353EN16) standing middle of Times Square holding his famous ‘free hugs’ sign.

Dora Explores: Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm

Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm 798353EN16 autumn winter 2019 spring summer mothers day 2020 new collection blog blogger

Each Pandora Friend charm is beautifully designed to display its character. The Pandora Nino the Hedgehog (798353EN16) charm displays Nino’s warm and caring nature. Standing with his little feet apart he has a gentle smile on his pointy face. Delicate oxidisation provides emphasis to his kind eyes and glossy black enamel adorns his cute button nose.

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The back of the Pandora Nino the Hedgehog charm has been cleverly crafted to create a spike like texture without any sharp edges. This geodesic pattern reminded me of Disney’s iconic Spaceship Earth attraction.

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Like other Pandora Friends characters, Nino the Hedgehog features a little heart on his person. A tiny oxidised love heart is stamped as a belly button on his tummy!

Surprisingly despite feeling fairly weighty, the Nino the Hedgehog charm does not have a threaded core.

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The normal hallmark for Pandora silver items is split onto either side of the Nino the Hedgehog charm. One side is engraved with the mark ‘S925’ while the letters ‘ALE’ are stamped on the opposite side.

Style 1: Springtime Friends

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm 798353EN16 autumn winter 2019 spring summer mothers day 2020 new collection blog blogger

“We all make mistakes, as the hedgehog said as he climbed off the scrubbing brush!”

Anne Sullivan Macy
Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm 798353EN16 autumn winter 2019 spring summer mothers day 2020 new collection blog blogger

“If somebody thinks they’re a hedgehog, presumably you just give ’em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.”

Douglas Adams
Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm 798353EN16 autumn winter 2019 spring summer mothers day 2020 new collection blog blogger

My first styling with the Pandora Nino the Hedgehog (798353EN16) charm is a colourful springtime affair set on the iconic Pandora Moments Snake Chain Bracelet (590702HV).

As Spring is sprung little creatures, the Queen Bee (790227) and Happy Little Bird (790424) join Nino the Hedgehog and come out to play. Flowers bloom across the bracelet including the classic Picking Daisies Openwork (790965) and pretty Darling Daisy Meadow Clips (791494EN12). A fragrant perfume fills the design from the gorgeous Wildflower Murano (791638CZ) centred between the retired Green Looking Glass (790925) and vibrant Wavy Lavender Murano (798875C00) charms.

Style 2: Stay at Home Hibernation

“He lies like a hedgehog rolled up the wrong way,  Tormenting himself with his prickles.”

Thomas Hood
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“Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside she is covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary – and terrible elegant.”

The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
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“An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.”

Friedrich Schlegel
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In my second styling Nino the Hedgehog joins us in a stay at home hibernation. This autumnal design is full of warm tones set on the Pandora 14k Gold Clasp Moments Bracelet (590702HG).

Busy bees prepare for Winter swarming around the Sparkling Beehive Dangle Charm (768643C01) with two retired Muirapiranga Wood (790703) beads on either side. The 20th Anniversary Frog (798953C00) charm jumps into hibernation with his family on the Mushroom & Frog (798558C00) charm. While we are hibernating in comfort and staying at home Princess & the Pea (790320) style with soft beds a yummy Cupcake (790417) or two!

My verdict on the Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm? It’s hard to say no to Nino!

Dora
Pandora Nino the Hedgehog Charm (798353EN16)
  • 8/10
    Wow Factor - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Value - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Design - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Versatility - 9/10
9.25/10

Summary

Like the other Pandora Friends charms, Nino the Hedgehog is good value with a fun design. I personally find that as an animal charm he is more versatile than other Pandora Friends such as Bella Bot. While I love his cute styling he doesn’t have a lot of wow factor. Altogether he is a lovely addition to my Pandora collection. 

In the UK the Nino the Hedgehog Charm (798353EN16) is £30 and available from the Pandora UK eStore.

In the USA the Nino the Hedgehog Charm (798353EN16) is $40 and available from our preferred Pandora retailer BeCharming.com

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