REVIEW: PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”

 

Tweet: Be inspired by the strength of the humble honeybee, which flies in spite of the laws of aerodynamics.

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As a nature lover I was delighted when I saw that the initial PANDORA Shine collection was filled with busy bumble bees, bright in their 18k gold plating. The PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm (767023EN16) was a definite must-have for me, with its decorative honeycomb pattern and two cute little buzzing bees.

 

If you haven’t yet heard the buzz on PANDORA Shine, you can read our review on the PANDORA Shine Sweet As Honey Pendant here and learn the answers to ‘What is PANDORA Shine?’ and ‘How to clean PANDORA Shine?’.

 

 

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The PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm is jam-pack (or should I say honey-pack?) full of intricate details. Cut out hearts are subtly scattered amongst the hexagonal shapes that make up the honeycomb design. The petite honeybee also features a teeny tiny heart placed between its wings and the stripes of the bees plump body are hand painted with glossy black enamel.

 

 

Bees Know Best 🐝

Honeybees are not just known for their being hard working and strong, but also for their wisdom. Have you ever wondered why the shape of a honeycomb cell is hexagonal, and not round, square, triangle, or any other shape? The answer is because bees know best and a hexagon is the most efficient shape for the bees home and to store food.

 

In fact, those clever geometrists have studied the geometry of the honeycomb pattern and explain that no other shape can create more space with the given material. For example, circles leave wasted space and squares create a smaller storage area. Plus if you have any engineer friends, they will confirm that the hexagon structure provides the maximum strength.

 

 

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The second bumble bee on the reverse of the PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm is plain and doesn’t feature the black enamel detail but the size and structure is identical to the first bee.

 

 

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The ‘PANDORA’ hallmark is stamped on one side of the Honeybee Charm, tucked near the opening.

 


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On the opposite side is the standard ‘S925 ALE’ hallmark. As the PANDORA Shine range is silver jewellery which is then plated with 18k gold, it is not stamped with the ‘G585’ hallmark.

 

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The PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm has a spherical shape, but due to the protruding bees at opposite sides it can appear slightly oval.

 

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The positioning of the two bees on the Honeybee Charm is perfectly spaced to ensure that there is always a buzzy bee visible even when the charm is on a bracelet.

 

 

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My first styling with the PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm is called ‘The Sound of Spring’. I use the PANDORA Mesh Bracelet (596543) when I want a lightweight design and it looks superb with openwork filigree charms as the mesh texture peeps through the middle of the charms. The Honeybee Charm is glowing gloriously in the middle of this three metal design. The new Dreamy Dragonfly (797025CZ) and Promise of Spring (797046)  charms provide a spring feel with soaring dragonflies and the inscriptions ‘Love’ and ‘Life’.

 

 

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Quite a few PANDORA fans are unsure about mixing the PANDORA Shine range with PANDORA 14k gold pieces. I recently acquired my first PANDORA ‘goldie’ from a Rue La La PANDORA sale and decided to use the opportunity to compare 18k gold plated and solid 14k gold.

 

In my second styling titled ‘Golden Days’ I teamed the retired 14k Gold Celtic Circles Charm (750811TPK) with the PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm, PANDORA Rose Darling Daisy Meadow (780004EN12) and Two Hearts Spacers (786559CZR). I was pleasantly surprised at how the Smooth PANDORA Rose Clasp Bracelet (580728) united the three metals and created a soft, beautiful bracelet with an exclusive feel. The Fascinating Blush Crystal / Rosy Facets Crystal (791729NBP) helps to blend the various golds together and provides highlights the pink topaz gems in the Celtic Circles charm.

 

The Fascinating Blush Crystals look amazing with PANDORA Rose jewellery and if you haven’t yet purchased them, now is the time to do so as they are retired. PANDORA UK eStore has them available for £19 in their Spring Sale.

 

 

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A few PANDORA fans are thinking about purchasing PANDORA Shine jewellery but are concerned about starting a new range. I decided to create a design which featured just one PANDORA Shine charm to show how versatile PANDORA Shine is. This design is called ‘The Sounds of Spring’ and is teeming with nature themed charms. The PANDORA Rose Heart Clasp Bracelet (580719) along with floral PANDORA Rose charms adds warmth to the design whilst the golden yellow glass in the charming Wildflower Murano Charms (791638CZ) accentuates the golden Honeybee Charm and the sunshine yellow of the cubic zirconia Edelweiss Charm (791176czy).

 

This design is full of fantastic floral and fauna and I have used some of my favourite animal charms such as the adorable Miss Hedgehog (791179) and the Happy Little Bird (790424) charm. Unfortunately both of these charms are now retired but I am really pleased that PANDORA has started producing similar charms such as the super cute new Spring Bird House (797045) charm which you’ll notice peeking on the lefthand side.

 

The pretty Wildflower Murano Charms are one of my favourites mourns charms and they are now available for just £19 in the PANDORA UK Spring Sale.

 

 

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My final design has the cheeky title ‘The Birds & the Bees’ and is a simple trio of charms on the  on the PANDORA Open Bangle (596477). The Birds & Branches (791213CZN) charm provides the birdies and of course the Honeybee Charm has the bees! On the other side of the PANDORA Shine Honeybee the Green Petite Facets Charm (791499SGQ) looks amazing with its almost aquamarine green colour. The cut of the facets echo the angles of the hexagonal shapes in the Honeybee Charm.

 

I really ‘need’ another gorgeous Green Petite Facets and it is good timing as they are now £19 in the PANDORA UK Spring Sale!

 

 

 

My verdict on the PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm? Its the bee's knees!

 

 

Final Scores: PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm
  • 8/10
    Wow Factor - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Value - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Versatility - 7/10
8.5/10

Summary

The 18k Gold plating give this charm a real wow factor but it looses some points as it not amoung the most stunning of the new Shine charms. It is very good value for money with the gold plating and enamel bee design not breaking the bank. The design is intricate, sophisticated and beautiful. Points lost on versatility as it will not necessarily fit on all bracelet designs.

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The PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm (767023EN16) is a very reasonable $50 USD and is available from our preferred authorised PANDORA retailer BeCharming.com.

 

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In the UK the  PANDORA Shine Honeybee Charm (767023EN16) is a friendly £40 and is available from the PANDORA UK eStore.

 

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What is your favourite PANDORA range? Do you prefer 14k solid gold, PANDORA Rose, white gold, silver or the new PANDORA Shine? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Alyssa

I love to it, I love it, I love it!
A

Dora

Hi Alyssa,
Thank you for your enthusiastic comment! It is a very charming Honeybee! Will he be one of your Spring 2018 purchases?
Have a wonderful day!
Dora 🌸🐝

Shital Pratap
Shital Pratap

Oh wow. The honey bee charm is really a must have. Its down right gorgeous! Really like how u have styled it. The charm will look beautiful with a nature inspired bracelet. Lovely.
Shital Pratap

Dora

Hi Shital,
It is absolutely gorgeous! The gold of PANDORA Shine is perfect for it and I don’t think it would be as pretty if it was in silver. I really hope PANDORA Shine makes its way to you soon as I know you’ll love it!
Thank you for commenting and have an awesome week!
Dora 🍯🐝

ipinkiloveyou
ipinkiloveyou

Hi Dora,

Lovely review as always! My favourite design with the honey bee charm is your rose bracelet with the gold, blush muranos and spacers. All the different metals mix beautifully together.

Yvonne

Dora

Hi Yvonne,
Thank you for your kind comment. I think that is the design I will wear the most. I surprised at how well the three golds complimented each other. Some have said they think PANDORA Shine is too yellow but the other metals soften the tone and the result is very elegant.
Thank you for reading and commenting! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week.
Dora 🐝✨

Natasha
Natasha

Wow, thanks for the writeup. I wonder what pandora has in store for future collections of shine? Maybe gold leaves for autumn and snow flakes for winter??? I like your idea about just putting one on an already made up bracelet. I will see if I can make room for one xxx

Dora

Hi Natasha,
Ooh I love the sound of your ideas! Golden autumn leaves would be stunning! I am predicting PANDORA Shine stars and angels for the Winter collection though. A lot of fans love the star themed charms and I think it would prove to be popular.
Thank you for commenting and sharing your ideas!
Have a magnificent Monday,
Dora 🐝💕

Plethora_Pandora

Lovely review! I like the idea of using just one Shine charm as a center piece.

Dora

Hi Katie, I like to think of different ways people can style the charms as we don’t all have the same taste or budget! I remember reading in one of the FB groups that one fan was surprised at how many charms people bought and how she only received a couple of charms on special occasions. For similar collectors it’s good that they can see that you don’t necessarily have to buy a full bracelet of PANDORA Rose, PANDORA Shine or 14k Gold but can intersperse them into your existing collection. Thank you for commenting and sharing your view. Have… Read more »

Emily
Emily

Such a lovely review, really enjoying seeing how you style your shine pieces! I’m hoping to purchase a few shine pieces for my mother, but all her favourites are sold out on the estore currently. (She lives far away so it makes the most sense to do an online order!)

I really love that white shine murano. It’s on my wish list!! Hehe

Dora

Hi Emily,
Thank you for your lovely comment. Which PANDORA Shine charms are you planning on getting for your mother? I hope they are back in stock soon.
The White Waves Murano is on my wish list too. I was just thinking about how pretty it is. It would be great if they produced a Black Shine Murano too. I’ve seen some images of the Shine charms and Black Muranos and it looks amazing!
Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!
Dora 🐝💕

Patricia
Patricia

The photos are simply stunning. The macro shot at the top of the page shows up a lot of detail, it is amazing. I really like the bee theme in the pandora shine collection.

Dora

Hi Patricia,
Aww thank you so much for your kind words!
One of the reasons I enjoy photographing my PANDORA jewellery so much is to capture all the detail! It makes me appreciate them so much more.
Thank you for commenting and enjoy your day!
Dora 💝

Alyssa
Alyssa

Lovely review. I really love the Honeybee Charm!

A 😘

Dora

Hi Alyssa,
Thank you so much! The PANDORA Shine Honeybee is a wonderful charm and very reasonably priced too. I’m tempted to buy a second one as then I could wear them with my PANDORA compose hook and barrel earrings and have the sound of bees buzzing in my ears all day!
Thank you for commenting and I hope you have a charming day!
Dora 🐝✨

JJnAZ
JJnAZ

Ellie, Ilove the bee collection. I want to love this, but when I try to style it, something is missing! I just gave it a try in a P store yesterday and I give up! The bee if it turns is what I love and the openness is open! So I end up placing it back and choosing another! I now have 3 shine bracelets and I am stopping! Interesting, but I really do not like it paired with silver at all. I have found the gold shine bracelet is such a deal, and I can wear some of my… Read more »

JJnAZ
JJnAZ

Dora, sorry!

Dora

Hi JJNaz,
Thank you for commenting and sharing your ideas and styling options. The great thing about PANDORA jewellery is there are no rules and we can create our own styles. A black Shine Murano charm would be really nice. Maybe something with a gold fleck inside the Murano, like gold leaf would be really pretty. What ideas do you have for PANDORA Shine?
Thank you again for commenting and have a lovely evening,
Dora 🐝

Crystal
Crystal

Beautiful bead,…..until the shine plating wears off and it turns silver.

Dora

Hi Crystal,
Thanks for your comment. Have you had any issues with the gold plating on your PANDORA Shine jewellery wearing off? I have’t had any problems with mine and would be interested to hear of your experience.
Thanks again for commenting and sharing your views,
Dora 🎀