REVIEW: PANDORA Shine Queen Bee & Golden Honey Charm
“For I am a queen and I am a bee, I’m devil-may-care and I’m fancy free”
Tweet: Pay tribute to the industrious Queen bee, buzzy away creating sweet glistening, golden honey.
For many fans, the PANDORA Shine Queen Bee Pendant (367075EN16) was the highlight of the PANDORA Spring Collection and it has received a lot of attention. It was a definite must have for me and I’m excited to share my opinions and stylings. I decided to write a joint review with the glowing PANDORA Shine Golden Honey Charm (767120EN158) as I will be mostly wearing them together.
PANDORA Shine Queen Bee Pendant
The Queen Bee Charm is quite a delicate pendant and is a lot smaller than the PANDORA Shine Sweet As Honey Pendant Charm. The bale is a slender ring with pretty beaded detail that looks splendid in the 18k gold plating.
The cute bumble bee stripes on the Queen Bee Pendant are adorned with alternate rows of clear cubic zirconia stones and glossy black enamel lines. I am not always a big fan of cubic zirconia but the use of them in this charm is fitting.
The PANDORA logo is engraved at the bottom on the reverse of the Queen Bee Pendant which is a pretty little detail.
It took me a while to locate the standard ‘S925 ALE’ PANDORA hallmark on the Queen Bee Pendant! It is really is hidden very well on the inside on the bale ring.
PANDORA have designed the Queen Bee Pendant very accurately, especially the wings. Honey bees have two sets of wings which are attached to the thorax and the fore wings are much larger than the hind wings. On the pendant the fore wings have a wonderful cut out detail that is charming!
Miniature hearts appear to be a constant feature on PANDORA’s recent charms. The tiny love heart that sits on the centre of the Queen Bee is a delightful detail and completes the charm perfectly.
PANDORA Shine Golden Honey Charm
The PANDORA Shine Golden Honey is mouth watering gorgeous with its dripping gold running over the sides of the charm. The 18k gold plating is ideal for a honey and bee theme and I cannot imagine this charm looking as beautiful in silver.
The overall design of the Golden Honey Charm is quite simple but the multilayer effect of the honeycomb, golden yellow enamel and gold is incredibly effective. The end result is quite hypnotic! The beauty of the charm is in the contrast of the glossy, smooth surface compared to the sculpted honeycomb pattern beneath the enamel.
The normal PANDORA hallmark ‘S925 ALE’ is tucked to one side of the charm. As the PANDORA Shine range is 18k gold plated and not solid gold it has the standard PANDORA silver hallmark.
As with the PANDORA Rose range, the PANDORA Shine charms are not threaded. I believe this is so as to protect the gold plating from being damaged. Despite not being a threaded charm, the Golden Honey Charm has a very solid and weighty feel.
Styling 1: Gather Honey All Day
My first styling of the PANDORA Shine Queen Bee Pendant and Golden Honey Charm also includes another PANDORA Shine Charm the adorable Honeybee Charm (767023EN16). This glistening, golden trio is paired with the new PANDORA Moments Silver Sliding Bracelet (597125CZ) to create a glamorous day style, hence the title ‘Gather Honey All Day’!
The Sliding Bracelet has a fresh, modern feel and is ideal to wear as a daily bracelet and it’s so quick to style! A more comprehensive review discussing the benefits and features of the PANDORA Sliding Bracelet will be out soon so stay tuned!
Styling 2: The Hummer of Summer
In my second styling, ‘The Hummer of Summer’, I used the same three PANDORA Shine Charms on the marvellous Mesh Bracelet (596543) which is wonderful for the warmer months as it is lightweight and comfortable. Interspersing the PANDORA Shine Charms are the whimsical Wildflower Murano (791638CZ) and the new Enchanted Garden Murano Charm (797014). The pale spring green glass in the Murano charms looks delightful with the gold Shine Charms and the soft lilac in the Enchanted Garden Murano creates balance with the warmth of the Golden Honey Charm.
Styling 3: Dance of the Bees
I was pleasantly surprised in my previous PANDORA Shine review to discover how beautiful the Shine charms look against the Smooth PANDORA Rose Bracelet (580728). In this ‘Dance of the Bees’ styling I used a mishmash of PANDORA Shine, PANDORA Rose and silver PANDORA charms with a love and floral theme. The Queen Bee Pendant sits centre stage alongside the PANDORA Shine Sweet As Honey Pendant Charm (767044CZ). This is the first time I have created a design with two pendant charms side by side and normally I don’t think it would work but in this case as the Queen Bee Pendant is slightly smaller it looks appropriate. It also aptly illustrates a bumble dancing around a honey hive.
Styling 4: Bee Daring
My final design is based on the stripes of a bee and alternates the amazing Fascinating Adventurescent Stardust Murano Charms (791628) with my four PANDORA Shine charms on the retired Dainty Bow Bangle (590724cz). The gold plating from the PANDORA Shine charms emphasises the shimmering copper flecks inside the Stardust Murano Charms. These wonderful Murano Charms are discontinued and if you ever come across them in your PANDORA shopping travels, I fully recommend you purchase a couple.
My verdict on the PANDORA Shine Queen Bee and Golden Honey Charms? They are as sweet as can bee!
PANDORA Shine Queen Bee Pendant
- Wow Factor - 10/1010/10
- Value - 8.5/108.5/10
- Design - 10/1010/10
- Versatility - 8.5/108.5/10
The standout charm from the new PANDORA Shine collection. It can be used as pendant on a bracelet or a necklace. It is intricate, subtle and beautiful. It is not the cheapest in the collection but if you get just one Shine piece, this might be it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pandora Shine Golden Honey
- Wow Factor - 8/108/10
- Value - 8/108/10
- Design - 9/109/10
- Versatility - 8/108/10
This charm very much fits into the Shine Honeybee theme, and if you are building a bracelet to that theme this is a lovely addition. It might not be your centerpiece but it has an unusual and original design and does not focus too much on the Shine gold but has a lovely enamel glaze.
The PANDORA Shine Queen Bee Pendant Charm (367075EN16) is $90 USD and the PANDORA Shine Golden Honey Charm (767120EN158) is $65 USD. Both are available from our preferred authorised PANDORA retailer BeCharming.com
Have you purchased any of the PANDORA Shine charms? What is your favourite from the current range? Do you prefer the solid 14k gold PANDORA charms? Share your views and opinions in the comments below…