REVIEW: PANDORA Tropical Starfish & Seashell Charm
Bring out the mermaid in you!
Keep seaside memories alive with the stunning Tropical Starfish & Seashell pendant.
The theme of the PANDORA Summer 2017 collection is ‘Under the Sea’ and the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant Charm (792076CZF) captures that theme beautifully! The sparkling starfish and silver seashell combine together to create a magical underwater scene. Whenever I visit the beach, I enjoy searching for pretty and interesting shells to add to my collection, so this charming pendant was a definite must-have for me.
When I first saw the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant Charm in real life, I noticed that the cubic zirconia stones on the starfish are not as a bright turquoise colour as seen in the official PANDORA stock image. Personally I quite like the paler colour and I think it makes it more flexible for styling options.
The Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant Charm is made up of two separate components; the starfish and the shell. Both parts move independently, reminiscent of the slow, relaxing, movement under the sea.
The Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant is very similar to another charm from the PANDORA 2017 Summer Collection; the Tropical Starfish Pendant. The Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant is only an additional $5 but includes a little shell and clear cubic zirconia stones around the bale. The bale is also more suited to use on bracelets, although both charms could be worn on bracelets or necklaces.
The reverse of the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant is flat and plain which means it will sit next to your wrist or neck nicely but lacks detail if it is flipped upside down on your wrist. The back of the starfish has little holes, allowing light to pass through the stones on the front of design, making the starfish a bright, engaging feature.
The usual PANDORA hallmarks are tucked away discreetly on the the side of the bale and are not at all noticeable when worn on a bracelet.
I went for a vibrant yet relaxed style for my first design using the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant on the Light Blue Leather Bracelet (590734cbl-d). The Disney Jasmine Signature Colour Murano (791648) and the new Mint Glitter Glass Murano (791669) create a lovely sparkly effect, reminding me of the sunlight playing on the ripples of the sea. Because of the flat bale, the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant sits nice and flush in the middle of the Murano charms. The Pearl Oyster (791134P) and Turtle (790158) charms add an element of fun.
I love how the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant is so versatile! It works as equally well as a focus charm or a worn to the side. In this Seascape Design I used it to create balance at the side of the bracelet with the Sparkling Palm Tree Pendant (791540cz) on the opposite side. Notice that although the bale on the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant is more narrow than the Sparkling Palm Tree Pendant bale, both charms are of a similar size.
One of the reasons I love pendant charms so much is that they work so well on necklaces as well as bracelets, so you get extra wear for your pennies. I styled the Tropical Starfish & Seashell Pendant with the Intricate Lattice Charms (791295CZ) and the Mint Glitter Murano. The sweet blue hue from the starfish is emphasised by the pale, minty blue of the Mint Glitter Murano and the overall effect is sparkling elegance!
On my next styling I once again created symmetry with the Tropical Starfish & Sea Shell Pendant opposite the Sparkling Palm Tree Pendant with the Tropical Parrot Pendant Charm (791903enmx) at the centre. The turquoise and teal of the Disney Jasmine Signature Colour Muranos and the Tropical Parrot make this an ideal bracelet to wear on your Summer vacation.
I love using the PANDORA bangles to exhibit mini-designs and the Tropical Starfish & Sea Shell Pendant looks so chic at the centre of the Intricate Lattice Charms. The Lace Floral Clips (791011) mimic the pattern of the Intricate Lattice charms and create a graceful, classic look.
For my final design I used the Light Blue Leather Bracelet as a backdrop for a Seaside theme. The Sailboat Pendant (791138cz) looks cute at the centre, flanked either side with the Tropical Starfish & Sea Shell and the Sparkling Palm Tree Pendants. The cerulean and cobalt from the Ocean Mosaic Pavé (791261mczmx) and Green Petite Facet (791499sgq) charms complete this design.
My verdict on the Tropical Starfish & Sea Shell Pendant Charm? I give it an A star!
The PANDORA Tropical Starfish & Sea Shell Pendant Charm (792076CZF) is available for $55 USD / $60 CAD / £45 / €49 from our preferred PANDORA retailer BeCharming.com.
Have you bought the PANDORA Tropical Starfish & Sea Shell Pendant Charm? Or is it on your wishlist? How have you styled it? Let us know in the comments below.