REVIEW: Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm
“I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner, but now I am the master.”
Join the dark side with the striking Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm!
Both Pandora and Star Wars fans were delighted when the highly anticipated Star Wars x Pandora Collection was released on Thursday 1st October 2020. Although Pandora kindly gifted me part of the capsule collection, I bought a few additional pieces including the Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm (799256C01) to qualify for the free Limited Edition Box in Hong Kong.
Dora Explores: Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm
Created in oxidised silver and glossy black enamel the charm features Darth Vader’s head and the most iconic mask in movie history. Lord Vader’s helmet was needed to keep him alive, but also looked slick yet menacing.
Akin to Vader’s mask, the Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm has a simple design on the reverse. An oxidised line of silver sits between the gleaming hand-applied black enamel.
Both the ‘PANDORA’ and the ‘©LFL’ hallmarks are engraved on oxidised silver panels at the bottom of the Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm.
The normal Pandora hallmark for silver ‘S925 ALE’ is very discreetly positioned on the inside of the Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm.
Each review from the Star Wars x Pandora Collection will showcase the individual character with a dedicated design.
Style: Balance to the Force
“I will do whatever you ask. Just help me save Padme’s life.”
Anakin Skywalker to Darth Sidious Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force… I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
Darth Vader Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
“Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.”
Darth Vader Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Inspired by the dark side of The Force, my styling with the Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm (799256C01) is set upon the Pandora Oxidised Silver Charm Bracelet (590702OX). The design illustrates Anakin’s story through charms and highlights how Anakin Skywalker was born to restore balance to the Force.
Light blue glass from the Ice Drops Murano (796365CZB) symbolises young Anakin as a caring and compassionate Jedi. Love between Anakin and Padmé is illustrated with the beautiful Heart of Winter (796372CZ) pendant. Yet fear of loss of Padmé made Skywalker succumbed to the temptations of the dark side. The mixed shades of blue in the Wavy Dark Blue Murano (798938C00) show Anakin’s transgression to the dark side of The Force.
“Just for once let me look on you with my own eyes… You were right. You were right about me. Tell your sister you were right.”
Darth Vader Episode VI — Return of the Jedi
When we are first introduced to Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope, he is no longer Anakin but the powerful Lord Vader. The dark sparkling Fascinating Adventurescent Stardust Murano (791628) charms picture this part of Anakin’s story with the two tone Lazy Daisy (791014) Clips on either side. Although the clips are decorated with pretty flowers my husband and I think it resembles the Death Star!
At the centre the black acrylic background on the Celestial Mosaic (796400MMB) charm, balances beautifully with the black enamel Darth Vader charm. Twinkling between the darkly oxidised Stella Star Pendant (390328D) echoes the front window of Vader’s TIE Advanced x 1 starfighter. Matching Stella Star (790856D) charms balance the bracelet on opposite sides.
Continuing around the bracelet, the glass Murano charms progress into a light blue ending with the glittering Cinderella’s Signature Colour (791640) charm. The colour change signifies Darth Vader reconnecting to the light side of the Force when he destroys the evil Emperor Palpatine, thus bringing balance to The Force. A sparkling diamond held within the 2017 Pandora Club Charm (792092D) represents the love Darth Vader has for his family. Love, which he tried to conceal and hide within himself. Finally, twin diamonds on the retired Woven Splendour (790568D) charm portray Anakin’s children Luke and Leia.
My verdict on the Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm?
Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm (799256C01)
- Wow Factor - 10/1010/10
- Value - 8.5/108.5/10
- Design - 10/1010/10
- Versatility - 8.5/108.5/10
The Star Wars x Pandora Darth Vader Charm (799256C01) is incredibly striking and has a big wow factor! Although the design is quite simple, it is very effective. Despite being quite a large charm it is priced a little on the dear side and its dark colour is not as easy to style as some of the other Star Wars x Pandora charms.
The Star Wars x Pandora Collection is available both in store and online at our preferred Pandora retailer the UK Pandora eStore.