The Pandora Autumn 2014 Collection recently debuted and has garnered some of the best feedback that the brand has had in a while. One of the main motifs for this release was enchanted forest/mystic floral which is right up my alley since I adore all things botanical. I couldn’t wait and rushed to my store to take a look at the pieces and see for myself if they were as dazzling as I remember. The mystic floral collection is simply amazing and I couldn’t resist getting all the flower themed beads!
Strictly speaking the Mystic Floral beads are four charms – the one with CZ petals openworks, enamel petals openworks, black and white enamel, and the clip; but I’ve lumped a few other designs into this category as well. The Shimmering Leaves (charm and clip), Laurel Leaves, Floral Heart Padlock, Inner Radiance, Evening Floral, and the Fleur de Lis are all included in this review. Aside from the clips and enamel bead, the rest of these designs are all openworks and non-threaded. I’ve noticed Pandora doing this more and more and it’s rather disappointing since the threaded system is the foundation of their bracelet concept.
Aside from that, my favorite hands down are the mystic floral charms; the flowers are inset with either CZ or enamel detailing and they’re intertwined with leaves. They’re beautiful, elegant, and simply stunning! The enamel Mystic Flower is a classic design featuring a black background with white flowers all around the bead and the clip is a black flower with a CZ center, very similar to the Darling Daisy clip. I can’t wait to get the earrings and rings to complete my Mystic Floral collection.
The Shimmering Leaves are a close second, and they’re gorgeous as well. The clips have the leaves defined in CZ whereas the openworks charm has a dotted texture which gives it a real vintage feel. I prefer the coordinating jewelry to the actual charm just because the design is better seen when the leaves are laid out. While I love the composition of the Floral Heart Padlock, the meaning behind the charm escapes me – it’s a heart shaped lock decorated with flowers…not sure what I would use it to represent but it sure is pretty. The Fleur de Lis is definitely an embellished version of the previously retired dangle, and also has a few CZ on the top and bottom to highlight the flower.
For those who enjoy the bling, Inner Radiance has the biggest crystals in this set. They’re laid out in a lattice floral pattern but it almost looks like a snowflake with a larger citrine CZ in the middle. In contract, the Evening Floral is one of the charms without cubic zirconia in this collection and I like the simplicity of the two-tone design. It’s more like the older style of openworks and while I first thought they were regular flowers, the charm actually has four-leaf clovers. Lastly, the Laurel Leaves has laurel leaves encasing an amber hued faceted cubic zirconia; the color is a bit hard to see through the leaves, but it’s a wonderful dangle.
I really love the collection in general and I couldn’t wait to get them! I created a new bracelet around the Autumn 2014 Collection called golden floral elegance, and I included a couple older retired beads as well. I had to track down the retired gold ladybug, which I was pleased to find matched the ochre fascinating murano perfectly. Have you seen this collection in person yet? Which charm from this theme is your favorite?