Pandora Mystic Floral Review

pandora-autumn-2014-cover4The 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.

pandora-golden-floral-elegance-braceletI 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?

  • Erica King

    My absolute favorite is the openwork floral I have it on my irish love bracelet because I think it looks like shamrocks

    • Leann

      So pretty! Thanks for the pic. Love your bracelet :D.

  • Monica Ruth Hucks

    I plan to get several of these new charms during the upcoming free bracelet promo! Thanks for the review! Very helpful 🙂

    • Leann

      You’re welcome! I’m glad it’s helpful. They’re so pretty ;).

  • Laura Summers

    That would’ve been a lot of free bracelets next week. 😉

    • Leann

      I’ll probably return them next week ;). I just couldn’t wait for these charms!

      • charley

        I didn’t know you could do this? Buy the charms beforehand and then say you replace them at the free bracelet promo but actually keep them and they hand you over the new free bracelet/ bangle?

      • charley

        Even once you’ve used them?

      • JIZZARD

        As someone who works for Pandora I wouldn’t hope for this to be an option that is accepted in store. As it would be unfair to offer this to one customer and not another, as surely every person would have the same arguement. The offer is only avaliable when you purchase on the dates specified. It would be like wearing a pair of jeans and noticing a day later they’ve gone into sale and asking for the difference back.

      • Leann

        That’s exactly the analogy and lots of stores have a price adjustment policy, like the Gap. If you purchase something and within 14 days it goes on sale, you can get the difference back. Anyway, it’s up to the individual stores to decide.

      • charley

        It makes sense when you say it like that. Thank you.

      • Leann

        It’s depends on the store’s policy. It’s not like I’m exchanging them for new charms :P.

      • charley

        Thankyou

  • charley

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Just got the abundance of love charm and the new clear pave spacer from the autumn collection. I am so loving Pandora at the moment 🙂

  • Julia

    Wow, these charms are gorgeous! These definitely deserve the positive feedback, which you were very right about. I think that the stock photos did not do these beautiful charms justice, like the Morning Butterflies dangles from the spring collection. I recently saw a woman walking around with the purple one and it caught my eye, dazzling! I will definitely be buying way more charms that what I had in mind.

    • Leann

      I agree, it’s so hard to see the nuances in the stock photos. They’re so gorgeous, definitely my favorites from this collection! 🙂

  • Charmer

    Wow, that is a beautiful bracelet, Leann! This review came just in time for the promo, and I am so excited. Thank you! I am loving the black/white enamel floral and the floral padlock. I also am not sure what the padlock represents, but it is so pretty that the mystery of what it represents is intriguing enough for me to purchase it. lol This review has made me want more charms than I had originally thought about for the promo. I may have to re-think starting an Essence bracelet this time around.

    • Leann

      Thanks so much :D. Do post a pic of your bracelet when you get your charms ;). I always end up spending more money than I mean to when I’m at the store, haha.

  • Rose

    I have the mystical floral ring and the mystical floral charm with the black flowers. Want the clips next!

    • Leann

      They would go great with your other pieces! I want to get the mystic floral jewelry next, the two rings and earrings. So pretty!

  • Demelza Guing

    The lock covered with flowers = secret garden, if that has any meaning to you. Just a suggestion!

    • Leann

      Ooo, good thinking! I like that :).

  • Monica Ruth Hucks

    I know this is off topic, but does anyone know if the five clip station bracelet will hold charms between the stations? I really like the way this bracelet looks, but I don’t want to be constrained to use only five charms. Thanks for your help!

    • Fishface

      Open works will fit in between sometimes the hole is little too small but just ask for a different one before buying. But they do work! And actually they look really pretty!

  • Demelza Guing

    I love this collection….. But, Pandora is starting to forget its roots I think. Gone are the lovely detailed charms for €25 or €29. The price point seems to be going up in every collection, it seems that you get much less material for your money, as beautiful as they are they are hollow small amounts of silver. I hope they don’t price themselves out of the less well off customer who enjoys collecting but can’t afford these more expensive items.

    • Demelza Guing

      BTW, I think I must have them all!

      • Leann

        I can’t resist either! 😉

    • Leann

      I know, I was disappointed to find all these are openworks! And yet still so pricey :O. There’s definitely been a hidden price increase over the past few years :/.

    • Lozzie

      I agree. I love the Laurel charm but I am not prepared to pay $80AUD for a single charm. I try to keep my spend on charms to $50AUD each and that is probably why I still dont have a complete bracelet yet because there is not many for $50 or less.

      • Leann

        Yes, there’s definitely been a price hike over the years! I miss the affordable $30 silver charms :/.

  • Beth

    Some of these are very pretty, but I was thinking of starting Essence during the promo. Now I can’t decide! Both of my bracelets are full.

    • Leann

      Uh oh..decision decisions ;). You can’t go wrong either way! 🙂

  • Jaz

    I found the collections lately are lacking the two-tones. Love the silver with gold charms.

    • Leann

      Yes, for a while now :(.

  • Barbara

    I was wondering if they have discontinued the Darling Daisy clip, I can’t seem to find it on the Canadian or US website, do you think that the Mystic Flower clip is supposed to replace it? I was hoping to pick one up with the promotion later this week…

  • Brenda

    I got the floral padlock to represent all my special memories to be forever “locked inside my heart”.

    • Leann

      How perfect! I love the detailing, it’s gorgeous :).

  • ruth

    just a question, I just bought the floral heart padlock and it feels much lighter than most other charms ( even other openwork ones) is it supposed to?

    • Leann

      Yes, it is a lighter charm. If you got it at a store, I wouldn’t worry about the authenticity.

  • Julie

    Hi there
    I have the fleur de lis open work charm but I’m struggling to find the hallmarks
    Can you shed any light as to where they are?