Pandora introduced a brand new style of Muranos with the Summer 2013 Collection dubbed Sea Glass. These beads come in Purple, Indigo, and Multi-color and the glass boasts a faceted cut. The color is added by heating frits (granulated glass) within the bead; the color shows close to the core and is overlaid by layers of clear glass giving it a brilliant sparkle. The silver core is also smaller than the typical Muranos, being about half the size. As with the Cherry Blossom and Pink Ribbon Muranos, these have the slimmer cores to allow more room in the glass to show the designs. At the moment, the Sea Glass Muranos are North American exclusives, meaning that they can only be found in the US and Canada although they may appear in other countries in the future.
After some delay, the Sea Glass finally made its way to stores at the end of June, about a month after it was supposed to be released with the rest of the summer 2013 collection. I first saw these in person on the Pandora 2013 Cruise, so was surprised that they weren’t ready for the wide release. Apparently, while they turned out well in small batches, there were some issues when they went into mass production which accounted for the delay (the same is true for the new turquoise and aqua Fascinating Muranos). The color varies greatly in the Sea Glass, so I would highly recommend picking them out yourself. The Indigo features mainly true blue with hints of brown; the Purple has dark purple, light purple, and pink; and the Multi-Color shows green, turquoise, purple, and specks of black. Thanks to Natalie Page for the awesome comparison photo of the different variations.
It’s a tough choice, but the Multi-color has proven to be my favorite from the set mainly because it’s so unique and colorful. It also caught my eye early on when photos first came out for these and I’ve been so excited to pair it with the other teal and aquatic themed charms from the summer collection. The blue Speckled Beauty matches this sea glass Murano perfectly and I will be definitely be using them together. The Indigo is a close second with its gorgeous bright blue, but I’m not sure if the brown spots really do anything for this pattern. Lastly, the Purple Sea Glass reminds me of the purple zebra print Murano with its striations and maybe the snow leopard print Murano as well; it’s the least exciting of the three in my opinion.
For the past couple collections, it seems like Pandora has stepped up its game with regard to their glass designs. The rumor is that they’ve added previous Trollbeads artisans to create the new beads and I have to say it’s a great idea! The Muranos from Pandora have always struck me as a bit boring with simple cutesy designs, so I’m loving the new innovations. I hand picked these Muranos and tried to find the greenest one of the Multi-Color, the bluest Indigo, and the purplest Purple. What do you think of the new Sea Glass Muranos? Which is your favorite?