Pandora Seeing Spots Murano Collection

pandora-spotty-murano-complete3Along with my posts on Trollbeads Popular Unique designs, I thought it would be helpful to start a series on the different collections of Pandora Muranos.  My plan is to start with the oldest of the Pandora Muranos and that is the Spotty designs.  The Spotties were one of the earliest Muranos from Pandora and as such, has some of the most variations in their color and size.  There were ten spotties total, the names are the glass color/spot color: pink/lime, lime/mauve, emerald green/white, blue/lime, pale blue/white, pale green/grey, black/blue, amber/white, red/pink, and peach/blue, respectively.  (Pictures are provided courtesy of Cilia van Zal and Dian Prahesti, please do not reproduce)

There are generally 9 spots that protrude from the glass, but really old Muranos have 8 spots.  How much the spots stick out also varies quite a bit with some spots barely there and others bulging out.  I would think that with the spots there would be a danger of breakage, and while there are some ladies reporting of lost spots, they’ve held up quite well for which I’m thankful.  I’ve found the most color variation with the pink/lime and the peach/blue.  As you can see there are enough variations that they could be an all-together different bead.

In terms of popularity, time has seen many of these greatly appreciate in value.  The blue/lime and amber/white have proved to be most popular and expensive, mainly because these two along with the lime/mauve, green/white, and peach/blue were retired earlier in 2008, while the rest were not retired until 2011.  The least popular has been the opaque and milky colored beads – pink/lime, blue/white, and green/grey.  I seem to have acquired an impressive collection of the rarer Spotties without setting out to.  What do you think of the Spotties?

  • Emma

    My favourite muranos. I’m missing the blue/lime, lime/mauve and peach/blue. With the price of the first two I doubt I will get them but I hope to get the latter some day. You have a fab collection.

    • Eileen Caldwell

      Hi, I have 8 perfect red murano stones with the white dot if you are interested.

      • Emma

        Thanks Eileen, I have a red one. 🙂

      • Lisa

        I would be interested in 2 red/pink

    • Leann

      Thanks, Emma! I was lucky enough to get these at great prices. The blue/lime seems the most expensive right now.

    • Sarah

      I have a peach/blue for sale if you’re interested 🙂

      • Christine Woods

        How much for the peach and blue charm?

  • Janet L.

    I don’t have any but have admired photos of them…would love to have the amber/white one!

    • Leann

      The amber/white is brilliant – really dark honey/caramel colored.

  • Wendy Carr

    I wish I was collecting them back then….. I know I’d have most of them! I just got the blue ribbon murano before it retired and wish I’d had the opportunity to get them in other colors as well…

    • Corinna M.

      but wendy, the ribbon muranos are widely available for sale prices in europe! and some of the less popular spotties as well..

    • Leann

      I know! It’s ridiculous how much some beads appreciate over the years.

  • Jennifer Wr

    I don’t have any either, but I really enjoy learning about the different beads! I have been reading the Trollbeads uniques posts, and I am looking forward to the ones regarding the Pandora Muranos. Thanks Leann. 🙂

    • Leann

      Thanks, Jennifer! It’ll be staggered through the coming weeks :).

  • Sharon

    I have made jewelry for years and those were called bumpy beads. Didn’t like them in the past and still don’t. Leaves me money for other beads 🙂

    • Leann

      I didn’t like them at first either. I think the rarer they became, the more I liked them ;).

  • Ashley

    This particular bead every time I look down at my bracelet and look at the few I have, they look to me like a UFO! 🙂

    I’m on the hunt for the red/pink one. The peach/blue bead was my very first Pandora purchase back in the day!! Haha

    • Leann

      You’re right, I’ve never thought of that! They do look like UFOs, haha. Good luck on your hunt!

  • narelle

    Can still get Blue with White, Green with Grey, Black with Blue, and Red with Pink here in Australia $49.00 dollars each.

  • Francine

    Pandora glass is inferior to Troll glass. Sorry to be so negative but just my opinion. I have more Pandora glass only because I have been collecting Pandora longer. I just started Troll about 5 months and their glass is AMAZING. I also like the fact that they have precious gemstones and ambers.

    • Leann

      I agree with you completely, Francine! I’ve always thought the same thing :).

  • Sarah

    Is there a black w/ white spots version or is that an imposter? Are many imposters seen? Thank you!

    • Leann

      There are a lot of variation with this Murano, so sometimes the blue spots are so pale they look white. There are a lot of fakes out there, so be careful!

  • Aileen Chin

    How do you wear large muranos? On bracelets or are they more for necklaces?

    • Leann

      Hi Aileen, I generally wear the XL Muranos on a necklace. They seem too big to me to be worn on a bracelet but it can be done!