Pandora Year of the Snake

500px-SnakeI reported months ago on the new style Chinese zodiac dangles that will be making an appearance in early 2013, and we finally have a date for their release in the US.  The official launch will be January 25th in the US (January 14th in the UK) when we will be able to buy these animal dangles including the serpentine dragon from the Chinese New Year 2012 set.  Some Asian markets have already begun selling these, which brings us to this post today.  It has recently come to my attention that there may possibly be a very special detail on some of the Snakes; unseen from the front view of the body, is a line of cubic zirconia running along its belly!  It would be incredibly appropriate to make this particular dangle the “special” charm being that it is the Year of the Snake.

Courtesy of Jocelyn Leong (please do not reproduce)
Courtesy of Jocelyn Leong (please do not reproduce)

Now, I’ve been told that there are actually 2 versions of this charm, one with the CZ detail and one without, and that the one with the CZ will be a limited edition charm for this year (possibly another Asian exclusive).  This rumor is unconfirmed, but a few things suggest that this may be true – the product number for this charm is 791100 – if it had gemstones on the bead, there would be a CZ designation behind the numbers, e.g. 791051CZ for the clear pavé lights.  Every product number for a charm with gemstones has an alphabetic designator at the end of the string of numbers.  In addition, the price for this beauty is $83SGD/~$67.50USD, $20 more than the set price for these at $45USD each for the dangles.  It wouldn’t make sense that a charm with CZ be the same price as the charms in the same set that are only silver.  On the other hand, all the pictures I’ve found so far feature the Snake with a line of CZ running up its side (possibly miss uploaded by Pandora?).  I would be very excited if this is a limited edition Chinese New Year 2013 charm!  What do you think?

pandora-CNY-snake-comparison
Courtesy of Patty Wu (please do not reproduce)

*****UPDATE*****
It has been confirmed that there are TWO versions of the Year of the Snake dangle, one of which is available in Asia. Plain version is $73SGD and the CZ version is $83SGD. I am very excited about this special charm.  I just received this comparison shot, thanks to Patty Wu; there is definitely a plain version and a CZ embellished version.  At this point, I’m 90% sure this is an Asian exclusive charm [for the moment].

  • venus

    Leann, thanks for the info. I was not interested to collect this snake charm in the beginning. Now I had decided I will get the one with CZ on my pay day! 😀
    but why dragon dun have CZ? lolz.
    Thanks
    venus ^^

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I’m totally sold on the snake now too! Can’t wait to see it in the store.

  • Suzan

    Nice. That’s right on my birthday!

  • Jennifer

    Very nice! And I was born in the year of the snake…

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Yay! I can’t wait until they get to my year! 😉

  • Melinda

    The snake with clear cz’s is listed on pandora.net under the charm pendants tab for $45…the same as the snake w/o cz’s. I’m logged in under my country (US) so I’m wondering if maybe it’s listed incorrectly on the website (??)… A charm with cz’s would naturally cost more than one w/o. Since it’s there, it also makes me wonder if it will be exclusive to the Asian market…very interesting. It definitely is a lovely charm though! <3

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I saw that too, Melinda. But you’re right, so wouldn’t it cost more!? I’m thinking it’s a mis-print in the catalog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601445128 Wendie Edwards

    Leann,
    Do you think the snake with cubic zirconia with be available in the U.S. or only in Asia?

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I’ve talked to my contacts in the US and it sounds like it is available in Asia and possibly UK (but I don’t think so).

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601445128 Wendie Edwards

        So if someone in Aisa is offering to get it for me I guess I had better do that. 🙂

      • julia FARRAR

        I think if the CZ version is limited to Asian countries it will be much rarer than the last CNY charms last year as not all are receiving it. My local store in Indonesia told me yesterday that despite having a huge Chinese/ Indonesian community and getting all the CNY charms last year we only receiving the plain silver version this time

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Oh no! You think maybe they didn’t order the right one? Since the plain one is 791100 and the one the CZ is 791100CZ.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587798729 Stacie N Brenskelle

    I totally want that. I also want the year of the Monkey since that was the year that I was born! I can’t wait to get it! I hope they have the CZ one available in the US!

  • Ashley

    Anything Pandora does that’s limited edition when it comes to charms….I’m always on board and just gotta have it!

    My bday year is of the snake too, so I’m excited to see what it really looks like in person. I particularly love dangle AND sparkly charms! 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Wow, this will be extra special for you! I can’t wait to see what they do for mine, if they continue the special editions until then.

  • Mary

    Is any wed site the we can buy this charm…why in the pandora site say the cb snake is usd 45..
    Thanks for the informacion..
    Leann

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Unfortunately not, Mary :(. Authorized dealers cannot ship outside of their country.

  • Ann

    I want a bead in the dragon sorta like the Foxfire logo.

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Good idea, Ann. That would be cute.

  • Tiffany

    Does anyone have any idea where I could get my hands on this? I live in Canada ( and we are slow at getting the normal charms, lol) 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Unfortunately, no stores are allowed to ship outside their country so you’ll have to find a friend there. 🙁

      • julia FARRAR

        Both are currently available in Singapore and ladies there are helping. I have one on route to me now

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Enjoy! I can’t wait to get mine :D.

  • Tiffany

    If anyone has any contacts they could put me in touch with, I would super appreciate it, and obviously pay more than retail cost :). Thanks!!!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Hi Tiffany, send me a message, there are a couple ladies who have agreed to help :).

      • Tiffany

        Thanks so much! I just sent you a message via the contact link on the website (I hope thats what you meant)…any help you can provide will be amazing!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587798729 Stacie N Brenskelle

    I’ll just wait till some go up on Ebay you know some have to make their way on there. My parents don’t want me to give money to anyone cause you never know if they will give the bead to you or just run off 🙁

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Your parents advice definitely makes sense! There are some people you can trust though, everyone is so helpful in the Pandora community. 🙂

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587798729 Stacie N Brenskelle

        I think I’ll buy it from a lady I know in Signapore. She’s helping a lot of people :). If anybody wants to buy one message me and I’ll message her 🙂

  • kay

    Stacie,
    I would love to purchase one of these, love to hear from you
    Thanks
    Kay

  • Ella Hughes

    I’d love to buy one of these