I 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.
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?
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].