Advent Calendar Day 4 – Pandora Snow Globe (Pandora Christmas 2013 Review)

During December I’ll be reviewing a whole range of Christmas charms from various brands. Today’s Pandora jewellery blog article brings a review of the Pandora Snow Globe, part of the Christmas 2013 collection.

A quick apology if people will indulge me. My plan for the advent calendar reviews was to mix the brands a lot. Unfortunately we have another monster storm due to hit Denmark tomorrow and we still have temporary repairs in place from the one in October. As such the time I should have spent photographing today has been dedicated to trying to secure buildings, work horses and prepare for tomorrow. My apologies if you feel a little inundated with Pandora reviews for the next day or so; they’re the only articles I had prepared.

When the Pandora Christmas 2013 collection images were first leaked, the Snow Globe charm was one of the designs that received mixed feedback from collectors. Naturally whether you appreciate this design or not depends greatly on your own thoughts regarding enamel charms. Enamel is a prominent feature of this design. As always though, the earliest leaked images were fuzzy and unattractive so forming opinions on those images alone is a little unfair to Pandora. The same can be said for the Pandora Valentine’s 2014 leaks!

I’ll admit I liked the concept of this charm from those earliest leaked images and I still think it’s a lovely festive feature.

Pandora Snow Globe

This charm has a dome shape with a flat base, basically what you would expect from a miniature snow globe. The base is engraved with “Merry Christmas” in addition to the Pandora hallmark. The body of the charm is mostly white enamel, punctuated with silver studded accents and a very whimsical and cute looking reindeer. The design itself if reminiscent of a Christmas card.

Pandora Christmas 2013

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Pandora Christmas 2013

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My own Pandora collection isn’t huge and I simply don’t have the budget to rush out and purchase several new charms per release. This often leaves me faced with the problem of using new additions. I have three main Pandora bracelets; one complete and two in progress. The complete bracelet has a pink theme. One of the others is a blue festive bracelet and the second a black, more gothic bracelet. When the Pandora Fall 2013 collection debuted with it’s emerald greens, as much as I liked the release, I found myself unable to accommodate even the charms I liked. Green matches nothing I have in my Pandora collection which left me faced with the decision of passing on the release or investing in a few additional charms to create at least a mini bracelet.

In light of the above, I’ve been trying many of the Pandora Christmas 2013 charms as the focal feature on a bangle.

Pandora Christmas 2013

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For the featured bracelet, I opted for a succinct mini bracelet, based on the Pandora Bangle. It utilises a couple of the blue murano charms from my existing Pandora Christmas bracelet, in addition to the new Pandora Pavé Christmas Tree.

Pandora Christmas 2013

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Pandora Christmas 2013

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Pandora Christmas 2013

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Pandora Snow Globe Ordering Details

My recommended Pandora retailer for the UK are the wonderful John Greed Jewellery and you can find the Snow Globe at the link below:-

Pandora Snow Globe Summary

There have been some concerns regarding the long term durability of this charm. White enamel has been known to turn yellow over time. Unfortunately at this stage it’s difficult to predict whether this will be an issue.

The charm itself is very sweet however and will look beautiful with many colour schemes. Unlike the charms with flashes of red enamel, this charm will compliment most existing collections, even the smaller ones such as my own.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Pandora Snow Globe and indeed the Pandora Christmas 2013 collection in it’s entirety? Hit the comments and let me know!

Pandora Christmas 2013

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Comments
  1. Karin

    That snow globe is cuter than I expected! I have a few Pandora charms and I intermix with TB and Chamilia and Redbalifrog and artisan glass. I don’t buy their bracelets, except I did get the Pandora bangle.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Karin,

      It’s actually super cute! It’s definitely one worth seeing before judging. Some will hate it just due to the enamel but I really like it. I also like that it will go with any colour scheme as my Pandora collection is quite small. I struggle to use the charms with red enamel for example.

      The Pandora Bangle is lovely. It’s easy to make an exception for that ;)

  2. Meeta

    I really liked the look of this when seeing it in real life, I think the white enamel works nicely and overall the charm looks cute. I need to get back on track with the theme on my Pandora bracelet as I wanted to stick to black and silver with but got a bit side tracked by some of the new releases.

  3. Ellie

    This was one of the charms that really surprised me in store – I didn’t expect to like it and it’s actually adorable in person! However, the crisp white finish is one of the things that makes it look so cute… so, as you say, I hope the finish holds up.

    You should do a post on your Pandora collection, I’d love to see what it looks like overall.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Ellie,

      Yes I think it’s nicer in person that the images suggest. It will indeed be interesting to see how these charms last.

      My Pandora collection is far FAR smaller than most people believe I think! One complete bracelet, 2 works in progress and a smattering of excess charms :D Oh and a bangle and some pendants ;) Certainly no where near as large as my Trollbeads collection!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  4. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    I hope the impending storm isn’t too awful :-( and that all stays ok for you and the animals :-)

    The whole Pandora Xmas collection is a tad too cutesy for me this year – good for the wallet though ;-)

    /hugs

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Debbie,

      2.30pm here now and it’s horrible. We’re hoping it’s now at full strength – I’m praying it’s not getting worse :( A few tree branches gone and a roof tile at present but no whole trees so far. Victor was out first thing this morning, back in before the storm arrived and his stable doors are barricaded closed from the outside. I checked on him a short time ago and he was doing fine. He has the radio on listening to cheesy Christmas songs.

      We think by about 9pm it will begin to ease.. still very strong winds but not the hurricane strength gusts we’re currently having :((( It feels a long time until 9pm though! :((((

      /hugs

      • Debbie

        Hi Victoria,

        I’ve been thinking about you on and off all day because of the awful weather reports the news is giving out :-(

        I hope everything is ok and that the storm doesn’t cause too much damage.

        /big hugs for you, Victor, Simba and all the other animals I can’t remember the names of.

        • endangeredtrolls

          Oh Debbie it was horrible and so scary :(

          We were upgraded to a hurricane at around 5pm last night and it was still going when I reluctantly went to bed at 1.30am. I was checking the horses every hour to make sure they were okay and got up during the night too. I feel like a walking corpse today.

          There’s been quite a bit of property damage to the barns again – roof tiles gone. But the house and the stable block weathered everything well.

          Victor is fine, though he had a crazy five minutes this morning when I put him in his field. We still have gale force winds here but nothing comparable to yesterday.

          Myself, Victor, Simba and the rest of the mini zoo are all safe and accounted for :) Including crusty old feral cat Spike who I managed to capture on Wednesday night and has since been scowling at me from “his” chair by the radiator ;)

          /hugs

  5. Nancy

    I love the fact that is says “Merry Christmas” and not the meaningless “Happy Holidays” -
    not sure how I feel about the enamel – I would hope the white enamel does not yellow with time

    • endangeredtrolls

      I prefer this too but I think that’s because I’m in Europe. We don’t really refer to Christmas as the “holiday” season at all. Holiday over here generally refers to the summer and going abroad :D

      The charm is lovely but you’re quite right, much depends on the durability of that enamel. It won’t be very attractive if it turns yellow :(

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