Here Kitty Kitty – A Comparison Between the Pandora Tiger Murano and the Retired Trollbeads Tiger

Today I combine a Trollbeads blog article with a Pandora jewellery blog article as I offer a comparison between the new Pandora animal print murano and the Trollbeads retired tiger.

Pandora’s Tame the Wild animal print muranos launched for many over the last couple of weeks. I’d been eagerly anticipating their release for months and I haven’t been at all disappointed in the final product. For those interested, I offered a huge review of the giraffe and tiger print charms earlier in the week. Click the following link to read my opinion of Pandora’s Tame the Wild animal print charms.

Many readers will empathise with the difficult task of choosing just a couple of beads or charms from a complete collection. I partly based my decision on my personal interest in comparing Pandora’s execution of a tiger stripe with Trollbeads retired version.

The retired Trollbeads Tiger is arguably one of their most iconic and coveted glass beads. This design was in production for such a short duration during a time when Trollbeads was a less known brand. The result being relatively few authentic tigers are in existence.

Former Trollbeads designer Kathy Perras began reproducing her beautiful tiger beads on a larger core, allowing collectors of all brands to add a touch of the wild to their bracelets. I recently offered a full comparison between the Kathy Perras tigers and Trollbeads retired tigers.

For animal print enthusiasts, it’s difficult to not be tempted by Pandora’s lovely new range but how does their take on the tiger compare to Trollbeads?

A Comparison

Firstly, I should start this article by stating that the individual variations in glass beads and charms is immense. Not only does their size vary but their patterning and colour also. I can only offer a comparison of my own charms.

The following images show firstly the Pandora tiger and secondly, the Trollbeads retired tiger.

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My Pandora tiger charm boasts much more of a brown and honey colouring than the Trollbeads tiger which displays very distinctive black and orange stripes. Furthermore, I consider the Pandora tiger to have more uniform horizontal stripes than the Trollbeads version, which seems to display more erratic patterning.

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Readers of my comparison between the Kathy Perras tiger and the retired Trollbeads version will remember that the most startling differences were seen when looking down upon the core. This disclosed that the Trollbeads tiger had patterning throughout the bead and continuing very close to the surface. By comparison, Kathy’s tiger has strong patterning close to it’s core and several layers of clear glass. The picture below captures this.

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The similar technique appears to have been used for the Pandora tiger.

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Once again it can be seen that Pandora have their tiger patterning close to the core with multiple layers of clear glass on top.

In an effort to complete an animal print bracelet, my fiance recently collected me a couple of Trollbead’s “tiger” uniques. The following two pictures show core views of the entire set of beads and charms.

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The next picture shows all three tigers together.

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In my review of the Pandora Tame the Wild animal print charms, I mentioned that when removed from the context, I don’t believe the Pandora tiger would necessarily be identified as animal print. That’s not to say that I dislike the charm; rather I adore Pandora’s animal print collection. I do stand by this statement however.

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On a themed bracelet however, I think the Pandora tiger makes a fabulous and “must have” addition.

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While these are being touted by Pandora as a high summer release, it’s also worth remembering that animal print is set to be a hot trend for autumn and winter 2012. As investment pieces go, these are highly recommended as you’ll get a lot of use out of them. Animal print also looks luscious when combined with bold, opulent colours

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Ordering Information

If you’re looking to order these charms online, my recommendations are John Greed for the UK and Perlen for global delivery

For those wishing to select their charms in person, the collection is set for a global release albeit Pandora are employing their staggered release system so patience is required.

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