Back in June, Woman & Home were invited to the breath takingly beautiful Venice to learn about Pandora’s new Autumn collection. Why Venice? Murano glass is made on the Venetian island of Murano and features in many of the charms Pandora is known for. The Murano glass beads are made using craftsmanship which is centuries old – it takes years for a jeweller to be trained to perfect the art of Murano and we were lucky enough to see a Murano artists at work using enameled glass. This painstaking process is so intricate that sometimes the artist has to start from scratch if even the slightest mistake is made.
On the second day we traveled by boat to Hotel Cipriani which is only accessible by water which makes it feel even more exclusive before you even step off the boat and realize that a plethora of movie stars have been welcomed in the same fashion during the Venice film festival. This is after all George Clooney’s favourite Venetian hotel and he stayed here before his marriage to Amal Alamuddin. George has even got not one but two Cocktails listed on the bar menu which he invented during one of his stays here.
We walked through the incredible Jasmine scented pathways to the presentation and met with Pandora’s affable chief creative officer, Stephen Fairchild who talked enthusiastically about the new collection and his inspirations. Stephen’s a big fan of London and says he likes to visit regularly, especially Shoreditch as it gives him lots of ideas in creating his collections.
The Autumn 2015 Pandora collection comprises of pieces inspired by Game of Thrones, phoenix feathers, flora and fauna. The collection is vast and you’ll be hard pressed not to find something you’ll love. Pandora’s use of 14k gold, sterling silver, gemstones, cultures pearls and enamel were all represented in the new collection. We particularly loved the pearl pieces, which are a big trend this season, the sparkle of the sterling silver majestic feathers ring and for rose gold fans Pandora have added more to the range. There’s new stacking rings and if you like the look or them but want the effect in one quick hit you can’t go wrong with the entwine ring (£130) – a Woman & Home favourite.
Seeing the painstaking process of making a pave charm brings into focus Pandora’s artisan qualities. Each piece of pave is put into place by hand so its good to know that Pandora’s production facility in Bangkok is fully compliant with Thai labour laws, health and safety, environment and energy management and is an active member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Here are our top five picks of the new Autumn collection –
1. Hearts of Pandora Bracelet – £45
2. Hearts of Pandora Necklace – £85
3. Lace Botanique Pendent – £269
4. Luminous Leaves Ring – £60
5. Majestic Feathers Ring – £70