~ ~ Guest review by Dora, www.TheArtofPandora.com ~~
“In the end, I decide that the mark we’ve left on each other is the colour and shape of love.”
It has been said that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and the stunning yet simple Fuchsia Shape of Love Charm (796563NFR) from the PANDORA Valentine’s 2018 Collection is an excellent example. The overall design is very similar to the Petite Facet charms but rather than being spherical it is a sweet, chubby heart shape. The rich and dynamic colour of the Fuchsia Shape of Love Charm captured my heart and I was excited to begin exploring design options!
I always admire PANDORA’s faceted beads as reflections from the cut stone provide added dimension and texture to the bracelet. The multiple faces of crystal on the Shape of Love Charm create dancing patterns of light whilst the centre of the gem emits a beaming, sanguine glow.
The Shape of Love Charm appears especially delightful when the light catches the central heart shaped facet. It makes me think of a retro pixalated heart from the days of the old Commodore 64 computer!
The standard PANDORA hallmarks ‘S925’ and ‘PANDORA’ are stamped on one side of the Shape of Love Charm. I noticed that the hallmark features a raised circle the is placed between the ‘PANDORA’ and ‘S925’ instead of the previously stamped dot. I wonder if this will continue to be a distinguishing mark to us help identify counterfeit PANDORA. Life is too short to buy fake PANDORA. To avoid tears, be sure to purchase from authorized PANDORA retailers such as BeCharming.com.
At the top of the Shape of Love Charm a smooth grove is furrowed into the crimson crystal to create the figurative love heart shape. Crystal is created from a mixture of glass and a crystalline material. As well as providing a wonderful gemstone that is dazzling to look at, it is a hard and durable stone too.
As the Petite Facet charms, the PANDORA Fuchsia Shape of Love Charm is a threaded charm and exhibits a weighty, significance on a bracelet.
One of the designs I was excited to create with the Fuchsia Shape of Love Charm was what I have called ‘A Royal Blush’! The rich royal hues of the Shape of Love, Blue Dazzling Snowflake (796358NTB) and the Royal Blue Galaxy (796361NCB) charms against the beautiful blush of the PANDORA Rose Smooth Bracelet (580728) form a stately bracelet that Kate Middleton (or as she is more formally known: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Barroness Carrickfurgus) or Meghan Markle would be proud to wear! The new PANDORA Rose Two Hearts Spacers (786559CZR) provide delightful detail with their inscription ‘you & me’. The tiny cerise cubic zirconia heart mirrors the Fuchsia Shape of Love Charm sweetly.
My next styling is once again a true ladylike affair with soft rose pinks and the flush of fuchsia. The sparkling PANDORA Signature Pavé Clasp Bracelet (590723CZ) teamed with the Shining Path Clips (791972CZ) infuse subtle glamour to the design. An element of frivolity and fun is provided with the retired Pink Flamingo Pendant (791294czs), Tree of Love Pendant (796592CZSMX), Cerise Encased in Love (792036NCC) and Shape of Love charms.
Regular readers will know how much I favour the PANDORA Open Bangle (596477) when it comes to making mini themes. Here my little ‘Disney Melts my Heart’ bangle displays my love for all things Disney! The Limited Edition PANDORA Disney Mickey & Minnie Love Icon (796463CZ) charm looks enchanting paired with the Frosted Heart / Heart of Winter (791996CZ) and Shape of Love charms.
My Summer Lovin’ Bracelet is full of the promise of warmer days ahead when we can finally discard our hats and scarves! The tropical mix of fuchsia and teal produces a lively feel whilst the PANDORA Mesh Bracelet (596543) lends a glittering gracefulness. The ravishing pink enamel of the Orchid Pendant Charm (791554EN69) looks stunning with the Shape of Love charm and the Cerise Encased in Love (792036NCC) balances the design. The Fascinating Teal (791606) and retired Teal Lattice (791625) Murano charms give hope that the summer will bring sun-filled days spent relaxing by the poolside!
I fell in love with the union of the Fuchsia Shape of Love and PANDORA Rose together so much so I created another styling! The vibrant Shape of Love charm sits centre stage as the focus of the You Make My Heart Blush design. The more understated Rosy Facets / Fascinating Blush (791729NBP) Murano charms are at the sidelines as supporting actresses that add an ethereal quality to this beauteous bracelet.
My final design is a laid back tribute to one of Disney’s most love up couples; Daisy and Donald Duck! The charming Disney Daisy (792137) and Donald Duck Portrait (792136) Charms are darling either side of the luminous Fuchsia Shape of Love charm on the Pink Double Leather Bracelet (590705cmp-d).
My verdict on the PANDORA Fuchsia Shape of Love Charm? It had me at hello!
Have you purchased the PANDORA Fuchsia Shape of Love Charm? How do you style yours? Let us know in the comments below and remember you can always send a hint if it is still on your wishlist! 😉