Brand New Pandora

Anna, from our Solihull store, reviews the latest collection from ever popular Pandora!

Spring is always a busy time at fabulous, filled with anticipation as we await the arrival of the new collections from many of our designers.  This year I had the pleasure of being invited to London by Pandora to see the Spring/Summer Collection in the flesh and learn a bit about the inspiration behind this year’s stories and the history of many of the materials used throughout.

Each year the buyers for Pandora UK select two themes from the Danish collection that they believe the UK will love and this year they’ve definitely got it right!  This season’s theme is ‘Floral Nostalgia’.  Taking its inspiration from nature and the delicate details of the Art Nouveau period there is definitely a vintage feel to this collection, with the wide use of feminine flowers and Pearls throughout.

The Art Nouveau period (1890-1905) gathered inspiration from nature and is widely recognisable by the delicate organic shapes and patterns used.  There is also a very feminine feel present throughout many designs and Pandora seem to have encapsulated this period perfectly with many of the jewellery stories heavily influenced by this decorative concept.  From roses and pearls to dragonflies and dark oxidised Silver you are sure to find something you adore in this collection.

The charms take on a more care-free ethos with the tag line ‘Embrace your sweetest memories of Summer gone by’; and with the majority of them being highly polished, they really do give off a ‘bright and breezy’ feel.  Add in an on-trend pastel Murano Glass bead and we defy anyone not to start counting down the days ‘til Summer!

And if you thought it couldn’t get any better they have released some of our favourite Gold charms in Silver … for a fraction of the price you definitely won’t feel guilty treating yourself!

The new collection will be in fabulous stores by the end of this week.

fabulous Weddings!

Laura, our fabulous forever Brand Manager, gives us the low down on Wedding Fayres.

This time of year is proving to be all about romance from Valentine’s Day to Leap Day (men you can stop worrying now!!) It is also the main period in the year when engaged couples are out and about looking for wedding ideas – or even last minute planning!! Here at fabulous we have started to attend many of the local wedding fayres with our fabulous forever collection, and they are proving to be very popular indeed!

In the past week alone, we have attended fayres at Warwick Racecourse and the Ramada Hotel in Solihull. What’s great about these fayres is that you can find almost everything you need for your big day from your wedding rings to your invitations and flowers – and it’s all local to you! Warwick Racecourse had the most gorgeous dresses from Eternal Bride in Warwick. The Ramada fayre had fantastic designs from Wicked Weddingz invitations and table decorations to local magicians – so they can keep the children entertained during speeches!!

What surprised me when talking to many of the couples we met was how last minute they were in deciding upon their wedding rings. One couple were getting married in three weeks and had forgotten about them! I’m glad we were there to remind them!

It was really interesting to find out that many of the couples wanted something different to the traditional wedding ring. Our collection, ‘Love at First Sight’ proved popular. The wedding band, Spark, stood out because of how delicate it is with the endless flow of diamonds. Many brides wanted something to frame their engagement ring with a design that was subtle yet luxurious. Our ring Passionate Desire also had the same reaction as it really stands out and matches perfectly with princess cut engagement rings. The men’s rings also proved popular especially Hero from our ‘Tough Love’ collection. The two continuous lines engraved on the ring are sentimental yet understated.

Wedding jewellery was something else many brides were still looking for. At fabulous, we think Swarovski is perfect as it is elegant and subtle yet very glamorous! The Perpetual collection which is set with crystals and pearls is perfect yet timeless and the heart pendant and earrings are very delicate and understated. Other designers such as Thomas Sabo, Hot Diamonds and ChloBo are proving great for bridesmaid gifts as well as bridal jewellery. I love the Cute Mini bracelets from ChloBo with the heart, star or angel charms – perfect for someone to remember your big day!

We will be attending many other wedding fayres in the coming weeks and our next one is at the Mallory Court Hotel on 11th March. Come and see our great collection of wedding bands as well as jewellery we think is perfect for your special day!

Pandora Price Changes

From today, some Pandora items will retail at a lower price in all stockists, including fabulous. Here’s why…

In response to customer feedback, Pandora has decided to reduce the price of some of its pieces as they acknowledge they have increased too much over the past few years. Pandora has always aimed to create beautiful pieces of jewellery that are an affordable luxury to many fashionable ladies wanting to mark their unforgettable moments, and they feel the lower prices will benefit everyone.

Not all Pandora prices will be reduced, nor will every piece be reduced by the same amount due to the differences in designs and materials used. The items included in the price reduction have been so because they were highlighted in customer feedback. Also, if you visit a Pandora stockist abroad, you will notice prices are different to in the UK – this has always been the case due to variations in distribution structures, retailer and tax margins to name a few!

However, the quality and production of Pandora charms and jewellery will not change in any way.

Pandora were aiming to have updated their promotional material with the new prices by today and so hopefully our stores will receive new brochures very soon. If you have any queries about the price of individual items, please call one of our stores!

The latest collection of Pandora charms features 92 designs starting at lower price points than before – just in time for Mother’s Day!