Charms from the Precious Primrose Line
These butterfly charms are part of the New Beginning line likening the creature’s metamorphosis to that of Spring giving new life
With French-Filipino artist Olivia D’aboville
Long before Pandora landed in Philippine shores, I’ve known it as a brand that holds a special place in my family’s hearts. Not sure about other states but back in Michigan, gifting Pandora charms for different occasions was a big phenomenon. My mom, aunt and cousins all seemingly collecting different trinkets that triggered different memories and held special symbolisms; a cake charm for a cousin who was skilled at baking, a silver passport emblem for a passion for travel and different crystals to match birthstones and different beliefs. It was interesting to see how such delicate and miniature trinkets could hold such power – uplifting, reminding and comforting as needed with just a quick glance.
Naturally, bearing unforgettable moments of my own Pandora charm shopping (which admittedly took more than it should every single time) and eventually seeing loved ones unwrap and open the white box and heartwarmingly smile with its contents, when Pandora invited me to their recent Spring Collection Blogger Launch I was rather eager.
And rightly so. The very intimate event was amazing. It started out with car rides (that picked each of us up from our point of origin) with a pack of gorgeous white macarons greeting us upon entry. The drive to the quaint Henry Hotel was short but sweet (literally, too). We started with a quick welcome by host Issa Litton and went to different rooms to see the newest jewelry and charms and engage in the activities curated based on the different themes of the collection.
The new 2015 Spring Awakening Collection has 4 sub-lines: Precious Primrose, Magic of Nature, New Beginning and Mother’s Day. Each line had a different room that allowed for a tactile experience of the collection. The Precious Primrose area had French-Filipina artist Olivia D’aboville talk about her art. The dainty artist perfectly matched the sub-line with its primrose charms that signified nature’s awakening from its deep, Winter-induced slumber. Magic of Nature had a wonderful terrarium making session with a beautiful selection of succulents and hands-on lessons care of Raab Bustamante. The sub-line, meant to showcase new signs of life as the season changes, carried charms such as apples and dragonflies. New Beginnings, in a Chakra-healing session with Kimi Lu, featured butterfly charms that liken the creature’s metamorphosis to Spring and new life. And the last stop featuring the Mother’s Day line was in partnership with Beauty and Butter for a mani-pedi pamper session. Mothers, like Spring, bring the gift of life so this line for mothers is fitting and well-deserved.
Being surrounded by beautiful jewelry is really enough to make any lady go wide-eyed but the whole event was really well-executed and the activities chosen were well thought of. The tiniest details – like the paper flowers – made all the difference. It really was an event to immortalize by way of a new Spring Awakening charm.
Host Issa Litton made a wonderful point when she said that looking at our new charms would always bring us back to our respective memories at the event. I guess no matter how quick or how small a moment is, Pandora charms, without fail, really do transport you back to those moments you’ve chosen to hold dear. I should know, I’ve been witnessing the charms’ effects for years.
Wearing your heart on your sleeve never rang truer. The only difference is it has cubic zirconia and it’s very, very cute.