The Trollbeads Aurora release is a limited edition set, rumoured (though unconfirmed) to be limited to 2,500 beads. The bead is sold as part of a set that includes the silver bangle, and is intended to be sold only as a kit. The retail price is €159 / $199 / £130.
Representing the Northern Light, or Aurora Borealis, this bead boasts beautiful flashes of cerise pinks and pruples, and also glimpses of golden amber peeping through. The bead does not appear to have any green colouration that is commonly associated with the Northern Lights, but nevertheless, the bead is still a beautiful tribute to the phenomenon. The depth of colour and range of colour does vary from bead to bead, so this is a bead best hand picked.
The style is similar to that of the Trollbeads Azure Bubbles and Organic Bubbles, both of which are very popular beads from Trollbeads current collections.
There is some controversy over the fact that the bead is only available as part of a set which includes the bangle. As the bangle was a new addition to the collection at Christmas 2012, those who bought the bangle when first released feel disappointed at having to pay for another bangle in order to get the Aurora bead. That aside, this is a stunning release, one which is well worth the investment in my opinion.