Last Friday saw the release of Trollbeads Spring 2014 collection. Since seeing the leaked images at the end of last year, I had eagerly awaited this release. I have to say, I am not at all disappointed; in fact I am pleasantly surprised with a couple of the beads that I was not sure about. Thank you to Joseph Welch Jewellers for providing me with the beads to review.
The release takes on two themes, Arabian Nights and Hanging Gardens. Before looking at the themes, here are a few features that I feel worthy of noting.
Firstly, when the images of the release first appeared, the Sparkle kit beads were noted for their similarity to the existing Pink Desert and Blue Desert beads. On viewing the beads first hand, the pink beads are indeed very similar, along with the glass ball on the base of the Dromedary. You can see from the photo below that they all include copper colour glittery particles, the only differences are the base patterns on the new Desert Rose bead, and the fact that the Pink Desert is a slightly deeper shade of pink.
The camel itself is actually nicer than I thought. It is not a bead I would wear myself, but nevertheless there is something about it that is endearing.
Here is the Sparkle kit that I received. I know that there is some variation with these beads, but I am very pleased with my set.
The Sahara Jewel facet bead proved to be a pleasant surprise. From the stock images I wasn’t initially attracted to this bead at all, but it really is a little jewel. I thought that blue and red would not look right together, but they complement each other beautifully within this bead. And the blue is such a lovely shade. Below is a side on image.
Another side on image of the Sahara Night facet, shows that rather than the core being black, it is in fact a very deep burgundy or aubergine colour. You can see the red tone in the picture below.
Next up is the Moss Agate. I love this bead. These beads do vary in terms of how much green there is within the stone and the patchy patterning. The bead that I received has a nice even mix.
All of the silver pieces in this release are beautifully detailed. My favourite has to be the African Tortoise with its exquisite attention to detail from all angles.
The Swan is also beautifully crafted, and as a further testimony to Trollbeads attention to detail, its underside is adorned with a heart shape where the chain threads through. Though not necessary, this adds a lovely finishing touch.
Finally, here are some bracelets made up. Some of the beads have had to be substituted, as at the time of writing, there are a small handful of beads I have not yet had the opportunity to see in person. Hopefully I will cover some more of these in the next few weeks.
Arabian Nights ……
Hanging Gardens ….
I’d love to hear other peoples views on this release. Have you got any of the collection already? What are your ‘must have’ pieces?