Today brings a review of Trollbeads ‘Purple Heaven’ kit (63049). Although this was released in September last year, I am playing catch up on my reviews and could not miss out this kit.
Beads from left: Aurora Flower, Purple Rippling Bubbles, Aurora Stripe, Amber Violets, Moonlight Bubbles, Ivory Violets.
Conjuring heavenly and celestial images, this kit is in part presumably representational of the Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights), as two of the beads carry ‘Aurora’ in their name.
This set beautifully demonstrates the vivid purple, pink and blue colours seen in the phenomenon but does not carry any of the green colouration characteristically associated with it. This does not detract in any way from the beauty of this kit though.
As you can see from the photos above, this bead is clear glass, with purple / pink and even a touch of amber round the core, and delicate purple / blue flowers floating at the surface. This bead is my favourite from the set, and as such I have two of them. The bead on the left is slightly paler and the flowers blend in to the background more. I love the hazy colouration and the core and how delicate the petals of the flowers appear.
Purple Rippling Bubbles
Purple Rippling Bubbles has a warm ivory core, with splashes of predominantly purple but a touch of brown. The best way that I can describe their appearance is similar to how oil droplets may separate in water. The colour in this bead is concentrated around the core, however mine has quite a thick layer, giving the side view above. Depending on the bracelet theme, this bead could depict the surface of a far away planet or it even would pass as reptile scales / animal print on a predominantly brown and purple bracelet with similar themed beads. The amount of patterning on this bead does vary from bead to bead, so is a good one to hand pick.
As the above pictures show, the Aurora Stripe is a clear glass bear, with an amber core layered with purple stripes. The thickness, spacing and intensity of colour in the stripes does vary somewhat, so again, this is a nice bead to hand pick. I would love a pale version with thicker lavender / blue stripes as well. The colours on this bead make it the ideal compliment to the limited edition Aurora bead released in April 2013.
Amber Violets is an amber / butterscotch coloured glass bead, with an ivory core. Blue / purple flowers float delicately at the surface. Whilst I do like this bead, it is probably my least favourite as I find it hardest to match with beads other than this kit (I do not have any Amber Trollbeads).
In a slightly similar design to Purple Rippling Bubbles, we have Moonlight Bubbles. My version of this bead features a clear glass bead with a mauve / heather coloured core, an blue / purple ‘bubbles’ layered on top. The ‘bubbles’ are similar to the style in the Purple Rippling Bubbles bead, albeit a bit more streaky. From the stock images, there appears to be two versions of this bead, the other version being more predominantly blue. I would love this version also, but have never come across one.
Ivory Violets is a clear glass bead, with a white / ivory core. ‘Violets’ then float at the surface, set in a patch of white. The shade of ivory / white does vary somewhat, and also the colour of the violets ranges from aqua / blue through to violet purple. I have two versions of this bead, and like them equally as well. This bead would fit in nicely on many bracelets, and i also like to wear mine on a fantasy necklace.
Here are some inspiration images of the beads: