Back in May 2014, the US market saw the release of three ‘launch event beads’ to coincide with the launch of the Summer 2014 Bohemian Collection. The beads are Tranquil Fantasy, Red Coral Sponge and Royal Blue Sodalite. These beads were all limited editions and made available in small numbers to retailers who spent over a certain amount on the new collection. In June, the European market received stock of the Tranquil Fantasy bead, in seemingly larger quantities than the US.
For one reason or another, I have only just got around to adding the Tranquil Fantasy bead to my collection, so what follows is a review with live photos.
The Tranquil Fantasy Lavender bead is larger than most of the standard glass beads (measures approximately 18mm by 8mms) and is intended to be worn as a focal point on Trollbeads Fantasy Necklaces. As you can see from the photo above, this bead looks absolutely stunning on the Fantasy Necklace with Pearl.
The bead itself is a rich but soft blue transparent glass, with raised pearlescent ‘petals’ which are decorated with raised white dots at the crown of the bead. The ‘petals’ vary in terms of depth of colour between beads, but I had a preference for petals that showed a pink-purple hue, and I could not be happier with the bead I have.
The photos below show the bead from different views. I have taken the photos with the bead on the Trollbeads silver bangle, and whilst the bead is intended for Fantasy Necklaces, it actually works well on its own on the bangle.
This bead is beautiful for the summer, particularly on a Fantasy Necklace with a long summery dress, however I feel it also offers potential within an icy wintry ensemble.
To sum up this bead, I would have to say it is simply stunning, even more so in reality than the stock photos. Limited stocks are still available at some retailers in the UK, so if you are wanting this bead in your collection, I would advise getting it sooner rather than later, particularly as the bead itself is Limited Edition.