Last Friday saw the release of Trollbeads Spring 2015 collection ‘New Horizons’. Images of the collection first appeared in November last year, so it has seemed a long wait for the actual release.
The collection is quite vast, and includes 2 glass kits, 1 glow in the dark glass bead, 4 dyed hematite beads, 23 silvers pieces (beads and pendants), 1 silver lock, 4 rings and 2 new leather bracelets. For this reason I will review the collection over two blogs posts.
This post brings a review of the Delicate Kit, along with some of the nature and abstract themed silvers and the stunning Aurora Ring.
Firstly, here are some live photos of the beads arranged together on a bracelet.
The Delicate Kit is definitely my favourite of the two glass kits, and I can see myself getting multiples of the beads over time. My favourite bead has to be the Sea Anemone though. It features the ‘Aurora style’ colouring, with the addition of delicate pink flowers at the surface.There appears to be most variation in this bead, in the same way as in the Aurora LE bead and the Faceted Aurora from the ‘Stories of You’ starter bracelet. Here are a couple of images showing the variation in this bead …
There are a couple of beads that actually surprised me with their detailing. Firstly, the Guardian of Nature bead. This bead in fact features three faces …
The Dragonfly also has the sweet addition of it holding what looks to be a diamond shape on the underside …
Being a huge fan of the Limited Edition Cherry Blossom Collection from last year, I was really pleased to see the inclusion of the Wild Cherry Lock. The lock feels similar in size and weight to the lock from the Stories of You starter bracelet.
When the first images of the collection appeared, my eyes were drawn to the Jewel Of The Sea. Whilst this piece can be worn on a bracelet, I think it lends itself much better to the Fantasy Necklace. It is a sizeable piece and I expected to see the same price tag as the Night Owl Fantasy Pendant (£95), but was pleased to see the lower price of £65. It is a beautiful piece and looks stunning with the Sea Anemone glass bead … very pretty!
With the Aurora style beads being firm favourites of mine, I was excited to see the preview images of the Aurora Ring. My Faceted Aurora beads are pale, almost opalescent, with hints of green and lilac; and so I asked if possible for a match in the colouring of the ring. I could not be more happy with my example, which is super pretty …
I am pleased not only with the colouring, but also with the amount of colour within the ring, as it virtually fills the glass. I know with the Dromedary (camel on pink glass ball) from last years spring release, people mentioned examples where there was only a small amount of colour which did not fill the glass. I did not have this problem and my Dromedary was also a beautiful example. Therefore, I am either very lucky with my examples or items with this issue are few and far between.
The Hematite stone beads have a lovely glossy metallic sheen to them. There is nothing like them in Trollbeads range already, and so they offer a fresh edge to the collection. They really finish off a bracelet spaced between glass and silvers and just a couple can give a new look to an existing collection / bracelet. I can also envisage a bracelet full of these with just silvers in between looking absolutely stunning.
Comments have been made as to the stock images not being the same as the beads in real life. There are only three beads that I can see this applies to. Most noticeably, the Red Hematite, which is actually more of a purple colour. Personally, I think it actually looks better in real life and I think it will blend in better with more beads than if it were red. The other couple of beads that differ slightly from the stock images are Neptune’s Promise and Tropical Conch. Neptune’s Promise appears to be more of a lavender tone of grey and pinky tone of beige in the stock image, whereas in real life it is a darker grey with a more of a sandy tone of beige. Tropical Conch also has a more pinky tone of brown in the stock image whereas in real life it appears to have more of a grey tone. They are both still lovely beads, and they blend in really nicely with the rest of the kit; so whilst they do differ slightly from the stock images I would not see this as a negative.
In my next post I will review the Aqua Kit and nautical / sea themed beads.