This post brings the second part of my review of Trollbeads Spring 2015 collection, ‘New Horizons’, and focuses on the Aqua Kit and nautical / sea themed silvers.
My first impression of the Aqua Kit was glossy and vibrant, conjuring up the image of a tropical desert island with its azure shores. It has a fresh feel that makes you think ahead to summertime, and I envisage it being a focal point when worn with crisp white summer clothing.
Here are some photos of the glass on a nautical themed bracelet…
I absolutely adore the Dodo and Guardian of Treasures, they are sweet without being too ‘cute’. I wasn’t initially taken with the ship, New Horizons, as I envisaged it being quite big; however in fact it is quite dainty and a really nice bead that finishes off the theme perfectly.
Whilst Heart Conch is obviously sea themed, I think it would fit in on any bracelet and is quite versatile. Mermaid Companion is a lovely fish, and whilst I like the way it should sit on a bracelet, it does have a strong tendency to spin due to its tail.
I normally prefer smaller glass beads as opposed to chubby versions, mainly because I have tiny wrists. Whilst the Delicate Kit I received was quite dainty, the Aqua Kit beads were larger. On this occasion I was actually pleased, particularly with the Seabed bead, as I personally think these beads look stunning on a Fantasy Necklace, which lends itself better to slightly larger beads.
Here is how I styled a Fantasy Necklace with some of the new beads and the stunning Flying Free barrel …
The small Spring Leaves silver bead (just above the Green Hematite) really finishes off the composition. The greens are really complementary and they also match really well with Forest Anemones from the Crispy Green Kit already in the range.
There are three of the new barrel shaped silver beads in the collection, Flying Free (birds), Wisest Of Souls (turtle) and Guardian Of The Sea (dolphin).
Whilst they do look nice on a bracelet, I much prefer them on a Fantasy Necklace. Flying Free is my favourite of the three, mainly because it is least restrictive in terms of theme. They are all beautifully detailed though.
I do not yet have the Sea Glow bead, but from what I have heard it glows really well.
In summary of the New Horizons Collection, I think it is another strong release for Trollbeads. My only criticism is the size of the collection. Whilst a large collection does offer greater potential for something to suit everyone, it can also be somewhat overwhelming for collectors due to the cost, and often leaves them playing ‘catch up’ on previous releases whilst more new releases keep coming.
That being said, we have already seen images of the upcoming Mother’s Day collection and the new ‘Good Luck’ Starter Bracelet for 2015. Again, these are both strong and beautiful releases which I think will appeal to many collectors, both avid collectors and those new to the Trollbeads brand.