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Trollbeads Autumn 2016 Collection

Trollbeads Autumn Collection ‘Spirit of Life’ launches tomorrow,  September 9th. Following my last post Trollbeads Autumn Collection Preview, which gave a sneek preview and review of some of the pieces, this post gives details of the full collection.

The collection comprises of 2 new bangles, 10 silver beads, 1 glass kit, 2 new stones, 2 faceted glass tassels, 1 new lock and matching earrings and 1 ring.

Here we go …

 

Trollbeads Twisted Bangle Copper    £40 / €50 / $55

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Trollbeads Twisted Bangle Silver       £75 / €95 / $105

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Trollbeads Friendship Kit             £125 / €155 / $170

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Nature Dream

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Nature Friendship

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Soul of Sunshine

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Soul of Flowers

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Nature Unity

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Soul of Waves 

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Trollbeads Calcite Rock            £50 / €58 / $63

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Trollbeads Feldspar Azurite Rock             £50 / €58 / $63

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Trollbeads Citrine Tassel                £100 / €115 / $128

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Trollbeads Smokey Quartz Facet Tassel          £70 / €84 / $92

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Trollbeads Quiet Flower             £25 / €28 / $31

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Trollbeads Pumpkin Ornament            £25 / €28 / $31

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Trollbeads Vision of Light                   £25 / €28 / $31

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Trollbeads Only One You                 £25 / €28 / $31

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Trollbeads Mexican Sugar Skull            £35 / €42 / $46

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Trollbeads Symphony of Hearts              £35 / €42 / $46

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Trollbeads Wisdom Weed                   £35 / €42 / $46

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Trollbeads Rise Together                     £35 / €42 / $46

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Trollbeads Chihuahua                        £35 / €42 / $46

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Trollbeads Indian Cress                        £45 / €51 / $56

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Trollbeads Carolina Jessamine Lock             £45 / €52 / $59

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Trollbeads Carolina Jessamine Studs              £45 / €52 / $57

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Trollbeads Citrine Facet Ring                      £140 / €175 / $195

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The Carolina Jessamine Lock and Studs are so pretty, I have been wearing them non stop since they arrived when Trollbeads kindly sent me some of the collection to review at the start of August. I am particularly keen to see the Feldspar Azurite Rock in real life as I suspect there will be quite a lot of variation in these, as with the Ruby Rock.  I absolutely adore the citrine pieces, though they are quite expensive. Hard to believe that the next big release from Trollbeads will be their Christmas Collection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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X Jewellery Autumn 2016 Collection.

September 5th saw the release of X Jewellery’s Autumn 2016 Collection. Another small release, this consists of 2 new colours in the rubber links, one bronze single link, 1 bronze double link, 1 silver single link and one double silver link.

X Jewellery Steel Blue         £1.00 / €1.50 / $1.20

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X Jewellery Mellow Yellow              £1.00 / €1.50 / $1.20

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X Jewellery Light Feather  (Bronze)                £20 / €27 / $24

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X Jewellery Freed Feather  (Bronze)         £27 / €37/ $33

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X Jewellery Bright Star                 £32 / €42 / $38

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X Jewellery Dark Night                  £38 / €50/ $46

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I am not sure on the Mellow Yellow links but i really like the two new bronze links with the feather designs. We haven’t had much by way of releases from X Jewellery this year but personally I prefer the small releases as it makes the collection more affordable and obtainable for many collectors.

Trollbeads People’s Bead 2016

The release of this years ‘People’s Bead’ coincides with the Autumn collection release date, 9th September 2016.

Designed by Guiseppe Di Meo from Italy, the bead is called ‘Celebrate Life’.  There is a large engraved core only on one side, with the nice addition of the Trollbeads Trolls and the years 1976 and 2016 engraved on it. The fact that it only sports this core on one side will no doubt create divided opinion within the Trollbeads community.

 

Trollbeads ‘Celebrate Life’                £45 / €51 / $56

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This is a lovely vibrant bead and would be ideal on a Chakra themed bracelet. I also suspect it would look very striking on a Fantasy Necklace, particularly with the Tree of Awareness Fantasy Pendant sat on top of it.

Trollbeads Autumn 2016 Sneak Preview

A couple of weeks ago I received a very special package from Trollbeads which included a sample of the Autumn 2016 collection. Firstly, and before I go any further, I want to say a big thank you to Trollbeads for giving me the privilege of receiving these beads from them and getting the opportunity to review them before they are officially released.

The new collection, “Spirit of Life”, will be officially released on 9th September. The inspiration comes from Mexican spirituality and is all about connecting people, making them feel empowered by unity and encouraging them to celebrate life and each other.

The collection offers a new style of bangle, the Twisted Bangle, in both silver and copper …. both of which are gorgeous and designed by Lise Aagaard. The rest of the collection comprises of 10 silver beads, 6 glass beads, 2 stones, 2 tassels, a lock,  a ring and a set of stud earrings.

I was very eager to incorporate the new beads with my existing collection, and I have done this with some of the beads. I am eager to get my hands on the rest of the collection when they are officially released, at which point I will do another post to incorporate more of the release and show how the collection as a whole works on its own and with exisiting pieces in the collection.

First up has to be the new bangles. As beautiful as they are on their own, I think they will look amazing stacked with the existing plain bangle. Here are some images …

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Here is the selection of the beads I received, including a detailed floral lock, a stunning and delicate new dangle and a beautiful new stone bead ….

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Here is a closer look at the new dangle and lock …

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The new stud earring complement the new lock and are very dainty, very much my style …

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The new set of glass beads is very pretty. Initially, I was not sure how well they worked together as a set, but actually, they work really well offering a nice balance of colours, especially when put with the silvers. I will be interested to use these further once i get my hands on the rest of the collection …

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The new glass look lovely on the new bangles, especially as a single focal bead …

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Being an autumn collection, my first thoughts came as autumnal shades and here is how I used some of the new beads with my existing collection …

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I really hope you enjoy seeing the pictures and I can’t wait to see the rest of the collection in real life.

Thank you again Trollbeads!

 

Trollbeads 40th Anniversary Bracelet Review

Today’s post brings a review of Trollbeads 40th Anniversary Bracelet.

For Trollbeads 30th Anniversary they released a very limited bracelet with multiple beads and a high retail price, the components of which are very sought after by collectors today.

For their 40th Anniversary, they have produced a bracelet which is much more affordable and obtainable, and beautifully detailed.  My only disappointment is the high price of the Trollbeads Day bead for 2016, which is a gold version of the silver bead of the anniversary bracelet. Due to it being 18k gold, it is out of the reach of many collectors, including myself. Personally i feel it would have been better to have the silver bead as the Trollbeads Day bead, the silver bracelet and lock as the Trollbeads Anniversary bracelet and then the gold bead sold separately as another component of the anniversary bracelet. This would have allowed more collectors to obtain the Trollbeads Day bead for their collection and would have still enabled a market for the gold bead for those who wished to, and could afford to, complete the Anniversary bracelet.

All that being said, I absolutely adore the 40th Anniversary bracelet. The lock is exquisite, the texturing reminds me of the Troll Tree lock and the inclusion of the year ‘2016’ being inscribed makes it very collectable. The four leaf clover design  works beautifully with many of Trollbeads release over the past few years. I put all the silver Birth Month Flower from the Autumn 2013 collection on the bracelet, with no glass, and the effect was beautiful. I actually wish i had photographed it for this post, but i will do in future.

Anyway, here are some close up images, styled with the previous Trollbeads Day beads, and the Trollbeads Troll Coin ….

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Trollbeads release their Autumn Collection for 2016 on 9th September. Trollbeads have very kindly sent me a selection of the new collection which I have already enjoyed having a play with. I have lots of lovely photos waiting here, which I can share with you on 8th August, when the collection is made available to retailers, so please keep your eyes out for my post on that day!

Trollbeads 40th Anniversary Bracelet

This post brings images of Trollbeads release to mark their 40th anniversary, which coincides with Trollbeads Day for 2016, both to be celebrated on July 2nd.

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The bracelet, named the ‘Lucky Friends Bracelet’ comprises of a beautiful silver lock and silver bead in a four leaf clover design, put together on a foxtail silver bracelet. The lock appears to bear the year ‘2016’ which is a lovely addition to commemorate Trollbeads 40th anniversary.  Also available is a beautiful wooden box, however suppliers of these are very limited. The bracelet will retail at £94 / €119 / $129.

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This years Trollbeads Day bead is a replica of the bead on their 40th anniversary bracelet but crafted in 18 carat gold. This bead will retail at £380 / €475 / $521. Obviously the price of this bead will put it out of the reach of a lot of collectors, which is a shame. However for those who can afford it, it offers a beautiful bead that will be extremely versatile and highly collectable.

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I will try to produce a post with some live images of the Trollbeads 40th anniversary bracelet as soon as I can after the release day but sadly the Trollbeads Day bead will be out of my affordability.

 

Trollbeads Summer 2016 Collection

Today sees the release of Trollbeads Summer 2016 collection.

This is a nice small release and includes 3 new silver beads, a new lock and the eagerly awaited ‘Deep Ocean’ glass bead.

Trollbeads Deep Ocean          (£60 / €75 / $82)

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Trollbeads Fish Lock         (£45 / €48 / $56)

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Trollbeads Flip Flops        (£25 / €28 / $31)

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Trollbeads Swim Fins             (£25 / €28 / $31)

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Trollbeads Power Runners               (£35 / €42 / $46)

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The next Trollbeads release will be 2nd July, which will mark Trollbeads Day 2016 and also Trollbeads 40th Anniversary … certainly something worth celebrating!

Trollbeads Spacers Collection

Trollbeads launched the ‘Spacers Collection’ on May 13th. For readers familiar with Trollbeads, these are in fact stoppers as they have the same rubber core. Trollbeads are renaming ‘stoppers’ as ‘spacers’.

Stoppers / spacers are so useful. They can be put on the end of a bracelet to stop the beads falling off, used on each end of a bangle to secure the beads, and used on Trollbeads fantasy necklaces, foxtail chains or bracelets to ‘space’ and ‘position’ the beads.

Until now, stoppers were only available in plain silver, gold, copper and oxidised silver. For the first time, Trollbeads have introduced decorative spacers. This is a beautiful collection of seven new designs and is something that has been long awaited by a lot of collectors.

Here are the new designs …..

‘Bumblebee Spacer’     (£50  / €58 / $63)

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‘Beehive Spacer’     (£35  / €42 / $46)

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‘Dot’n’dot Spacer’     (£25  / €28 / $31)

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‘Sweet Berries Spacer’     (£35  / €42 / $46)

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‘Sunbeam Spacer’     (£25  / €28 / $31)

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‘Hearts Spacer’     (£45  / €58 / $63)

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‘Connected Love’ Spacer     (£50  / €58 / $63)

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X Jewellery Spring 2016 Collection

X Jewellery launched its Spring collection for 2016 on April 18th.

The collection includes two new shades of rubber X links, two new single silver links and one new bronze single link.

‘Pastel Violet’ Rubber X     (£1.00 / €1.50 / $2)

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‘Graphite Grey’ Rubber X     (£1.00 / €1.50 / $2)

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‘Be Real’ Silver Link     (£32 / €42 / $56)

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‘Risk It’ Silver Link     (£32 / €42 / $56)

“Take the risk or lose the chance”

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‘Flow’ Bronze Link      (£15 / €20 / $31)

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In addition to the links being sold separately, X Jewellery are also offering pre-styled bracelets which are composed of new and existing links from the X range. These are perfect as a starter bracelet for someone new to X Jewellery.

 

Trollbeads Mother’s Day 2016 Collection Review

Following the release of Trollbeads Mother’s Day collection for 2016 yesterday, I promised my readers a post to show some live images of the collection and the variation available.

The Rosa Pearl Fantasy Necklace appears to come in two shades, a peach pink and a pink/purple pink.  Whilst the peach pink is a beautiful shade, I did find it blends better with cream beads from the collection as opposed to beads that are a true pink, so that may be something worth bearing in mind when making a choice over the shade of pearl.The Rosa Pearl Fantasy Necklace is also a perfect compliment to the Rosa Pearl Ring from the Spring collection.

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As you can see, the Apple Blossom pendant is of a good size and can also fit on bracelets and bangles. Two of these on a bangle either side of the Pink Delight Facet look very pretty.

The amount of variation in the Pink Delight Facet is tremendous. Some show the ombre shading, others do not. The range of shades include pale pink, rose pink, cerise, lilac, purple and even a pink with a purple haze reminiscent of the aurora style beads (visible slightly on the far left bead and spectacularly on the far right bead).

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This is another stunning release from Trollbeads and the variation available in the glass offers shades of pink / purple that match a range of glass beads already in the collection.