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Trollbeads Fall 2014 Review – Eastern Facet Kit

This post brings the second part of my Trollbeads Fall 2014 review, focusing on the Eastern Facet Kit, some silvers and the stunning Lapis Lazuli. 

The Eastern Facet Kit was probably the most anticipated highlight of the Fall 2014 release … and it is easy to see why!

Trollbeads Eastern Facet Kit
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The first faceted bead I will talk about is Luminous Delight, shown in the photo below.

Trollbeads Luminous Delight Facet
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Trollbeads Dandelions
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It has to be said that Luminous Delight is nothing short of stunning. A beautiful rich amber colour detailed with what I would describe as petals which splay out from either side of the core, one side yellow, the other orange. The tones of this bead are very warm, and it is the perfect introduction to autumn, as well as being versatile enough to incorporate in to many a bracelet.

Next to Luminous Delight is the equally as beautiful silver Dandelions bead. Not only does this bead fit in well with the Northern Forest theme, it also works beautifully with the Birth Month Flower silvers from the Fall 2013 release.

Next to Dandelions is the Moonbeam Facet and Head of Buddha.

Trollbeads Moonbeam Facet
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Trollbeads Head of Buddha
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The Moonbeam Facet is an off-white base colour with striking black horizontal lines which are edged with ice blue. A contemporary design, this bead has the versatility to be used in many a bracelet, and would work equally as well in a bracelet with just a few beads as a full bracelet. It is a clean and crisp design that I have visions of appearing on a winter themed bracelet!

When I initially saw the pre-release images of the Head of Buddha, it wasn’t one of those beads at the top of my list, and I was not sure on its size. On seeing this bead in person though, I am so pleased that I have one. It is a delicate bead with nice detailing and really gives off an Eastern vibe to the bracelet. I have found that these Eastern  themed beads work really well the the Arabian Nights themed beads from the Spring 2014 release. I think it is great that it extends the use of the Spring release but with a new and fresh twist. It also injects some warmth into bracelets as we head into the cooler months.

Next to Head of Buddha is the Inner Strength Facet, followed by Spiritual Adornment.

Trollbeads Inner Strength Facet
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Trollbeads Spiritual Adornment
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The Inner Strength Facet is one that I really could not wait to see in person. I love the swirly core detailing and the pink-purple tinged glass. I would say that this is the bead that is least like the stock images, but nonetheless I love it. The swirls in the version that I am keeping differ slightly in colour around the bead, one swirl is more yellow, one more green,  one more creamy and one more more deep maroon / black. I have also seen another version of the bead which had more darker swirls which were uniform around the bead, and the glass was more of a deep red-pink tint that pink-purple tint. I think that it will be interesting to see the extent of variations within this bead.

Spiritual Adornment is quite a large silver bead but does not look heavy due to its cut-out design. It works equally as well with the Eastern Facet kit as the Northern Forest Kit.  It look really nice as a central focal bead on a bangle and also on a Fantasy Necklace.

The Harmony Facet is a beautiful blue toned bead with ‘jewel-like’ qualities.

Trollbeads Harmony Facet
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Trollbeads Harmony Facet
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The Harmony Facet is like a royal blue crystal, adorned with an eye-catching white and ice-blue wave around the circumference. The depth of colour is amazing, an when looking through the faceted glass it appears to go deep down inside the bead. Catching the light, the full beauty of this bead becomes apparent. Here I put it next to Zanzibar which was retired from the collection earlier this year, but still works great with the Eastern theme.

Below is the Harmony Facet on a Fantasy Necklace along with the new Giant Lotus Pendant and stunning Lapis Lazuli stone.

Trollbeads Giant Lotus Pendant
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The Giant Lotus Pendant is oh so pretty, and really makes a Fantasy Necklace into something special. I prefer its design to the Shadow Flower as you can see he bead underneath it. Nestled underneath is the amazing Lapis Lazuli. From a distance it looks like a lovely deep sapphire, whilst closer up you become aware of the beautiful gold specks within the bead. A bracelet full of these beads with just silver would look amazing! I found it really hard to capture the beauty of this bead in photographs, you even from just the one picture above, you can see the beautiful and uniform deep blue colour and a few gold specks. Here, I topped the necklace with the Lotus flower bead as opposed to the new Lotus Top which Trollbeads have used on this necklace within their marketing materials. It complements the Giant Lotus beautifully!

The final two beads of the Eastern Facet Kit are the Hope Facet and River of Life Facet.

Trollbeads Hope Facet
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Trollbeads Hope Facet
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Trollbeads River of Life Facet
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In the stock images, the Hope Facet appears to be more grey and black coloured, however the bead I have bears beautiful purple-heather tones on a pink-brown base. With the intricate star detailing it reminds me of a far away galaxy. I much prefer this bead  in person to the stock images, it is much warmer.

The River of Life Facet is sat between the Kaleidoscope  silver om the Spring 2014 release and the older Harmony silver. Again with this bead, I suspect there may be a small degree of variation, but from what I have heard so far it is pretty much standard and representational of the stock image. I like this bead as I can see it fitting in with a number of colour combinations and themes, and it works really well in this kit.

All of the faceted glass beads in the Eastern Facet Kit reflect the light beautifully. When wearing altogether on a bracelet, they sparkle as you turn your wrist and they catch the light.  Although these faceted beads carry a higher price tag, I definitely think this kit is worth it. Whilst I love the faceted beads, I am hoping that future releases do not always include a faceted kit. This is for a couple of reasons, firstly I think it would detract from how special this kit is, and secondly I think the price of these beads could prove quite prohibitive if they were released on a regular basis.

The cost aspect is the reason that I have not indulged in the Ganesha and some of the other Eastern themed silvers from this release. Whilst I thoroughly appreciate their beauty, they were not beads I could regularly see myself wearing, and so I have prioritised the full Eastern Facet Kit – after all, who could resist those beads!

Also at the back of my mind is the upcoming Christmas release. I have heard that the glass is stunning and so have put aside some funds for that!

I would love to hear other peoples thoughts on the release and particularly the faceted beads, so please feel free to comment!

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Trollbeads Fall 2014 Review – Northern Forest Kit

Today brings live pictures and reviews of the Trollbeads Fall 2014 release. I have decided to split the review in two, focusing separately on each glass kit, with the silver and stone beads in among them. This post brings the Northern Forest Kit!

I have to admit, when I first saw the pre-release pictures of this kit, I didn’t actually think I would end up buying any of the beads, as my full focus was on the Eastern Facet kit. When I actually saw the beads though, my opinion quickly changed!

Northern Forest Kit
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This kit presents a vibrant and glossy set of beads that complement each other perfectly, and work brilliantly with the forest themed silvers.

Trollbeads Swaying Straws
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Trollbeads Little Bear
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Little Bear has be my favourite silver bead from this release, especially his little feet!  In the photos above, he is surrounded by Swaying Straws (left) and Brook Flowers (right). The vibrant green hue of Swaying Straws is iconic of the infamous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and perfectly captures green hue in the pre-release marketing image from Trollbeads below:

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Joining Little bear in the forest theme is Squirrel.

Trollbeads Squirrel
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Trollbeads Autumn Foliage
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In the photos above, you can see him peeping out from behind Swaying Straws, with Autumn Foliage on the other side. Squirrel is a very sweet silver, and I love the detail of him clutching a nut. My only criticism of this bead is that it easily flips on a bracelet, unless he is firmly sandwiched between the beads either side of him. I often wear my bracelets not entirely full of beads, and so I find that stoppers placed at the last bead at each end of the chain work well to keep the beads in place, and also to keep beads with a tendency to flip in the right position.

Autumn Foliage has to be my favourite glass bead from this release. I found it hard to capture the full beauty of this bead in photos, as when you turn it in different lights, it displays both burnt orange and red tones, which aren’t captured fully here. However, you can see the red colour from the front, and if you look closely at the base of the bead, you can see the more orangey tone reflecting in the bottom of the glass.

Below shows the sweet little Fawn, nestled between Autumn Foliage and Mist Bubbles.

Trollbeads Fawn
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Fawn was high on my wish list when I first saw the pre-release pictures, as ‘Bambi’ was one of my favourite Disney films as a child. My youngest son was also fascinated by the young deer on a recent trip to a wildlife park, so this bead holds happy memories for me. I really like the curled up position of the fawn. It is one of those beads that on a first distant glance you do not see what it is, but then on a second close up look you see its full beauty.

Mist Bubbles is predominently blue, with green areas around the bubbles. However, on the bead edges towards the core the blue takes on a more purple colouration. I will be interested to see the amount of variation in these beads and whether some are more purple than others.

Next up is the Apple of Wisdom silver bead, with Brook Flowers on the left and Autumn Rays on the right.

Trollbeads Brook Flowers
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Apple of Wisdom is a small bead, but because of its round shape it does not get lost between other beads as some of the slimmer smaller beads do. It is a simple design but spaces the glass beads nicely. I really like the heart shape for the stalk. Here is is used in a forest theme, however I have ideas for it to be used to represent Snow White on a fairytale themed bracelet, perhaps with an icey blue / white / gold colour theme … so watch this space 😉

Brook Flowers is my second favourite glass bead of this kit. In the light, the green colour takes on the same hue as Swaying Straws, and the blue of the flowers is almost an electric blue, it really is stunning.

Autumn Rays is the perfect complement to both Swaying Straws and Autumn Foliage. Again, it is hard to capture the full beauty of this bead in a photo as when turned in the light it displays both beautiful burnt orange tones and red tones.

Finally, we have Forest Treasures sat between Autumn Rays (left) and Mist Ripples (right).

Forest Treasures
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Mist Ripples
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Forest Treasures is a very detailed bead from all angles. I really like the mushrooms / toadstools, however I cannot make my mind up on the little face. A sweeter more cheeky expression like a little elf or pixie would have been better as I feel this face is a little to eerie. However, that is just my personal opinion and the rest of the detail on the bead is really nice. Due to the irregular shape of the bead, it is however hard to properly sandwich it between other beads to prevent its tendency to spin.

Mist Ripples matches the colours of Mist Bubbles and Brook Flowers, though does not have any purple hue. This is another bead that I suspect may vary quite a bit in the ripple / wave design, so it will be interesting to see the variations that appear.

The Northern Forest Kit displays beautiful autumnal shades, but offers great versatility in other seasons. The reds and the greens carry perfectly through to Christmas, and the blue/green beads could work equally well on a tropical summery bracelet. Any criticisms of the Purple Heaven Kit not containing the characteristic green of the North Lights / Aurora Borealis are certainly dealt with in this kit.

To summarise this review I would just like to say that personally I feel this kit looks much better in reality than stock images, due to the way the beads catch the light. If you were not sure on this kit before, I would definitely recommend seeing the beads in person before making up your mind.

 

 

 

Trollbeads Fall 2014 Preview

Friday 5th September 2014 will see the release of Trollbeads Fall 2014 collection. The release is based around two themes, namely Eastern Spirituality and Nordic Forests.

These themes follow on nicely from the Spring 2014 release in which the themes were named ‘Arabian Nights’ and Hanging Gardens’. I can see the silvers from both releases complementing each other quite well.

The release comprises of two glass kits (one kit being faceted), two stones, 15 silver beads, two pendants, a lock, and two leather bracelets.  Prices are given in Euro and USD and I have also estimated conversions to GBP based on Trollbeads new prices, though please be aware these may not be exact.

The below pictures are Trollbeads stock images from the release – please do not reproduce without crediting.

The Glass Kits

Trollbeads Northern Forest Kit
Trollbeads Northern Forest Kit €155 / $170 / £125
Trollbeads Mist Bubbles
Trollbeads Mist Bubbles€31 / $34 / £25
Trollbeads Brook Flowers
Trollbeads Brook Flowers €31 / $34 / £25
Trollbeads Autumn Foliage
Trollbeads Autumn Foliage €31 / $34 / £25
Trollbeads Swaying Straws
Trollbeads Swaying Straws €31 / $34 / £25
Trollbeads Mist Ripples
Trollbeads Mist Ripples €31 / $34 / £25
Trollbeads Autumn Rays
Trollbeads Autumn Rays€31 / $34 / £25

 

Trollbeads Eastern Facet Kit
Trollbeads Eastern Facet Kit €235 / $280 / £200
Trollbeads Inner Strength Facet
Trollbeads Inner Strength Facet €51 / $56 / £40
Trollbeads Luminous Delight Facet
Trollbeads Luminous Delight Facet €51 / $56 / £40
Trollbeads River of Life Facet
Trollbeads River of Life Facet €51 / $56 / £40
Trollbeads Harmony Facet
Trollbeads Harmony Facet €51 / $56 / £40
Trollbeads Hope Facet
Trollbeads Hope Facet €51 / $56 / £40
Trollbeads Moonbeam Facet
Trollbeads Moonbeam Facet €51 / $56 / £40

 

The Stones

Trollbeads Lapis Lazuli
Trollbeads Lapis Lazuli €58 / $63 / £50
Trollbeads Brown Yellow Chalcedony
Trollbeads Brown Yellow Chalcedony €58 / $63 / £50

The Silver Beads

Trollbeads Forest Treasures
Trollbeads Forest Treasures €42 / $46 / £35
Trollbeads Forest Treasures
Trollbeads Forest Treasures €42 / $46 / £35
Trollbeads Fawn
Trollbeads Fawn €51 / $56 / £45
Trollbeads Squirrel
Trollbeads Squirrel €42 / $46 / £35
Trollbeads Dandelion
Trollbeads Dandelion €42 / $46 / £35
Trollbeads Little Bear
Trollbeads Little Bear €42 / $46 / £35
Trollbeads Tears of Shiva
Trollbeads Tears of Shiva €42 / $46 / £35
Trollbeads Spiritual Adornment
Trollbeads Spiritual Adornment €51 / $56 / £45
Trollbeads Spiritual Ornament
Trollbeads Spiritual Ornament €51 / $56 / £45
Trollbeads Apple of Wisdom
Trollbeads Apple of Wisdom €42 / $46 / £35
Trollbeads Cornucopia
Trollbeads Cornucopia €51 / $56 / £45
Trollbeads Ganesha
Trollbeads Ganesha €58 / $63 / £50
Trollbeads Head of Buddha
Trollbeads Head of Buddha €28 / $31 / £25
Trollbeads Lotus Top
Trollbeads Lotus Top €28 / $31 / £25
Trollbeads Lotus Top
Trollbeads Lotus Top €28 / $31 / £25
Trollbeads Om
Trollbeads Om €28 / $31 / £25
Trollbeads Labyrinth
Trollbeads Labyrinth €42 / $46 / £35

The Pendants

Trollbeads Tree of Awareness
Trollbeads Tree of Awareness Pendant €110 / $121 / £88
Trollbeads Tree of Awareness
Trollbeads Tree of Awareness Pendant €110 / $121 / £88
Trollbeads Tree of Awareness
Trollbeads Tree of Awareness Pendant €110 / $121 / £88
Trollbeads Giant Lotus
Trollbeads Giant Lotus Pendant €63 / $70 / £50
Trollbeads Giant Lotus
Trollbeads Giant Lotus Pendant €63 / $70 / £50

The Lock

Trollbeads Spiritual Temples Lock
Trollbeads Spiritual Temples Lock €52 / $57 / £45
Trollbeads Spiritual Temples Lock
Trollbeads Spiritual Temples Lock €52 / $57 / £45

The Leather Bracelets

Trollbeads Leather Bracelet Cyan Key
Trollbeads Leather Bracelet Cyan Key
Trollbeads Leather Bracelet Orange Navy
Trollbeads Leather Bracelet Orange Navy

 

So, there we have it, another fabulous release! For me, the silver beads are just stunning. There are a couple of the Faceted Glass that I really like – Inner Strength and Luminous Delight, and possibly River of Life – but I have to admit that for me, the Purple Heaven Kit from last Fall will remain a firm favourite for me. However … I have heard that the Christmas release is meant to be amazing, so maybe I will opt for more of the silvers from this release and see what Christmas brings! Obviously though, if cost was no object I would have the full release!