Today brings a review of a lovely example of the Rocky Beach Kit, which was released in Spring 2013.
I love this kit, from a distance it appears to be quite subtle and neutral, but then closer up, you really get to appreciate the shimmering colours and textures.
Here are some close ups of each of the beads:
Pebbles and Sand Beach have to be my favourites, and this down to the amazing colours within them. This kit looks absolutely stunning with the Birth Month Flowers from Autumn 2013. I find myself using these silvers a lot in my bracelet compositions as they are just so beautiful.
Here are some more shots of the bracelet …
This was one of those kits that I initially overlooked, until I saw the amount of variation in the beads. These beads are far more beautiful in real life than in the stock photos. Definitely another of my favourite kits!
This post takes a closer look at Trollbeads Birth Month Flowers which we released as part of the Autumn 2013 collection.
With exquisite detailing, these beautiful silvers depict the flowers used to represent births within each month of the year. Each bead also features a beautiful white pearl.
Below are some live shots of each of the flowers, from different angles.
Snowdrop of January
Violet of February
Daffodil of March
Daisy of April
Buckthorn of May
Rose of June
Water Lillies of July
Poppies of August
Bindweed of September
Calendula of October
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Chrysanthemum of November
Narcissus of December
The Birth Month Flowers can be seen here in use with other beads from the Autumn 2013 collection …
In summary, Trollbeads Birth Month Flowers are a beautiful collection that will work well with nearly any bead. They look stunning on a bracelet, bangle and necklace. My favourites have to be Rose of June, and Chrysanthemum of November. Which is your favourite?
Following on from my ‘Native Spring’ inspiration article, now is a good time to review the Trollbeads Native Elements kit from the Trollbeads Autumn 2013 collection.
When this kit was first released, it wasn’t initially a ‘must-have’ for me. My focus at the time was on the Purple Heaven kit, which was more to my taste. However, there was something that continued to draw me to this kit. It is different to any beads I have seen, and has a quirky edge to it that made me intrigued enough to reconsider my initial opinion and try it out.
When my kit arrived, I was captured by the Pod beads. The ‘leaves’ combined with the plant like look remind me a little of the lips of ‘Audrey’ from the film ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. For those of you not familiar with Audrey or the film, here are some Broadway replications…
However, I was actually very enchanted with these little beads. When worn in combination with the Birth Month Flowers (also from the Autumn 2013 collection) the result is very pretty and actually quite delicate. In fact, the combination is proving to be one of my favourites!
Here are the individual beads in more detail …
This bead reminds me a bit of a Ladybird, and is my favourite of the Pods. As you can see, the colour is concentrated around the core, with clear glass surrounding it. The black spots are at the surface of the glass, concentrated on one side, and the raised green ‘leaves’ are formed into the surface of the glass placed more to the other side.
The size, number and position of the spots vary between beads, but I am very happy with all my Pod beads designs.
The Orange Pod has orange colour concentrated around the core with a light olive green glass surrounding it. Although named ‘Orange’, the colour appears more yellow to me, though this is likely to be down to the effect of the green tone in the glass. The olive green leaves and black spot detailing are in a similar manner to the Red Pod. My Orange Pod has more smaller black dots, and this looks just as nice as fewer larger ones.
The Green Pod has olive green colouring concentrated around the core, surrounded by clear glass which has slight grey tint to it. It is this pod where the leaves remind me more of lips in the style of Audrey! The orange raised leaves, or possibly petals, are in the same style as the other Pods, as too are the black spots.
Aqua Edge Pumpkin
Another interesting bead from the kit, the olive toned Aqua Edge Pumpkin looks different from each side. One side has the appearance of the inside of a pumpkin, the other has the appearance of petals / leaves which have an ‘aqua edge’, hence the name. The ‘pumpkin’ part of the bead creates the illusion of depth as you look into the bead. As well as working well with the other beads from the Native Elements Kit, this bead complements the Purple Heaven kit, and indeed a whole host of other beads, beautifully too.
Aqua Edge Petals
As per its name, this bead has the appearance of petals (which have aqua edges) that envelope the bead. With the same olive and aqua tones as the Aqua Edge Pumpkin, this bead also works well with the other beads from the Autumn 2013 collection.
Aqua Edge Triangle
The final bead of this kit is the Aqua Edge Triangle, which again lies up to its namesake. This bead is the only triangular bead in the current collection, or indeed past collections as far as I am aware (please someone correct me if I am wrong on this!). Again, this bead has the same olive green and aqua colouration as the other Aqua Edge beads, and of course also complements the rest of the collection. I wonder if we will see more different shaped beads emerge in future releases??
Here are a couple of photos from the inspirational bracelet I created:
In conclusion, this is a stunning kit. Anyone who initially dismissed this kit, as I did, should definitely reconsider. Although an Autumn release, the beads in this kit definitely have a ‘Spring’ feel to them. I have combined mine with a couple of Uniques, including a Ladybird Critter bead. The resulting bracelet is, in my opinion, stunning. The variety of shapes, textures and colours cannot fail to capture your attention.
Following on from my recent reviews of Trollbeads Limited Edition Aurora bead and the Purple Heaven kit, I thought it a good time to also review the Trollbeads ‘Stories of You’ starter bracelet set.
‘Stories of You’ is the most recent starter bracelet and comprises of a stunning faceted Aurora bead, a beautiful floral lock and of course a bracelet.
Released at the end of September 2013, it closely followed the release of the Purple Heaven Kit, which it complements beautifully.
I have two of the faceted Auroras, both of which are paler versions that look almost opalescent in some lights. The beads I have display beautiful shades of lavender/ lilac, with glimpses of pinkish amber that remind me of a red sky at sunset or dawn. There are also flashes of icey blue. In contrast to the Aurora beads, the pale faceted Auroras also have some green hues in them, which are stunning (though I have not seen this as much in images of darker versions). This range of colours make it a versatile bead that will work well in many bracelet or necklace compositions.
Here are some photos from different angles …
As you can see in the photo above, the colour is concentrated around the core, with a thick layer of clear facet cut glass surrounding it.
The lock has beautiful floral detailing with flowers on one side and leaves on the others, it works beautifully with the Birth Month Flowers from the Autumn 2013 collection.
Although paler than the Limited Edition Aurora released in April 2013, the paler faceted Auroras complement it well.
And he are the beads used along with some of the Purple Heaven Kit and ‘Be My Valentine’.
In conclusion, this has to be my favourite bead of all time …. and I am sure you can see why!
Conjuring heavenly and celestial images, this kit is in part presumably representational of the Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights), as two of the beads carry ‘Aurora’ in their name.
This set beautifully demonstrates the vivid purple, pink and blue colours seen in the phenomenon but does not carry any of the green colouration characteristically associated with it. This does not detract in any way from the beauty of this kit though.
As you can see from the photos above, this bead is clear glass, with purple / pink and even a touch of amber round the core, and delicate purple / blue flowers floating at the surface. This bead is my favourite from the set, and as such I have two of them. The bead on the left is slightly paler and the flowers blend in to the background more. I love the hazy colouration and the core and how delicate the petals of the flowers appear.
Purple Rippling Bubbles
Purple Rippling Bubbles has a warm ivory core, with splashes of predominantly purple but a touch of brown. The best way that I can describe their appearance is similar to how oil droplets may separate in water. The colour in this bead is concentrated around the core, however mine has quite a thick layer, giving the side view above. Depending on the bracelet theme, this bead could depict the surface of a far away planet or it even would pass as reptile scales / animal print on a predominantly brown and purple bracelet with similar themed beads. The amount of patterning on this bead does vary from bead to bead, so is a good one to hand pick.
As the above pictures show, the Aurora Stripe is a clear glass bear, with an amber core layered with purple stripes. The thickness, spacing and intensity of colour in the stripes does vary somewhat, so again, this is a nice bead to hand pick. I would love a pale version with thicker lavender / blue stripes as well. The colours on this bead make it the ideal compliment to the limited edition Aurora bead released in April 2013.
Amber Violets is an amber / butterscotch coloured glass bead, with an ivory core. Blue / purple flowers float delicately at the surface. Whilst I do like this bead, it is probably my least favourite as I find it hardest to match with beads other than this kit (I do not have any Amber Trollbeads).
In a slightly similar design to Purple Rippling Bubbles, we have Moonlight Bubbles. My version of this bead features a clear glass bead with a mauve / heather coloured core, an blue / purple ‘bubbles’ layered on top. The ‘bubbles’ are similar to the style in the Purple Rippling Bubbles bead, albeit a bit more streaky. From the stock images, there appears to be two versions of this bead, the other version being more predominantly blue. I would love this version also, but have never come across one.
Ivory Violets is a clear glass bead, with a white / ivory core. ‘Violets’ then float at the surface, set in a patch of white. The shade of ivory / white does vary somewhat, and also the colour of the violets ranges from aqua / blue through to violet purple. I have two versions of this bead, and like them equally as well. This bead would fit in nicely on many bracelets, and i also like to wear mine on a fantasy necklace.
Glowing Pansy and Daydream Blossom are my favourites from the batch of limited editions released at the end of 2013. This post offers a review of the Glowing Pansy.
As pretty as the flowers are, they didn’t automatically remind me of a pansy. But when I looked at pansy images, there is indeed one similar …..
Despite its name, this bead does not glow in the same way that ‘Inner Glow’ and ‘Blizzard’ glow. The warm amber / rich honey coloured glass does however have a radiance to it.
The cool colours of the pansy provide a contrast, but in a gentle and subtle way.
I have yet to decide which beads to wear it with. However I am thinking along the lines of creams, golds and browns. I think it would look particularly stunning on a bracelet with Ambers, however I have not indulged in Amber beads myself so I was unable to try it out. Matching it with the beads in my collection, those that are too ‘busy’ or ‘bright’ detract from the Glowing Pansy. However when put on its own or alongside neutral beads, the Glowing Pansy really stands out.
In the picture below, you can see Glowing Pansy on its own on the Trollbeads bangle. I think a Yellow Prism either side would set it off beautifully!
In this side on view, you can really see the lovely amber tone to the bead ….
Admittedly, this review of Trollbeads Limited Edition Aurora is nearly a year after its release, however it was only a couple of days ago that I finally managed to add one to my own collection!
When they were first released, I was initially deterred somewhat by the price, largely because I was unsure of how much wear I would get from the bangle. Having tiny wrists, I was concerned that the bangle style would not suit me. Anyway, to cut a long story short, by the time I decided to take the plunge, I could not find any in the UK.
After some hunting, I contacted Bead Sensation, who are located in The Netherlands. I spoke with a lovely lady called Carmen, who said that she had one really nice dark one, which she was tempted to have for herself, but that I could have! Now initially, I was looking for a paler version, but on seeing the images she sent, there looked something very special about this one! And I was right!
As you can see from the photos, one side displays a beautiful electric blue hue, one side radiates deep warm amber and deep purple shades, and another side shows vivid purple with undertones of magenta. This bead looks very different depending how it catches the light, but never falters from being stunning! Even these photos do not do it true justice.
The side profile shows how the colour is layered around the core:
Here is the Aurora bead on the bangle with a couple of Aurora Flowers, Daisy of April and Buckthorn of May (all from the Autumn 2013 collection).
And here with a couple of Faceted Aurora from the ‘Stories of You’ Limited Edition starter set.
Finally, here is the Aurora styled on a Pearl Fantasy Necklace with Amethyst, Golden Trace, Kaleidoscope and Chrysanthemum of November.
For avid Trollbeads collectors, I strongly recommend you to take a look at Bead Sensation’s website (www.beadsensation.com). They have a brilliant section on Limited Edition’s going back to the 30th Anniversary Bracelet in 2006! Their EncycloBEADia is definitely worth a look.
And as for the bangle … well let’s just say that I am pleasantly surprised and I can see it getting a lot of wear 🙂
The end of 2013 saw a number of individual limited edition Trollbeads enter the US market. Initially, it appeared that these were all US exclusives, however during the early part of 2014 these have now appeared at selected UK and other European retailers.
Below is a brief summary of the beads released:
Images from top to bottom: Daydream Blossom, Daydream Blossom Tassel, Sunrise, Glowing Pansies, Violet Petals, Green & Purple Armadillo, Mint and Lavender Armadillo, Red and Lavender Armadillo, and finally Pink and Orange Armadillo.
In the UK, the beads are still in stock at a number of stores, retailing at £23 each. The Daydream Tassel, which is retailing at £52, appears to have sold out quite quickly and is harder to source now.
Following on from the Limited Edition glass sets (‘Elegant Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Love’) and the rather complimenting ornaments, here follows a round up of the reset of the release.
Before I cover the silver and gold, I cannot forget what for some may be the highlight of this release – the Blizzard bead and tassel.
Blizzard (62032 – £32) is a clear glass bead with tiny white particles floating inside. Although a stunning bead on first sight, the true beauty of this bead lies in its soft lavender glow. The glow becomes visible in the dark, after exposing the bead to light – similar to the Inner Glow (62027) which boasts a green glow. It has been said that in comparison to the Inner Glow, the Blizzard bead does not glow as much. Whether this is a variation between individual beads or just the bead in general, I do not know.
As a stunning accompaniment to the Blizzard bead, comes the Blizzard Tassel (61731 – £52)
Finally, on to the silvers and golds …..
Christmas Heart (11292) £35 – Let’s plait our Christmas hearts together (a symbol of the paper hearts which are a Danish tradition at Christmas time).
Singing in the Snow (11372) £42– Singing snowmen bring you into the right Christmas spirit.
Shooting Stars (51750) £205 – When you wish upon a star… Here 24 diamonds sparkle like a beautiful fairytale.
In Your Heart (12915) £52 – Embrace your favourite and place it right where it belongs (a pendant for fantasy necklaces)
Stay Positive Gold (21167) £312 -No matter what way you turn this bead, you will always have a plus sign smiling up at you. A reminder to stay positive and focus on the good things in life.
Gold Plated Bangle (15400GP) £182 – An elegant way to wear your Trollbeads. Use the bangle alone with your favourite Trollbeads or let several bangles decorate your wrist. Use Stoppers at each end of the beads. The bangle is available in sizes XXS, XS, S, M and L.
Following on from my review of the blue kit ‘Elegant Christmas’ from the Trollbeads Christmas 2013 releases, here is an overview of the red kit, Christmas Love (64611 – £192).
The individual names of the beads in this kit are: Loving Hearts, Love Lights, Love Sparkle, Kiss Under the Mistletoe, Festive Love and Budding Love. The beads retail individually for £32.
Here are Trollbeads stock images of the kit and the individual beads:
This kit is in more traditional festive colours, and I feel that it goes perfectly with the silver ‘Christmas Heart’ (11292), and also the silver ‘Singing in the Snow’ (11372) which are also part of the Christmas release.
These beads also lend themselves perfectly towards a Valentines themed bracelet. Although my personal preference is the blue kit, I do see a lot of potential for the ‘Love Lights’ and ‘Budding Love’ beads from this kit.
Again, as with the blue set, there is also a set of three Red Christmas Ornaments(sc63706 – £156) that compliment the glass beads.