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 ….
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.
A couple of days ago I posted some stock images of a limited edition bead that had been destined for a UK event, but apparently ended up being forgotten about in a safe for a number of years. Well, today it arrived, and I am pleased to say that it surpasses my expectations!
On first glimpses of the stock image, it reminded me of a more intricate version of the production bead ‘Dew Drops’. On seeing the bead in person, it certainly has some similarities to the Dew Drops bead, but is far far more intricate – both in terms of pattern and colouration. The air bubbles near the tips of the green fronds actually remind me of dew drops on the end of a blade of grass.
As you can see from the photos below, the bead boasts a number of colours including: gold, beige, brown, white, blue, turquoise, pistachio, green, and a lovely hint of burnt orange or copper. The colours that appear more prominent in the bead vary, depending on what light you are looking at it under and what it is placed next to. Here I have placed it along side Dew Drops, Traces and the retired Blue Green Feather to show the colour ranges within the bead and the different potential combinations it could be put with.
To me, this is a stunning and very versatile bead, that would definitely not look out of place nestled among some of the beads from the upcoming Spring 2014 release!
I would love to hear from any readers who have this bead as to how they have decided to style it – so please feel free to comment below!
Unable to contain my excitement until my bead arrives, I could not wait to post details of a limited edition glass Trollbead available exclusively in the UK from TrollbeadsHeaven/UniqueBeadStore.
It is apparently a limited edition release that was sent to the UK a few years ago, though the exact history of this bead is unknown. It is presumed that the bead was destined for a special event or show, however story has it that a number of these beads ended up in a safe, where they were forgotten about . . . until this recent discovery! The batch of beads was then sent to TrollbeadsHeaven.
The style of the bead is similar to that of some of the OOAK/Uniques around in 2009 / 2010, so it is thought that these beads may have been produced around that time.
As far as I am aware, these beads are purely unique to Trollbeads Heaven. Yesterday, there was the opportunity to ‘pre-order’ one of these beads, however you did not get to choose your actual bead. Then tonight, a number of these beads were pictured and listed individually to purchase at a cost of £32.
I could not resist this bead, as after seeing the leaked video / images for the Spring 2014 collection, I think that this bead would fit in beautifully. It has gorgeous tones of gold, brown and turquoise and reminds me of a more colourful version of the ‘Dew Drops’ bead (61430) from the Folklore kit – which I think would go equally well with some of the new Spring collection.
The photos here are all of the actual bead that I have ordered.
I just could not resist a review of the Trollbeads Daydream Blossom. This bead is limited edition bead, and only available from US retailers holding trunk shows to mark the release of the Trollbeads Christmas 2013 collection.
It is a beautiful bead that manages to combine both strength and delicacy from its eclectic design and colour combinations.
At the core of the bead is a swirl of claret, mint green and turquoise; and it is in this respect that the beads show some variation. The bead shown here has a lovely flash of mint visible. Floating near the surface of the c;ear glass are a group of five flowers (blue, pink, orange, green and yellow), and the design is replicated on the other side of the bead, so there are ten flowers in total.
Whilst the range of colours in this bead create endless possibilities for matching it with other beads, I feel it needs to be matched with simplicity in order to fully appreciate its design. Self coloured or neutral coloured beads are the way to go here!
Being in the UK, I was lucky enough to be able to order one of these, thanks to the lovely Beth at Trollbeads Studio!
If you have this bead, then let me know how you wear it. And if you don’t have it, still let me know your ideas!
The year 2013 is a special year for the Netherlands: it is the year in which the Prince of Orange will be crowned King Willem-Alexander.
In celebration of the crowning on April 30th 2013, the Limited Edition ‘Royal Orange’ bead was launched. The bead boast clear faceted glass surrounding a vibrant orange core, with patches of copper sparkle.