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Trollbeads Limited Edition Aurora review

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!

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Trollbeads Aurora
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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:

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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).

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And here with a couple of Faceted Aurora from the ‘Stories of You’ Limited Edition starter set.

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Finally, here is the Aurora styled on a Pearl Fantasy Necklace with Amethyst, Golden Trace, Kaleidoscope and Chrysanthemum of November.

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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 🙂

Thanks again to Carmen for my treasured Aurora!

Trollbeads Limited Edition Aurora bead & bangle set

The Trollbeads Aurora release is a limited edition set, rumoured (though unconfirmed) to be limited to 2,500 beads. The bead is sold as part of a set that includes the silver bangle, and is intended to be sold only as a kit. The retail price is €159  / $199 / £130.

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Representing the Northern Light, or Aurora Borealis, this bead boasts beautiful flashes of cerise pinks and pruples, and also glimpses of golden amber peeping through.  The bead does not appear to have any green colouration that is commonly associated with the Northern Lights, but nevertheless, the bead is still a beautiful tribute to the phenomenon. The depth of colour and range of colour does vary from bead to bead, so this is a bead best hand picked.

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The style is similar to that of the Trollbeads Azure Bubbles and Organic Bubbles, both of which are very popular beads from Trollbeads current collections.

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There is some controversy over the fact that the bead is only available as part of a set which includes the bangle. As the bangle was a new addition to the collection at Christmas 2012, those who bought the bangle when first released feel disappointed at having to pay for another bangle in order to get the Aurora bead. That aside, this is a stunning release, one which is well worth the investment in my opinion.