The most special post today brings live photos of the much awaited Trollbeads ‘Ageless Beauty’ bead, representing Japan. This bead is the second ‘country specific’ bead to be release this year, following ‘Wings of Freedom’ representing the US.
A few days ago, Trollbeads Japan released this lovely image on their Facebook page, confirming to everyone just how beautiful this bead really is.
When ‘Ageless Beauty’ arrived in the post yesterday, I was immediately in awe of just how beautiful and intricate this bead is. It totally brightened my day! Here are some live photos …
When you look deep into the bead, it looks like millefiori cane work, but how this is incorporated into a glass bead amazes me. The level of intricacy within this bead is outstanding. Great credit must be given to Nozomi Kaji who designed this beautiful bead, and also to those who actually made it.
I am so in love with this bead, I am hoping to get another. Then I plan to do an inspirational bracelet based on this beautiful bead, along with a Fantasy Necklace combination – it certainly deserves more than one blog post to be dedicated to it to showcase its full beauty.
This Trollbeads blog post brings a review and live photos of the country specific bead for the US.
‘Wings of Freedom’ (US11505) designed by Soren Nielsen … The majestic eagle has been depicted as a symbol of strength, courage and freedom since the beginning of time.
This bead is simply stunning in terms of detailing, and is a significantly large silver bead, particularly in comparison to the ‘Falcon’ from the Spring 2014 release.
Whilst I have primarily taken photos of the bead on a bangle for ease of showing all angles, this bead sits much better on a chain. The bead is not symmetrical, therefore it does not easily sit between beads or stoppers, however on a chain its back and wings rest again your skin (as in the last photo above).
I think this bead will primarily be worn by myself as a focal bead on a necklace. For any Trollbeads enthusiast, I would definitely recommend this bead as a must-have, even if purely for the craftsmanship of this bead.
Following pre-order images appearing publicly on UK retail websites and elsewhere on the web, here is an early look at the much anticipated ‘Ageless Beauty‘ glass bead (JP62301).
This beautiful and intricate Limited Edition bead is designed by Nozomi Kaji, who previously designed the Limited Edition ‘Kimono Kit‘ and ‘Blooming Sakura‘ from the World Tour Japan collection.
This bead is the second bead to follow in a recent ‘country specific’ theme (the other being ‘Wings of Freedom‘ for the US) and represents Japan. We have seen a similar theme before back in 2012 when Trollbeads released the Bavaria bead to celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest followed by Asian Hearts which represented Asian culture.
From what I understand, this bead will be available globally, however the release date may vary between regions in the same way that Wings of Freedom has seen a US debut before being available in Europe. October 18th is rumored as its first appearance, though I have no further details as to which region this will be in at this time. The price of the bead is suggested as £45 / €51 / $56.
Looking at the image, I can picture this bead looking stunning in combination with silvers and the retired Trollbeads Goldstoneand Blue Goldstone, as they would not detract from the intricate detailing of this bead. It would work well as a single focal bead either on a bangle or a bracelet of silvers. Multiples of this bead would be lovely, but with the recent Fall release and upcoming Christmas release, the price of this bead may be a point of contention for some, especially as traditionally Limited Edition beads have been marketed at the £32, the same price point as Uniques.
Following the unveiling of Trollbeads Fall 2014 collection, another image appeared on social media of a US specific launch event bead – Wings of Freedom (US11505) .
This Limited Edition bead depicts a beautifully detailed eagle, which is dedicated to the emblem of the USA, the bald eagle.
A trend already adopted in the US, we have seen the Limited Edition Launch Event Beads ‘Eternal Love’ and ‘Pink & Orange Armadillo’ beads, and more recently the Red Sponge Coral and Blue Sodalite. The Eternal Love and Armadillo (along with other colours Green & Purple, Red & Lavender and Mint & Lavender – not Launch Event beads but initially only in the US) eventually made their way over to Europe in limited availability (particularly the Eternal Love), however the Red Sponge Coral and Sodalite did not appear outside of the US. Therefore, there was initially some questions as to whether this bead would be limited to the US, however it has been confirmed that the bead should debut in Europe, albeit a little later, arriving in October. The bead will have a recommended retail price of £60 / €67 / $72.
This bead is definitely a ‘must-have’ for me, providing I can manage to get my hands on one!