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Inspiration – ‘Indian Summer’

With temperatures here in the UK 21°C today, and recent local press articles talking of a late ‘Indian Summer’; I thought it the perfect opportunity to get some more use out of my summery pastel coloured beads before I turn to autumn and winter themed colour schemes and designs.

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Above is how I have been styling my Trollbeads Fantasy Necklace with Pearl. I absolutely adore Drops of Delight, it always looks stunning whether on a bracelet, necklace or fantasy necklace.  Here I have teamed it with Hope, Faceted Aurora and the new Giant Lotus.

Here are some shots of the bracelet I have being wearing with it …

Aurora Stripe
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Faceted Aurora
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Aurora Flower
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The Trollbeads on the bracelet above are (left to right): Buckthorn of May, Aurora Flower, Daffodil of March, Honey Dawn, Chrysanthemum of November, Aurora Stripe, Water Lilies of July, Faceted Aurora, Calendula of October, Amber Violets, Daisy of April and Fairy.

I love this version of Aurora Stripe, it is quite a pale version and the peachy amber core colour glows through beautifully. I had been looking for a really nice pale version  for a while and finally found the perfect one at Bead Sensation in the Netherlands (along with an equally as beautiful really pale version of The Eye to match my equally as pale Wave of Dreams from Joseph Welch Jewellers in the UK).

I think the amber / peach undertones of this bead along with the warm glow of Amber Violets and Honey Dawn perfectly capture the feeling of late summer. Although I haven’t used seasonal Birth Month Flowers, I don’t think this matters as they all have a lovely summery feeling when worn together. As for the Fairy, she regularly finds her way on to the end of most of my bracelet combinations 🙂

Trollbeads Aurora beads are totally the favourites of my collection. I adore the rainbow of pinks and purples and hope that Trollbeads bring out some similar colour schemes in the future, perhaps with some gold in? (Hint hint!)

Trollbeads Stories of You Review

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 …

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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.

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Trollbeads Faceted Aurora
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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.

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Trollbeads Stories of You
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Although paler than the Limited Edition Aurora released in April 2013, the paler faceted Auroras complement it well.

Trollbeads Aurora
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And he are the beads used along with some of the Purple Heaven Kit and ‘Be My Valentine’.

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In conclusion, this has to be my favourite bead of all time …. and I am sure you can see why!

Trollbeads Purple Heaven Kit Review

Today brings a review of Trollbeads ‘Purple Heaven’ kit (63049). Although this was released in September last year, I am playing catch up on my reviews and could not miss out this kit.

Trollbeads Purple Heaven Kit
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Beads from left: Aurora Flower, Purple Rippling Bubbles, Aurora Stripe, Amber Violets, Moonlight Bubbles, Ivory Violets.

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.

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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.

Aurora Flower

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Trollbeads Aurora Flower
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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

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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.

Aurora Stripe

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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

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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).

Moonlight Bubbles

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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  

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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.

Here are some inspiration images of the beads:

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

Trollbeads Aurora Fantasy Necklace
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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!

Inspiration – ‘Aurora-esque’

Whilst teaming Trollbeads ‘Be My Valentine’ with some of the other Aurora style beads and the Month flowers, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos as the results were just beautiful!

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(Trollbeads from left to right: Moonlight Bubbles, Narcissus of December, Aurora Flower, Chrysanthemum of November, LE Faceted Aurora (from’ Stories of You’), Daisy of April, LE Be My Valentine, Buckthorn of May, LE Faceted Aurora, Waterlilies of July, Aurora Stripe, Calendula of October, Aurora Flower, Violet of February, Purple Rippling Bubbles, LE ‘Stories of You’ lock).

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Trollbeads Autumn 2013 collection

The Trollbeads Autumn 2013 collection brings three underlying themes: Birth Flowers, Love and Family, and Nature.  In my opinion, this is one of the strongest releases to date. Below will follow a brief look at the release, with detailed reviews to follow in the future.

Two glass kits feature under the theme of nature. The first is the Purple Heaven kit, representing the “distinct feeling of constant movement reminiscent of orbits in the universe”. This kit follows on the theme from the immensely popular Limited Edition Aurora bead, released earlier in the year.  This kit works beautifully with the floral silvers from this release. (Kits  £115 / £23 single bead).

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Ivory Violets
Ivory Violets
Purple Rippling Bubbles
Purple Rippling Bubbles
Moonlight Bubbles
Moonlight Bubbles
Aurora Stripe
Aurora Stripe
Aurora Flower
Aurora Flower
Amber Violets
Amber Violets

The second glass kit is the Native Elements kit, “with its calming pistachio green, jasmine orange touch and aqua blue edges this kit catches the essence of sprouting nature”

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Red Pod
Red Pod
Orange Pod
Orange Pod
Green Pod
Green Pod
Aqua Edge Triangle
Aqua Edge Triangle
Aqua Edge Pumpkin
Aqua Edge Pumpkin
Aqua Edge Petals
Aqua Edge Petals

There are also two beautiful engraved glass beads and two faceted glass beads. (£32 each).

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Engraved Fushia
Engraved Fushia
Engraved Azure
Engraved Azure
Saffron Facet
Saffron Facet
Masala Facet
Masala Facet

A highlight of this collection may undoubtedly be the introduction of a new precious gemstone – Sapphire (silver core).  As with all natural gemstones, there is quite a bit of variation in these, with differing amounts of blue / grey and a range of shades from pale to dark.  (£115)

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Sapphire 2

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Each month has an associated Birth Month Flower, and these have been intricately sculpted in silver, inset with a beautiful pearl. (£45 for February / March /June / December, £41 for other months).

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Snowdrop of January
Snowdrop of January
Violet of February
Violet of February
Daffodil of March
Daffodil of March
Daisy of April
Daisy of April
Buckthorn of May
Buckthorn of May
Rose of June
Rose of June
Water lilies of July
Water lilies of July
Poppies of August
Poppies of August
Bindweed of September
Bindweed of September
Calendula of October
Calendula of October
Chrysanthemum of November
Chrysanthemum of November
Narcissus of December
Narcissus of December

Finally, the remaining silvers of the collection represent the theme of Love and Family.  However, the Skeleton Spirit, and Ghost Fighters definitely have a ‘Halloween’ feel to them, particularly when teamed with the faceted glass from this release.  (Grandma / Grandpa / Skeleton Spirit £56 each, Diamond in the Rough £48, Baby Buggy £35, Prince & Princess / I Luv U / Ghost fighters £23 each, Water lock £43). 

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Grandma
Grandma
Grandpa
Grandpa
Diamond in the Rough
Diamond in the Rough
Baby Buggy
Baby Buggy
Ghost Fighter
Ghost Fighter
Ms Ghost Fighter
Ms Ghost Fighter
Prince & Princess
Prince & Princess
I Luv U
I Luv U
I Luv U
I Luv U
I Luv U
I Luv U
Skeleton Spirit
Skeleton Spirit
Skeleton Spirit
Skeleton Spirit
Skeleton Spirit
Skeleton Spirit
Water lock
Water lock

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.