Trollbeads Inspiration: Sandwashed and Sunbleached


IMG_1071It would be hard to pick just one stone from the recent release that is the most beautiful, but Green Rhyolite is proving to be a perfect fit for the sunbleached and stonewashed palettes of many of our ladies’ Summer bracelets.  It has a fascinating  range of soft sage greens, sandstone, copper and cream.

IMG_1072This chameleon stone has an array of so many colours in its complex veining, it is sure to find its way onto warm and cozy Autumnal bracelets at the end of the Summer as well.  Today we play with bird’s egg blue, sage and bleached driftwood.  We take inspiration from one of Scott Bouwens’ Pebble Beach designs, “Sandstone”.


We began this design with a rich green toned “Labradorite”, framed by “Traces” and the “Ice Blue Diamond”.  These can be tricky blues to balance, but this composition’s neutral tones are very forgiving, and allow these two showstopping beads to take the limelight.

IMG_1077The perfect, flat lighting of my photography studio box doesn’t bring out the flash in this Labradorite the way that natural light does, so I thought I’d better try to capture it in a beam of sunlight to show it off to you… We always encourage our Tartoofulers to take the Labs outside to check for flash, as it is so elusive in artificial light.

IMG_1075This “Conch” is unusual, as it has a very thick top layer of soft grey, clear glass.  From the side it is dramatic!  (See below) We selected a pair of silvers that mimic the overall oval and rounded shape of the glass – an effect that I personally enjoy.  Here the limited edition Chinese Zodiac “Ram” is tucked between “Conch” and the “Ice Blue Diamond” bead.

IMG_1074“Paradise Birds” is another oval silver that is luxuriously heavy and textured in its design.  I like to balance this particular bead with Jugend or the now-retired “Carved Flowers”, and it’s also lovely with other “budded” silvers such as “Winter Berries”, ‘Urchin”, “Large Berry” or either of the “Planets”.  Isn’t it fun to be able to take a really close look at the ribbon of ivory that encircles “Traces”?  It’s so reminiscent of “Cozy”.

IMG_1070(There’s that “Conch” on the left – isn’t it amazing?!)

Overall, this is a composition that I would love to be able to wear this Summer, and it’s inspired me to freshen up my own soft blue bracelet… I think that one of the yummy new Green Rhyolites will have to find it’s way into my collection!


Clockwise from clasp:  “Seahorse Lock”, “Silver Mountain”, “Green Rhyolite”, “Sandstone”, “Urchin”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Universal Unique”, “White Paper Fold”, “Paradise Birds”, “traces”, “Labradorite”, “Diamond Bead, Ice Blue”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Ram”, “Conch”, “Green Rhyolite”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Large Planet”, “Green Rhyolite”, “Light Blue Shadow”, “Grey Prism”.


6 thoughts on “Trollbeads Inspiration: Sandwashed and Sunbleached

  1. Individually many beads I have not enthusiastically embraced are now ones I am lusting after because of this inspired combination. Just when I thought I could take a breather. Who am I kidding I am a TROLLIE!

  2. So many things to love here! The Paradise Birds with the Traces – the soft blues and greens – has that fresh, breezy feel of summer! You have some gorgeous samples of the Rhyolite bead – so many interesting color blends in one stone!

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