Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 21


IMG_5852Today I am in the mood for one of my favorite colour combinations… I love playing my rich ruby together with my soft greyed blues.  It’s an unlikely palette, but one that I find fresh and pleasing to the eye.  The Ruby can play as a warm and toasty red when combined with chestnut or golden ambers, smoky

IMG_5851quartz and earth toned glass.  However, here in the company of these hazy blues it feels more like a blackberry-stained claret.  As always, it is helpful to have a couple of beads that pull the palette together nicely in one package… here I have used the older unique shown above, with its distinctive pale portion and perfect combination of

IMG_5853burgundy and pale blue.  I also added this very unusual form of “Aurora Flower”, which is very light and transparent, showing only a hint of the fuschia tone that is usually found in this design.  What is left is a soft, warm amber-y pink with palest blue flowers.  I used my “Silver Bead with Garnet” and “Red-Pink” prism” (retired) to echo the colour of the centerpiece ruby.


IMG_5854In today’s bracelet I also wished to reduce the proportion of glass, and alternate evenly with silver.  As everyone knows, I usually gorge on glass…   Here I’ve used my favorite, very round silvers to pace the glass in the middle, and have balanced the form of the “Silver Bead with Garnets” with the simililarly shaped “Auspicious”.  I’ve even finished this one with a matched pair of  silver “Bee on Hive”.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “Bee on Hive” (retired), “Unique”, “Silver Bead with Garnets” (retired), “Light Blue Shadow” (retired), “Ball of Yarn”, “Aurora Flower”, “Petanque” (retired), “Ruby”, “Etruscan”, “Unique”, “Zanzibar” (retired), “Silver Mountain”, “Auspicious” (Limited Edition World Tour Hong Kong), “Red Pink Prism” (retired), “Bee on Hive” (retired).



Trollbeads Inspiration: Navy & Claret


If there’s one colour that is speaking to us at the moment at Tartooful it is navy…

oxblood4Fresh, crisp, bold, yet easy to blend with other everyday neutrals such as black and grey… it feels very much of the moment and yet completely classic.  A quick browse through popular style sites such as

oxblood7Pinterest show that we are not alone in this… In the constant cycle of style and fashion,  navy has shrugged off it’s stuffy image and is now cool and edgy.  However, as always it’s a new twist on the approach – fashion never replicates, but reinvents.  Where once Navy would have been paired with vibrant green or crisp white, today’s navy

oxblood5prefers the company of slinky black and bad-boy oxblood.  Rather than a pure white, reach for all shades of grey for softer contrast.  We were inspired to create this bracelet when we stumbled upon a grouping of lovely uniques that feature inky blue with a perfectly subtle,  pearl grey background.  It was a simple matter to add an array of

oxblood3blacks and oxblood tones to fill out the design.  We featured one newly designed unique that neatly tied together the entire design, including pearl grey, navy and claret all in one.

oxblood6At first glance oxblood might be a tricky colour to find in the collection, but in fact it all came together so easily.  Here, burgundy tones come from a rich, silver cored “Ruby”, a sparkling “Amber” with wonderful inclusions, the new “Ruby Falcon”, and a coveted, unique Armadillo.  There’s even a beautiful sheen of gold and oxblood in the “Black Silk”.  Recent retirees such as the “Eye Bead”, “Flowers” and a sparkling “Blue Goldstone” show here why they will be missed.  If you have not already picked up a “Blue Goldstone” be sure to track one down… with Navy on the rise it is bound to be one of our go-to beads!


Clockwise from clasp:  “Sun Moon Stars Lock”, “Ruby Falcon”, “Black Armadillo”, “Moroccan Cushion”, “Blue Tigers Eye”, “Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Flowers”, “Ruby”, “Unique”, “Black Silk”, “Nomad”, “Blue Goldstone”, “Unique”, “Unique Armadillo”, “Harmony”, “Sahara Night Facet”, “The Eye Bead”.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Winter Berries

Perhaps it’s a natural evolution from my “Copper & Pomegranates” colour obsession, but I just can’t get enough of this delicious berry palette at the moment.

I first started noticing this range of colour when some of our talented customers featured it in their bracelet designs.  The Cymbidium Bracelet, by YP and of course NO often plays with this tone in her bracelet designs as well.

I started dreaming about adding a Ruby to my own collection… and then a few uniques, such as this fantastic, graphically  punchy one started appearing in our stock.  I particularly love the metallic graphite dots in this particular design.

While I admire it as a colour, I’ve never really been a “Purple Girl”… but there’s just something a little different about this particular shade.  It leans strongly towards red side of the spectrum… more of a plum, or a berry note than a true purple.

Blended with warm blush pinks it evokes an orchid… and it plays beautifully with the sophisticated buff greys, blacks and bronze-golds of the current Limited Edition Holiday collection.  However, to really make it sing, add a touch of Trollbeads’ 18k gold.

In this bracelet design, we played up the seasonal berries theme by including the new “Lock with Buds”, the “Christmas Tree”, “Winter Snow”, “Soft Heart”, “Bougainvillea” and of course, “Winter Berries”.  Several of the “Christmas Decoration Kit” are dotted along the bracelet, mixed in with a few carefully chosen uniques.  Regular collection designs include “Purple Prism”. “Purple Bud”, “Third Eye Chakra” and the “Ruby with silver core”.

Simply delicious…