Trollbeads Inspiration: Inky Azures


IMG_0620A new wave of Azure Bubbles arrived recently at the gallery, and we fell in love with this changeable beauty of a bead all over again.  This grouping of glass are all deep, inky blues with a host of micro bubbles in each one.  The usual large bubbles are still there, but in the layer below that there is a subtle, milky way swath of the tiniest of bubbles.


IMG_0618They look almost like the silver dots in group two glass “Milky Way” – but even smaller.  It’s fascinating stuff!  For those of us who have a mild obsession with this particular pattern of bead, it represents an entire new are of collecting to be done.  Some of them are almost chocolate in colour, with just a hint of blue that shows when the light reflects off the core.


IMG_0617Others are a more slate blue, still others are a deep violet with subtle ribbons of indigo.  My favorites are those that have a hint of green in the blue, with lots of micro bubbles, and a flash of burgundy as the light hits them.  Gorgeous!

These new Azures are bang on for Autumn colour trends, and will be


IMG_0621phenomenal paired with rich clarets – think Rubies, cherry ambers or the upcoming Hessonite Garnet!  Today I’ve chosen a spectacular group of unique ambers that sparkle and glow in the sunlight.  They make a perfect foil for the deep navies of the Azures.


This bracelet was a cinch to play together… the Azures and Ambers work together effortlessly and with the addition of a few bolder silvers and a handful of Scot Bouwens’ beautifully organic glass – voila!


Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “Azure Bubble”, “Magical Lamp”, “Paradise Birds” (retired), “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Stone Flower”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Silver Ornament”, “Cliffs”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Jugend”, “Magical Lamp”, “Azure Bubbles”.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Delightful Aurora


As always, when a new bead design comes out, we are eager to experiment with it; to play and see how it works with other items in the Trollbeads collection, and particularly how it blends with the beads in our own collections!


It’s like adding a new piece of furniture to one’s home – it makes one look over the rest of the house and experiment with new arrangements for the rest of one’s possessions.

joyful3On the weekend Cristi experimented with the newly released “Faceted Aurora”, and found that it enhances so many wonderful palettes.  With its fascinating mists of blue, red, amber, pink and purple, it has a chameleon ability take on nearly any appearance and mood, depending on its surroundings.

joyful4In this composition Cristi played with colours that many of you already have in your collections.  Clear golden ambers, soft warm pinks and pale greyed blues combine here to make a gentle and lovely palette that is wearable every day.  I find these colours delightful – it simply makes me happy to see them!


joyful6This design includes the limited Edition floral lock that is included with the “Stories of You” bracelet.  This lock is a very comfortable, functional design, and so pretty too… (Both Cristi and I have invested in this piece!… At $99.95 for the chain, clasp and bead it’s really a steal.)  Cristi also included lots of the new Peoples’ Bead designs on this bracelet, so it nicely displays the range of beads and allows us to compare their sizes.  Finally, she utilized some outstanding uniques that we currently have in our online shop… the cross shaped amber is a stunning example, so lovely, clear and enormous.  The faceted ambers are similarly generous in size, and I particularly like the little periwinkle unique, with its’ tiny fleurs de lys.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Limited Edition Stories of You”, “Amber Unique”, “This Too Shall Pass”, “Pink Desert”, “Small Core Unique”, “Will”, “Ivory Violets”, “Calendula of October”, “Amber Unique”, “Faceted Aurora Bead”, “Unique Amber”, “Snowdrop of January”, “Blue Desert”, “Amber violets”, “Thoughts”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “This Too Shall Pass”, “Amber Unique”.