Trollbeads Inspiration: Rich Teal

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IMG_7898Here’s a rich bracelet composition for the holiday season that feels festive enough to wear with your favorite little black dress, but simple enough to enjoy while schlepping about town in sweater and jeans.  The soft teal and deep mossy green are natural neutrals for us here on the coast.  We are are surrounded by every

IMG_7897possible shade of green all year round here and in a real way, it forms the backdrop for our life.  Perhaps it’s for this reason that I see myself wearing this bracelet with practically any colour, from clean blacks, greys or whites to pink, purple, blue, yellow and so on.  There are so many lovely beads on this bracelet, but the Golden Quartz surely steals the scene!

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IMG_7900The Golden Quartz is so rich, so golden, so bright and so sparkly… it really is an exceptional example.  In this design I’ve paired it with a juicy, maple syrup toned unique amber that contains a few fascinating flecks that sparkle nicely in the light.

IMG_7895As green can be such a basic neutral for me, I wanted to give this bracelet design a little extra grandeur, and so selected silvers that offer lots of drama.  The new Spiritual collection for Autumn 2014 offers a gorgeous pair of silvers that fit the bill.  “Spiritual Ornament” and “Spiritual Adornment” are very similar in  size, and complementary in design, which makes them a popular choice to be used in tandem.

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IMG_7899In addition, the gesture of using a pair “Lotus Top” to frame the central “Green Jasper” adds a touch of formality to the central core composition.  Aren’t the matched pair of teal and gold glitter uniques perfectly delightful?  They make me happy, just looking at them.  Finally, The simple, deep purple unique at left beautifully echoes the glitter theme.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Bow Lock”, “Unique Black Amber”, “Unique Swirl”, “Unique Black-Purple Glitter Flower”, “Snowballs”, “Oasis”, “Unique Maple Syrup Amber”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Unique Teal Glitter Floral”, “Lotus Top”, “Green Jasper”, “Lotus Top”, “Unique Teal Glitter Floral”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Golden Quartz”, “Mist Bubbles”, “Royal”, “Unique Black Glitter”, “Unique Teal dot”, “Turquoise Prism”.

C.

Trollbeads Inspiration… In With the New

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new3A beautiful new wave of uniques arrived at Tartooful today, and my goodness they are breathtaking.  I quickly made up a selection of subtle blues, using my own silvers just to show off the array of patterns and colours that Trollbeads’ talented artisans have created for us.  Here you’ll find delicate wisps of glittering glass, shimmering

new11bubbles, and impossibly sparkly cores peeking through complex swirls.  These are beads for the detail oriented.  They are petite, the same scale as the small and beautiful series from last year.  I have read some criticism of the series for that reason, but I personally disagree.  The production beads are for the most part of generous

new6proportions, so if large beads are desired they are certainly available, in abundance.  I think it’s wonderful to have a range of sizes to choose from.  In addition, having tried my hand at making lampwork beads myself, I know how very difficult it is to make tiny, detailed beads like these.  Large beads are much more forgiving, with

new5 lots of space and time to correct little issues.  Tiny ones with so much detailed pattern are a tour de force of skill that leaves me awestruck at the talent of the Trollbeads glass artisans.  To me, the petite scale of these beads is a big part of what makes them so very special.  Of course, the sheer beauty of them is very compelling, too….

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new12I will certainly be succumbing to one or two of these beauties for my own collection… the wispy spirographs are particularly tempting, with their subtle shade of blue, translucent glow, and rich sparkle among the strands of glass.  They are truly magical.  I can easily imagine using these to finish the ends of a bracelet, or possibly to

new10frame a Fantasy necklace composition that has been shortened to choker length.  I’m also thinking ahead to my daughters’ birthdays, as the small scale of these beads would suit their little bracelets perfectly.  (… and they fell in love with them at first sight!).  I was a little surprised when I began to see this series emerging in Europe, that they were only

new7available in groups of three, at $60 per bead.  We have opted to split up our kits so that our collectors may choose just the right bead, and we are charging only the usual price of CAD$45 per unique. 

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These little beauties are so newly arrived in the gallery that we have not had a chance in individually photograph them and put them into our online shop.  If you are interested in one of the beads you see here, or are looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to drop us a line at tartooful@gmail.com, or ring the gallery at 604.924.0122 and we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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All beads classic core uniques from Tartooful’s stock.

All silvers from Cathy’s personal collection.

C.