Trollbeads Inspiration: Sunlight Ribbon

This time of year, there’s a magical time of night when the sunset is reflected back by the glass towers across the harbour… it creates the illusion of a double sunset, with pink and golden light all around that softens the cold water to a warm chambray blue.  The ribbon of light stretches under the delicate span of the Lions Gate Bridge all the way to Ambleside.  This phenomenon only happens for a short time, before the sun shifts in the sky again and it’s gone until next Summer…

(Quick, better design a bracelet!)

This bracelet is lighter than the colours captured in the photograph… but it *feels* right to me.  The bubble of joy that the moment creates needed a light filled, homage to summer – and this shimmering composition is the result.

Of course, the key element is the ribbon of golden light, which is beautifully represented by “Light Blue Gold’.  This group two bead has a soft blue base with a rich band of gold leaf suspended in crystal clear glass… I love Trollbeads’ description:

“In the sunlit pastel blue ocean, stretches a river of the purest gold, as if Neptune had swam by.”


I couldn’t resist adding this spectacular bead… “Happy Universe” is one of my favorite gold and silver beads.  Designed by Soren Nielsen, it shows classic Trollbeads attention to detail, with wonderful character written on the faces of the sun and moon, and even joyful little stars scattered around the perimeter.  That would be reason enough to include this bead… but the description is the clincher:

“We live in an incredible place, and the Sun, the Moon and all the stars on this bead smile on us. Wear your own smile along with this bead to add even more joy.”

I reached for sparkling, summer-blue glass such as “Light Blue Stripe”, as well as suitably themed silvers to complete the bracelet.  Here you see the “Mermaid”, but I also added “Pisces”, which is simply a wonderful fish design, much too lovely to be considered only a zodiac.

I picked “Love Spoons” from the UK World Tour Collection for the knotwork patterning on its verso… It reminds me of the swirling waters at the mouth of the Capilano river, where the freshwater meets the salt.  I added the “Diamond Bead, White” to echo the sparkling tips of the waves as they catch the last rays of sun.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Double Lobster Lock”, “Pisces”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac 2012”, “Unique”, “Diamond Bead, White”, “Love Spoons” (UK World Tour), “Light Blue Gold”, “Happy Universe”, “Crown Chakra”, “Love Spoons”, “Universal Unique”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac 2012”, “Light Blue Stripe”, “Mermaid”.

See you at the beach…


Trollbeads Inspiration: Moon Blues

I adore colours that are hard to describe:  subtle shades that change in different lights and surprise you in their ability to complement each other.  The range of blues in this bracelet are the tricky ones in the collection – the ones that defy easy description and have all the more allure for it.

“Cool Dusk” is now a classic design, but when it first entered the collection, it made waves… with it’s unusual, organic form, shimmering layers of colour and tricky mid-tone blue it does not easily match the other blues of Trollbeads.  The layers of yellow and blue have a near opalescent effect that is dramatically different in different lights.

“Wildcat” is always surprising:  it works with so very many colours, balancing neatly between browns, greys, green, golds and blues.  It offers the solution to marrying so many of these tricky colours, negotiating a graceful truce between the grey of the “Labradorite”, the shimmering “Cool Dusk” and the chambray blue of the Unique pictured at left.  Here, as is often the case, we’ve reached for a Unique to continue our unusual, moon blue theme.

The extraordinary range of unusual colours in the Unique collections allows one to choose from an enormous range and create a very personal palette.

Here we’ve placed a Limited Edition between two violet dichroic glass, bringing out the surprisingly violet accents in its design…

Clockwise from clasp:  “Dichroic Flower Clasp”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2011 (retired)”, “Carved Flowers”, “Beach”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac 2012 (retired)”, “Cloud Flowers”, “Jugend”, “Labradorite”, “Cool Dusk”, “Triple Pearl, Black” (sold), “Chalcedony (retired)”, “Wildcat (retired)”, “Paradise Birds”, “Unique”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac 2012 (retired)”, “Antique Flower”, “Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac 2012 (retired)”, “Light Blue Shadow (retired)”.


Trollbunny News: The Hunt is On!

Welcome to the very First, Annual Tartooful Trollbunny Hunt!

We’ve hatched a plan to have a little fun this Easter.  (and abuse every possible bunny and egg joke…) This game will tickle your noggin with clues, and take you to visit five friendly, Edgemont Village businesses to receive each clue along the way.

Follow the clues, one by one to receive a special code at the final stop… bring the code to Tartooful to be entered in a draw to receive a free Trollbeads Easter Egg!  We’ll make the draw at 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 7th, so be sure to have your name in our Bunny basket before then!

You can find the first clue in store at Tartooful, or online at

(get cracking!  Sorry couldn’t resist.)


Trollbeads 2012 Retirements: Part II

In part II today we present the retiring Trollbeads silvers, locks and pendants of 2012. We’ll be very sad to see some of these go – the Juggler is close to my heart, and I must scoop an “Etruscan” before they are all gone, as I’ve always loved that silver.

So often we prioritize the purchase of glass and put off silver – after all, if we fall in love with a particular glass bead it’s important to add it to one’s collection.  Each glass is so individual that we may never again see one just exactly like it!  The silvers are more consistent in appearance, so we tend to think – “oh, I’ll pick it up next time…”.  In the wake of the retirements announcement there may not be a next time for these beads, so if there is one you really love please let us know and we’ll order one for you as soon as posssible.

It’s a very busy month for Trollbeads – up next, all the details on the new, Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac beads!