Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 7


Today I was craving the inky blues that are everywhere this season…


IMG_5617we saw a tiny wave of uniques in this subtle navy tone very early in the year and were dismayed when they vanished after only one precious batch.  Now that we’ve seen the 2014 Summer limited edition series of glass in the same colour family we understand that those early uniques were simply a hint of what was to come!


IMG_5619I didn’t think I had enough navy in my collection to put together an entire bracelet composition, but somehow I managed to stretch those few beads, sprinkling them through the length of the bracelet and scattering them among silvers as well as neutral creams and whites.  After the challenge last year, deep blues were one of the colours I felt I was lacking.

IMG_5622Fortunately, over the past year the artisans at Troll have created an array of stunning Blue Deserts and Azure Bubbles that were completely and totally irresistible.  Add to that a Sapphire and a nice little unique meteor and my family of deep blues expanded just enough to streeeetch and fill a bracelet.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”, “Unique”, “Sparrow” (retired), “Azure Bubbles”, “Auspicious”, “White Steel”, “Shortcut” (retired), “Blue Desert”, “Sapphire”, “Blue Desert”, “Spot” (retired), “Mountain Crystal” (Switzerland World Tour), “Kimono Series Limited Edition”, “Jugend”, “Unique”, “Petanque” (retired), “Brown Dot” (retired), “Limited Edition Peacock Pearl”.



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: Navy is the New Navy


new-navy3Does Navy ever really go out of style?  There cannot be any other colour that is perennially trotted out as being the fresh, new “it” colour soloution the way navy always seems to be.  You’ll find it paired with classic black right now…

new-navy-waveIn crisp nautical stripes of navy and white, or bone for Summer… and look for it with complementary tones of vicuna, chestnut or 80’s redux mustard for Autumn.  When the holidays hit, the most sophisticated sheaths this year were just one note

new-navy1off-black towards navy.  It’s really nothing new, it was a standard in my Mother’s classic wardrobe, and in my chic Grandmother’s before that.  It ought to be such a “buttoned down” colour – think navy business suits, militaria and school uniforms… isn’t it amazing that it somehow avoids being pidgeonholed as such and feels fresh each season?

new-navyStill Fresh.