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Trollbeads Inspiration: Gorgeous Plum

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IMG_7937Here’s an interesting thing…

there are some colours that I think I was born already loving: warm peachy pinks, soft aqua blue, butter yellow, periwinkle, slate grey… they are all shades that are so easy for me to combine and wear, and they always have been.  Let’s call them my “Love at First Sight” colours.

IMG_7933Then there’s those tones that for years I overlooked… This warm Plum is a perfect example of a colour that I had to get to know a little to appreciate.  For many years I regarded this shade of plum as a little too dull for my taste… but the transparent, opalescent glow of Trollbeads glass is too seductive to resist for long.

IMG_7938The release of the gorgeous Aurora series was the last straw – how could anyone resist those designs?!  As I played with the Auroras it all fell into place… “Ruby Rock” is the ideal centerpiece for a plum bracelet, and its neutral undertones suggest the complementary palette of warm grey.  Here I’ve framed the central stone with a pair of “Lotus Top” for extra emphasis.

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IMG_7935I’ve scattered in a few appropriate uniques, and used production beads such as “Retired Lilac Bud” and “White Petals” to repeat the warm plum colour through the length of the bracelet.  I was fortunate to find a “Trinity” that has a dichroic glass accent of a warm golden plum tone as well!  Finally I dotted neutral greys such as “Black Silk”, “Grey Prism” and “Blue Desert” throughout the design, to give a more sophisticated, urban finish to the design.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Lock”, “grey Prism”, “Unique”, “Blue Desert”, “Trinity”, Unique”, “Black Silk”, “Lilac Bud” (retired), “Trefoil Knot”, “White Petals”, “Lotus Top”, “Ruby Rock”, “Lotus Top”, “Unique”, “Jugend”, “Moonlight Bubbles”, “Unique”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Moroccan Cushion”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique”, “Black Silk”.

C.

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Plum Perfect

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Delicate, subtle and shimmering… the moonstone has fascinated since ancient times.  Trollbeads’ latest homage to this stone is one of the superstars of the Spring 2013 Trollbeads collection.

plum-perfect2“Beige Moonstone” has a warm taupe base of glass, with a clear top layer upon which float iridescent buds.  These dots may be expressed across a range of hues, including blue, violet, indigo, plum, pink and violet.  Some examples have huge, closely spaced dots and others are quite tiny and delicate.  They change according to the light..

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In this design, Cristi has used the Trollbeads bangle as a means of creating a simple bracelet which doesn’t overwhelm this delicate bead.  She paired the “beige Moonstone” with the transparent plum toned “White Petals”.  These two designs are wonderful together, as they are similarly ethereal in feel.  A single silver, “Swarm of Butterflies” anchors the center of the design, and gives it some graphic substance.

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Note the variations shown here between the two examples of each bead – this is what makes Trollbeads perpetually fascinating!  I like the way the dots of the moonstone and the dots of the butterflies nicely echo each other… and of course, the “White Petals” gracefully gestures towards the ends of the composition.

plum-perfectSimple, wearable and beautiful… very Troll, very Tartooful.

C