I adore this bracelet… everything about it appeals to me, from the soft and wearable palette, to the seductive glass and stones… to the rare, retired silvers that give it its rhythm. it’s wonderful!
This remarkable “Labradorite” feels to me like a keystone element of the bracelet. The brilliant, aqua flash in the stone is just stunning and perfectly sets the tone for the entire bracelet design. Tartooful customer RC has artfully picked up the colour refrain across the entire bracelet, but also utilized muted neutrals to maintain a calm, subtle and sophisticated palette. “Labradorite” is a perennial favorite for us at Tartooful and this design displays just how breathtaking this natural stone can be.
RC’s collection boasts some gorgeous, elusive designs… as this “Tourmalated Quartz” can testify. This stone was acquired by many serious collectors with a black & white design theme in mind. However, we’ve
found over time that it is most successfully deployed as a grey bead, in softer palettes, where its unique texture can stand out and be appreciated. In stark black and white designs it feels unsatisfyingly muddy, as it’s simply too organic. Here it shines among other greys, oysters, taupes, plums and delicate, celadon blue.
RC has chosen a few, perfectly on palette uniques to help gel the overall colour theme. The unique above features what we call “Beautiful blue” – not quite Tiffany, Turquoise or Bird’s Egg – as well as the most subtle imaginable plum. It beautifully ties together all the key colours. The unique at right nicely draws in the more olive tones that are found in the Labradorite and the glitters…
I love how RC’s plums are so understated and natural. This is not a purple bracelet. Note the iridescent haze of plum that shines on this Limited edition “Peacock Pearl”… the plum undertone in its neighbouring unique, and the hint of plum in her unusual specimen of “Blue Desert”.
It’s a wonderful reminder that fabulous beads can come from all parts of the Trollbeads collection – regular stock items often offer fascinating diversity of appearance. Each glass truly does show the hand of its artist maker.
Everyday design… but far from boring!
All beads from RC’s private collection.
I can’t sign off on this entry without mentioning the Limited Edition, Mint Jasper Stone bead. It’s a lovely creamy colour of celadon green, and, of course, very rare, desirable and elusive. Here RC places it near the center of the bracelet, where it can shine in the spotlight. The very green “Urchin” next to it basks in its glow!