Recently we had the privilege of meeting JR, a lovely lady with a quick sense of humour and great perspective on life. She’s a long time Trollie who had already built a gorgeous collection of beads. It’s rare for us to come across a collection in full swing – usually we are involved from the beginning, and see it grow over time! This particular collection began quite a few years ago, and went on hiatus when her local dealer had to close, so there are very few newer beads in the group, and a great many lovely and rare, retired designs.
Over the next few days we’ll explore her extraordinary collection, an education in Troll history which is a little like visiting the virtual Trollbeads Museum.
“Clown” (introduced 2002, retired 2008) and “Apple Green Bud” (introduced 2004, retired 2006).
Today we’re going to take a peek at a bracelet that the collector composed, inspired by a legendary “Vogue” design. It truly is a dream bracelet, boasting multiples of hard to find, retired beauties.
“Fur Dot” (introduced 2005, retired 2008), “Grey Armadillo” (introduced 2005 retired 2008), “Waterlilies”(see above), “Green Dot” (introduced 2006 retired 2008).
“Green Dot” (see above), “Quatre” (introduced 1976 retired 2000), “Grey Armadillo” (see above).
Many of the beads featured on this soft and pretty bracelet are ones that Tartooful insiders covet – you’ll find “Grey Armadillo” on both Cristi’s and my bracelet, and it’s one that many of us wish was still in the regular collection. The bead designs that repeat on this bracelet add a lovely rhythm to the composition, and as always each example has it’s own, distinct personality. The “Fur Dot”, in particular is expressed very differently from one example to another…
Clockwise from clasp: “Pearl Lock”, “Heart Stopper” (retired), “Chai Bud” (retired), “Green Dot” (retired), “Waterlily” (retired), “Grey Armadillo” (retired), “Fur Dot” (retired), “Three Siblings”, “Apple Green Bud” (retired), “Clown” (retired), “Fur Dot” (retired), “Grey Armadillo” (retired), “Quatre” (retired), “Green Dot” (retired), “Chai Bud” (retired), “Heart Stopper” (retired).
Out of all the amazing retired beads on this bracelet, possibly the most exciting, and rare is one of the most unassuming little beads in the composition. Notice tiny “Quatre”, nestled between the “Grey Armadillo and the “Green Dot” on the left side of the bracelet. This is a bead that neither Cristi or I had ever heard of, much less seen. It was one of the original Trollbeads designs, introduced in the very first year, 1976! What a treat to be able to see it on this fascinating bracelet.
Despite its wealth of elusive and retired bead designs, this bracelet is highly wearable. With its fresh, aqua and ivory colour theme it’s perfect for this time of year, and is even complemented by the 2012 Spring collection colours beautifully. Like all Troll, it has worn gracefully and is in like-new condition, making it much more than a Trollbeads museum piece – it’s a beloved piece of personal jewellery that can be worn and enjoyed everyday.
Stay tuned for more of JR’s amazing collection…