Trollbeads Inspiration: Faberge

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We were thrilled to welcome a new faceted stone to the Trollbeads collection this Spring…

faberge2The Dendritic Agate is proving to be a highly individual stone, with a huge range of expression and colour.  Essentially it’s a slate blue and creamy white stone with inclusions that look like tiny fern fronds.  We have had a few that had

faberge6lots of slate blue, with a only a few marblings of creamy white, but more of our recent arrivals have been primarily cream with only a few mysterious inclusions, peeking through the veil of the stone.  Of course, this is the fun of the natural stones, the vast range of

faberge7appearance makes them highly collectible and dangerously addictive!

Famed jeweller to the Belle Epoque Russian court, Peter Carl Faberge, used these subtle and beautiful stones in juxtaposition to the sparkle of cut diamonds.

faberge3Inspired by this idea, we decided to design a bracelet that did just that.  We chose the simplest, most sculptural silver beads as accents… this created more reflective surfaces, more facets, and more sparkle.  We added “The Diamond Bead, Black” both for stark black contrast, but also for it’s glittering stones floating in its clear depths.

faberge5“Blue Tigers Eye” is dark and sparkling…”Snowflake Obsidian” offers another organic touch of stone, and more black to create a rhythm of black and white.  The blossom in the heart of this “Desert Flower” feels like another touch of stone.

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After assembling all the monochrome elements, I felt like something was still missing… it just didn’t feel rich enough to be inspired by Faberge.  We reached for shimmering gold to give it a punch of luxe.  The “Crown Chakra” and “Silver Trace Gold” were the perfect additions, instantly adding a warmth and richness.

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The result is a simple bracelet design that feels classic, substantial, and highly wearable.  I could imagine reaching for this composition every day, whether wearing jeans & a white t-shirt, or the formality of a little black dress.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Plain Lock”, “Black Silk”, “Frames”, “Cream Armadillo”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Love Within”, “Diamond Bead, Black”, “Dendritic Agate”, “House”, “Blue Tigers Eye”, “Double Heart”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Diamond Bead, Black”, “Waves”, “Crown Chakra”, “Snowflake Obsidian”, “Desert Flower”.

C.