Trollbeads Inspiration: Pale & Pretty Stones

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Today’s bracelet reveals the soft and pretty side of the new Summer Stones…

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IMG_1051With buttery yellow, the softest pink, and sage green this bracelet is a frosted treat.  It puts me in mind of velvety Lamb’s Ears blooming pinkly in the late Spring Garden, printed cotton sundresses, and fragrant woolly thyme.  Just as in nature, this faded sage green pairs beautifully with sunbleached pinks, yellows and blues.

IMG_1045This barely-there-blue bubble unique is a perfect companion to the retired “Light Blue Shadow” and shimmering light blue unique flower that are dotted about the bracelet.  This icy blue is picked up again in the depths of the labradorite, and is an ideal foil to the other light as air colours of the bracelet’s palette.

IMG_1044One of the intriguing effects of the clear, shimmering glass is that it reflects the colours of its neighbouring beads.  The combination creates the illusion of colours on the bracelet that aren’t actually present.  The sage green that appears in the depths of  this clear, lemon-yellow amber is really a reflection of the blue on either side.

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IMG_1046Isn’t this colour wonderful?  It’s like pink flowers floating in champagne.  I wanted a warm pink in this composition, rather than one with a cool undertone, so I selected the apricot coloured “Pink Prism” for one end.  Warm pinks are hard to find in the regular collection glass, so I paired it with Rose Quartz and this glowing unique.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Lock”, “Grey Prism”, “Universal Unique”, “Labradorite”, “Sweater”, “Light Blue Shadow”, “Unique Amber”, “Universal Unique”, “Chinese Zodiac Limited Edition”, “Green Rhyolite”, “Rose Quartz”, “Universal Unique”, “Paradise Birds”, “Universal Unique”, “Universal Unique”, “Universal Unique”, “Water”, “Universal Unique”, “Canadian Jade”, “Pink Prism”.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Cool Summer Stones

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IMG_1023This bracelet shows how easy it is to create something amazing with the new Trollbeads Summer Stones…

Here the Amethyst and Dalmatian Jasper take center stage, and set a cool, urban tone.  With multiples of both the Amethyst and Dalmatian Jasper, it’s a welcome opportunity to compare the colours and textures of each stone.  What we have seen so far is that the Amethyst is highly individual, with huge variety of depth of tone and clarity.  The Dalmatian Jasper varies in its pattern, but its colour is thus far quite consistent.

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I like this bracelet… I’d definitely wear it.  Apart from that, what I find intriguing about this composition is that it’s one of those neutral “bases” that one could swiftly and easily redesign with almost any pop of colour… Imagine this:  remove all seven of the purple beads, and replace them with half a dozen brilliant emerald green… or turquoise…. or even mod yellow.  Six beads is only one design kit – so easy!

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One final aside… I think in my head I’m calling the “Dalmatian Jasper” the “Teemo Jasper”… have you met our artfully speckled dog?

C.

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