Right away we can see that the new collection is going to be wonderfully adaptable, and will find its way onto all different sorts of compositions. At first glance the new “Purple Heaven” series seems intense, brilliant and ready to be paired with acid greens or brilliant scarlets. Observe the warm claret glowing through the violet in “Aurora Flower” – it’s easy to see its relationship with the design of the original “Aurora” bead. However, after a little play we found the softer side of these beads to be just as compelling.
The bead shown at right is “Moonlight Bubbles”. It’s appearance at Tartooful is very different from the stock photo from Trollbeads, which suggests that this bead will likely have a wide variety of appearances. Our first run of beads are so beautiful… softly transparent, with hints of coral, lavender and periwinkle blue.
Ivory has been the neutral colour of choice for our discerning collectors over the past year, which has left many of us scrambling to find those rare retired or unique beads to provide enough touches of warm white. We are delighted that the Autumn Collection presents us with two new glass with shimmering antique white backgrounds.
“Ivory Violet” is creamy white, with with floating dots of opaque white on which are executed tiny violets in shades that range from lilac to pale blue. The shadows cast by the dots adds an extra dimension of interest to this sweet bead. We’ve paired it here with some of the new silver series which offers a different flower for each month.
Each silver flower is enhanced with a tiny seed pearl that is artfully tucked into a bud, blossom or leaf tendril. The rose will be particularly welcome for those collectors who have been itching to add the “Rose Pendant” to a bracelet but who found it to be just a little too big. The second ivory toned bead is shown here…
It’s “Purple Rippling Bubbles”. This is one of the first beads that I will personally want to add to my collection. The abstract pattern, thick, magnifying layer of clear glass, and delicious subtle colour all combine for a truly beautiful bead.
The two engraved glass beads in the collection are a fresh design for Trollbeads, and can add a lovely textural note to a composition. I look forward to playing more with these beads to see how they perform with various colours and composition approaches. I have a feeling that the “Engraved Azure” will marry light and dark blues together beautifully, and that the “Engraved Fuschia” will play the same role for pinks and purples.
Clockwise from clasp: “Water Clasp”, “Moonlight Bubbles”, “Daisy of April”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Engraved Fuschia”, “Ivory Violet”, “Rose of June”, “Aurora Stripe”, “Sapphire”, “Triple Pearl Black”, “Engraved Azure”, “Aurora Stripe”, “Daffodil of March”, “Ivory Flower”, “Engraved Fuschia”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Calendula of October”, “Aurora Flower”.
There are two new superstars on this bracelet that I haven’t even mentioned… the “Water Lock” is a winner, with beautiful fluid lines that are reminiscent of art nouveau design. Most importantly, it is very comfortable to wear, and offers ease of use as it has a smooth finish, but remains simple to open and close.
Finally, the sapphire is absolutely lovely. It has a wide range of expression, with some examples being dark and relatively clear with little hints of sparkle.. others are lighter in some areas with grey or even periwinkle. I’m sure the darker ones are technically better, but I think that I might like the softer ones better – but that’s personal taste. We even found one with some warm hints of sand on one side, that would look amazing on a natural tones bracelet with some of the Summer Stones. Think of the sapphire as being like blue jeans… it’s going to come in every shade of blue, and it’s so useful that you’re going to want more than one kind.
Looking forward to seeing lots of you over the next couple of days… and of course don’t forget that we are having our Glass Artist Event next Friday the 13th. It’s your lucky day – we’ve just heard that we’re going to have a huge selection of brand new uniques in the store just for the event, as well as trunk show levels of regular stock and special event promotions. So exciting! Be sure to make time to come out to browse our Troll goodies and see just how the glass artists at Trollbeads make our tiny treasures.