Trollbeads Inspiration: The K Bracelet

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“All men have the stars.. but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all these stars are silent. You–you alone–will have the stars as no one else has them..”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

IMG_0341We’ve seen the extraordinary “Happy Universe” 18k gold and silver bead used in many different types of composition, but perhaps nowhere so effectively as here, on KT’s very first bracelet.  This stunning bracelet is a work of love, having been designed, redesigned, tweaked and adjusted over many months.

IMG_0337She has carefully chosen outstanding examples of lots of desirable beads, including this boldly included “Tourmalated Quartz”, shown at right.  The center three beads of this design – “Happy Universe”, “Tourmalated Quartz”, and “African Pride” –  are so dramatic and graphic, that they promise a strong composition.

IMG_0342Did I mention there’s a Rhinoceros?  Unquestionably, strong.

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IMG_0332A monochrome bracelet of stark black and white might have been the easy and classic method of designing around the bold center beads… however,  KT made this design all her own by surrounding them instead with a a palette of glorious colour.

IMG_0333Subtle yet rich hues of ruby, olive, chestnut, copper and teal are sophisticated and vibrant.  It’s an unexpected blend of colours that somehow sings beautifully together.  Every bead has something wonderful about it… the Labradorite features a bright lilac flash – the only one that we have ever seen.  The Azure and Organic bubbles are deeply dimpled and show an astonishing range of colours.  The Blue Desert is a lovely bright aqua, and has lots of rose gold sparkle…

IMG_0335Perhaps in the end its the complexity of the Bubbles designs that allows them all to work together.  There are simply so many shades and tones within each of them, that they are forgiving of colours at the edge of the palette, and bring them all into the fold.  Notice how this Azure Bubbles plays with both the Lake Eye and the pop of ruby behind.

Of all KT’s lovely bracelets, this one speaks most strongly to me of *her*.  It is the bracelet’s rare beauty, and haunting palette, naturally – but more than that, it is so very individual.  From each single bead, to the very unexpected way that they are designed, this bracelet could only have been made by KT.

C.

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Trollbeads Gold & Silver

In the wake of recent price changes (- mostly for the better, hurray!) I’ve been reaquainting myself with the whole Trollbeads collection.  I’m struck by the number of beautiful beads that are expressed in both silver and 18k gold, and am so inspired by the idea of a bracelet design that plays with both styles of bead.

This bracelet design includes: “Mexico Lock, gold”, “Small Berry, Silver”, “Lucky Knot, gold”, “Heart, silver”, “Endless, gold”, “Stars”, “Happy Universe”, “Yes! Bead”, “Endless, silver”, “Heart, gold”, “Lucky Knot, silver”, “Small Berry, gold”.

C.