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Like Honey for the Eyes…

IMG_0845We are just starting to really explore all the possibilities of the Autumn collection designs… and one of the most distinct new items is of course, the “Feldspar Moonstone”.  I have seen some absolutely wonderful designs online that play this warm pink moonstone off Labradorites, and pairing it with the new garnet tones makes for a marvelously rich palette.

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IMG_0847However, the arrival of a little floral unique inspired this apricot and honey combination, and I am in love.  It’s a beautiful bead, with textured flowers in a warm lilac tone sprinkled across a clear, honey coloured glass base.  The light shines through the bead, and reflects out again off the silver core, making the whole thing seem to glow from within.  This unique led the way, and in no time I had played together a fresh combination of subtle lilac, warm apricot and clear golden ambers and glass.  So warm, so sweet and so natural, it’s just a pleasure to see.

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I wanted the delicious colours of this bracelet to take center stage, so I intentionally kept the silvers calm and simple.  They reflect the light, and quietly shimmer along with the ambers.

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A few regular collection glass play a critical role in providing a complementary, warm lilac note.  This “Purple Flower Mosaic” has two pink dichroic glass accents, as well as one golden one.  It’s a perfect choice for this bracelet.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Unique Amber”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Starry Night”, “Luminous Facet”, “Power of Hope”, “Amber Violets”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Unique Amber”, “Feldspar Moonstone”, “Unique Amber”, “Soft Heart”, “Unique Glass”, “Power of Hope”, “Golden Quartz”, “Endless”, Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Pink Prism”.

C.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Plum Perfect

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Delicate, subtle and shimmering… the moonstone has fascinated since ancient times.  Trollbeads’ latest homage to this stone is one of the superstars of the Spring 2013 Trollbeads collection.

plum-perfect2“Beige Moonstone” has a warm taupe base of glass, with a clear top layer upon which float iridescent buds.  These dots may be expressed across a range of hues, including blue, violet, indigo, plum, pink and violet.  Some examples have huge, closely spaced dots and others are quite tiny and delicate.  They change according to the light..

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In this design, Cristi has used the Trollbeads bangle as a means of creating a simple bracelet which doesn’t overwhelm this delicate bead.  She paired the “beige Moonstone” with the transparent plum toned “White Petals”.  These two designs are wonderful together, as they are similarly ethereal in feel.  A single silver, “Swarm of Butterflies” anchors the center of the design, and gives it some graphic substance.

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Note the variations shown here between the two examples of each bead – this is what makes Trollbeads perpetually fascinating!  I like the way the dots of the moonstone and the dots of the butterflies nicely echo each other… and of course, the “White Petals” gracefully gestures towards the ends of the composition.

plum-perfectSimple, wearable and beautiful… very Troll, very Tartooful.

C