Our neighbours to the South are fortunate to be the most recent stop on the Trollbeads World Tour! Announced this week are four new beads that will be available for sale only in the USA… Trollbeads says,“Visit a welcoming land filled with diversity, love and the pursuit of happiness. A place where one can experience energetic cities that never sleep and peacefulness of golden deserts of the old west. And visit the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., home of the iconic White House, where history is made!”
The “Pursuit of Happiness” bead is available in both silver and silver& gold versions, and is sure to be a popular choice… it’s reminiscent of the glass smiley beads that Trollbeads released a few years ago. The “White House” is a powerful symbol for the US, but rocked as it has been by political scandal over the last few decades, it’s not a bead I would particularly want on my bracelet. I can see the appeal of the “Old West” cowskull bead, especially if one called the Western States home, or even if one was on holiday in that area. However, the real star of this collection has to be the “Star Spangled Bead”, with it’s crisp red and white stripes, and perfect little white stars dropped onto each bud, it’s dramatic and a fun interpretation of the iconic US flag.
Hey Trollbeads! How about a Canadian stop next time around?! (Everybody likes Canadians, right?) Trollbeads has already put a few good Northern images in the collection – the “Ice Bear” is very Canadian, and “Jasper” is a spot to visit for any tourist to the Canadian Rockies. “Labradorite” is named for the Canadian Province of Labrador… But what kind of images would we like to see in a new Canadian collection? Perhaps a gorgeous glass that evokes the Northern Lights? Perhaps an intricately wrought Maple Leaf in silver? Perhaps one of our distinct animals – a moose, beaver, polar bear, Canada goose or loon… Or maybe an amazing blue glass (think “Earth” – but blue!) that pays tribute to the three oceans that border our land… and of course, one can’t forget the national sport of hockey? This last idea would have to be handled verrrry carefully to avoid being silly.