Trollbeads with a Twist is a category we have had on Trollbeads Gallery for about 2 years. It’s a sleeper of a category but when someone discovers it they become “twist” fan and will continue to check in to see if I’ve added something new. The listings are not plentiful but I try to always offer you beads to choose from! What is Trollbeads with a Twist?
Trollbeads with a Twist is just as it sounds. Here you will find standard glass beads and stone beads from the Trollbeads line that are in some way unique from the bead as it is usually offered. This is due to the fact that every Trollbead is made by hand and there is bound to be differences. With working with customers purchasing Trollbeads in my gallery I discovered that there are those collectors who love to seek out the unusual beads. We all search for that special something that speaks to us whether it’s a color or a theme but when you’re hunting for beads that are somewhat “off” from what they are meant to be the discovery is all that much more rewarding. With this in mind I was wondering how I could offer this experience for people who don’t have local Trollbeads retailers. There are many collectors who only have the opportunity to buy Trollbeads on line and that is when “Trollbeads With a Twist” came in to being. Through the years I have had some great offerings in this category and I am sure to have many more. I also include retired Trollbeads but many times this is merely so my customers can actually see the retired bead before they purchase it.
If you are wondering why I don’t offer more beads in this category it is because there are only some beads that come in with a unique look or that vary at all in their appearance. Think about your collection of standard glass beads, not including your unique beads, and think about the beads you love the most and I’ll bet they are the beads that vary from bead to bead. Don’t get me wrong as there are many stunning beads that don’t vary but for me it’s the ones that do I feel closer to. It's the thrill of finding the perfect bead. Some of our all time favorites are Azure Bubbles, Blue Desert, Organic Bubbles, Wildcat and of course the Armadillos. The numbers next to each of the Twist listings refer to the number of beads I have listed here and when Azure Bubbles got up to the 80’s I started over again! Blue Desert is always a fun one because there are so many features that can be unique to it. Sometimes it is green, sometimes pinkish red with the blue. The level of the “glitter” within the Desert beads is good to check for also. The Wildcat is now retired but in its day I had versions that included ones with a heavy presence of black, some with more green, some with more blue and some with more of a brown presence. The Feather beads are also great beads to keep your eye on! The Red Feather and the Blue Green feather are retired but I still list them as I made sure I had plenty in stock when they were retired. The “feathers” in each bead can come out in so many style from a calm “combed” look to a crazy “teased” look.
Another very important distinction between beads is the size. Some beads can come in a whole range from tiny to huge and collectors tend to hunt out their preferred size when given the choice.
Below is a list of Trollbeads that make great twist beads that are currently in the line!
1. Azure Bubbles-the queen of Twist Beads! Some collectors have made bracelets of just this bead!
2. Blue Desert-so many great versions.
3. Organic Bubbles-varieties are not as plentiful as they are in the Azure Bubbles but still can be found.
4. Florence and Milan-always fun beads to check out for the varying bumps and tones.
5. Fireflies – once you start looking at this bead you will see how the wings change.
6. Milky way - a nice variety of silver particles in each bead.
7. Silver Mountain and Golden Cave-always varies in so many great ways.
8. Chakra Colors and any of the Chakra beads as the gold banding can vary.
9. Cozy –love the variety of black lines within the bead.
10. Whitecap-This bead is a great twist bead! Although a blue and green bead it can also have pink!
11. Moon Ocean-some can have a coating of mirror glass and can be light blue or dark blue.
12. Faceted Stones as these are natural and differ from stone to stone. My favorite one is the Golden Quartz because there is a wide variety from dark to very light!
Great Twist Retired Trollbeads
- Wildcat - A wide variety of tones
- Grey Wolf - Came in wide variety from wild and wooly to thin calm lines.
- Orange and Green Armadillo - So many tones!
- Clear Brown Braid- So many unique types of braids.
- Clear Blue Braid- Again this bead seems to have a variety of braids.
- Issy - The orange whisps of glass varied in depth and in tone.
- Twisted Bud - So many kinds of twists!
- Fur Animal- Again with fine details they can vary.
- Red Feather and Blue Green Feather - our personal favorite.
- Aventurine - as this was another stone bead that came in a variety of colors from very dark green with sparkly inclusions to a very light green.
If you check my Trollbeads with a Twist and see a bead you love sold just remember I am always adding new beads so keep checking back!
Here is a perfect example of a "Twist Trollbead" yes. this is a Turquoise Prism! Usually the bead has a soft flow of purple going through the bead but this one the purple ended up on one half and the turquoise is on the other!
From May 1st to May 12th Trollbeads Gallery will be offering you a free unique bead when you spend $99 on our website! You can go directly to our Unique bead offerings by clicking on this link: Trollbeads Gallery Unique Beads.
Trollbeads is offering this to Celebrate Mother's Day! Thank you Trollbeads!
To follow Trollbeads guidelines you may only receive one free bead at a time so if you spend $99 (and slightly over) you can chose one free unique bead but to receive more than one bead free you need to place multiple orders! In other words if you intend to spend $300 (or more) you can get 3 free Unique beads but you have to do it in 3 separate transactions. To receive the free Unique bead just add it to your cart and as you are checking out simply type in Free Unique Bead in the "Coupon Code" box. If by any chance you find a unique bead that is higher than the $45.00, which is the average unique bead cost, your invoice will show the $45.00 credit only.
I will be adding Unique beads every day as usual so keep checking back as the days go by!
You may want to go through our popular "Twins and Trios" category were we list unique beads in twos and in threes. Four of the kits are shown above. Like my regular unique bead offerings I try to add new kits daily. Many people like to have matching glass beads to wear on either side of a silver bead on the Trollbeads Bangle bracelet and the trios are great because we match 3 beads for you so there is not so much guessing if you are worried about your ability to match on-line!
Build You Own Trollbeads Bracelet Contest!
Another new program brought to you from Trollbeads!
This is very simple! All you have to do is visit:
TrollbeadsUniverse.com/What's-New page and fill out an entry form. That's it! Enjoy the deep wealth of the site while you are there. The Trollbeads Museum is fascinating and there is a wealth of information for you.
Last day to enter is 5-12-13 and there is no purchase necessary. Check back to the same site for the results!
From Trollbeads Universe:
Build Your Own bracelet ($500 value) or Start Your Story Bracelet ($99 value)!
Two winners will be selected and announced the week of June 3rd.
GRAND PRIZE: BUILD YOUR OWN BRACELET - $500 VALUE
RUNNER UP PRIZE: START YOUR STORY BRACELET - $99 VALUE
Good luck and enjoy :)
No purchase necessary!
Please note that the blog has been changed to reflect the "future" date of this release. We had jumped the gun on this release believing it was April 1st!
On April 19th Trollbeads will introduce a brand new collection of jewelry by Mette Saabye. Mette has been one of Trollbeads bead designers for many years and in this introduction Trollbeads gives us a whole new direction of jewelry!
Like many of the Trollbeads designers Mette is an artist and jewelry designer her in own right and has her own avid collectors. They visit her here at her studio and follow her jewelry through her shows at galleries and museums. Many of her pieces are considered avant garde and extremely artful and for the first time she has designed a group of "Elderberry Designs" jewelry including rings, a brooch and earrings for Trollbeads to include in their line.
Her fresh designs and fresh attitude is probably what attracted Lise Aagaard to Mette from the beginning. Mette has a style that is all her own and with the jewelry just released we can see how Lise was attracted to her artistry and flair. It's easy to see Mette's personality in her designs and if you've been lucky enough to ever meet her you can see her warm smile come shining through the flowers in these new pieces she has so painstakingly created.
The new Mette Saabye Trollbeads jewelry collection consists of eight pieces with half of the pieces being her stylish rings. The will be offered in five sizes. The other rings offered are a smaller scale. My favorite of all the pieces are the earrings which range in size and in style. There is even a pair of clips offered and let me tell you if you don't have your ears pierced it is very difficult to find clips these days! The most simple of the earsticks otherwise known as posts and are quite affordable and very sweet with one flower. The larger pair offered have a "bunch" of three flowers and each flower has a 18K gold center. This is my favorite pair and one I will purchase for my own use. The largest pair are the ear clips and are called "Elderflowers Earclips". This is a grouping of six flowers around a center flower and all of these flowers have the 18K gold center also. Earrings this size are always very flattering and the clips allow the larger earrings to sit on your ear in the best position regardless if your ears are pierced or not. To see the whole collecton visit Trollbeads Gallery on April 19!
The creme de la creme is the Elderflowers Brooch! A stylish statement piece that many of our wardrobes are missing! The brooch is over two inches in diameter and looks like a bed of "sweet william" flowers, growing altogether. It is quite dramatic and beautiful. The photo below is a Trollbeads model wearing Mette's pieces. I am sure we would all look as beautiful if we were to wear the pieces as well...but isn't the brooch stunning? Congratulations to Mette for having her designs selected and thank you to Lise at Trollbeads for stepping outside of the "bead" box to produce this line.
A while ago I was very fortunate to travel to Denmark to work on a project and had the privilege of visiting Mette in her own studio in Copenhagen. I have to tell you she is just as lovely in person as she is in her photographs. Mette's studio is tiny and magical with walls finished in gold leaf making the studio seem like a gem itself. When you are in it you feel like you're in a special treasure box surrounded by fascinating jewelry created by Mette and a small selection of other very talented jewelry designers. Behind the viewing area there is a small design and workroom where Mette and her assistant work with complete with all the jewelry tools you can imagine. It was so much fun to see it all - the beauty of the front and functionality of the workshop.
When you see the jewelry created by Trollbeads designers I think it's fascinating to see if you can discover what of their style or themes come out in the Trollbeads they have designed. If you have the Coffee Table Trollbeads book you have already been able to see this but being in Mette's studio was a special treat for me trying to see the relationship between her own jewelry pieces and the that of her bead designs for Trollbeads.
The special photos below were taken on my visit. You can see from the outside view just how dear the studio is and how it was decorated for the holidays. Below the outside view is a photo of her studio and the jewelry cases next to a photo of Mette laughing and enjoying herself.
Event: Trollbeads Gallery Trunk Show
When: April 25 - April 29, 2013
Where: Trollbeads Gallery & Rogers Gallery
Why: To save you money!
How: Call our Toll Free Number
Place your order on line and simply state in the "notes" section the Trollbeads you would like free!
In other words you pay for the first 3 and the 4th bead (which needs to be equal to or less then the beads you are buying) will be free and this is the bead you write into the note section.
Now is the time to start your list of all those new Trollbeads you've been wanting to get! Why? Because Trollbeads Gallery is having their Mother's Day Trunk Show on April 25th,26th,27th and 29th! You can buy any 3 Trollbeads and receive the 4th bead free!* Not only that we are also offering Free Gifts with Purchase on two purchase levels.* The Trunk Shows are the only time we are permitted to offer our customers the specials we are offering now. So please take advantage of it!
This is an event many collectors look forward to so they can purchase any new beads or even the beads they still need to catch up on while enjoying considerable savings and getting great free gifts!
We've been hosting Trunk Shows for years and years and it's a happy time for all of us here at Trollbeads Gallery and Rogers Gallery so get in the swing of things and check out our website to start your list! Trollbeads Gallery.
We would suggest you look at the following categories just to wet your whistle while we sharpen our pencils! There are too many categories to mention but surf around and look at all of our offerings!
Trollbeads Retired Beads: We have always been known to offer the most varied and most in-depth selection of retired beads...but as Trollbeads increases in popularity we are finding our stocks are dwindling and once a Trollbead has been retired it is gone! The more current the retirement the better the availability but the older ones are definitely low in stock!
New Trollbeads: The most recent release "The 2013 Spring Trollbeads" is one of the all time best ever. Especially if you happen to love the beach...and the various beach themes. The "Happy Summer" Kit below is just a sampling of two new glas bead kits from Trollbeads. Each of the beads below create stunning bracelets when used with other Trollbeads. Bleow you can see a few of the "Happy Summer" glass beads along with the best selling Big Butterfly. We adore the Big Butterfly on the new Bangle Bracelet also. The Bangle Bracelet is highlighted in the photo above with unique Heart Trollbeads and the new Swarm of Butterflies.
The newest 2 Faceted Stone beads to join the line are Ruby Rock which was released with the Mother's Day Release and the very popular Agate Dendritic which is to the left of the Big Butterfly on the bracelet shown above! This bead is a nice neutral bead in whites and greys and can be used with so many other beads. The stone beads are so popular because the facets always catch the light, as you can see it does above, and catches your eye at the same time!
The Deals and Steals!:
Purchase any 3 Trollbeads receive 4th Free!
Receive a gift of the New Stackable Travel Case for Orders over $250 (shown below)
Receive above gift and a gift of one of the following rare Retired Trollbeads* for orders over $550
*Two Trolls, Mink, King and Queen,The Elf Bead, Zig Zag, Eight Faces, White Pearl Drop,
Pink Pearl Drop, Black Pearl Drop
*(while supplies last)
As an Authorized Dealer of Trollbeads I have a stake in stating the case of why not to buy your Trollbeads on Ebay. Obviously I want to protect the brand but my somewhat biased position does not overstate the fact there will always be scams by sellers offering "authentic" Trollbeads which are not Trollbeads. This is a buyer beware for the new collectors. I will repeat throughout while there are reputable sellers on Ebay but these are not the sellers I am referring to. If you have been following my blog or my posts on Trollbeads Gallery Forum you know where I stand. I offer up what information I receive for you (the collector) to take in and do what you want with. It seems I send these warnings out every couple of years to keep the newer of the dedicated collectors in the loop.
Forgive me my strong mindedness on this issue but I've been a dedicated dealer for a very long time, I have a strong connection to the Trollbeads company/family and to Trollbeads collectors around the world. For these reasons I feel it is my duty to warn collectors about counterfeit beads. Thousands of these beads have sold and continue to sell and with each bead sold there is one more chance that your collection can become less valuable. It doesn't even matter if you own a counterfeit bead or not. History has shown brands that are counterfeited are ultimately negatively affected. Why else do brands spend billions on long legal battles against counterfeiters? If you collect Trollbeads and you want to protect the future of your collection then it is your duty to stay away from these sellers.
I started a thread on Trollbeads Gallery Forum which brought out good points on both sides of the aisle because as mentioned there are reputable sellers on Ebay. It is always good to get a conversation started to share information and in this case you have me telling you the perils because I have seen first hand how bad the situation has been. With any brand once it gets to a certain level of desirability the counterfeiters are already pushing product off their conveyer belts. You need to keep in mind that the manufacturers in China are so adept at counterfeiting everything that nothing is sacred. Antique specialists at the Smithsonian are confounded at the degree of competence in copying everything from antique paintings, furniture and jewelry. If you think you can judge a Trollbead because it has a LAA hallmark forget about it. The stamp is easier to copy than the bead. But with that being said I know there are also sellers on Ebay who are serious collectors whose bead collections are evolving (as collections tend to) and this is their only outlet to sell. We need to keep this in mind too. So as you read the snippets of the thread keep in mind it boils down to three things.
1. Purchase from Authorised Trollbeads Dealers.
2. Purchase from known reputable collectors. (Takes research)
3. Just keep in mind one thing: Buyer Beware.
The following are excepts from our Forum thread and being shared here to help educate new buyers. I am pasting in the way the comments appeared and I've stayed as true to the thread as I could with my cutting and pasting abilities. I think I am supposed to mention something about the opinions below may not be those of this blog...or something like that. It may seem fragmented but just take the information as you want and as you will see we have sellers protecting their position in the light of my comments against fraudulent sellers.
I started the thread by posting the photo accompanying comment.
This is a chain someone ordered thinking they were ordering a real Trollbeads chain. It is NOT a Trollbeads chain. I received this photo through a dealer. They received it from a customer who asked them if this is an authentic Trollbeads chain, as even the collector knew something was wrong. I have to admit I never even thought the chains would be be copied. Not only are the beads being copied but the chains are too. Buyer beware.
Comment: Collector 1
Always good to be warned, there are some really ruthless people out there.......many thanks for this Louise xxx
Comment: Collector 2 (new to TB)
that is sad, but more common that we think that folks try to make money off other unsuspecting folks. What is the tip off that it is not real? The weight? I am fairly new to TB and I would have been fooled........You have to admit, a serpentine chain is a serpentine chain. They have been made for a long time. What makes it authentic TB? A hallmark or something else? Or is it not silver? curious I am......
(note to collector 2: The Trollbeads chain is a much different chain from the standard Foxtail from the strength to the weight and to its construction)
Answer: Collector 3
The Troll chains do have the LAA mark on the large ring end and I suspect that weight does also play a part in this item.........I know many who have recently bought from one particular eBay seller have said that the weight is not what it should be.
Sad fact but there are fakes about but it's forums like this that can help and make us all be more aware :-) xxx
Comment: Louise Rogers
I feel self serving when I say this but if you don't buy from an authorized dealer or from someone you personally know you're asking for trouble. Ebay has destroyed the validity of many brands and while this is one side of the Auction site...it is very valid to be careful. We all have too much invested in this lovely and historic family owned brand to want to see it hurt as all of us are hurt each time a fake Trollbead sells. There are collectors here on the Forum that sell on Ebay and you just need to know the good from the bad!!
Comment: Collector 4
I have to respectfully disagree. All authentic Trollbead foxtail necklaces & bracelets are NOT marked "LAA". I don't know why, but they are not. I have 4 Trollbead foxtail necklaces that I purchased from an authorized TB dealer and two are marked 925, but two do not have any hallmarks that I can see. I have posted some photos below. All these necklaces are authentic Trollbead necklaces. but yet none of them are marked "LAA". Two have the 925, but non have LAA.
In addition, I have purchased three Trollbead bracelets over the last few years from three different authorized local TB dealers and 2 are not marked "LAA". Only one is marked with the "LAA" hallmark, but all three are marked "925". So I guess what my point would be is that Trollbead's Headquarters has made it hard to tell what is real - and I guess what is not. As all of my necklaces and bracelets are authentic but yet they are not consistently marked.
I do think one must be careful where one purchases Trollbead items, but lets not put all eBay sellers in the "bad" category as fraudulent sellers. There are many eBay sellers that are honest and selling authentic items at a discount. But just because a foxtail bracelet or necklace is not hallmarked with "LAA" does not mean it is not an authentic Trollbead chain. As I have several chain that prove this. They are all authentic, yet not marked consistently. I think it could possibly have something to do with where or what year TB produced the chains. Some items could be at a dealers for years before you purchase it and therefore it could be marked differently than one that is produced today by Trollbeads.
Here are some photos of hallmarks (or lack of hallmarks) on bracelets and necklaces. All authentic Trollbeads, but each different.
The photos below are from Collector 4.
Comment: Louise Rogers
Great Photos Thank you.
Comment: Collector 4
Your welcome :) I love this forum and I think it is so incredibly great that it is here for all Trollbead collectors. It provides so much useful information - all in one place. This forum provides a great place to convey accurate information, warnings and general knowledge in all things Troll. So I for one am grateful that you have created this "place in space" where Trollbead collectors can come together and learn. And I can only image the amount of time it takes to keep it up and running! So I would like to say thanks for creating it :)
There are times when a hallmark means nothing as I have written about this in the past too. If they can fake the bead or the chain they can fake the hallmark! Just KNOW your seller!
Comment: Collector 4
I truly agree with that statement "know your seller". That is excellent advice! :)
Comment: Louise Rogers
The other issue to note here is Feedback rating system. I knowingly bought fake Trollbeads once just to see them and when they came in I contacted the dealer and told them I knew they were fake and...shock of all shocks (and I mean this) I was told I didn't have to return them but if I gave him positive feedback he would refund my payment! So how many people do you think say no to that? So you know how cheap he gets them for if he can just throw them away!! So he had a perfect rating but now we know why. I worked with Trollbeads on this (a few years back) and they took him down but I am sure he was up again under a new name.
Comment: Collector 4
That is crazy! And this is what gives ebay a bad name. This is what infuriates me over sellers like this!! Hopefully that person is long gone. Or so we hope so. In other words, I hope they have not popped up back on ebay under a different name and playing the same dishonest game. As I know that some sellers do that.
In this case, the seller was using "feedback extortion" to get you to leave positive feedback for him. This is against all Ebay rules and is grounds for being suspended from selling on Ebay. Which is what Ebay did in the end to this person. Thankfully!
The feedback system does work better now, as opposed to a few years ago. And that is because buyers do have the upper hand over the sellers. Which (as a seller) I do not think is truly fair, but I can understand the need for it due to some dishonest sellers. And that is that buyers can leave negative feedback for sellers, but sellers cannot leave negative feedback for buyers. This has allowed buyers to leave TRUE feedback for sellers without buyers being afraid of sellers leaving retaliatory negative feedback for them. So now buyers are not afraid to leave truthful and negative feedback for sellers - if they have a problem with the item that they purchased.
But when other buyers agree to such behavior (buyer leaves positive feedback and then he will get a refund) as you have mentioned from this dishonest seller, the buyer is doing a very BAD disservice to Ebay's feedback system. The buyer is lying and not providing an honest opinion of the transaction. What the buyer should do is leave negative feedback to WARN all other buyers to stay away from purchasing from this buyer. That is how the feedback system was essentially setup to work. It is a system to warn people of transactions that have problems. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn't work the way it was designed to. But nothing is perfect and foolproof.
Comment: Collector 5
I very rarely buy beads on eBay for all the reasons mentioned, but, when I am interested in something on there, I ask other collectors if they are familiar with the seller, look to see if the seller accepts returns (right or wrong, I feel that if they don't, then they don't really stand behind their listing and I find that suspicious), and lastly, ask the seller if they are a member on any of the on-line fora out there. If they are, then I open a dialogue with them on that forum to ensure that they really are who they say they are. I do not ask them to complete the sale outside of eBay, it is more of a way to verify their identity and trustworthiness. This is not necessarily foolproof, because I have heard of sales going bad and even the other forum moderators could not resolve the issues BUT the seller's reputation was damaged. I do have a list of collectors who sell on eBay and I would not hesitate to purchase from them!
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The Time is Here!!
If you are a long term collector of Trollbeads you probably know the time has arrived to kick off the People's Bead contest and this year has, I think anyway, the most fun challenge ever!
For the fifth year in a row, Trollbeads is offering you the unique chance to become a Trollbeads designer. Each year thousands of entrys are submitted and the final choices are always voted on by the "people". Everyone has an equal chance This is your chance to have your bead added to a new Traditional Sayings Collection, and again this year we will have multiple winners!
Now you may be thinking why does Louise think this is the most fun challenge yet? Because when you look around and think of some of the "traditional" sayings they can be quite funny. Culturally it shows the character of your country's history or the character of all the origination of these sayings. There are so many that come from authors, poets and the pop world from which we can draw inspiration. Some sayings we may never know where many of them come from and that is fun in itself. So many traditional sayings have been verbally passed down through the years and through the generations and that's another great thing about this topic! It offers us a thread that will lead us to even more connections through Trollbeads and afterall that's what they are all about.
Theme: Traditional Sayings
What: Illustrate your favorite traditional saying in a bead and share it with us!
When: March 18, 2013 – April 10, 2013
How: Upload your design on Trollbeads Universe
Different cultures have different sayings, and we are excited to see which saying means a lot to you and to see how you translate it into the shape of a bead. Of all submitted designs, 100 beads will be chosen for the final vote and presented on Trollbeads Universe.
At Rogers Gallery/Trollbeads Gallery we have been honored to have 3 of the past Peopel's Bead Award winners join us at Trollbeads Fest. During Trollbeads Fest! 2010 we had the first winner, Suzanne Hopping from Australia join us along with Kristi Denning from Maryland! We have been most fortunate to have Kristy live so close to us and she has been to all three Trollbeads Fest. Suzanne won for her Pax Trollbead (shown above) and Kristi won for her Ice Bear. The Fest was actually right after Kristi learned she had won the contest and she was able to bring the model she has sent to Trollbeads. Look at the image below and see how she created the bead in 3-D. Trollbeads had suggested you can send your ideas and designs in any format worthy of your design. Try folded paper! Try sculpting clay or whatever you feel most comfortable with!
One of the Third Peoples Bead Winner, Maria Af Rolen also from the US, West Virginia via Stockhlom Sweden joined us during Trollbeads Fest! 2012. Maria won for her spirituality themed bead "Stay Postive". I have just receive a note from Maria and we have her 2013 entry to show you! Her Theme is "Man's Best Friend"!
Below I am showing the "Stay Positive" bead and the "World Within" bead which is also a 2012 People's Bead winner by Linda Karuso of Australia. We are very fortunate to have all 3 Trollbead People's Bead Designers as members on Trollbeads Gallery Forum.
So my dear Trollbeads Friends get out your clay and sharpen your pencils the contest is on! You have only a couple of weeks so "shake a leg" and "get a move on it" and don't forget to vote when the time comes!
Here is a link to a great list of sayings to help you along! Old Sayings Collection
WATCH VIDEO HERE
Good luck to all!
Friday, March 8th Trollbeads released it's second Limited Edition Easter Egg Release! Last year Trollbeads released the Easter Eggs with polka dots in pastel colors. They were so well recieved that they have created a second limited edition release with glass eggs and this time the eggs have thinly applied stripes wrapping around the egg with each egg being one color and the stripes another color. The drop bead has become very popular in the past year with the very popular Christmas Ornaments, the heart Drops for Valentine's Day and now the second edition of the eggs for Easter. It shows you that people love the drop Trollbeads! What a great way to enjoy the holidays! All of the colors, as again, are suitable for your Easter jewelry designs. I think the original popularity for the dangle style Trollbeads came out when Trollbeads created a very limited edition of unique dangle beads for the Netherlands year ago. We have seen a few come up in photographs on the forum from time to time and we always drool. I am very lucky to have a very pretty one in my Trollbeads Museum.
The Limited Editions are the releases that keep collectors searching for just the right colors and us retailers busy trying to find you all just what you want. With the Easter Egg releases there have been 8 basic colors offered but then there are always a change of tones or stripes to make some more unique than others and last year with the polka dot Easter Eggs the dots were unique and that made some of last year's Eggs more unique than others.
Below you can see a use for the Orange Easter Egg that makes it quite unlike Easter but you can see the many uses beyond what the holiday usually calls for. Adding the Egg to a Bangle bracelet adds so much to the design and it adds movement that the Bangle wouldn't have otherwise!
Saint Patick's Day!
Another holiday to celebrate with you Trollbeads is coming up before Easter and that is...St.Patrick's Day! So hunt for your favorite green beads and dress-up for the luck of the Irish. What are your favorite green Trollbeads? Green Wave? Forest Anenome? Forest Flowers? Don't forget all the wonderful green unique beads we always have listed too! You can always find treats there if you need something unique and special! Green Unique Beads.
If you are an ardent Trollbeads collector and follow our Trollbeads Gallery website and receive our emails then you are well aware of the three new Trollbeads that were released just last week for Mother's Day. A truly beautiful group of beads with such meaning...well of course they are Trollbeads after all.
The Messenger bead is my favorite and if you are a member of Trollbeads Gallery Forum (if you aren't please join by clicking on link) or if you follow us on Pinterest (if you don't join us by clicking on link)you have seen the variety of ways people are wearing it. I have just heard from one of my Rogers Gallery's customers that is can be worn on a bracelet or the bangle with a prism on either side and the prisms holds the bead and the petals in place. So if you are finding it slip put on a couple prisms and you will find that lovely flower smiling up at you! Thank you for the tip Cheryl!
The Mom's Bouquet is a beauty too with flowers and leaves and I adore leaves! If you are working with the Bangle bracelet a lot you will want to see how it pairs up with the Elderflowers bead as it is a nice but not too perfect pair. Us artsy folks don't want anything too perfect! There are other ho-hum bead brands for that!
The Ruby Rock has had an outstanding reception! In all of its looks and in all of it's tones as we all love the stones that have variety. In design I equate it to choosing a granite for a counter or a fireplace surround. Why choose a granite that is the same all over? Find one with veins and little imperfections your eyes can be drawn to and those you can reflect on. As I said in the previous paragraph we don't want total perfection...what can our eyes search for and get lost in? You know the feeling! The Ruby Rock has a combination of stones found within it's composition. It is found exclusively in New Zealand's South Island and is composed of 3 stones. Ruby, Sapphire, and Tourmaline crystals in green Fuchsite. Every bead is different and will surely become one of our most favored stones. I have added other "looks" of the bead to Trollbeads Gallery so you can see what there is. I think it will also be a great bead to sell through our "Trollbeads With A Twist".
Are you asking yourself what is "Trollbeads With A Twist"? If you are you haven't yet discovered this wonderful opportunity for on-line shoppers to see the actual bead they are purchasing. First and foremost it is a category I created to offer you standard Trollbeads that have a twist to them or something that makes them unlike others of their kind. Wow, this seems to be the theme to this article! I love things that are different or wonky and here I offer beads that are just a bit unique. One example would be the Azure Bubbles bead whose next number will be over 80! That means I have sold over 80 unique Azure Bubble beads from this category. For Wild Cat I am into the 30's! The Golden Cave, Silver Mountain and Milky Way are great beads for this category as they are always unique! The second reason I list beads here is because it is a perfect example of what the bead was meant to be so in other words it is just nice to see what you are buying. Below is a small selection of beads I have or have had on the Twist page for a variety of reasons. Just know that there are beads that come in wide variations and I also include the retired beads that do too. I have a very hard time keeping beads here so check back often! I am the only one that does all the photography and image processing so do have patience.
Shown below is Takma, Issy, Green Armadillo, Glass Stone, Grey Wolf (all retired), Whitecap.
At Trollbeads Gallery we've been selling unique Trollbeads for so long and in so many formats and in so many ways and I thought it would be fun to come up with just one more way to make choosing and purchasing unique Trollbeads easier for the collectors. Even prior to this I added one more unique selection for Valentine's day but now that is behind us we are releasing this new category today, February 15th. Being snowed in helped with this creative endeavor and while I am starting out with about 70 kits I promise to be adding more in the near future. Like you all my creative juices get flowing but instead of creating bracelets I like creating even more alluring ways to show you Trollbeads. Yes, the Trollbeads Devil lives in breathes within me! Let this be a warning for those who get weak in the knees around unique Trollbeads.
Starting before the new year I have been saving (perhaps hoarding is more like it) and matching beads and setting them aside in either groups of two identical beads as in "twins" or in groups of three beads that would match each other. The "trios" kits I have offered before from time to time but the twins is a new format which was brought about by the need to have a balanced design on the new Bangle Bracelet. Yes, I have been listening to your requests! I have had collectors wanting matched uniques in times past but the need was more for a necklace design but now with the Bangle there is even a greater need. The Trollbeads Bangle below is a quick design using twin unique beads.
One surprize for those of you who have been seeking out the "Small and Beautiful" beads in a rather relentless fashion (and those of you know of whom I speak) will find I am showing the same designs but in a larger bead as these new beads have come in with the Universal core. Judging from the style and the colors of these beads I am guessing they are coming from the Malawi bead makers but as I said this is just an educated guess. Below is a Bangle made with beads also found on the "Small and Beautiful" kits.
When listing these new "Twins and Trios" Kits I will make a mention in the description area as to whether the cores are Universal or Classic and from what I am gathering many of you are really buying your beads based on the style and less on the size of the core and this makes finding what you want so much easier! But just in case you are holding out just for the classic core I will have the size core mentioned in the description.
Our Valentine's Trunk show was a success-even with the blizzard and I wanted to thank everyone who had to wait through our loss of internet and power. Another reminder is that our special pricing on Gold Trollbeads over $500 and Gold/Silver Trollbeads over $250 is an everyday deal now. That was a little confusing over the Trunk show but now that the trunk show is over and the special prices remain...it will be more clear.
Post Script: I just released these maybe an hour or 2 ago and the response has been wonderful. I'm not referring to the sales but to the emails, calls and mentions. It seems like many of you have wanted something like this to make choosing matches more easily and I will promise to add more next week!
The New 2013 Spring Trollbeads
I have been very remiss in not writing a blog about the most outstanding Trollbeads release ever! January is a busy time for retailers from the various trade shows and add the many Trollbeads releases from unique hearts to pendants, beads, the exciting new leather bracelets I've had no extra time to share my thoughts and information on the new release! That's one reason for not writing but the other reason is that I am overwhelmed by the entire group of new items and I know it will take a long time to go through each of them and give them all the consideration due.
So for now let's just say they are phenomenal. Look above at Soren's new "Big Butterfly"! This pendant has the ability to move from leather bracelet to leather necklace to silver chain and to the bangle bracelet with such ease I can't decide where I enjoy it the best. There is no other pendant that is as versatile at this one and none as large and the size is important when it comes to creating statement pieces and anyone who collects Trollbeads loves to make a statement! If you look closely above you'll see the new Yellow Leather Bracelet. The new Rocky Beach Kit has out sold all Group 1 kits ever released for Trollbeads Gallery in so short a time that is remarkable. All the beads in this kit are stunning and they all work so well together that buying it in kit form makes perfect sense...especially if you save $31.00 because you always get a free bead if you buy the Group 1 glass beads in a kit. The beauty of the Rocky Beach Kit is that the beads all vary widely from one kit to another or one style bead will be different from a bead in the same style.
The second Glass 1 Kit of beads is the Happy Summer Kit. I can see these beads being hot as August sand come summer! We've used the beads in the bracelet below...just look at how happy the bracelet is below! I love it!
I will continue my thoughts on the new 2013 Spring Trollbeads in my next blog but look below to see the 2 new Valentine Love drop beads. I adore the silver heart on top of each drop! Click on these links to see! Valentine Love, Red and Valentine Love,Purple.
Valentine's Trollbeads Category New For Trollbeads Gallery!
I am so fond of Valentine's Day that I have a whole new category for it and with the many heart themed beads, appropriate color glass beads and of course all the many brand new Heart Unique beads. It's been a very busy category! So check it out even if it's just to get you in the mood! We have our Valentine Trunk Show coming up this next weekend on February 7,8 and 9 so you can take advantage of the specials and get some of the Valentine beads and some of the new Spring beads.
Trollbeads Gallery Valentine Trunk Show!
February 7,8,9 2013
Purchase 3 Trollbeads and receive the 4th bead free! The free bead has to be equal to or less than the lowest price bead in your group of 3!
To order your Trunk Show order:
1.Place it on line and in the "notes" section write what you would like for your free bead(s)! So easy!
2.Call our Toll Free Number on the 7th, 8th or 9th.
Gifts With Purchase!
Gifts With Purchase!
If you spend:
Trollbeads Polishing cloth and a TBG Trollbeads Bumper sticker!
$250 Choose one from:
A Trollbeads Memory Book (No longer available through Trollbeads!) OR
A Klimt Porcelain Trinket Box (With Trollbeads Logo on bottom) (below)
A Trollbeads Candle
$500 Choose one from:
A Trollbeads Coffee Table Book or
A Trollbeads 3 Tiered Black Tray (New!) Below but with 3 trays!
A Trollbeads Jewelry Box
Prices Lowered on Our Gold and Silver/Gold Trollbeads!
Other advantageous Trunk Show Specials we offered at past trunk shows are now everyday specials! All of our 18K Gold and 18K Gold/Silver beads have adjusted discounted prices on our website. Please click on the links to see the specials! It's our hope and Trollbeads hope that in a market with gold prices being as high as they are these adjusted prices will help our collectors in affording these outrageously beautiful beads. A little bit of gold goes a long way on a Trollbeads bracelet!
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