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Lost your local dealer & want to see your Trollbeads before you buy?

Posted by Louise Rogers on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 @ 15:03 PM
Trollbeads Gallery Stone Beads

Discover “Trollbeads with a Twist” on Trollbeads Gallery.  We have had this category on our site for a few years now and the people who do know about it check it out often and find great beads. We are always listing new beads there. Our Trollbeads with a twist was originally created to showcase for sale Trollbeads that are different from bead to bead. It now includes retired beads as it's so important to see a rare retired bead before you want to invest in it. It is always standard Trollbeads (not the unique Trollbeads)and they are the beads that are always different.  There are many beads that have these individual features from Azure Bubbles to Blue Desert not to mention so many others.  For our customers it has become a handy way to buy standard Trollbeads with actually seeing them before they buy them!  If you haven’t discovered the offerings yet check them out and if any of the beads are sold, fear not as I said I list new beads all the time. It is an exclusive offering on Trollbeads Gallery and a labor of love for me. Trollbeads Gallery With A Twist

As you can see from the photo of the Faceted Stone beads above we also highlight these beads because with the natural stones there can be enormous differences in bead to bead.  Sometimes our Golden Quartz can be so light they resemble yellow diamonds and the Aventurine (before they were retired) came in so dark they looked like dark green emeralds. From Left to right above there are Ruby, Retired Aventurine, Golden Quartz and Amazonite. When you look at the category you'll have fun seeing how many I have featured of each.  The Amethyst we now have listed is the 51st one we've offered on Trollbeads With a Twist.

Our largest selling bead in the twist category has been the Azure Bubbles and at the time of this writing we have listed 121!  The image below is a sample on how much they can differ. It may sound crazy but I look forward to my Azure Bubble deliveries as much as my unique bead deliveries because I love to fine the most unique versions I can to offer on my site.

Azure Bubbles Trollbeads Ga


Another favorite Trollbead we have featured since the beginning is the Grey Wolf.  It has been retired and there are not many left but I always loved picking out the beads I would feature in Trollbeads With A Twist.  Sometimes the design would actually look like fur and sometimes the design would have finely defined lines like perfect pinstripes.  The images below give you an idea of how the Grey Wolf would change from bead to bead.

Grey Wolf Trollbeads Galler
There are only some Trollbeads that lend themselves to this treatment as there are many that are consistant from bead to bead that I don't include.  The more constant designs like White Bubbles, Silver Pink Trace and actually all the trace beads, Peach Bubbles, Black Bubbles and Scarlet Bud (not to name all of them but you get the idea) don't change as much and don't excite me enough to photograph them as I do the others.

One kit of beads that came out a couple of years ago that have proven to change bead to bead is the "Rocky Road Kit".  Those beads are very unique yet is subtle ways.  The tones are generally plum but can come through blue to neutral and that's when I like to show them but even when the are the standard plum the depth of color can change. Check out the Fossils beads that have all been offered on Trollbeads With A Twist.  I adore the details in this Trollbead but until I started photographing them did I come to appreciate the nuances of each bead.

Fossils Trollbeads GalleryI understand that buying Trollbeads from a photo is still not as good as seeing them in person but when you don't have a local dealer near you this is a good compromise. You are seeing the bead you will get if purchased. Please know that if you want to ever have me photograph a stick of beads so you can choose that way I am more than happy to do it.  Just ask!  Below is a stick of Pebbles Trollbeads from the Rocky Beach Kit.  Remarkable uniqueness in each bead but they are all Pebbles Trollbeads!  Now for the fun of it click on the link and see what the stock image is like!  We are given these from Trollbeads.  Not nearly as organic and lovely as they are in the photo below.Trollbeads Gallery 322 Pebb

Topics: Twist Trollbeads, Trollbeads with a Twist, Trollbeads Gallery Trollbeads with a Twist

What Makes "Trollbeads Gallery" Different?

Posted by Louise Rogers on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

 Header trollbeads gallery

As an Authorized Trollbeads dealer for many years now I take great pride in trying to offer my customers Trollbeads in a pleasing and stimulating way.   As dealers we all try to offer you the best we can but for Trollbeads Gallery I have always tried to offer Trollbeads in a unique platform so the customer’s experience is a pleasurable one.  I’ve always offered Trollbeads in categories I feel are helpful to the buyer whether it is showing regular glass beads as in “Standard Trollbeads But with a twist” or by saving unique beads all year long to present at either Halloween, Valentine’s Day, July 4th or of course our biggest offering, the Christmas uniques.  Years ago we even had the “Mini-Beads” category which we plan on resurrecting soon when I get my small unique beads photographed.  But in any case when I work to present our Trollbeads so they are easier to see, easier to compare and easier to collect I feel I am doing my job well and I enjoy what I do.  I’ve spent years building trust with my customers and even if they don’t see what they want they feel free to email me knowing besides what I have on the site I have hundreds more  in the gallery or in my stash.   Besides our inventory we strive to offer you the best possible customer service we can. With just myself listing beads and working the website and Penni processing and shipping the orders we will do what we can to make collecting Trollbeads a joy as it should be.

Trollbeads Uniques: Unlike many sites that sell on Facebook and have Facebook parties this is something I just can't manage.  It's only me and Penni in the office and I am short the man-power to do this.  What I do do is list new unique beads pretty much everyday of the week.  This is to offer my collectors a fresh and ever changing assortment of unique Trollbeads to hunt through when they can look and not make them feel like they are in a lottery. Call me old fashioned, that's fine.  The unique below is a beautiful Pinwheel I just listed today!

Trollbeads Gallery Unique

Holiday Uniques: For 8 years I have always offered a special holiday section of unique beads and at this time I have Halloween Unique's listed and even as get closer to the holiday I still add new beads because so many collectors love Autumn and orange is a great color for Autumn themed bracelets and not just Halloween. Check back though out the year as I also offer Holiday Unique releases for Valentines Day, July 4th and Christmas too! Below is a sample of Halloween.  It won't be long before I start photographing my red and green collection for Christmas.

Trollbeads Gallery Bead





Trollbeads Unique Trios: We have been offering these for almost a year and they are always popular depending of course on the unique beads I get in.  I have always tried to find 3 beads that work well together so it can either be a perfect Trollbeads Bangle design as is or the starting point for a new bracelet design.  It takes me awhile to put beads together so the time I take in matching sizes and colors saves you time.  Just recently I have started adding Trios that are actually the same design but in 3 different colors, as shown below.  Creating bracelets from like design beads but in many different colors has been getting more and more popular so these kits will help those that have those projects in mind.

Trollbeads Gallery trio

      Trio Trollbeads Gallery

 Critters Unique Beads: We have a category just for the "critter" unique beads now coming in from Trollbeads.  It's a fun category to look at because all the critters have just great colors and viewing them all together makes it easy to compare the variety of Ladybugs, Turtles, Butterflies and Fish being offered. 

Aqua turtle 1016

Standard Trollbeads But With A Twist: This is definitely a Trollbeads Gallery original! These are standard glass and stone Trollbeads that are different in some way. These differences are not defects but just differences found in beads because they are all hand made and differences happen and it is these differences that makes Trollbeads so special.  I started this category because it is something collectors love to do when they go to Trollbeads stores-to hunt for beads that are just a little different and I wanted collectors who can't get to a store to enjoy the same hunt.  We've been doing it for quite a while now and it's a very popular category.  To photograph beads daily is a labor of love but I do try to restock inventory as often as I can so check back if you don't find what you are looking for.  You'll notice some beads are just perfect for this category like the Azure Bubbles as every bead is unique.  I also include beads that are not that different because it's fun to offer a bead as it is supposed to be!  I also include any limited edition releases and retired Trollbeads in this listing as we all know it's nice to see the actual bead you are buying. Look at the Blue Desert bead and the Kahaki Stripe below and you'll see how different some beads can come in!  The stone beads are always unique, especially the Tourmalinated Quartz,so it's helpful to see those photos too. The fun part is to see what number each bead is. The Tourmalinated Quartz I just listed is #30 so that is the 30th of that bead I have listed.

Blue Desert bead 1016Khaki Stripe Twist 522 Tourmalinated Quartz

Topics: Trollbeads Gallery Special Categories, Trollbeads Gallery, Trollbeads with a Twist

Trollbeads With A Twist

Posted by Louise Rogers on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 18:05 PM

Twist Trollbeads Collage





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

  1. Wildcat - A wide variety of tones
  2. Grey Wolf - Came in wide variety from wild and wooly to thin calm lines.
  3. Orange and Green Armadillo - So many tones!
  4. Clear Brown Braid- So many unique types of braids.
  5. Clear Blue Braid- Again this bead seems to have a variety of braids.
  6. Issy - The orange whisps of glass varied in depth and in tone.
  7. Twisted Bud - So many kinds of twists!
  8. Fur Animal- Again with fine details they can vary.
  9. Red Feather and Blue Green Feather - our personal favorite.
  10. 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!  Prism Small Trollbeads

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!


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