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Trollbeads People’s Bead 2012: Spiritual Collection

Posted by Louise Rogers on Sat, Aug 18, 2012 @ 04:08 AM

By Brigett Johnson  (guest blogger)


2012 peoples bead bracelet and necklaceThe Trollbeads People’s Bead always generates a tremendous amount of excitement and interest, but 2012 is truly special. The collection of 11 beads and a Fantasy Necklace designed around the theme of “Spirituality” embodies the symbolism and personal meaning that make Trollbeads unique and wonderful.

From over 10,000 designs submitted from around the world, Trollbeads selected 100 finalists, and online voting determined 11 final designs for production.

 Trollbeads Gallery Forum had many members who submitted designs: 14 were in the top 100 finalists. Congratulations to everyone who participated, whether as designers offering a glimpse of something important to themselves out to the world, or as viewers and voters, giving thoughtful consideration.

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Since it is the first year glass has been selected, the two glass beads, Chakra Colors and Spirit Light, stand out. They are contrasting opposites: one a rainbow of colors, the other crystal white.    


In Hindu and Buddhist belief, the seven Chakras are the focal points of life energy in the body, each connected with the other.  Designer Jolanda J. Hos explains her design: “I was inspired by the spirituality of the rainbow. The different energies are swirled together in one single bead, so you always have the color you need at that moment.” This bead is a natural focal point for a bracelet featuring the Chakra beads released in 2004, with gorgeous bands of 22 carat gold leaf highlighting the chakra colors. But its bright, rainbow colors will also blend easily with many other beads.

  61461 Spirit Light aIn describing the inspiration for her glass bead, Spirit Light, designer Marta KubeŠová, speaks of “light, water, air, thought, creativity, imagination, faith, unity and infinity”—things that are abstract, invisible and pure. It is a perfect description of this bead, which will complement Dichroic Ice and other white beads in the collection.

 The 8 silver bead designs are as varied as the beliefs that inspired them.


11164 World Within TrollbeaWorld Within, one of the design winners, was created by Trollbeads Gallery forum member, Linda Karuso. Many congratulations!! It is fast becoming one of the most loved and popular beads from this release. Linda says “Spirituality is a way to move beyond the most surface understanding of life and to begin to focus on the depth of meaning behind our lives. Outside it is reflecting the outward appearance of everything like a mirror. Inside you find the core, representing the search for inner meaning, the essence of spirituality.”


 Stay positive,Trollbeads galleryStay Positive is beautiful in both the simplicity of its design and its encouraging message. As designer Maria af Rolén suggests in her description of the bead, everyone can use “a reminder to stay positive and focus on the good things in life.”

 Designer Maria af Rolén will be attending TrollbeadsFest 2012 (October 5-6).  As another special surprise for TrollbeadsFest 2012 Louise has shared that Trollbeads Gallery is having 18k gold versions of World Within and Stay Positive specially made--another reason to get your tickets right away if you haven’t yet done so!

 Heaven’s Gate represents the peace of a garden, and designer Yumi Shimizu includes an invitation to “create your own spiritual and beautiful garden by putting the beads you love around this bead.”  When I see this bead, I cannot help but think of the rainbow bridge that leads from this world to the next, and the many loved and missed pets who have crossed it.

 Dream Catcher and Feather reference Native American beliefs and traditions. Dream catchers were originally made by the Ojibwa tribe, but were adopted by other tribes and are now part of popular culture too. Like the spider’s web it represents, the dream catcher is believed to trap dreams sent as messages from the sacred spirits. The good dreams slip down the attached feather to the sleeper and the bad escape through the hole in the center and are banished by the morning light, or “into the wind” as designer Silvia Iacurto explains.

11165 Feather aTrollbeads g Feather echoes the beautifully detailed design found also on the bead Angel Feathers. According to designer Carolyn Brettell, “in native America the feather is a symbol of spiritual ascension and evolution and is used by the chiefs to symbolize their ability to communicate with the spirit world.”

 Designed by Allan Bayer, Happy Dragon is “associated with a new beginning, growth and energy. “ From a cultural perspective, dragons are associated with the Orient, and especially China. Chinese dragons are benevolent creatures, associated with wisdom and long life, and often have magical powers.  If you look closely you can see the smile.

  The two beads Loving Light and Rosary have Christian meanings. Designed by Canadian Kevin Powell, Loving Light represents “the relationship between humanity and god.” A small heart decorates the cross it features. Rosary, designed by Elisabetta Marini, “is a chain of ten small grains and a hanging crucifix.” As an additional detail, the words “Ave Maria” are engraved on the center of the bead.

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Last, but by no means least, is the bead Prayer, designed to adorn a Trollbeads Fantasy Necklace. Its designer, Daniele Celani speaks to the thing that brings us all together. He acknowledges that “we are all different. We think, we do and we believe in different ways. But what is common for all cultures is the spirit.” He invites us to customize his bead “with the stone that most reflects your soul.” Here it is adorning the new Fantasy Black Onyx Necklace released with the Spiritual Collection, holding a faceted Amethyst.

 No matter which beads from the Spiritual Collection speak most to you, Trollbeads has done an amazing thing: it has brought together people from around the world and given us a little insight into what others think and believe.

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Topics: Autumn 2010 Trollbeads release, Guest blogger, forum members, Trollbeads Peoples Bead Winners, Trollbeads Spiritual Collection

Trollbeads:No Eternal Combination / by Guest Blogger Anna Teresa

Posted by Louise Rogers on Fri, May 27, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

Trollbeads galleryOur guest blogger has once again written a personal and engaging article about her Trollbeads. Anna Teresa is from the Netherlands and is an active member of Trollbeads Gallery Forum.

We are thrilled to hear more from her!


Making bracelets that go with my mood and outfit, that is what I do. There are combinations that I have worn only once or twice in the almost two years that I collect Trollbeads. And the thought of having a bracelet that I would not take apart anymore didn’t cross my mind.
Although I have seen many beautiful bracelets from other collector that were gorgeous and meant to stay the way they were. Sometimes with a greyhound lock, so that they could not be taken apart anymore.
But when I got more and more beads and I had more than one bracelet I thought it would be easy to have a lovely ‘permanent’ bracelet with a serene, classy look that I could were every day. So when I was in a hurry in the morning I just had to grab that one and I would be looking great.

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And so I made one as pretty as I could and it stayed that way a few weeks. Because permanent is not really permanent for me. So now and then I just have to change a bead or two. Not that I am not satisfied with the combination at the time, but because I buy a great other bead or because the time of the year changes. In the winter I tend to wear other colors than in spring or summer.
And so it happened that my ‘classy’ bracelet which I started in oktober 2010 has had a few different looks until now. The base is the same every time. Deep bubbles, khaki stripe, pink desert and retired Julian. But the other beads can vary: labradorite, peacock pearls, kimono and today I put  gemstones on it.

blog 5 6 (3) The past month there were a few other combinations that I didn’t take apart anymore. For practical reasons. But I discovered that being practical kills my creativity. Because I didn’t make new combinations anymore. Keeping a particular bead in a combination means that I cannot use it for something else.
So last night I did something liberating. I took all the beads of my bracelets (three silver and two leather) and my two necklaces and put them in my boxes. Then I sat down on the couch and as a kid in the candy store I just started from scratch making new combinations. That was so much fun that I decided that I do that much more often. In an hour I had made about five new combinations and realized I don’t need new beads every week to make something new. I just need to start everyday with a fresh start.

My love for Trollbeads is everlasting, but my tenability of my bracelets is not!


Ps. Don’t want to forget which combinations you made? Take pictures!!

For a clear and easy lesson on how to photograph your Trollbeads go to Trollbeads Gallery Forum "Groups" and join the Photography group.

Topics: Guest blogger, trollbeads, new trollbeads, Labradorite Trollbead, Trollbeads Precious Stone beads