January 2018 News Round-Up

This charm bracelet blog brings my first news round up for 2018; welcome to January!

I’ll admit that despite being a fall and winter person, January is not my favourite month. Many people suffer post Christmas blues, most have overspent in December and it’s also such a long month! That said we actually have a lot to look forward to this January. Here’s a summary of what’s to come, at least the parts I can share.

For those of you who prefer the brief summary, scroll to the end and you’ll find a list of dates for your diary.

Trollbeads Spring 2018

The highlight of the month for many of my readers will be the launch of the Trollbeads Spring 2018 collection. I’ve covered this extensively already and you can find the complete preview, the campaign images and the campaign movie already. Thanks to Mike at Great Lakes, I already have the glass in hand and I’ve been posting live images to social media for the past week. Do remember to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and the Great Lakes Boutique Facebook and Instagram pages.

Trollbeads Spring 2018

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The collection launches on January the 19th. The pre-orders begin globally on January the 12th.

Trollbeads Valentine’s Day 2018

The Trollbeads Valentine’s Day 2018 collection consists of the singe Trollbeads Rose Spacer, retailing at $45.

The launch date is January the 26th with pre-orders on January the 19th.

Trollbeads Valentine's Day 2018

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Trollbeads Winter Wonder Sale USA

The Trollbeads Winter Wonder Sale for the USA ends tomorrow. It’s a buy more, save more format which hasn’t proven hugely popular with my readers. Nevertheless if you have been debating participating, you need to do so soon.

You can shop directly with Trollbeads USA (though please note this link is affiliate and they cannot ship outside of the USA) or both Great Lakes Boutique and Blooming Boutique are participating and both will ship globally.

Trollbeads Sale

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Trollbeads Winter Sale UK

For those of you in the UK, the Trollbeads Winter Sale is still ongoing but I need to stress I have absolutely no idea when it ends (they are not good at communicating.)

You can shop directly with Trollbeads UKicon (please note this link is affiliate and they’ll only ship within the UK.)

Trollbeads Sale

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Trollbeads Price Balancing 2018

When the Trollbeads Spring 2018 collection preview was released, many readers noticed new pricing. I still do not have details of this for all markets, though I have shared what I do know here.

The new prices go into effect on January the 19th.

Trollbeads Retirement 2018

I’ve also been inundated with questions regarding the upcoming Trollbeads retirement 2018. Again I’m aware there have been some leaks (though I’ve also seen some that are inaccurate so just be aware of that.) Trollbeads will not allow the list to be made officially public until January the 19th. You can check back then for the complete list.

Pandora Boxing Day Sale UK

Also for my UK readers the Pandora Boxing Day 2017 Sale is still continuing and savings are amazing across a huge range of products. You can shop directly via the Pandora UK E-Storeicon (though please note this is an affiliate link and they cannot ship outside of the UK.)

Pandora Sale

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Pandora Valentine’s Day 2018

The Pandora Valentine’s Day 2018 collection will make it’s launch on January the 11th. I’ve had a lot of questions regarding my coverage of Pandora so I’m going to declare my stance, particularly since some people have suggested it’s related to Great Lakes.

A few years ago I was issued with a cease and desist by Pandora for the use of pre-release images. Obviously I complied and since that point I have never published a pre-release image on either my blog, nor social media. Pandora opted to not apply this ruling unilaterally however. Some bloggers were hit. Others were not. Obviously by the time I can share Pandora images, everyone has seen them, resulting in a lot of work for me with very little reward. With my workload increasing this year due to my new role at Great Lakes, I took the decision to stop Pandora coverage unless they chose to apply their rules with an even hand. I’m told this will happen during 2018. If that indeed proves correct, I will continue Pandora coverage again.

Ohm Beads January 2018 Collections

January the 9th sees the Ohm Beads January 2018 collections launch globally. This includes the Ohm Beads Year of the Dog as the Bead of the Month for January.

Ohm Beads Year of the Dog

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For those of you yet to pre-order you can do so via Exclusive Bead Store (UK,) Pianeta Beads (Italy) and Star Bijou (Germany.)

Also launching is the Ohm Beads Pteranodon Skull as the latest addition to the Rawr line. This bead is not limited edition.

Ohm Beads Pteranodon Skull

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Finally the Ohm Beads Aquarius is a regional release for South America, Europe and Taiwan and begins the start of a new Zodiac inspired series.

Ohm Beads Aquarius

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Ohm Beads February 2018

The Ohm Beads February 2018 collections actually launch on January the 30th. This is to ensure good time for those wanting their Valentine’s Day designs. The February collections include the Ohm Beads Teabag as the Bead of the Month. Pre-orders for that began last month and you can still find it at Ohm Beads Teabag at Great Lakes Boutique (USA,) Ohm Beads Teabag at Exclusive Bead Store (UK,) Ohm Beads Teabag at Joseph Welch (UK) and Ohm Beads Teabag at Pianeta Beads (Italy.)

You can also find the only live image I’ve been able to source here, thanks to Ohm themselves.

Ohm Beads Teabag

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The Ohm Beads Melting Heart and it’s limited edition counterpart are created for Valentine’s Day 2018 and work on either the bracelet or the ball necklace.

Ohm Beads Melting Heart

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Ohm Beads Melting Heart

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The final release as part of the February collection is the Ohm Beads Sherlock Gnomes which are super cute. I’ve repeated so many times that I don’t like humanoid faces in silver but I have to give huge respect to Ohm for their translation of the Sherlock character in particular. Whether these are your kind of thing or not, you have to admire the brilliant execution.

Ohm Beads Sherlock Gnomes

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Ohm Beads Sherlock Gnomes

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Ohm Beads Bunny Angel Preview

The Ohm Beads Bunny Angel has been confirmed as the Bead of the Month for March 2018. Though it may seem a little odd for that to be mentioned in a January news article, the preview date for the Bunny Angel is January the 16th. For those who keep contacting me to point out the full image has been leaked, I am aware but it doesn’t alter the schedule set by Ohm Beads, though you can see the teaser they released below.

Ohm Beads March 2018

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ACA Kreations Great Lakes Boutique Event Bead

Alex of ACA Kreations has always refused to work with retailers so we’re utterly thrilled that he agreed to making an event bead for the Great Lakes Boutique Bead Bash on the Lake Spring 2018 event.

I’ve had the privilege of watching this bead come to life over the past couple of months and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on it. It feels very reminiscent of Alex’s original work which is really exciting.

Tomorrow we’ll be unveiling the first sneak peek of this design and remember, it will be in store only unless stock is left over after the event (which I don’t predict happening.)

True Beadz

The first True Beadz preview of the year is scheduled for January the 2nd and you can find the teaser here. Aside from that there’s basically nothing I can say (I’m sorry) so check back later.

True Beadz

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January 2018 Summary

Here’s the list of dates for your diary:-

This is how January is looking and as you can see, there’s actually a lot happening both in terms of releases and previews. Aside from all of this there is going to be a really exciting announcement due towards the end of the month. I’ve been sitting on this news for literally months (and honestly, I’m not good at that.) I’ll close on saying there’s going to be some very exciting news coming from Great Lakes Boutique later in January!

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are you most looking forward to in January? Have to made those Trollbeads Spring 2018 and Valentine’s Day 2018 lists? Did you pre-order your Ohm Beads Year of the Dog and Teabag? Hit the comments and let me know!

Comments
  1. Gene

    The Trollbeads Spring 2018 is #1 for me…that Enchanted Peacock Pendant is an absolute must have. I don’t care about Valentine’s Day, but I do want a couple of the Rose Spacers. From Ohm I’ve been wanting to get the RAWR collection, so add the Pteranodon Skull to that list. The Sherlock Gnome characters are growing on me….I’m a little surprised to be saying that! . As far as Pandora goes, I’ve pretty much stopped looking at what they have. There’s a couple of retired pieces I still want and that’s about it. And of course I’ll keep an eye out for whatever True Beadz has coming up.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I think a lot of my readers will feel that way, of course that’s partly because my readers are, at their core, Trollbeads fans 😀

      I have the Trollbeads spring glass but not the silvers so I still haven’t seen that pendant in person 😉 Hopefully soon because I’m so impatient! 😀

      Sherlock Gnomes… I’m so torn. Silver faces creep me out. They always have but it’s impossible for me to not admire Ohm’s execution of them. That said, I’m not sure what I’d do with them?! We’ll see. I do love Teabag and the Melting Heart though 😀

  2. Linda Jo

    As one who posted what was leaked to me about the Trollbeads January retirement —I hope it IS inaccurate! 😀 Some of those beads don’t deserve being put out to pasture. But since there were bits and pieces getting leaked, I felt it was fair to put it all together so more customers could take advantage of the winter sales. Sorry to steal the thunder from you bloggers, though. (Note, I did not get my leaks from any retailer or blogger, I would not want to endanger their relationship with TB HQ.)

    The spring release from Trollbeads is very promising. The cheeky monkeys and Soren’s silvers are on my list.

    The Ohm releases are hit-and-miss with me, as it should be, since Ohm doesn’t even try to pretend that every customer will love every bead. That’s one of the best things about Ohm, that they design beads for various niches and interests.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I made my case about releasing the list for people to shop the sale but no luck, the list can’t be shared until the 19th. Beyond that.. it’s kinda hard for me to comment 😀

      As you said, Ohm design for themselves. Their inspiration is so varied that I think most people can’t love everything they do but that’s what’s fun about them and they sure do make bead world more entertaining 😉

  3. Elizabeth

    True Beadz and AcA previews tomorrow! Woohoo! Can’t wait! It will be a great start to the new year!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Do note it’s not a preview of the ACA bead 🙂 Sorry 🙂 We’re just teasing it. The preview won’t be for a while 🙂

  4. Lisa G

    Can’t wait to hear your very exciting news from GLB😃😃😃🎊🎊🎊

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