Today’s Trollbeads blog article offers an in depth review of the limited edition Trollbeads Kimono beads
Trollbeads Kimono Beads Official Description
This spring a very special and exquisitely beautiful limited edition comes from Trollbeads – Kimono Kit is designed by Japanese designer Nozomi Kaji.
This delicate collection of six beads in matte colours is not only designed by a Japanese designer, it is also made from Japanese glass, and is inspired by the colors and patterns of a Japanese silk kimono.
Trollbeads Kimono Beads Review
This was an enormously popular limited edition release. Partly in thanks to the stunning nature of these beads and partly due to their charitable contribution to the Japanese earthquake appeal. The beads were never intended to be a charitable release but as their launch occurred just a few days after a devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami ravaged Japan, Trollbeads Denmark announced that a percentage of the profits would be donated to the rescue and rebuilding efforts.
These beads are quite different to the majority of the Trollbeads collection. While matte effect beads have been seen in the past, they’re few and far between. A matte surface results in quite a different feeling bracelet. They have a more earthly feel to them and look absolutely exquisite when worn on leather.
While initially the idea of these beads didn’t excite me, I did attend a release event for them at a local retail store. I also left with the full set. The idea may not have appealed to me but the execution certainly did and I would argue that this set represents a real highlight in Troll’s history.
Trollbeads Kimono Beads Individual Names
Each of these beads boasts it’s own name and these are as follows:-
- Mon bead (blue with circles)
- Seigaiha bead (green with stripes)
- Tsuru bead (green with birds)
- Shibori bead (blue with triangles)
- Sakura (pink with cherry blossom)
- Ume (white with red plum blossom)
Trollbeads Kimono Beads Facts
Official Release Date:- March 4th 2011
Country Restrictions:- None. This was a worldwide release.
Availability:- Good. These beads are relatively new and the more recent releases (even limited editions) have been produced in far greater volume than the older sets. They’re still easy to track down.
Hallmarks:- Yes, these beads are all hallmarked at the core.
Core Size:- Standard – these will only fit on Trollbead’s brand bracelets.
Details Worth Noting:- All of these beads that I’ve personally seen have been a touch on the smaller side. Due to the nature of the matte finish, using them next to silver beads will result in some transfer of tarnish to the core of the paler beads. This is easily removed with mild soap so it’s nothing to worry about.
Charity Contribution:- The Kimono set was set was released shortly after a devastating earthquake struck Japan. While the set was not intended to be a charity set (it’s release date had been planned considerably before the tragedy unfolded), Trollbeads Denmark announced that a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the Kimono set would be dedicated to the earthquake disaster fund.
Suggested Combinations:- The Kimono beads with their distinctive matte finish look exceptional when paired with many of the Trollbeads stones such as the labradorite or milky quartz.
Trollbeads Kimono Beds Conclusion
I adore these beads and they’re one of my favourite limited edition sets of all time. Their soft colours make them very wearable, even as a complete set. Their matte finish makes them distinctive and that little bit different from the majority of the collection. I noticed many a collector not truly appreciate this set until they’ve physically seen them. Once again, Trollbead’s stock photographs do these beads no favours.