Limited Edition Trollbeads Purple Diamond Bead

This Trollbeads blog brings a preview and details of the limited edition Trollbeads Purple Diamond Bead, exclusive to the Japanese market.

I’ve had a couple of emails over the past few weeks concerning the Trollbeads Purple Diamond Bead so for the benefit of all, here’s the details. Unfortunately (though not for the Japanese collectors it is rather lovely!

Trollbeads Purple Diamond Bead

The Trollbeads Purple Diamond Bead launched early in October as an exclusive for the Japanese market. It’s priced ever so slightly higher than the collection diamond beads and in addition to being exclusive to Japan, it’s also limited in quantity. It’s actually a lovely, softer purple shade; a little like a grape colour.

Trollbeads Purple Diamond Bead

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For any Japanese readers, you can order it directly from Trollbeads Japan. For everyone else there’s nothing to suggest this bead will be released globally right now and Trollbeads Japan will not ship internationally.

In summary there are currently two country exclusives in circulation. The Purple Diamond Bead is one and the Trollbeads True Radiance Bracelet for the UK is the second. As of tomorrow however (or midnight tonight as is more likely the case,) the Trollbeads Christmas 2017 collection will be launching, alongside the Wishful Sky Bracelet.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Trollbeads Purple Diamond Bead? Hit the comments and let me know!

  1. Gene

    It’s very pretty and purple is one of my favorite colors. Of course since I’m in the U.S. I won’t be able to get it. I’ll just have to console myself with the Wishful Sky Bracelet

    • endangeredtrolls

      But the Wishful Sky Bracelet is so very lovely! 😀

  2. Katie

    Now I’m really not happy. The purple diamond bead that I’ve hoped that they would have for Christmas for years (and years) is finally here – and I can’t get it. Sad, because it looks as good as I always hoped it would be….

    • Pippa

      Are you in any groups or Forums with Bead Fairies that could help you get it? I wish I could point you in the right direction. The Beadthrilled Forum used to be more active but now it’s sort of defunct. I think things have moved to social media like Facebook. But I not very knowledgable on that front. You might be able to find active Trollbead groups by posting on the Trollbeads FB page or searching.

      And then there is eBay – I don’t mind a reasonable mark-up from a reputable seller but I hate these sellers who are price gauging. Worst are the ones who try to take advantage of the buyers ignorance – just recently I so a seller trying to sell a pair of the Ohm/GLB Blush-ish stoppers for $200!!!! Same seller also had a Trollbeads Tower for like $200 which is much to high. (I’m annoyed at them because they are holding one RAWR glass bead hostage for $550.)

      Good Luck I hope you can get it for a reasonable price.

    • Nereida

      I have recently remembered mail forwarding services. You can google if there are any in Japan that don’t charge membership fees and just charge reasonable shipping fees. They would give you a Japan address and ship deliveries to you.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’m so sorry to hear that 🙁

      • Katie

        Those are the breaks. Maybe they could come up with a nice dark purple diamond bead for the rest of us….

        • Katie

          I don’t mind when they release a bead to a specific area. If they want to boost one specific market with a special bead, that is their business. But, what I don’t understand is why they won’t allow the rest of the world buy that bead from the targeted market. In this case, Japan gets the lovely bead. Fine. But, if I buy this bead for the Japan store and am willing to pay for the shipping costs – that sounds like a win-win. The Japan dealer gets the money for the bead and I get the lovely bead that I’ve always wanted.

  3. Pippa

    I like it but don’t love it. I was really hoping for a deeper purple glass.

    I don’t really understand a single market bead like this. It’s not like something they might want to try out in a single market. Or like the World Tour beads which were a whole specially designed campaign and the beads were related to that market. They have to know that this would be a popular bead throughout their markets. Why not sell it as a LE everywhere – they could make lots of money on it instead or letting eBay gaugers do so at the expense of there customers. I don’t get it.

    • Gene

      That’s what I have a difficult time understanding, too. Why Japan? As far as eBay… I will not buy anything there no matter how desperately I want it because you just don’t know. The few “Pandora” charms I bought last year from eBay….when I didn’t realize there were so many fakes… I threw away a couple of months ago.

    • Lisa G

      This is something Pandora does for their Asian market. They pick a bead that has no special significance to that market and make it only available there. Pandora fans have been bemoaning this “random” limited distribution for years😟😟. I really don’t get it.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’m fully in support of a free, global market.

      I don’t mind country exclusives, providing they can be shipped internationally. I think Pandora’s ethos of preventing retailers shipping globally is so absurd.

      Internet shopping is so prevalent now and though the debate as to whether it will eventually kill brick and mortar stores is contentious, I firmly believe it’s the way of the future. For that reason I think retailers (and brands) need to focus on offering the best possible online experience to a customer, regardless of where that person is based.

      I have no problem with Japan having a special bead. Asia is such a flourishing – and actively growing – marketing for Trollbeads. Great! Treat them! But the problem is Trollbeads Japan cannot ship globally due to their distributor agreement (just like Trollbeads USA do not.)

      I am going to GUESS that if anyone tries to contact the concept stores, they might help. There’s a language issue and of course it all looks very intimating due to the different alphabet but I’m sure some of the staff over there would help if they can.

  4. Lisa G

    And I agree with Pippa. The color is too light or something. I don’t love it. In fact, pandora did the same bead, now retired, called ” purple effervescence.”

    • endangeredtrolls

      I actually prefer it a little bit softer in colour 😀 But I think I’m in the minority 😀

  5. Louise

    I like it, really pretty. The people in Japan are lucky to have access to that one. Maybe TB will have a darker purple worldwide in next year’s Christmas release. Kind of like the sugared plum fairies, from the Nutcracker?
    And regarding eBay, a few times I’ve bought there and ended up with clearly fake stuff. I’m such a dope 😉

    • endangeredtrolls

      I don’t think it’s *your* fault you ended up with fakes. Most of the time with some clever photography (or borrowed images,) you’re never going to know until they arrive :'(

    • pippa

      I think one has to be careful if buying on eBay but a don’t think it’s all fakes out there. Sometimes it’s just selling beads they don’t want anymore. I’m more afraid of silver then glass but some beads aren’t available anymore. I recently picked up a used Coral Flowers glass bead and was happy because I was able to find one that was a good match for the one I own.

      • Lisa G

        It’s true, not all are fakes. Look out for sellers who have no previous sales listed, who consistently sell beads at a ridiculously low price, and have *any* negative ratings, especially where the buyer called their bead a fake. Also, buy through PayPal and they and eBay will help you dispute any transactions. I bought 2 blue pandora “field of flowers” beads ( again, not available in US!); one was real, one was definitely fake. I paid so little for the fake I just kept it anyway. Didn’t look bad, but not real Pandora. So these country and regional exclusives definitely create more problems than they are worth, I think.

  6. Marie

    The marketing games of large corporate bead suppliers (think Pandora, Chamilia, Trollbeads and Ohm) just don’t fit well in today’s world. We are supposedly living in a global era, particularly in both the communication and the marketing worlds. Shouldn’t the companies that are large enough to do so, who have the production capabilities, start behaving the same? Shouldn’t a sale for one region be available for another? It’s no longer yesteryear when their customer bases are dissected and disconnected to what is happening worldwide. Granted, these are simply beads, but if that is your business, why would a company ever want to make any customer feel excluded or privledged based solely on their physical location? (No response needed for any questions posed above, please, more questions to provoke self thoughts, not an online war of words.)

    Just to be clear, I have absolutely no interest in the Purple Diamond release, but I am disappointed for those that desire it and can’t get it due to corporate decisions like this.

    Sorry, sputtering over.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I agree 100%.

      Perhaps because of my job… I’m totally against regional releases IF there is no clear line of global distribution offer. It’s an archaic concept in an increasingly digitalised world.

      I do 95% of my shopping online. I hate shopping. Aside from a jacket I bought a couple of months ago, NONE of my clothes are purchased in physical stores. Nor my shoes. Nor my jewellery.

      The internet is making the world so much smaller and you touched on marketing… you can’t KEEP these releases secret. It’s not realistic. So the only thing that then happens is people in other markets get upset.

      I’ve just had to jump through hoops to order a very specific laptop from another country because it’s not available here. Further to that the company in question won’t ship it FROM another region TO here. Why not? I see the posts on social media advertising it. I’ve read the reviews online. I’m subject to all of their marketing so why on earth have I had to shuffle a laptop between people just to get it to me?

      My sputtering is over now too 😉

      • Marie

        Exactly! 🙂

  7. Maria

    Why should the collectors of Japan be privileged? I like that bead too 😃
    I really hope Trollbeads won’t do this “privileged ” country actions any more. I want to be able to buy what I want, regarding what country I live in.
    I have understanding for special beads for special occasions but I don’t want to be left out because I live in the “wrong” place.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I suspect it’s more a distributor thing than a corporate thing. Distributors have some degree of control at least in regards to what they ask for. It’s why – I think – some markets seem more active. If you have a really enthusiastic, proactive distributor, you’re probably going to have what feels like a more exciting market. Where as if you have a regional distributor who isn’t really (for example,) buying uniques or investing in promotions, then it’s easy for a collector to look “next door” and get upset.

      I think we all know that Asia is a flourishing market for Trollbeads. If Trollbeads Japan approached head quarters asking for a bead and were willing to invest in that, they probably got it.

      That’s just speculation though!

  8. kathrynwitte

    I’m more interested in eggplant-colored diamond beads, as well as (of course!) RED. My Thanksgiving bracelet could use the purple (not this one), but my patriotic and Christmas bracelets *NEED* the red.

    I’m too old to compete for beads and that’s why I avoid the LE bead companies. Competition does not enhance my collecting experience in any way and sows seeds of discontent, nay anger if I examine it too closely. As for a targeted release, it could build Japanese dealers’ business but only if they were encouraged to export, not prevented from doing so. On the other hand, can you imagine the screaming if a bead was created for the world specifically *excluding* Japan and those with Japanese addresses? This isn’t a good business decision any way you slice it.

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