Live Video Trollbeads Gemstone Party at Great Lakes Boutique

This Trollbeads blog alerts readers to a new style of live video Trollbeads gemstone party at Great Lakes Boutique.

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that one of the many reasons I chose to join Great Lakes Boutique is my long standing commitment to e-commerce when it comes to the bead market. The reality is that most collectors do not have a local store where they can stop by and hand select their beads. At the same time with such huge variation in glass and stone beads, buying from stock images seems really quite archaic. The technology at hand these days is amazing and I always felt it was underutilised in bead world.

I love photographing beads but people are often under the impression that my images are very heavily edited. This isn’t true. I do edit my images (and watermark them,) but the editing I perform is actually on the background. When photographing on perspex it’s easy to pick up small scratches or other distortions. Nevertheless beads will always look different under studio lighting versus natural lighting (and indeed in sunlight versus shade.)

Over the past few days we’ve been graced with just hints of sunshine and I’ve been outside trying to make the most of it. A short time ago I published a large portion of our gemstone inventory from both live images and video. We’ve previously only used this during our events. The beads are grouped together so you can see size and colour variations (and we have some amazingly beautiful stones right now.) Enjoy!

  1. Jenna

    Victoria, the videos are just a fabulous way to view these stones!
    Makes you love each and every one!
    A perfect way to showcase any beads for that matter! Bravo!!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      If there’s enough interest in it I can do it for our glass too. I’m just really dependent on the weather and it’s pointless under heavy cloud ๐Ÿ˜€

      But thanks for your kind words <3 I hope some of you enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Jenifer

    I love this! I live in a large metropolitan area and yet donโ€™t have a shop within a 2 hour drive.

    • Pippa

      Jenifer same here. I live in the DC Metro area and I swear 5 years ago we had 2 concept stores within a 20 minute drive and there were others not that far away. I actually hadn’t even realized so many had closed until last month when I was going to make the trek. Fortunately, I tried to look it up so I would know where to park at the mall as it had been a while. I actually ended up on the phone with a very nice woman from Trollbeads searching for the closest concept store (I was parked in my car and trying to figure it out on my phone and thought I was missing something. Turns I need to go to New York City or New Jersey – somehow it works out to be similar drive times though the Jersey one is a little closer. Not exactly something I can do in a day while my son is at school, even with aftercare.

      But I have distracted myself. I need to go check this new shopping method because I don’t quite understand but love anything that will make it easier to pick out beads. (Currently, I’ve been doing my best with buying from live pics when available . But I still end up with ones I don’t really want – I have a growing pile of these; it even includes so silver – the single angle catalog shots aren’t always adequate. And I’m going on again. Sorry, it’s a sore spot for me.

      • Jenifer

        Yup. I donโ€™t like Troll silvers very much and itโ€™s hard to shop for glass and stone without a really good store within an hour (or really good pictures/video). If Iโ€™m going to drive for several hours I think Iโ€™d rather go to that store out by Rehoboth that I hear carries a good selection. At least that way I can do a weekend at the beach. And since no place around the mid-Atlantic carries Redbalifrog or Ohm, going out to Cleveland starts to make a strange sort of sense.

  3. Lisa G

    I noticed these this morning, and I think they are great! Very helpfulโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บ

    • endangeredtrolls

      Thank you <3 You're always so kind ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Pippa

    Wow! Very cool. I like the videos ๐Ÿ™‚
    I do think it works better for some then others. For the Agate Dendritic, I’m not sure. It’s great being able to see all side but your super clear close-up photos are better at showing if a the white so very solid or sort-of milky white (slightly translucent like milky quartz).
    Overall, I think it’s a great addition to showing beads and I did get some ๐Ÿ™‚

    • endangeredtrolls

      I agree with you 100% on this. It’s a constant debate I have with someone.

      Individual macro images show the nuances of stones. The colour, the patterns and markings.. but what they don’t show are the size variations.

      Group images show those size variations but they miss aspects of the detailing. They can also miss things like.. organic inclusions that people may not actually like when they “meet” their new stone in person.

      PERSONALLY for me. I would rather shop macro images of stones and group images of glass. I find glass size variation more of an issue than stone size. Often I can want glass in matching pairs so size is important. Stones.. sure I’d LOVE a matching pair of dark Strawberry Quartz but me and every other Trollbeads fan out there.

      Does that make sense?

      I’m still working on the perfect solution. I have a vague idea of something… but it requires the move to the new website and it could be pretty tech difficult. Then it starts to become an issue of time too. If it potentially takes me over an hour per stone I might get in trouble ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Lisa G

        Macro images of the stones and glass are nice, I think. Seeing the stones out in the light is helpful too. And if I pick a glass bead from the macro shots I can always ask you to match a similar size and pattern๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›โ˜บโ˜บ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

      • Pippa

        It is an interesting debate. I mostly agree with you. I’m always looking for Agate Dentrites that I like but really need those macro images. Also I don’t finds stones very as much in size as class and for shape I’m just trying to avoid anything with thats really wonky or narrow and pointy-er and I can generaly see that in the macro image. I will be keeping an eye out for videos of glass – there can be just so much variation in so many ways I would think it would help.
        I can see how taking pics and going through all the set up to get them posted could take a lot of time and Trolleads makes a lot of glass beads.

  5. Jenna

    Personally, the video seems the best way to actually โ€œmeetโ€ a bead, simulating how you would examine a bead in real life. Seeing it from all sides, while turning it and from various angles, glints of light, etc.

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