Novobeads Christmas 2014 Preview

This charm jewellery blog brings a preview of the Novobeads Christmas 2014 collection where glittering orbs are the flavour of the season.

It’s been quite some time since Novobeads released new charms. For the fall they debuted new SOL Bangles but simply remarketed their previous year’s autumnal designs. In light of this it’s a welcome site to see new charms join the collection.

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It’s a relatively small release as once again new SOL Bangles constitute a large percentage of the total collection (a clear sign that the focal charm bangle craze created by Alex & Ani are a dominating trend.) It’s worth noting that most of the beads used for the campaign image above aren’t new designs.

Novobeads Christmas 2014

This isn’t the most typically festive collection I have ever seen though there’s a splash of apt colour by way of two new glass designs.

First comes the Novobeads Heartbeat. Heart designs tend to provoke mixed feelings from many collectors but they do channel the sentiment of the season. This charm seems to have a slightly twisted design making it a tad more unusual and it’s retailing at $30.

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The Novobeads Music looks to be an oxidised design and definitely a charm I’m coveting. It makes me think of the Christmas carols I always play while trimming the tree. Often these are a selection of my late grandparents’ favourites and are usually accompanied with a good annual cry. I like the addition of the etched lines representing the stave. It’s set to retail at $30.

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I’m a vegetarian so the concept of the Novobeads Caviar charm doesn’t hold much appeal. That said I do like the actual design if I can imagine it represents something else. The texture is appealing and I’m tempted to consider it either on a fall bracelet or to act as some kind of holly garland. It’s retailing at $37.

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Community is the second oxidised design and it’s spherical shape should ensure it’s easy to use. With the Ebola crisis still dominating media this somehow feels a touching charm. It’s retailing at $37.

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The Novobeads Two Souls One Spirit isn’t to my tastes purely because of the fact I don’t like faces depicted in silver, even when they’re as abstract as these. It’s a large charm retailing at $51.

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The Novobeads Pearl Knots is quite a classic looking charm with nautical rope detailing around each grey pearl (which are faux for reference.) It’s retailing at $40.

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Six new Novobeads Orbs are debuting each using different coloured crystals. The emerald and rose red are undoubtedly apt for the festive season while the champagne is more subtle and elegant. They each retail at $44.

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The Pearl Shadow is a cultured pearl which should complement the Pearl Knots beautifully. It’s retailing at $46.

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The final two charms are glass by way of the Novobeads Green Sea Pebble and the Cherry. Both are retailing at $42.

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Last but not least comes a new clasp. I’m a huge fan of the Novobeads Clasps. They’ve always aimed to design locks that look a more integral part of a bracelet. I’ll admit I’m unsure of why they chose this particular design for the Novobeads Holiday 2014 release as it doesn’t feel festive but any new clasp is a good thing. The Novobeads Raspberry Clasp will retail at $52.

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Novobeads Christmas 2014 Ordering Details

Both Great Lakes Boutique (US) and Perlen (Denmark) are my recommended retailers for Novobeads. The release is shiny new so not all stores have received stocks yet. Those wishing to purchase from Great Lakes should contact them directly via email at greatlakescoin@att.net.

Novobeads Christmas 2014 Summary

I get the impression Novobeads are shifting their focus more and more to the SOL Bangles range rather than the charms. There have been few new designs this year which is a shame as some of my readers are enthusiastic fans of the Novobeads Mini CZs in particular.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Novobeads Christmas 2014 collection? Are you tempted by any of these new charms? Hit the comments and let me know!

Comments
  1. Beverly

    I’m on a bus now and as soon as I get to work I will order two Caviars. I love the texture and that is my favorite shape of beads. This one is so much more interesting than the similar TB Berries.
    ~Beverly

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Beverly πŸ™‚

      Yes if I can ignore the name I actually see a lot of potential in the design. Like you I think the texture looks lovely! I’d love to hear what you think of them once they arrive πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  2. Sandra

    I love the Novobeads locks and have been coveting one for about a year, but I dislike buying online if I haven’t even seen a single bead of a brand in real life… I think I’ll take the plunge this time, though. Do you you think I could make one of their locks work with a Trollbeads leather bracelet?
    Sandra

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Sandra,

      They aren’t compatible with the Trollbeads leather bracelets I’m afraid – just the silver chains. Sorry about that πŸ™

      • Sandra

        Awwww. πŸ™ That’s a shame… I might order one anyway as I love the this raspberry, and also the leaf. But I wear my leather bracelets much more often and would have loved a lock with those. *sniff* But thanks so much for your help, it’s great having this kind of knowledge when deciding!

        • rainey

          Sandra- I you put a large jump ring in the hole of the leather end you can use any lock you like on a leather chain. A jeweler can do it for you if you want it soldered shut (I would) or you can get a split jump ring that will also give you good security and put that on yourself with a pair of tweezers and some patience. Here’s a pic of one so you can see what I’m talking about: http://www.amazon.com/Sterling-Silver-Round-Split-Connector/dp/B008RRZD4Q I have NOT checked to see that that’s the right size. I just wanted to show you a picture.

          • endangeredtrolls

            I have jump rings on mine but do your Novovbeads locks work on leather? I tried earlier and just couldn’t get it to work. Both ends were too chunky for the tiny ends of the leather πŸ™

            Maybe it was just the one lock though?

            xxx

          • rainey

            Not sure I made myself clear. If you have the jump ring installed in the hole you want to use on the flat broad side of the leather, you can then engage that jump ring in the clasp of your lock just as you would for a silver chain. (I wish I could draw an illustration…)

            Perhaps I should be clear that you’re engaging the 2 metal ends of the leather in the small clasp of your lock and the large end of your lock in the new jump ring. Does that help any?

            Then trim away any excess leather. But keep that! If you put on beads that want to move around, use an X-acto to cut off tiny “shims” of leather and then use the point of the craft knife to push it between the leather of the bracelet and the core of the bead. The beads will stop slipping and you won’t see the shim because it will match the bracelet.

          • rainey

            Oh, Victoria! NOW I see what you’re asking!

            I can get the larger loop of my Novo Nautilus lock into the small metal eyelets on my leather bracelet. Then the pincher clasp will fit over the jump ring on the other end of the leather if you choose one that’s the gauge of the large end of a TB chain.

          • Sandra

            Thank you so much!! I see what you mean and will certainly try it. I just love the look of those locks.
            Thanks!!

  3. rainey

    You know, I just checked their site last night and saw those.

    Did you see that the Green Sea Pebble and Cherry are listed as “amber” by Novo? That is confusing the hell out of me as red and green amber can’t be natural and I can’t imagine how or why you’d dye amber… It makes more sense that they’d be glass but $46 is how Novo prices their amber and they have grouped these beads with their conventional amber.

    On the promotional bracelet Novo put together are the Pinecone and Wreath. They’re both older designs, truly spectacular and among my very favorite Christmas beads. I have both of them on the bracelet I’m wearing until Christmas. The wreath incorporates an incredibly detailed angel, a star and a bow into the decorations on the wreath and is dotted with 6 tiny tiny red, green and yellow CZs which are not blingy but thought out bit of color and flash that enhance the traditional seasonal decoration. The Pinecone is an incredibly lifelike representation. Their Holly bead is also my favorite interpretation of holly in a bead.

    I too would be sorry to see them abandon charms. I don’t love everything they do but I seriously love the insanely clever mechanism of they clasps and how they integrate into bracelet combinations, the brilliance of their CZs (thanks for making me pay attention to that and get some!) and the silver charms that hit my aesthetic. I’d also point out that their chains are a nice savings over TBs for anyone who is in the US. I think it’s their safety chains that also are.

    A new clasp is very welcome but I join you in thinking a raspberry is a strange choice for Christmas. =o Maybe because it’s red? But it will be so much better in the spring. I have always thought a jingle bell would be a good shape for a Novo lock and perfect for Christmas. And it think a bat with outstretched wings would make a fabulous Halloween lock too. Why don’ they ask me these things?! ; >

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