Novobeads Mini CZ Beads Review

Today's jewellery blog article offers an in depth review at a set of the Novobeads mini CZ beads; the Novobeads Twilight Mini CZ Bundle.

Before Christmas I received a Novobeads bracelet with a selection of self chosen charms. Among these were a set of their mini CZ beads. These boast a faceted cut but as opposed to utilising the more commonly seen glass, they're made from cubic zirconia. This material has some advantages in comparison with glass. Firstly it's extremely durable. On the Moh's scale of mineral hardness, cubic zirconia has a rating of eight. By comparison glass is either a six or seven and diamond then a ten. While it's doesn't quite have the reflective properties of diamond, it's not too far off.

While this all sounds very boring it contributes to two major factors; the durability of the bead and how sparkly it is.

Novobeads have two distinctive lines of cubic zirconia beads; Novobeads signature CZ and Novobeads mini CZ. I opted for a mini set as generally speaking I prefer my beads on the small side (and chubby preferably!) The set I chose was the Novobeads twilight mini CZ bundle, characterised by a variety of dusky colour beads underpinned with purple tones.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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For the benefit of newer readers or those unfamiliar with Novobeads, they are fully compatible with all major charm brands, including Pandora.

Novobeads Mini CZ Beads Review

Each set features five beads with this particular set ranging from an inky midnight blue through to a barely there lavender. In terms of sizing, they're smaller and more slender than the Trollbeads prisms. The image below shows a comparison with a Trollbeads retired pink prism.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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The five beads included in this set are purple panache, heather, midnight, indigo and hushed forest. This set is very appropriately named as it features the beautiful soft colours that you'd expect at twilight in summer.

The hushed forest bead is a muted khaki green. The second image shows it in comparison with the Trollbeads labrodorite for a colour swatch.

Novobeads Hushed Forest

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Novobeads Hushed Forest

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The midnight CZ is a very deep inky blue, almost black. Only in certain lights are the navy blue tones apparent.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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The indigo CZ is an opulent purple colour, similar to an amethyst and very vibrant in it's shade.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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The heather cz is a soft, barely there lavender. The second image shows it in comparison with the Trollbeads milky quartz which gives a better idea of the shade.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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Novobeads Mini CZ

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The last bead in the set is the purple panache and undoubtedly my favourite of the entire set. This bead has a stunning shade which to me is far more on an indigo than the specifically named bead.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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The beads all boast neat, tidy and low profile coring and certainly none of the beads I received had issues with a loose core or with the silver not sitting flush to the charm.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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These beads are a beautiful compliment to each other and undoubtedly well selected as a bundle. I chose them specifically for their ability to create a cool, winter themed bracelet.

Novobeads Mini CZ

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Novobeads Mini CZ

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Novobeads Mini CZ

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Novobeads Mini CZ Twilight Set Ordering Details

Novobeads maintain their own online store. Clicking on the link below will open the appropriate landing page in a new window:-

Novobeads Mini CZ Conclusion

I have to admit, I've been impressed with Novobeads so far. Their clasp system is particularly innovation and if you haven't yet read my review of the Novobeads maple leaf clasp, hitting the link will open that.

The mini CZ beads are an adorable size for those that prefer their beads a little more compact. The colours in the twilight set were everything I had hoped for and I've already received a great deal of use out of them. To this end I'll admit that I'm drawn to the other kits as I feel they represent good value for money (at $99 per set) and give you an instant colour scheme with which to shape a new bracelet. With this in mind they'd also make a fabulous gift for a new collector.

Please note the products featured in this article were provided free of charge for consideration and review. This does not influence the opinions expressed here.

Comments
  1. Jennifer

    I have one of the mini cz beads from Novobeads, and I agree that it is a high quality bead. And I do like the size! I found it difficult to accurately select the color, however, and ended up with a color that was much more purple than the blue I was going for. But I will make it work! 🙂 The sets are a great value, and as you point out, you could instantly set a theme for a bracelet by ordering just one set. I really like the Novobeads products, it would be great if a local shop would carry them. (And Ohm beads also. Is it rude to say that in a Novobeads review? 🙂 )

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Jennifer 🙂

      Good to hear that you like the little cz beads also 😀

      In regards to Ohm – I think Perlen are picking them up if that helps. No news on Novobeads though 🙁

      I totally understand the issue with the colours though. I don’t think the website displays the colours all that well (sorry Novobeads!)

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  2. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    I am really liking Novobeads. The mini CZ’s look very pretty and I like the size as sometimes with the smaller charms large glass or gems can be overwhelming. With these you get a wonderful splash of colour but the silvers don’t get lost. The quality shines through in the pictures and I would love to own this set.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Debbie,

      I agree with you entirely on the size. I’ve never seen the signature CZs but I tend to prefer smaller glass and I assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that the signature CZs might be more on par with the Trollbeads gemstones in size. While I do love many of the gemstones they are large beads and I fancied something smaller.

      They’re very sparkly! The light bounces off these things which makes them really eye catching without being “blingy”. I loved the colours in the Twilight set I must admit.

      Now we just need a European seller 🙁

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  3. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    Yes, your photo’s really capture the sparkle, and that’s where the CZ’s really come into their own.

    I think Pandora did a good job in getting their fascinating murano’s to sparkle as much as they do, but the Novobeads CZ’s look fabulous. I wonder if the signature CZ’s are similar in size to the Pandora ones? I also like that the Novobeads silver cores are not as prominent as the Pandora!

    I am sure a European seller will come along fairly soon because Novobeads is a quality brand that many collectors will want to buy; and Europe is a huge opportunity as a market for them.

    Whilst I am lusting after Novobeads, particularly a couple of the clasps, and these mini CZ’s, I can be patient 🙂 Especially as my wishlist is sooooo huge already, and of course my obsession with byBiehl means that my focus is leaning in the direction of owning more pods over everything else on my wish list 😉

    Best wishes,
    Debbie

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Debbie,

      I think you’re correct – I suspect the Novobeads signature CZs are similar in size to the Pandora fascinating muranos. I must admit, I think these are really large and it’s the main reason I never bought any. The pave charms by comparison are quite small and these suit me perfectly.

      So far I’m been impressed with the Novobead cores. Nothing has been loose or not very neatly attached to the actual bead.

      I do hope someone picks up Novobeads for the EU market. I suspect that the bad feelings between Trollbeads and Novobeads may influence some retailers but it would be a sore shame for European collectors to have such poor access to them.

      You know.. when I first saw ByBiehl I thought it was a “safe” brand. I thought they lacked the addictive “must collect them all” qualities of Trollbeads and to some extent, Pandora. Ha! How ridiculously wrong was I?!

      Of course the soon to be prominent question.. how are we going to store them all in the long run?

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  4. Debbie

    haha @ byBiehl not being addictive !!

    Oh crikey – storage, eeeek! Guess the trusty John Lewis is due a visit for another stacker set……unless you can recommend something better?

    • endangeredtrolls

      I have a stacker set also but I admit, I’m yearning for something else… 🙁

      I know about my ByBiehl comment 🙁 I was all smug and confident that this would be a nice fashionable brand without the addictive aspect of Trollbeads – pfft 🙁

      Wait until you see some of the images from their new catalogue – stacked bracelets… two leather, one silver, several rings <3 Absolutely to die for!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  5. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    I am looking forward to seeing the e-version of the catalogue. I am sure the stacked bracelets are fabulous, and I would love a silver bracelet as well 🙂

    On the storage front, check out this site, they are in Germany and I assume they ship across Europe. This page shows my favourite, but there are lots of different designs.

    http://www.designhuette.com/uhrenbeweger/gb/Jewelry-Cases/Windrose-charmbox-w-plexiglas-Gecko::1261.html

    ps – hope it was ok to post the link on here!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Debbie 🙂

      Absolutely fine to post the link, don’t worry about that.

      They’re certainly interesting and I love the various designs. I do wonder how much they’d hold though.

      I actually have a chest of drawers now to accommodate my beads and charms as they were taking over the house. While it’s a great solution for keeping them out of the way, I still need good storage solutions for inside the individual drawers.

      I’m still drawn to the Trollbeads Collectors Case http://www.katzenmaiers.de/Trollbeads/Accessoires/Trollbeads-Jewelry-showcase.html but the price terrifies me!

      Pondering this too:- http://www.trollbeadsstudio.com/shop/trollbeads-stuff/jewelry-box.html

      I’ve never really found my ideal storage 🙁

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  6. Debbie

    Wow Victoria, a whole chest of drawers! Might be worth looking for websites that offer trays for Jewellers as that might be an affordable way of storage for inside the individual drawers?

    The Trollbeads Collectors Case is lovely, and I see what you mean about the price, although when you think about it, it’s probably good value for money as it looks as though it will hold a lot of beads.

    Storage is always an issue, and I guess yours will continue to grow much faster than most people’s because of your wonderful blog and the brands you receive for review.

    I am sure something will come along that suits your needs 🙂

    • endangeredtrolls

      I agree with you regarding the price – I think it’s decent value. It’s more the notion of “I can spend £300 on a case or I can buy one, two, three, four… beads” – that’s where I come unstuck 😛

      I wish I was more creative as I’d honestly have a go at creating my own system for storing beads and charms. I’d make it modular so people could add to it over time rather than have to buy a large amount at once – which is the concept they got right with the stackers, I just wish the actual components were larger.

      I actually asked about the official Trollbeads display case my former local store had before she shut up and moved. It was one of the large black units, drawers underneath and rods under glass on the top.

      Unfortunately it was leased from Trollbeads rather than owned by her and they wanted 6500 DKK for it 🙁 (Around £620) – which I just couldn’t justify of course. Now my collection is not THAT big but the whole concept of having a Trollbeads displays cabinet in the bedroom just made me very giddy ;p

      It even had wheels on so I could wheel it around when I wanted to “play”.

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

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