Ohm Beads Fall 2012 Rivers of Life Review

This jewellery blog article sees an in depth review of the Ohm Beads fall 2012 collection, Rivers of Life.

Ohm beads is a new addition to Endangered Trolls and made their debut in the 2012 March of the Pumpkins article for Halloween. Here I offered a succinct review of the Ohm Jack-O-Lantern bead and Pumpkin Ring.

For fall 2012, Ohm beads released a series of glass beads called the Rivers of Life collection. As the name suggests, these beads were inspired by famous rivers across the globe and today we take a closer look at two of these beads.

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Ohm Beads Rivers of Life

This entire series is characterised by vibrant colours across a slightly marbled surface. This in addition to the glossy finish creates a a slightly aquatic looking bead, perfect to represent the rivers after which they were named.

Ohm Beads Daintree

Daintree is by far my favourite of these two beads purely due to it’s colour. Aside from the more gothic shades of blacks and burgundy, I tend to radiate towards purples and pinks, depending on the season. With this in mind, there’s little wonder that the Daintree bead appeals to me so much.

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This bead varies from a deep, royal purple colour through to the palest of barely there lilacs. The marbling in the bead is quite spectacular and the eclectic swirl of various shades makes for an eye catching bead.

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Ohm Beads Amazon

Amazon is an incredibly vibrant green bead that ranges from a grass green shade through to limes. As with Daintree, the colours within the bead are beautifully blended and this bead would look stunning on a spring themed bracelet as it has a really zesty feel to it.

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While these beads have a slightly different shape to either Trollbeads or Pandora glass, they compliment each other perfectly well.

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Ohm Beads Rivers of Life Review

It’s worth noting that with both of these beads, there is no translucency even when viewed from the side (as the above shots will show.) These are solid blocks of colour quite unlike the majority of glass beads in other brands. It’s not possible to mistake these for Trollbeads, even ignoring the core, and this is a good thing in my eyes. It makes them distinctive and with so many brands now battling for a slice of the bead market, it’s nice to see the ones that offer their own take on a concept.

This lack of translucency also makes for very colour intensive beads.

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Ohm Beads Rivers of Life – Remaining Beads

The Rivers of Life series actually constitutes a total of thirteen beads. For the most part, these beads can be divided into pairs based upon their colour category. The exception is the incredibly vivid Ganges bead boasting a bright cinder hue.

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Of all the pairs, I’ll admit to coveting the Rhone and Seine beads. I have quite the weakness for pink and these two beads offer a beautiful candy shade (indeed that’s precisely what they remind me of!)

Given how well the pairs compliment each other, I’d be tempted when ordering to grab both. These are such strong and colourful additions to a bracelet that balancing them out on either side of a focal bead would look spectacular.

Ohm Beads Fall 2012 Rivers of Life Ordering Details

Ohm Beads operate their own online store and clicking the link below will opening the landing page for the Rivers of Life series in a new window.

Ohm Beads Fall 2012 Rivers of Life Conclusion

Receiving a new brand is always an exciting experience; even more so when it’s a brand you’ve never physically seen. This was precisely the case with Ohm. In addition to excitement and curiosity, I also felt a pang of hesitation. There’s always the risk that a product doesn’t meet expectations and frankly, I’d rather decline to review something than try and muster enthusiasm for a design that just doesn’t capture my attention.

The Rivers of Life beads are different to Trollbeads or Pandora glass work but this isn’t a bad thing. Where most glass beads have a translucent quality to them, these absolutely do not. They are a really strong and colourful addition to a bracelet. As mentioned, their shape is slightly different but they compliment my existing glass well. While Ohm bracelets feature a twist cap system like Pandora, these beads are not threaded and simply slide over this system. As with the entire Ohm range, they are fully compatible with both Pandora and Trollbeads bracelets.

If you love to experiment with colour on your bracelets, these are definitely worth considering. There is nothing subtle or shy about these beads. The marble effect is beautiful and quite captivating to look at. It’s also incredible effective and appropriate in light of the name of the series.

If I had to be critical (and honestly, I often feel obliged to find *something* to criticise), I’d argue that the core on one of the beads I received doesn’t quite sit flush to the side of the bead. (The bead in question is the Amazon bead). On a bracelet it’s not noticeable but it can be spotted when photographing. It’s a minor issue and the Daintree bead doesn’t suffer with this at all.

Please note that these products were supplied free of charge for consideration and review. This does not influence the opinions expressed here.

Bead Index

What follows is an index of the beads used within this article:-

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  • 1 – Trollbeads Green Shade
  • 2 – Trollbeads retired Vine
  • 3 – Trollbeads Whirling Adventure
  • 4 – Trollbeads retired Joyful (original)
  • 5 – Trollbeads Purple Armadillo
  • 6 – Ohm Beads Husky
  • 7 – Ohm Beads Rivers of Life – Amazon
  • 8 – Ohm Beads Snow Flake
  • 9 – Ohm Beads Rivers of Life – Daintree
  • 10 – Redbalifrog Baby Dragon Frankie
  • 11 – Trollbeads limited edition Anniversary Caterpillar
  • 12 – Redbalifrog Luna Moon
  • 13 – Trollbeads Purple Armadillo
  • 14 – Pandora Snowman
  • 15 – Trollbeads Antique Flower (original version)
  • 16 – Redbalifrog Heart Lock

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  • 1 – Trollbeads Green Armadillo
  • 2 – Trollbeads retired Vine
  • 3 – Trollbeads unique / OOaK Turtle
  • 4 – Redbalifrog Luna Moon
  • 5 – Trollbeads Green Shade
  • 6 – Trollbeads retired Joyful (original)
  • 7 – Trollbeads limited edition Japanese Manga bead
  • 8 – Ohm Beads Sand Dollar
  • 9 – Trollbeads limited edition Anniversary Caterpillar
  • 10 – Ohm Beads Buddha
  • 11 – Ohm Beads Rivers of Life Amazon
  • 12 – Pandora Christmas Tree
  • 13 – Trollbeads unique / OOaK Green Armadillo
  • 14 – Ohm Beads Snow Flake
  • 15 – Trollbeads Spring
  • 16 – Pandora Snowman
  • 17 – Trollbeads Antique Flower (original version)
  • 18 – Ohm Beads Gift Box
  • 19 – Redbalifrog Heart Lock
Comments
  1. rainey

    I don’t have any Ohm glass beads but I very much like the variation of shape that a wheel provides. And I am getting more and more interested in the effect of opaque glass. Thanks for profiling these.

    Would you say the chunckier core that wraps up the side acts more or less like a spacer to frame glass beads used by themselves without silver charms? I’ve always avoided heavier cores but I can see that they may have their own appeal instead of competing with the minimal TB style. Just don’t have any of them to experiment with.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Rainey,

      Firstly, huge apologies for my delay in replying, I’ve been so so busy the last few days.

      Onto the beads… I don’t think the core could be considered that bulky. The Amazon bead I received has a slightly wonky core in my opinion – there’s a tiny gap between part of the core and the side of the glass where it hasn’t been pressed down properly. The Daintree by comparison has a neat core and personally I don’t think it’s any bulkier than say, Pandora’s cores.

      I don’t mind them at all. I actually prefer that a brand uses something a little different as opposed to mimicking the minimalist Trollbeads cores.

      You’re absolutely correct about the wheel shape providing an interesting variation. I’d actually like to see more of this series from Ohm to compare more of the colours. They’re incredibly interesting to look at close up as the colours are quite spectacular.

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  2. Mars

    Was admiring one of these beads in your article on the Luck and Joy Starter bracelets and just noticed this article, nice beads!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Haha they’re pretty aren’t they? 🙂

      I tend to be suspicious of other brands glass beads as I think Trollbeads collectors are generally a little spoiled in regards to the quality 😉 I’m really impressed with these though. They’re have incredible colours when you view them close up – particularly the Daintree bead as the contrast is more pronounced.

      Lots more coming from Ohm in the future 🙂

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

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