This Ohm Beads blog brings a further teaser for the upcoming Ohm Beads Heart of Stone, Bead of the Month for June 2017.
It’s the Ohm Beads June 2017 collections preview day! June the 1st is the next release day for the US based brand and once again there are multiple new charm designs launching. Included in the new releases is the Ohm Beads Heart of Stone, Bead of the Month for June and the subject of much speculation and discussion.
Heart of Stone is seeing entirely blind distribution. The bead itself is sealed inside a solid concrete box and the only way to access the contents is to break it open.
Ohm Beads Heart of Stone
We do know a total of one thousand one hundred and eleven (1111) of these beads have been made and as usual they are stamped with an individual serial code and come complete with a certificate of authenticity. There are a total of three finishes but there’s no clarification as to what these are. The retail price is $140, €130 or £117 and here’s the story behind the bead.
Once there was a happy man. He loved his life and the people around him. He helped those who needed help, and didn’t feel obligated to do so. He loved his family above all. He did what he had to do to support his children and spouse. He didn’t want them to suffer. But, times were tough. He didn’t have enough to reach The Dream™. The family got by. They had each other.
On the way to work, while waiting for the bus, the man stood by a familiar lamp post plastered in flyers. One read: “Black Magic. Live Your Dream! You have enough love to give. Call now!” He called.
The voice, soft enough to give you tingles, whispered into his ear. They told him everything he wanted to hear – that he was suffering – that he wanted more – that he could get more. The voice encouraged him to dream bigger. They offered him empathy and help.
The man said “All I need is money. I want to be rich. I want to give my family everything they want!”
“Anything is possible,” the voice said, “but you have to pay the price. In return for financial stability I am asking for your heart. It is a simple transaction. You will give me your heart and I will give you this one, just like yours, but stone. Same same, but different. No surgery required!” the voice laughed. The man agreed.
He woke up in a big empty house, unhappy, and totally alone. What’s wrong with me? He thought. What happened to my life?
Suddenly memories flooded his brain. He did get rich after all, not quickly but over time. Money didn’t bring happiness. He didn’t notice the time as it rippled away from him. He didn’t notice his family evolve, his children grow, and leave. Now an old man, a heart of stone left him unable to feel the good in life. Unable to feel his love and affection his partner and children left him. Unable to be close, his friends turned away.
The man needed to go for a walk. He was devastated. Becoming wealthy, was it worth it? The man found himself staring mindlessly at a tv screen in a shop window with candy colored flickering images dulling his senses begging for attention. Then he saw it. An ad flashed “Black Magic. Stop Dreaming. Call Now!” He fixated on the numbers, 555-1111. He called.
After a few taps and clicks on the line, a soft voice answered.
“What do you want?”
“I want my old self back. I want my life back. I want my heart back. I want my feelings back. I want to be able to feel again and screw the money, I’ve always had enough, not more, not less.” The man cried uncontrollably.
He woke early Sunday morning. Freshly brewed coffee called him from the kitchen. He heard his children laughing and a puppy’s bark. “Oh! It was just a dream!” he thought. Thankfully, it was just a dream… He felt his heart relax. He felt it pump. A shiny, loving, full of life heart; he could feel the ends of the earth in his blood. He was alive, again, like never before.
What happens going forward? We don’t know. #ChipAwayAtYourInsecurities
Though there’s no official preview, the packaging images can now be shared.
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Ohm Beads Heart of Stone Pre-Ordering
For those of you wanting to pre-order, here’s a list of my retail partners. Remember they cannot ship until June the 1st.
Ohm Beads Heart of Stone Summary
Obviously it’s the blind distribution of this charm that has been the focus of much discussion. The retail price of $140 is also higher than most of the Bead of the Month designs. Obviously the choice as to whether or not to purchase a bead unseen is personal and do keep in mind that with 1111 made, there should still be stock when the bead starts to be unveiled. I’m assuming some retailers won’t be able to resist opening the box.
Personally I’m rather caught up in the excitement and intrigue of the whole affair but there haven’t been any Bead of the Month designs I have actively disliked. I was sceptical about the Wings of Protection, purely based on the inclusion of the baby and feeling it highly inappropriate for myself. After receiving it though, it now has pride of place on a moth inspired bracelet that is still both intact and on my wrist.
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With three variations available I am pondering whether one finish will be particularly rare in comparison with the others (as we saw with the Ohm Beads Dirty Cock or Dark Luna for example.) Ultimately that information isn’t going to become apparent until collectors begin receiving their packages and breaking open those boxes. Personally I can already vision myself maniacally hitting boxes with sticks (Mike at Ohm’s suggestion by the way. I’m hoping to find a suitably large stick.)
Pre-orders for the Heart of Stone begin today and I’ll be adding and updating retailer lists as they begin to list their stock.
As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Ohm Beads Heart of Stone packaging? Have you made a decision as to whether to pre-order? Do you have any theories in regards to either what’s inside or what those finishes will be? Hit the comments and let me know!