Trollbeads Autumn 2018 Live Images

This Trollbeads blog brings a complete live image review of the Trollbeads Fall 2018 collection, alongside my initial opinions on the new release.

Today saw the unveiling of the Trollbeads Autumn 2018 collection and unusually pre-orders have started immediately. The actual release date is Friday the 14th and that’s when retailers will begin shipping. Nothing in this collection is limited edition which feels such a refreshing change in the current bead market.

It’s a sizable release from Trollbeads, as their main seasonal collections usually are and it’s marketed under the name Adventure Begins. They’ve shied away from the traditional nature themed fall releases to be inspired by vintage travel and dramatic landscapes. That said there are multiple beads that are perfect for the more traditional fall bracelet and the glass is just beautiful. What follows are a lot of live images alongside my initial impressions of the new release.

This is a really image heavy article!

Trollbeads Autumn 2018 Live Images

Please note there are a few products missing from this live preview. None of the hair accessories are included here and I missed the Vintage Airplane by mistake, so apologies for those.

We’ll begin with the gemstones as that is generally where the most variation is. There are two new $65 stones debuting next week; the Angel Wing Alunite and the Steel Hematite. The Trollbeads Steel Hematite is extremely consistent in it’s colouring. It’s a dark (steel) grey, metallic looking stone. It’s really quite a heavy stone too and this is noticeable when you have it in your hand. I do have one word of warning with this bead. Due to it’s mirror like finish, it’s going to reflect any colours around it when photographing, including the light source. I’ve already seen a few live images online with beads that look tinted. These beads are grey.

Trollbeads Steel Hematite

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Trollbeads Steel Hematite

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Trollbeads Steel Hematite

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Trollbeads Steel Hematite

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The new Trollbeads Angel Wing Alunite shows enormous variation however. We’re seeing everything from very distinctive patches of white and red, through to beads that where the two shades are very mixed and even those with large plain inclusions. It’s a lovely bead and feels extremely organic but I do think it’s one to choose from live images.

Trollbeads Angel Wing Alunite

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Trollbeads Angel Wing Alunite

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Trollbeads Angel Wing Alunite

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Trollbeads Angel Wing Alunite

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Trollbeads Angel Wing Alunite

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The release consists of two new glass kits, one faceted and one plain. The beads comprising the kits are all available individually.

The Trollbeads Drift Away Kit surprised me the most. Yes some of the designs are reminiscent of older beads but the colours come together so beautifully. I personally also appreciate the simplicity of some of these. Glass seems to becoming more and more complex and it’s amazing to see some of the designs possible. At the same time some of those very complicated and flashy beads benefit from being teamed with simpler designs. There is a lot of variation to be seen in this kit, with one bead being so far removed from the stock image than I’m totally confused. This kit retails at $175 or the individual beads are $35 each.

My favourite bead from this kit (at least initially,) is the Trollbeads Drifting Balloons. It has a black translucent base with blue and buttery yellow details. Alone it’s a striking bead but perhaps uses shades you’d not normally combine. As part of the kit it draws together the other beads into the most beautiful mix of shades. The yellow shade isn’t as strong as say the True Beadz Sunflower and for me it’s a good thing. It’s a really lovely creamy yellow and more forgiving for the paler skin tones.

Trollbeads Drifting Balloons

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Trollbeads Drifting Balloons

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Trollbeads Drifting Balloons

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Drifting Balloons works beautifully with both Fresh Breeze and Warm Breeze. The design of these latter two is identical but of course the colours are different. For fans of the now retired Drifting Seeds, Warm Breeze is perfect for you. If you like versatility in your glass, Fresh Breeze is going to work well as a wintery blue colour and it looks lovely with the grey glass and Steel Hematite.

Trollbeads Warm Breeze

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Trollbeads Warm Breeze

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Trollbeads Warm Breeze

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Trollbeads Fresh Breeze

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Trollbeads Fresh Breeze

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Trollbeads Fresh Breeze

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The Trollbeads Harvest is the bead that differs tremendously from the stock image, to the point that it’s difficult to see it’s the same bead. To clarify it’s still a lovely neutral bead, it’s just not the bead in the stock image.

Trollbeads Harvest

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Trollbeads Harvest

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The final two beads in this kit are the Trollbeads Mountain Climb and Stepping Stones and both are predominantly grey beads (and so versatile!) The stock image for Mountain Climb suggests a golden base with grey details floating on top. It’s actually a translucent grey-brown base and the details are a grey-cream shade which cover most of the surface of the bead. Zig zagging across the bead are these additional line details and they are varying in colour enormously. They seem to range from yellows and golden colours through to khaki greens. Further to that some of the cream colour on the surface has almost a snake skin effect to it. This bead is very unusual and I think it’s going to be underappreciated a little as the stock images don’t do justice to it. It does vary though.

Team this with those Steel Hematites for an absolutely effortless fall look.

Trollbeads Mountain Climb

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Trollbeads Mountain Climb

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Trollbeads Mountain Climb

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The Trollbeads Stepping Stones is closer to it’s stock image as it’s a more simple design. Nevertheless it’s grey and so much of the community have been crying out for more grey glass. It is reminiscent of the old Silver Python but not enough so that you’d mistake the two.

Trollbeads Stepping Stones

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Trollbeads Stepping Stones

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The second kit is the Trollbeads New Adventures set, retailing at $275 or $55 per bead and these are faceted. In many ways these actually feel more consistent than Drift Away which is a little odd because there’s a lot of details in the faceted beads that could never be produced to a high degree of consistency. That said they do resemble their stock images, just with their own smaller variations.

The first two beads are the Trollbeads Polar Dreams and Lonely Island and these are a great complementary pair. Where Lonely Island has gold glitter polka dots with burgundy lines on the base, Polar Dreams has burgundy polka dots and gold glitter lines. They’re quite deep, sumptuous accent colours which feel lovely for the fall and yet strangely, I could also see these working on quite elegant Christmas combinations.

The variation in these beads is more with the base, specifically the thickness of the lines and how many there are. Some are quite busy beads, others far less so.

Trollbeads Polar Dreams

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Trollbeads Polar Dreams

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Trollbeads Polar Dreams

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Trollbeads Lonely Island

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Trollbeads Lonely Island

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Trollbeads Lonely Island

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Trollbeads Lonely Island

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Trollbeads Lonely Island

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My personal favourite from this kit is the Trollbeads Open Sky. These beads also vary and specifically in regards to the exact shade of those blue horizontal lines. Indeed we’ve had one where the lines are predominantly grey. It works so beautifully with the Steel Hematite.

Trollbeads Open Sky

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Trollbeads Open Sky

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Trollbeads Open Sky

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Trollbeads Open Sky

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Trollbeads Open Sky

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My second favourite came as a surprise to me. Although I could see the appeal for it immediately in stock images, I felt the colours weren’t quite to my personal taste and I’m not a fan of pastels. The Trollbeads Festival is very striking in person and again there’s a lot of variation. I’ve now seen beads ranging from pale and really feminine, to those with a lot of darker strands which almost look like they could work for Halloween.

Trollbeads Festival

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Trollbeads Festival

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Trollbeads Festival

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Trollbeads Festival

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Trollbeads Festival

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Trollbeads Festival

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The Trollbeads Wild Jungle is a really nice colour combination for the fall. I love the idea of chocolates with green. This bead doesn’t seem to vary as much as I had suspected. There are some with a little more darker green strands in there but mostly, it seems quite consistent.

Trollbeads Wild Jungle

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Trollbeads Wild Jungle

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Trollbeads Wild Jungle

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Trollbeads Wild Jungle

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Trollbeads Wild Jungle

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The final bead from this kit is the Trollbeads Quiet Landscape and there’s been a little criticism that it’s too close to the Trollbeads Day 2016 bead. I absolutely do see the similarities and there is no denying them but I personally feel this bead will be a little easier to style. Part of the problem I had with the Trollbeads Day bead was it’s relatively soft shades and that mix of green and lavender. This bead sits more towards the blue and green spectrum, though there is some lavender to be found and largely seems to have bolder colours. Those stronger, more vibrant colours make it easier to work with, at least for me. Nevertheless they are similar and if you didn’t like the Trollbeads Day bead, you’re going to struggle with this one.

Trollbeads Quiet Landscape

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Trollbeads Quiet Landscape

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Trollbeads Quiet Landscape

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This brings us to the silver beads. Most of the silver beads are quite petite but there are exceptions. Fortunately there aren’t any designs this time that are so intricate and also small, whereby you struggle to understand what they are.

The Trollbeads Dancing Butterfly Lock extends the Dancing Butterfly design again. Actually though I do appreciate this design has been used quite extensively, there’s a very solid argument for it needing a lock to really complete the set. The lock is simple to use, there’s no details that feel unnecessary or that catch when you try and open it. It’s also really quite elegant.

Trollbeads Dancing Butterfly Lock

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Trollbeads Dancing Butterfly Lock

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My favourite of the two clasps however is the new Trollbeads Foxtail Lock. I do like gender neutral design in general and this absolutely falls into that category. It’s retailing at $65 which led to some people questing it’s size. While it’s not actually any longer than other locks, it feels sturdier in the hands. The silver used on either ends seems thicker and where some locks a couple of years ago felt very lightweight, (such as the Seahorse Lock,) this feels quite the opposite. I’m not saying it’s large but it is a sturdy piece. Again it’s very easy to operate with no details that catch on nails.

Trollbeads Foxtail Lock

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I love spacers so both the new Trollbeads Foxtail Spacer and the Crown of Leaves Spacer appeal to me. The Foxtail is a more traditional shape for a spacer. The Crown of Leaves looks more like a bead. Both seem to sit snugly on bangles and bracelets with no excessive movement. I currently have my Crown of Leaves on a Fantasy Necklace. I will mention that due to the shape of Crown of Leaves, it’s not the easiest spacer to thread onto any chain without a spacer tracker. I did manage it but it took a good five minutes of wiggling. (For reference that’s why it’s also photographed here on the fantasy chain; I refused to remove it again!)

Trollbeads Foxtail Spacer

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Trollbeads Crown of Leaves

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Of the travel themed beads I love the new Trollbeads Air Balloon. I’ve seen some feedback that there are just too many “holes” in this design. My counter argument is actually two fold. Firstly Louise Rimpler is known for this kind of work. Second to that those holes add a lot of versatility to this design in regards to how you can wear it. On a normal bracelet it sits a little like a dangle. On a fantasy necklace, it’s a perfect pendant (and large enough to be seen.) It can also be used to tie together two different carriers.

Trollbeads Air Balloon

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Trollbeads Air Balloon

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From there comes the Trollbeads Locomotive, Vintage Airplane and Automobile. I mentioned at the start that I forgot to photograph the airplane and for that I apologise. Of the other two the Automobile is very petite and while it’s a cute bead, I’m just unsure how I would personally use it. I already earmarked the Locomotive as a potential Hogwarts Express. Ignoring their actual travel theme for a moment, which I appreciate may seem a little weird, they do have a real whimsical air to them that I just find appealing.

Trollbeads Locomotive

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Trollbeads Automobileing

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The Trollbeads Oldschool Suitcase is again really small but it’s very cute! For a travel or Harry Potter themed bracelet this is perfect.

Trollbeads Oldschool Suitcase

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Trollbeads Oldschool Suitcase

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The Trollbeads Ratatoskr is influenced by Norse mythology and you can see both Ratatoskr himself (the squirrel) and the World Tree, Yggdrasil. I do wish this bead had been a shade larger, not because the details are lost but I think it could have been a nice complement to Trunk of Treasures.

Trollbeads Ratatoskr

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Trollbeads Ratatoskr

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The final three decorative silvers are all part of the Trollbeads Halloween 2018 release. First comes the Trollbeads Scarecrow and for the $45 price bracket I was surprised with his side (in a good way.) This is a decent sized piece that works either on a bracelet or as a splitter on a fantasy necklace.

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The Trollbeads Witch Shoes aren’t big but I do think they’ll prove very popular. As I mentioned in the preview article these are very heavily oxidised with high shine buckles.

Trollbeads Witch Shoes

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Trollbeads Witch Shoes

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The final piece is the Trollbeads Paradox with it’s death’s head hawkmoth design. It’s quite petite again but the design is simple enough to allow that and it should work well with the Dancing Butterfly pieces.

Trollbeads Paradox

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Trollbeads Paradox

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Trollbeads Autumn 2018 Pre-Ordering

For those of you keen to pre-order your beads, you can do so at the following retailers:-

Trollbeads Autumn 2018 Summary

Overall I think it’s a strong release from Trollbeads. We have a “standard” glass kit at the group one prices and though the colours may not feel traditionally autumnal, they really work. The crisp blues against the golds are strikingly effective for the season and the greys are not just versatile, but addressing a request collectors have been making in abundance. The faceted glass kit is complex and yet the designs there do benefit from the facets.

In regards to the silvers what we’re seeing is a lot of versatility in how they can be styled. Themes aside several of these pieces can be threaded in different ways and I really like that choice. It feels apt for a brand all about customisation.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the upcoming Trollbeads Autumn 2018 release and have you pre-orderd? Hit the comments and let me know!

Comments
  1. Lola

    I like the different threading choices as well, as I much prefer “sideways” lying beads, especially if they have faces of some kind, so when the bead is on my wrist, the face is not upside down to me or other people, but rather looking at me and everybody else. I wish the screaming Baby had a hole through the top of its head, awful as that sounds, 😀 and the more recent Monkey trio, etc. Overall, I love the chunky, primitive look of these new silvers. But I’m so excited for that Hematite.

    • endangeredtrolls

      The hematite is lovely and SO heavy. It’s really noticeable when you pick one up versus other beads. I had a large number of them on a fantasy chain for photographing and the weight of it when I picked up the chain was amazing. Of course you don’t notice it when you’re wearing a few on the wrist but you do notice it when you purely just picked them up versus other beads 😀

      • Lola

        I ordered two yesterday. I’m so stupidly excited. After seeing your pics in this post I ordered two Alunite this morning, without asking for anything specific, given I don’t have any at the moment I’ll be happy with whatever I get, but the ones with more custard color are stunning.

  2. Polly

    Thank you for the live images! <3 Oooh, I was right, Yggdrasil does have a face! I'm… unsure about it – I think this is another I might have to see in person. I *want* to like it though as I love the theme, and I'm pretty sure it will end up coming home with me in the end 🙂 I realised it would be small from the price, but would like to see a size comparison with Trunk of Treasures as I still hope they'd go nicely together.

    The crown of leaves spacer is still an absolute must. The maple leaves is also very small, as again I expected from the price, and that's ok as I have other small leafy silvers that it might balance nicely with. The train is beginning to grow on me too, oh dear! Also, although I still don't really want the scarecrow as I find them a bit creepy in the not-good way, your pictures suddenly made me think of 'Turnip Head' (Prince Justin) from Howl's Moving Castle (the Miyazaki version as much as the book) which appeals to me even more than your Oz reference 😀

    For the glass, my opinions have changed just a little after seeing live images. My favourite is still the Quiet Landscape (but then I do love the TB day 2016 bead – I have 4 of them!) Festival I think I still like, but it looks a bit trickier than I was expecting, prefer the softer variants. Open Sky doesn't appeal as much in person, though I'd be interested in comparison with the earlier Moonbeam facet – can't tell if it would complement or clash! On the other hand, Wild Jungle appeals a lot more, I really like that one and think it will be a must have, looks a bit like leaves on branches 😀

    Plenty of time to decide anyway, as I have no spare budget till October at the earliest! (Might get Ratatoskr scurrying along Yggdrasil for Hallowe'en, do like a nice bit of Norse mythology 🙂 )

  3. Sandra

    Thank you for the lovely photos of the new beads. They always help me decide which beads to buy.
    Your photographs are beautifully done, they are works of art!

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