Trollbeads Christmas 2011 Release Officially Launches

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s UK.)

It’s now past midnight in Denmark which means the Trollbead’s Christmas collection is officially launched. I know from my site statistics that there has been a lot of interest in this particularly collection so I truly hope that those of you who have been eagerly awaiting it’s launch will be delighted with the new beads.

Please note that all images used in this article are official stock photographs.

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

This release is following a similar format to last year so we’ll launch this article with a look at the two limited edition glass sets. This year, Trollbead’s presents us with two beautiful new glass sets. One in very apt and festive reds and greens. The second feature wintery feeling blues and whites.

As with all glass kits, it’s at the discretion of the retailer as to whether or not they choose to split their sets. Please be aware though that if your local dealer is refusing to do so and you really don’t want to purchase the entire set, there are online dealers willing to do so.

The beads featured in this kit (from left to right) are as follows:- Together Forever, Holly Berry, Red Tinsel, Red Snowflake, Festive Flower and Green Garland.

From the red set, my personal favourite is Red Tinsel (third from the left in the above picture.) As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not a huge fan of flowery beads. These will look beautiful on highly festive bracelets however, though I don’t see a huge potential for their use outside of the festive season. The green bead is highly reminiscent of a holly bush and I think this bead particularly will be popular as a Christmas gift this year.

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

The names of these beads (from left to right) are as follows:- Angel’s Wings, Snow Swirls, Moonlit Ice, White Tinsel, Blue Snowflake and Blue Tinsel.

The blue set is the nicer of these two limited edition kits for me. Primarily because I can forsee the beads being used outside of the Christmas season. They’re going to look simply beautiful on winter themed bracelets and the season certainly lasts far longer than the relatively short festive period. I have two absolute favourites from this kit, Blue Tinsel (furthest to the right) and White Tinsel (fourth from the left.) Both of these are going to be absolute “must haves” for me. I love their elegant simplicity.

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

There are three precious metal bead additions in this collection; the Mistletoe bead, the new Cute Teddy bead and the decadent Bouquet of Hearts

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

The Mistletoe is available in gold or silver to satisfy all the fans out there. This is an excellent decision from Trollbeads with gold prices still being extremely high. It gives the option for really indulging in a special piece by choosing the gold (and even though I generally do not wear gold jewellery at all, I do think a little looks incredibly festive on holiday bracelets.) The Mistletoe bead is a spherical design. These designs generally seem popular among fans perhaps due to their versatility. They create a very tidy looking bracelet and with quite a few complimenting designs in the collection, it’s easy to create a fluid looking combination. This bead will look beautiful with the Snowball and Sparkling Star beads from the previous Christmas collections.

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

In addition to the festive Mistletoe bead comes the new Cute Teddy Bear bead. The Teddy Bear is still featuring in the current collection and we received the new Hugging Bear in the autumn collection. Even if you’re a fan of teddy bears, how many would you realistically need on a bracelet? Furthermore the Hugging Bear doesn’t seem a popular bead, particularly viewing the bead upside down reveals it to look rather a lot like a turkey (the cooked variety rather than the live feathery variety.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

In addition comes a new gold bead, Bouquet of Hearts. Just as last year, Trollbead’s added a gold design by way of Little Precious that was not replicated into silver, they have done the same for this Christmas.

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

Finally, the Christmas collection brings a new lock to the Trollbead’s world. I predicted some weeks ago that I believed if they were to add a new lock, it would be a duo tone version and this has come to fruition. It seems very similar in design and size to the Gold Flower added with the autumn release.

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

Rather than a flower however, the lock is adorned with a small golden heart. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I actually really like this lock. I know it’s not overtly festive but Christmas is a time to celebrated with loved ones and as such I think it’s a more subtle addition. I generally don’t wear gold but I do appreciate odd dabs of it here and there (I like some of the two toned beads) and I do believe that a splash of it adds a final shimmering touch to a festive combination. It’s also a lock that won’t be limited to Christmas use which I think is quite important for a duo tone item. With gold prices as they are, this lock would be an expensive addition to a collection and could most collectors honestly justify such an expense on a lock with limited use?

In addition to the limited edition glass kits comes a permanent new member of the Trollbead’s glass collection; a new diamond bead. In 2010, the Christmas collection saw a Pink Diamond bead enter the range. This bead proved hugely popular and not surprisingly. If ever there is a time of year to add some sparkle to your bracelet, it’s Christmas.

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

I’d mused before as to whether Christmas 2011 would see another diamond bead join the range and I’m so delighted that this has come to pass. The new Blue Diamond bead is bang on trend for Autumn and Winter fashion this year (you can read my take on this year’s fashion trends and how to incorporate your beads into it here.) Once again, this isn’t a bead with limited festive use (though it does conjure images of starry winter nights.) It will look beautifully at home on more generalised winter bracelets and then blue combinations throughout the year. This bead is one of the absolute “must haves” for me and I think it will make a beautiful Christmas gift for collector’s everywhere. The great thing about glass beads (from a collector’s point of view) is that many of us appreciate duplicates. Multiples of the same glass bead allow us to create more symmetrical bracelet designs.

A new gemstone is joining the collection for this Christmas release. Hot off the huge popularity of the faceted Blue Tiger’s Eye that arrived in autumn, comes a new red counterpart.

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbeads.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

This red version is just perfect for this time of year, conjuring images of roasting chestnuts and open fire places. The fascinating thing about these gemstones (and perhaps a lot of their appeal also) is that the way they catch the light. This means they really vary in colour depending on the angle they’re viewed from and add some more sparkle to those winter bracelets. In summary? Another “must have” for me and I think that along with the Blue Diamond bead, this is going to be one of the most popular additions to the Trollbead’s range.

That completes the Trollbead’s Christmas or Winter Release for 2011. It’s a little too early for me to start featuring Christmas bracelets on the blog but rest assured that I will be doing a large feature on all the festive beads just perfect for your Christmas combinations.

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

(Image courtesy of Trollbead’s Australia.)

If for some reason this release isn’t quite for you or if you just can’t get enough of Trollbeads (a problem for many of us), there’s yet another release due next week. The world tour makes what I presume is it’s final stop for 2011 in Austria! I’m really looking forward to this stop (as I think many people are) because the ideas they could draw from are just incredible. When I last spoke to an Austrian retailer, they gave me a release window of the fourteenth to the eighteenth of November. I’d hazard a guess that it will be towards the end of the week (perhaps Thursday or Friday) just for the sake of letting the excitement of the Christmas release calm a little. As soon as there is a definite release date for these beads, I’ll of course update.

Finally, if these Christmas beads either don’t suit you or you’re lusting after more, *Redbalifrog* should also be releasing a festive bead. This was mentioned on the *Redbalifrog* Facebook page some time ago (before the latest release) and it was more rumour than confirmation. Hopefully there will be an update to this in the coming weeks as I know many readers are enormous fans of the *Redbalifrog* silvers.

As a final amendment, two more beads have appeared with the Trollbead’s Christmas collection; larger cored versions of the original black and white diamond beads. This news is mentioned in a separate article here. I had been told at the weekend that they were planning to do this. I didn’t realise these beads would launch with the Christmas collection however. As such, I have a much longer article planned discussing my thoughts on this expansion of larger cored beads but it’s not quite ready for publication. As it’s now gone 2am when I’m doing the final edits regarding the Christmas release, I’ve decided not to try and rush out the universal core article and released the news in a separate blog post.

Comments
  1. Michelle

    any idea how I might be able to locate a Together Forever and Holly Berry bead from 2011 Christmas collection now?

  2. Michelle

    any idea how I might be able to locate a Together Forever and Holly Berry bead from 2011 xmas collection now?

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