Trollbeads Day 2017 Preview

This Trollbeads blog brings a complete preview of the upcoming Trollbeads Day 2017 bead, the Golden Rutilated Quartz.

June the 17th marks Trollbeads Day 2017. In previous years there’s been a lot of marketing surrounding the event with the bead shrouded in mystery. This year the preview is happening with very little fanfare and the bead itself is a gemstone. This feels incredibly apt to me. I was only mentioning yesterday that amber and gemstone beads still set Trollbeads apart from their competition.

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Trollbeads Day 2017

The Trollbeads Golden Rutilated Quartz is the Trollbeads Day 2017 bead. It’s a limited edition release and it will retail at $170, €155 or Β£135. It’s designed by Lise Aagaard and is hand faceted. As with all gemstones there’s the potential for huge variation. It does use a classic core so it’s not compatible with Ohm Beads or Pandora charm bracelets.

The Trollbeads Day 2017 bead is a hand-faceted Golden Rutilated Quartz, a precious stone with Rutile inside. The pieces of Rutile are small needle like threads. The stone is popularly known as the Venus Hair Stone and varies in color from very bright to a deeper shade.

Golden Rutilated Quartz is an excellent stone, if you want to change direction in life. It cleanses and energizes, and it will help you make your life easier. It has the ability to lift your mood and is said to attract love.

Trollbeads Day 2017 is a limited edition and includes a 2017 stamp.

Trollbeads Day 2017

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Trollbeads Day 2017

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Trollbeads Day 2017

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Trollbeads Day 2017

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Trollbeads Day 2017

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Trollbeads Golden Rutilated Quartz Summary

This is actually one of my favourite stones so I’m thrilled to see Trollbeads produce their own version. I’ve always loved the combination of icy looking glass and the golden threads and it’s neutral colour scheme should ensure a high degree of versatility.

Trollbeads Day 2017

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At this stage I have absolutely no idea as to whether there will be any kind of limited edition boxes as have been seen in previous years, though do note these have never been standard packaging anyway.

I have been informed that Trollbeads headquarters have already sold out of their stock. This means that the stones currently in possession of each regional distributor are the extent of the stock available.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Trollbeads Golden Rutilated Quartz? Will you be hoping to attend a Trollbeads Day 2017 event? Hit the comments and let me know!

Comments
  1. Alexandra R

    Well, I love stones and this one looks gorgeous. It is a bit expensive though so I’ll have to think about it. And of course, I’d need to shop from a retailer with live images and not from stock pictures.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Yes I think for most people live image shopping is going to be essential. This is a stone with huge variation! Even the stock images show that πŸ™‚

      I’m sure plenty of retailers will offer live pictures though and I’ll be sure to cover that once we hit release! πŸ˜€

      xoxo

  2. Elise

    Beautiful stones – its difficult to understand the price in light of artisan stone beads. Does it have a gold core?

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi πŸ™‚

      No it’s a silver core πŸ™‚

      xoxo

  3. Elizabeth

    Wow! What a lovely stone. A bit surprised at the price but I will see if I can fit it in the budget. I don’t buy as many Trollbeads as I once did but this one is so tempting. It would be nice to be able to this out in person since I know from the other rutilated Quartz there was huge variation. Thank you for sharing this preview, it gives me something to think about.

    • endangeredtrolls

      It is a stunningly beautiful stone and there’ll be a huge amount of variation in it πŸ˜€ I’m quite sure plenty of retailers will offer live image shopping for this so hopefully they should have us all covered in terms of the variation.

      xoxo

  4. Katie

    Lovely stone bead. But, I am balking at the price a bit. I have to do all my Trollbeads purchases online, since the last local store stopped carrying them, and unless they take individual pictures the variation could be a problem. I also tend to buy two stone beads, which would be impossible to do at that price point. But, every bead (and price) is not for every buyer, and this does look like a wonderful bead.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hey Katie,

      I know the price is going to be an issue for many people. I also know I have a lot of readers who like me, like to buy in pairs and that’s definitely a scary prospect! (Though fortunately the bead should be around long enough for people to save up if they so choose.)

      I think a lot of the larger retailers will offer live images and I’ll be sure to cover that extensively when the bead launches πŸ™‚

      And yes I agree with you, it’s a stunning stone! :O

      xoxo

  5. Kathie equals Skrabanek

    Lovely bead, but too rich for my budget. Given that artisan gemstones are lovely and reasonably priced, I buy accordingly.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Yeah I know the pricing is going to be a sticking point for some people with this bead.

      xoxo

  6. Jenna

    Where did Trollbeads come up with the ridiculous price?

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’m not really privy to any of that I’m afraid πŸ™

      xoxo

  7. Kim

    $170? I’d assume that was a typo if I didn’t know that Trollbeads frequently engages in shameless price gouging with regard to many if their other gemstone beads. Still, they’ve been able to convince people to cough up hundreds of dollars for stones which you can buy from independent artisans for $30 before, so they obviously figure they’ve got a good thing going. OK, rant over. Sorry to be so negative, but seeing this highway robbery really gets me going. (Rant really over now).

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’ve actually just had an influx of private messages and emails from people asking me to double check the price. I am absolutely 110% correct on the price for the US market. I’m waiting on the pricing for the mainland European and UK markets.

      So my apologies but as you suspected, it’s most definitely not a typo πŸ™

      I was actually one of the people who really wanted to see a Trollbeads Day gemstone. I missed the Trollbeads Day 2016 bead entirely of course since it was gold and I bet I’m in the majority there πŸ™

      They’re saying the bead is hand faceted which is of course going to bump up the price a little but I absolutely understand this price is going to cause some unhappiness in the community :*(

      xoxo

  8. Jennifer T

    I thought the price must be a mistake – sadly not…. This will be the first Trollbeads Day bead I will not be buying – as way out of my price bracket. Would have been so nice if they could have celebrated Trollbeads on Trollbeads Day with something that was affordable for everyone…πŸ™

    • endangeredtrolls

      I am really sorry, it’s 100% not a mistake. I do agree with the pricing though. Someone mentioned last year that perhaps the Trollbeads Day 2016 release and the anniversary bracelet should have been switched around and I liked that idea. For me Trollbeads Day needs to be accessible to all collectors where as maybe the anniversary bracelet could be more exclusive? Of course the end result would have been the same I suppose.. But for me there feels a glaring hole in my Trollbeads Day bracelet because I’ll never have that 2016 stamp πŸ˜€ It’s not a huge deal and I’m a huge believer in a free market economy so if I can’t afford it well… πŸ˜‰

      xoxo

  9. aquila

    Like everyone, the price is too high for me… Iy’s a sahme as I really LOVE quartz rutile !
    Too bad :'(

  10. Joanne B

    I have been underwhelmed by the last few Trollbeads releases (with the exception of the beautiful 2016 Christmas glass). I call their recent silver releases “bumps and holes”. Comparing the newer silvers and glass to the offerings from 2010 and older, I get the idea that the passion is gone. I treasure the old silvers, such as Zanzibar, Thumbelina, and Etruscan. What happened to Troll? Lately I’ve been excited by Ohm beads. The designs seem so refreshing, and the brand as a whole has matured (especially OhmMyGod 2.0; so glad I got one). Troll, sadly, has not impressed me for some time now!

  11. Jennifer T

    The 2016 Trollbeads Day bead I didn’t buy as it was in gold. However I did buy the Anniversary bracelet with the bead in silver stamped with 2016 – which for me makes up for not being able to buy the gold version. That for me is my 2016 Trollbeads Day bead – albeit in silver….😊 Thank you for keeping us Trollbeads collectors up to date with all the latest news – much appreciated.

  12. Jenna

    Quartz is not a gemstone. Its a stone. Sorry. If it were garnet or amethyst, but certainly not quartz. Ive lost respect for this company with this pricing.

    • Tilly

      Amethyst is also Quartz.

  13. Jamie

    It’s nice to see a variety when it comes to the trollbeads day beads. Unfortunately none have really caught my eye. Being such a high price this one is out for me too. Though I did some looking up about the stone and I could possibly see why it’s so high in cost. In recent years it has gained popularity causing a price increase by dealers. Not to mention “hand cut”, every little bit adds up. I just can’t see this bead being priced along side the sapphire and ruby.
    But on a side note I’d love to see all the TBD day beads along side each other so far. Just gives you a greater appreciation for them.

    • Kim

      The sapphire, ruby and emeralds are WAY overpriced too. They are not using high quality stones for those. They use low-grade, cheap stones and assume their customers just don’t know the difference. I’ve seen artisans selling identical stones for around $30.

      • Jamie

        If they did use higher grade the cost would be upwards of $300+, they would have to find a way to carry the “higher cost” to customers to make up the difference. I do agree that the price for those stones is a bit much. I’d absolutely love to have multiple sapphires but have yet to find the perfect coloring to justify the price. The only reason I’m not against the stones is they do have some wild variations and that’s the fun of the hunt. But I completely understand the frustration with collectors. It’s a hit or miss situation unfortunately. I’ve seen people purchase $1,000+ and I’ve seen people only be able to purchase $100 or so. Some just have the luxury of having it all while most have to pick and choose their battles to complete their collection.

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie)

    I won’t be getting it. If it was $50, sure, I’d consider it, only because it’s the TD release and I seldom get them. But before I got into TB, I was (and remain) a bead hobbyist, so I rarely buy TB stone beads, and this price is RIDICULOUS.

    Oh well, nbd.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Yeah I mean ultimately no one has to buy it but I do understand why people are upset. There are two aspects to the bead world.. there are those who buy what they want to wear and they aren’t especially brand sensitive. If they like a design and it’s a price they deem acceptable, they shop. If they don’t, they move on and don’t worry. Then there are those people who are definitely collectors and these tend to be the people who get more upset about things such as pricing. This bead being marked as the Trollbeads Day bead and then carrying a hefty price tag is going to cause some upset. I was a little aggrieved last year that I couldn’t have the 2016 Trollbeads Day bead and I knew that five.. ten years down the line that fact 2016 was missing would annoy me but it’s life. For it to happen two years on the row will really annoy some and the larger problem is that they see artisan alternatives for a much, much cheaper price.

      xoxo

  15. Gene

    If this was a bead that I had been searching “desperately” for or that I really loved, I might think about it. But it isn’t. With Trollbeads I find myself looking more toward the retired ones. For $170 I can buy several beads that I do like.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Mmm, that said the Trollbeads retired market can be a very scary place πŸ˜€ :O

      xoxo

  16. Ginny

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the pricing in the hands of Troll, lol. I am happy to hear about this and will look forward to seeing it but I, too, will likely not be spending that much on one bead. Regarding another’s comment about their recent silver release; I happen to think it’s one of the most stunning they have released – even if a far cry from the likes of Zanzibar and older beads – so thankfully, there is something for everyone. Thank you, Victoria , for always having the “scoop” on beads since we often cannot see them in person. My Troll purchases are limited right now to a twice-a-year event where I can hold them in my hand and choose my favorites.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Yes ultimately we either accept the price and buy the bead or we don’t. I love this stone, I always have though I’m slightly saddened that I do prefer purchasing in pairs and that’s going to be a painful option! On the other hand I do think it will be very versatile. I’ve been wearing a *lot* of neutrals recently so if it ends up being something I’ll wear daily, then arguably it becomes more worthy of the price point.

      Anyway you are most welcome and I love being able to interact with the community (it’s my favourite part,) so thank you more so for coming and commenting πŸ˜€

      xoxo

    • Joanne B

      I thought the original Dancing Butterfly bead was cute, and at $31 I may still purchase it. Some of the Waterlily collection is also nice. However, many of the silvers are so small and/or hard to distinguish, and that turns me off. The prices are increasing too! In comparison, RBF and Ohm silvers are nicely detailed. I’ve been a Troll collector since 2010 and just feel that the quality and individuality are no longer as strong as they used to be!

      • endangeredtrolls

        Tough one…

        I mean Trollbeads as a brand have changed and evolved, just as Pandora have. Some people like it. Others hate it – just as with the Pandora community. New designers have a new style and aesthetic and they bring that with them. Whether “new” Trollbeads is superior to “old” Trollbeads is a matter of personal opinion but unfortunately with change comes some people feeling let down or left behind.

        xoxo

  17. Lin

    As repetitive as I will be…I almost fell off my chair when I saw the price! I think TB overshot the price of this especially when considering they will not all be stellar examples or sought after. I suspect they will mostly be murky and not show shards of “gold” very clearly. Artisans are capable of selling this at a *fraction* of the price, so it leads one to wonder why TB enjoys such a high mark up? (TB would also buy much more than an artisan, likely in bulk, and therefore is probably in fact paying LESS than what an artisan would) Based on that I don’t think I can bring myself to pay 170$ for one.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Branded items will often demand a higher price point than an artisan piece – unless it’s an artisan who happens to have carved a very famous name for themselves. Whether having the Trollbeads brand on the stone is worth it to an individual? I guess that’s for them to decide but yes, I did know many people would find this pricing rather alarming πŸ™

      xoxo

      • Lin

        Your absolutely right.
        There will always be people who are willing to pay the price for a stamp on the side of their bead.

        • Nereida

          I have purchased many stones for $10 at Potomac Bead, including blue goldstones that many purchased for $30 from Elfbeads. I could care less about the name on the side of a bead. I do, however, care about quality, and from previous experience with Trollbeads rutile, I am buying one of these if I find one I like. If the quality isn’t there, I don’t care how cheap it is. Few companies do Golden Rutile beads and I have yet to see a good one. I do love Golden Rutile, so I am in the market. If it’s a beautiful bead that I want with no cheaper version of the same quality, it’s not buying the name on the side of a bead. It’s buying a bead I’ll wear as opposed to one which disappoints me. I don’t purchase most beads released, and I will never spend an outrageous amount on an unseen bead, but I will spend a lot on a bead I feel is quality which I’ll love to wear.

          • Lin

            Yes, you’re right. That was the point I was originally making which is that artisans can make these same quality beads for cheaper. There is always the glorious one in the batch that anyone would see the value in paying 170$ for. My point was that the majority of them will probably be murky and not top quality clear and defined, and therefore, overpriced. But I guess the appeal is also to the LE factor which people love and are also willing to pay for.
            I hate to be negative and complain about the pricing because yes, as some people suggested you accept it or you move on. But I don’t think that’s all and I want TB to know I feel it’s overpriced and I would want everyone to voice their opinion too. I love TB, it’s unique and I’ve spent near a fortune in collecting. So I feel this is a bit of a slap in the face to alienate customers this way when it’s not necessary. They would still make a fine mark up on a lower price point at the same time as offering a good quality piece.

          • Nereida

            I want to point out that artisans tend to sell the beads themselves, so there’s no middleman. Stores which sell Trollbeads must add a bunch to the price to cover their own overhead of rent and employees in order to make a profit. There’s also a distributor in there. Artisans normally keep the entire sales price to cover the cost of the bead and profit. Branded goods change hands a few times, so the cost of the bead is buried in these layers of profit. Trollbeads doesn’t receive $170. But in the end, ALL the bead companies, not just Trollbeads, make a handsome profit on each bead.

          • endangeredtrolls

            Oh of course. I mean most brands are accumulating far more overheads than a single artisan. Yes certainly they can buy materials in bulk which most artists can’t but they do have higher costs elsewhere too!

            xoxox

    • Nereida

      I purchased a lower priced rutilated quartz, wysiwyg, and a Trollbeads rutilated quartz, wysiwyg. As much as I thought I was getting a barain with the cheaper one, I rarely wear it because it lacks the clarity and beauty of the Trollbeads one. It’s a difference that can be seen easily. If this one is similar, I want the Trollbeads one. They are never as clear as the photos, and I’ve been looking at a golden rutilated Fantasy necklace and have yet to see a sufficiently clear one. It’s the difference between a Hostess Twinkie and a reputable bakery. The product that’s cheapest may only be minimally satisfying, and therefore, though cheaoer, a complete waste of money. I wish I’d never bought my cheaper rutilated. I love my Troll one.

  18. Anita

    I do feel this bead is grossly overpriced. I have a really stunning artisan example that I bought for less than Β£30 and it has a one piece troll sized core. I am disappointed that brands frequently cash in on their name to sell something that is practically worthless. As for Lise Aagaard ‘designing’ the bead, nature did that she merely made the decision that this was to be marketed. I feel it’s time all the hype was taken out of the bead/charm market.

    • Joanne B

      Good point, Anita! Also are all faceted beads “hand faceted”? If so, why are Amethysts $63 and this is $170. Just a question…

    • endangeredtrolls

      Well yes there’s always that argument regarding stones and how extensively they can be “designed”. I absolutely understand that. I guess it’s more that she took the decision to choose *this* particular stone and to make it faceted as opposed to smooth cut and so on. I always struggle to word articles like this I’m afraid.

      As for marketing.. well I’m bias πŸ˜‰ And it exists in all spheres. I also think it can be incredibly fun but it depends on the personal opinion of the individual. If you buy what you like and what you can afford (which is how it should be ultimately,) then marketing can be fun. If you get extremely involved in the collectable side and feel almost obliged to get a certain bead just because.. then it can become more problematic I think.

      In fairness Trollbeads have actually removed most of the marketing from this. There’s been no teasers. No bizarre movies on Snapchat. They’ve just released the bead, released the price and said “here you go”.

      xoxo

  19. Polly

    So the TB Day beads so far have been a silver, glass, gold and now stone, full marks for variety! Wonder if next year will be a pearl. Can’t think what else they haven’t done yet – I suppose two-tone, or a mixed silver/stone or silver/glass bead or dangle would be different too πŸ™‚

    I don’t *love* this so given the price won’t be getting it. I did get last year’s as clovers are special to me and last year was a personally significant year, and I love it so it was worth it to me. But I don’t have the 2014 bead as didn’t start collecting till 2015 (though I occasionally consider it to be orcs/goblins on my Hobbit bracelet) so I don’t feel the need to be completist – I totally understand how some people must feel quite hurt by two expensive TB Day beads in a row πŸ™

    Butterflies all the way for me this TB Day! πŸ™‚

    • endangeredtrolls

      Yes they’re definitely covering as good variation and I am very happy to see a stone I must admit. Imagine how beautiful it would look with the Trollbeads Day 2016 gold clover too! Argh! πŸ˜€

      Yeah.. for *me* Trollbeads Day should be a celebration of the brand and the community and I think the pricing needs to be such that everyone can participate BUT, there’s the opposite argument of course. Maybe it should be something really special? Maybe this is what they should save those amazingly special designs for? I can see both sides of that actually!

      xoxo

      • Polly

        Good point on the two ways of looking at it – special versus comunity-inclusive. Of course the first two beads, the silver and glass, were among the higher price points for each material, so I think they managed to get the balance of both ‘more special than usual’ and ‘affordable’ right for those. (And I know of course that the first TB day bead has a very mixed reception and ended up heavily discounted, but that’s a separate thing.)

        …argh, don’t go pointing out how beautifully this would go with the gold clover when I had just decided I wasn’t going to get it! I often put my clover on my ‘bees’ bracelet so it would fit there as a nice indication of nectar/pollen… Stop it! Anyway, I’ve just got a lovely carved amber roses for that bracelet so I really should be satisfied with that πŸ˜€ xxx

        • endangeredtrolls

          I’m so sorry! πŸ˜€ It *would* be a stunning combination though. I was just sat thinking about the individual Trollbeads Day beads and ohhh the clover from last year and then this stone.. that’s such a pretty image! :O

          Yeah.. that first Trollbeads Day bead. That *really* split the community :O It’s funny because so many people talk about “old” Trollbeads and how their older designs were better. So Trollbeads deliver a very traditionally “Trollish” bead and so many hated it! In fact it felt to me like more hated it than liked it! :O So sometimes I do feel sorry for the brand because I don’t actually think we as collectors know what we want. (Aside from cheaper Trollbeads Day beads evidently ;))

          xoxo

  20. Nereida

    Wow! As for the price, golden rutilated quartz isn’t easy to find in these beads, and a nice one even harder. If I can get an awesome one, yes, though not multiples at this price point. I’m not sure why Trollbeads gets hit with all the price gouging accusations while other bead companies with incredibly high prices don’t. Except for Artisan beads, Alex, Redbalifrog and Truebeadz, ALL the bead companies price gouge. 28 grams of silver costs less than $28 today, and sterling is mixed with other metals. MOST of the beads are made in Asia, where the price of labor is considerably less, making Alex’s pieces a bargain. Trollbeads doesn’t charge more, price of materials and labor considered, than other companies, one of which is charging almost this much for a completely unseen bead. I just thought I’d be a voice for fairness and logic. It seems people selectively hold Trollbeads to a higher standard price wise, yet they gave away Foundabeads for free and received no recognition for that. They are NOT the highest price point, materials and labor considered. Another loved brand, whose prices have almost doubled size/ price wise within the last 3 years, holds that distinction, and I don’t mean Pandora.

    • Polly

      Good points Nereida! Someone on another forum who knows about stones was also explaining that rutilated quartz is tricky when faceted with the number of planes that Trollbeads use on their gemstones, because if not cut really carefully the strands of rutile catch and make an uneven surface – I’m probably not passing on the explanation very well, but the point is that someone who knows about stones made a plausible-sounding case why a higher price-point accounting for both selecting stones and workmanship might be reasonable.

      • endangeredtrolls

        Oh that’s really interesting because I certainly don’t know *anything* about stones at all!

        xoxo

    • endangeredtrolls

      Oh I agree with you. I think in some ways Trollbeads can’t do right these days. They’ve been the subject of a lot of criticism and ultimately we all have a choice as to what we buy.

      My only criticism this year really is that they seem a little slow on releases – or that’s how it feels to me – and I want to see *more* πŸ™‚

      I love this stone, I’ve stated that already. I already know I’d love a pair of them. Is it realistic? Who knows. I’ll see at release but I personally think it’s very pretty!

      xoxo

  21. Nereida

    And I meant to say 28 grams costs less than $17, not $28 .

  22. Carol

    I’m jumping in the boat with the rest. I have a bracelet just with trollbeads day beads but not last years in gold. I considered the silver version just as good. It just stopped with this out rageous price. I’m getting to the point I was at a few years ago when I stopped collecting because of cost. I stopped collecting cause I thought the cost of some of these beads were over the top. It’s getting to that point again. It’s not fun collecting, it’s frustrating.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Oh it absolutely shouldn’t be frustrating for you. I do understand the annoyance when you like a design and can’t justify the price though but I suppose we have that in all walks of life. (I have a bit of a weakness for flashy cars but sadly can’t afford what I’d actually like to drive πŸ˜‰ )

      I also understand the annoyance about the Trollbeads Day bead in particular having a prohibitive price when in some way, the day should be about celebrating *all* of the community.

      I am looking forward to seeing live images though. I’m fortunate enough that I’ve reached the point where I can still get pleasure from browsing pictures whether I can have the bead or not.

      xoxo

  23. Carol

    So right Victoria, it should be a celebration for all. It’s just not trollbeads getting pricey, Ohm has done some crazy pricing as well. My pandora bracelet has been on hold to new beads. I bought the Lighthouse and was done. I received a bead at Christmas and it’s still going to be on hiatus. There are many beads I would really love to have but I haven’t won the lottery or have a rich relative die. I may have to just stash a few dollars here and there and get something special once or twice a year now. It will be look, drool, and hope reasonable.

  24. Michele

    Must have, I like real semi precious stone.

  25. Beth

    LOVE this! I think it will be beautiful with the other Trollbeads Day beads! Thank you for the advance photos!

    • endangeredtrolls

      You are most welcome as always <3 Isn't it a pretty stone?

      xoxo

  26. Lori

    I love this bead – I always wanted one of the regular rutilated quartz beads but was never able to find one, but I think this one is way nicer. I will definitely get one, even though it is really expensive. I imagine it will be $224 Canadian to match the new prices for emeralds, etc. All Canadian prices have increased recently I think to make up for currency differentials as US prices haven’t increased. I still want this bead though!

    • endangeredtrolls

      I had no idea the Canadian prices had gone up πŸ™ I’m so sorry to hear that! πŸ™ But yes it’s priced the same as the emerald. I think it’s beautiful. I am saddened by the price but the bead itself is so stunning if you can find a nice example of it πŸ˜€

      xoxo

  27. Fiona

    I am also disappointed at the crazy gemstone prices that Troll expect us to accept……..for often poor quality stones.
    It has taken me a number of years to acquire reasonable stones from previous releases and I have not seen a really decent emerald/sapphire/ruby yet to justify the prices of these ones. My recent online buy of two feldspar moonstones was only OK as one is a bit murky. I usually buy in several stores in US on holiday – no stores now in Australia I can go to and I buy on line from a couple of great retailers as well who do their best to help.You have to be lucky that they have a good selection to choose from and often this is not the case so I come away with that special stone still on the list
    I think Perlen is very fair in that they grade the stones at price points so you are more likely to get a good one if you are willing to pay top price..but it limits purchasing for most of us as we buy online from most distributors and we may get a poor example or certainly not the nice one that seduced us in the stock photos used in promo.
    I love this stone as I have several Melano rings with this stone as a topper and to have a match with a bracelet would be great but I have to think hard and I may just pass as it will be over $200 AUS just for one (unless my husband is sympathetic!!)

  28. Roberta Sinclair

    I have posted before regarding my feelings about the ever -increasing cost of Trollbeads and, as time has passed, the other bead brands as well. I certainly does not help that I am making my purchases in Canadian dollars. I have spent way more than any sane person should on little beads over the years, but I think I am coming near to the end of adding to my collection – the possible exception might be Alex’s Dragon and Phoenix in the fall or perhaps a future large bead design if I cannot get that one. I have been surprised for a long time that no one complains about the outrageous price of TB “uniques.” They are most certainly not “one-of-a-kind,” nor are they very often any more special than stock beads, while many appear to be the same as stock beads at a much higher price. I really cannot imagine why anyone would pay the price TB is asking for a non-precious stone bead, and I have yet to see a sapphire, ruby or emerald TB stone that even vaguely resembles the way I see these stones in my mind. That would be fine in itself, but for the high TB prices.

    • endangeredtrolls

      There’s plenty of complaints voiced in the comments of my blog about Trollbeads pricing I can assure you. Also regarding the actual recent designs feeling old. We are due new uniques for the summer season but so far I’ve only seen a couple that genuinely look new. Hopefully that was just a teaser of what’s to come.

      Just a side note though. Alex’s Dragon and Phoenix launched at the Spring Bead Break at Great Lakes Boutique last month and most of the stock was sold there. There are forty more being released in June and that will conclude the entire run of the Dragon and the Phoenix so if you particularly want it, it’s worth setting the money aside for the next few weeks πŸ™‚

      xoxo

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