Trollbeads Fall 2012 – Indigo Kit Review

What follows is an in depth look at the Trollbeads fall 2012 Indigo glass kit.

I’ll admit that I awaited the Trollbeads fall 2012 collection pictures with an air of trepidation. The spring 2012 release did very little for me. To this date I’ve still only purchased one of the beads and I felt sorely stung by it’s price (the Gecko bead, for reference.) Troll’s prices are creeping up continuously and what once was a reasonable treat is now a more significant outlay; at least where the silver beads are concerned.

When the pictures emerged I quickly spotted a couple of potential “must haves” from the glass kits. I’m still disappointed with the silver beads offered as I feel it’s just too soon to be releasing a redesign of a limited edition theme that only debuted in January of this year. The Family, Dancing and Marry Me beads are sweet and have a lovely underlying sentiment but they just aren’t to my personal taste.

On Saturday, I dragged my tortured other half to one of our local stores in search for the beads. Admittedly I wasn’t necessarily expecting to find them, as it’s common among my local stores not to receive delivery until the following week. (In Trollbeads defense, I think it’s the stores at fault and not the brand.)

While the store in question had none of the silver beads, nor the gemstones, they did have the two glass kits and as these were my primary interest, I was suitably pleased.

I’d immediately identified Traces and Cozy as my absolute “must haves” but upon seeing the entire blue set, I came out with them all minus Flower of Dawn. Regular readers will already be aware that I have a personal dislike of floral glass beads as I find them dated and twee looking. Thankfully, the store in question allowed me to substitute this for the Coral Kit’s Scarlet Armadillo.

I’ll close this introduction by saying these beads are worth physically viewing as the glass are quite spectacular. Trollbeads have always excelled in glass bead production and this year is no different.

Trollbeads Fall 2012

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Trollbeads Fall 2012 – Indigo Kit

The Indigo kit is comprised of Flower of Dawn, Cozy, The Eye, Traces, Blue Moonstone and Wave of Dreams. As a pallet it has a cool, wintery feel in stark contrast with the vibrant Coral kit. It’s underpinned by a beautiful neutral bead, Cozy, that’s sure to become a true staple of many collections.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 – Traces

I quickly identified this as an absolute highlight and “must have” from the Trollbeads fall 2012 collection. Not only did I love it’s arctic, icy colour but the textured band running centrally around the bead reminded me of the styling of the long retired Wild Earth or Old Earth bead. While I have indulged in reproductions of the aforementioned bead, I’ve never had any success in obtaining an original for my collection so I was utterly thrilled to see the images of Traces.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 Traces

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In reality, the width of this central band varies enormously so this might be a bead better hand picked. Rather than simply running the circumference of the bead, it gathers in a small spiral at three points around to create a tiny bud raised from the surface. The overall result is a a highly textured bead both due to the presence of the buds and the marbelled band that decorates it. The base colour is a soft blue and can be seen quite well in this side on view of the bead.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 Traces

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While I have a broad appreciation of the entire Indigo kit, the absolute highlight for me is Traces. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a bead to be purchased in the multiples.

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Cozy

The second bead I’d identified as a “must have” from the Trollbeads fall 2012 collection was Cozy. This is a cream based bead with brown texturing giving it a somewhat coffee feeling aesthetic. In regards to staple beads at the core of any collection, this is undoubtedly one. It’s neutral colour ensure it a high degree of wearability and versatility. I’d mused in the preview that this was reminiscent of the retired Trollbeads Glass Stone and I stand by this assertion, albeit there are again, massive variation between individual versions of this bead.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 Cozy

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Trollbeads Fall 2012 Cozy

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As I know many people appreciate the side on views of the core, here is one for Cozy.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 Cozy

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Blue Moonstone

Blue Moonstone is a budded bead with a base colour a few shades lighter than Traces. The buds actually bare the slightest hint of lilac colouring offering a beautiful contrast to the powder blue base.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 Blue Moonstone

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Trollbeads Fall 2012 Blue Moonstone

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Despite its paler shading in comparison with the other blues in the Indigo Kit, Blue Moonstone is a beautiful soft compliment to the set and is sure to be popular with lovers of more pastel colours.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 Blue Moonstone

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Trollbeads Fall 2012

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The Eye

The Eye is similar to the existing Azure Bubbles and Organic Bubbles, though I have yet to see quite as much variation in the colours. It mixes deep, almost royal blue shades with the slightest flashes of turquoise. Indeed I sorely wish that I’d had this bead when I published my night sky bracelets in celebration of the 2012 perseid display – this bead would have made a perfect addition.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 The Eye

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It’s colouring is lighter than than the existing Milky Way bead and closer to the Blue Diamond bead that debuted last Christmas; indeed enthusiasts of that opulent blue bead should love The Eye.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 The Eye

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Wave of Dreams

Wave of Dreams boasts the now familiar wave patterning on a blue base similar in shading to The Eye. The actual wave features a beautiful and vibrant light blue and turquoise colouring. Once again, this bead would look stunning in night sky inspired bracelets with both it’s eclectic wave patterning and it’s colours being reminiscent of the beautiful Aurora Borealis.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 Wave of Dreams

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Trollbeads Fall 2012 Wave of Dreams

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Styling

I was keen to use these beads on wintery feeling bracelets, drawing in more neutral colours in addition to cold and icy feeling blues. For the silvers, I began with the retired Old Vine and found myself reaching for both spherical silver beads and the Redbalifrog Russian Egg. While the latter was an Easter release, it’s beautiful leaf patterning always reminds me of fall.

Trollbeads Fall 2012

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Trollbeads Fall 2012

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I’ll admit that I love blues, particularly when a wide spectrum of shades is used, so I absolutely adored this bracelet combination.

Trollbeads Fall 2012

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Trollbeads Fall 2012

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After this rather extravagant purchase of beads (far more than I had predicted I have to admit), my inner shopping demon was released and in true fashionista style I went searching for complimentary nail colours.

In September 2011 Chanel, in conjuction with Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, released a limited edition set three of blue jeans inspired varnishes. These were only available from select outlets but fortunately for me, a couple of them found their way to my local concession.

Chanel Blue Jeans

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Much like Trollbeads fall 2012 collection, these shades range from the deep and creme based Blue Rebel to the beautifully icy shimmer of Coco Blue. They’re utterly fabulous shades and I never predicted the sheer amount of wear they’d receive.

Trollbeads Fall 2012

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Trollbeads Fall 2012

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Trollbeads Fall 2012 – Ordering Details

For those looking to purchase their Trollbeads fall 2012 collection online, I have a few recommended retailers. Please see the list below:-

For UK collectors, John Greed are now stocking Trollbeads! Unfortunately at the time of writing, they’re still awaiting their fall 2012 collection delivery. As soon as they have received it, this list will be updated.

Trollbeads Fall 2012 – Conclusion

I was hesitant while awaiting the pictures of the Trollbeads fall 2012 collection to appear, primarily due to my disappointment with the spring collection. Once the images were available, I highlighted a couple of the glass beads as “must haves” for my own personal collection but was generally unimpressed with the silver beads. To clarify, it’s not that I specifically dislike the new Chinese Zodiac beads, I just believe it was too soon after the limited edition versions. Indeed I have yet to physically see the new Chinese silvers as my local store hadn’t received their delivery, though the price made me balk a little.

The glass, however, are spectacular. The colours show a great amount of consideration went into the design of these kits and the quality of the actual glass work is high. I do have to mention, however, that one of my beads does have a loose core. This has never bothered me particularly but I know many collectors that refuse to keep beads with such an issue and after multiple price increases over the past few years, I would like to see problems like this be a thing of the past.

The designs of the actual beads is fabulous however and they continue to show where Trollbeads really shine; their glass work. The sheer intricacy of the patterning on Traces and Cozy keeps them ahead of their competition where glass beads are concerned and for this, I can only applaud Trollbeads.

What follows is purely an index of the beads used in this article

Bead Index

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The beads used in the featured bracelet are as follows:-

  • 1 – Trollbeads The Eye (Fall 2012)
  • 2 – Trollbeads Retired Vine (Old Vine)
  • 3 – Trollbeads Retired Chai Bud
  • 4 – Trollbeads Retired Joyful (Original Version)
  • 5 – Trollbeads Wave of Dreams (Fall 2012)
  • 6 – Trollbeads Limited Edition Anniversary Flowers (2006)
  • 7 – Trollbeads Cozy (Fall 2012)
  • 8 – Trollbeads Limited Edition Bead of the Vikings (2006)
  • 9 – Trollbeads Unique / OOaK Dice Bead
  • 10 – Trollbeads Gecko (Spring 2012)
  • 11 – Trollbeads Traces (Fall 2012)
  • 12 – Trollbeads Angel’s Feathers
  • 13 – Trollbeads Retired Chai Bud
  • 14 – Trollbeads Nightingale
  • 15 – Trollbeads Blue Moonstone (Fall 2012)
  • 16 – Redbalifrog Russian Egg (Easter 2012)
  • 17 – Trollbeads Unique / OOaK Blue Armadillo
  • 18 – Trollbeads Limited Edition 35th Anniversary Troll Coin
  • 19 – Trollbeads Limited Edition Unique Charm (2008)
  • 20 – Trollbeads Conch (Spring 2011)
  • 21 – Trollbeads Chess Lock
Comments
  1. Wendy

    Love your bracelet and review. I ended up with a set of the indigo’s myself. My wave of dreams is more of a light blue similar to the traces, while yours is a darker shade. Funny how some beads are so different from eachother. I admit, I think I’ll have to pick up another cozy. Bead # 19 is amazing!

    • endangeredtrolls

      I really like the indigo kit with Traces and Cozy being the highlights for me. They’ll both be beads I want multiples of I can tell.

      I’m glad you like the unique charm πŸ™‚ I got two of them some time ago; one orange and then this one and I’ve not had much of an opportunity to use either yet. The orange is tucked away waiting for Halloween πŸ˜‰

      Did you bother with any of the silvers?

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

      • Wendy

        No, no silvers for me. I really liked the deck of cards much better in person and it’s been moved over to my maybe list. πŸ™‚ I did like the jaspers, but not quite sure what to do with them. To much money for a maybe beads.

        I can’t wait to see your Halloween collection! πŸ™‚

  2. Debra

    I brought this kit too and would love to have a second set. I love this kit the blues are so pretty.
    I wanted to see the zodiacs but both stores in town didn’t order them. One store is trying to get the Rep to come by with them so I can see them. I like the deck of cards so that is on my list but as for the family set, I just didn’t like them, then were to small in my opinion.

    • endangeredtrolls

      None of the city centre stores I visited had received the Chinese Zodiacs either Debra – they’d got the glass but not the silvers so I’ve yet to see them. I like the Deck of Cards in pictures so I’m hoping to grab that at some point but like you, the family set just aren’t for me.

      While I didn’t see the Zodiacs, I did see their prices and was a little shocked by them. Especially given Carmy also posted stating that she found them tinny looking. For the price I’d be wanting chunky, heavy silver beads.

      I’m definitely going to grab more of the Cozy and Traces in the future πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  3. Carmy

    I don’t know which I enjoy more,your review or the beads! I am a regular reader and have taken far too long to thank you for your all your efforts and stimulating writing.I SO ENJOY. I am presently in Denmark ( Copenhagen ) and have been lucky enough to see all the collection and buy quite a few! I agree with you so on the blues. I did see the two different blues in wave of dreams as Wendy ,completely different beads! Apart from the repetitive aspect of the Chinese zodiac silvers I was so disappointed and found them quiet grotesque and tinny looking.I loved the orange-red-coral set and the zebra stone bead .Got them all plus the playing card silver which is heavy,solid and nicely detailed.I am waiting on your review…Thanks again from a very happy reader.Carmy

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Carmy,

      This is such a lovely comment. I read it when I first woke up and it made me a little teary – thank you for such kind words πŸ™‚ It makes all the work 100% worthwhile when I hear that people enjoy reading πŸ™‚

      Are you on holiday in Copenhagen? I’m in Odense and the weather here is beautiful today so I really hope Copenhagen is the same for you. It’s absolutely my favourite city and I’m fortunate that we’re relocating there in the future. There are some fabulous cafes and of course, Tivoli gardens is just beautiful. There is a fabulous cake store / cafe called La Glace (http://laglace.dk/en/) and if you get anywhere near it I can definitely recommend it! Their cakes are just to die for (and I like my cakes ;p)

      It’s very interesting to hear your thoughts on the Chinese silvers – I have still yet to see them. I can understand your comment about them being grotesque, I find some of the positioning of the animals a little alarming. The rabbit particularly looked pained to me.

      The Coral set is beautiful. I only picked up the Scarlet Armadillo so far (and I’m going to show a comparison between that and the retired Red Armadillo in the future) but I’m sorely tempted with the remainder of the kit; it’s just perfect for the fall.

      I hope you have a wonderful time in Copenhagen!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

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