Limited Edition Trollbeads Glowing Pansy Review

The fall of 2013 saw a host of exclusive Trollbeads debut to the US market. Most of these had good availability but others did not. This Trollbeads blog article brings a dedicated review of the limited edition Trollbeads Glowing Pansy.

I’ll admit to being rather surprised to see a plethora of limited edition beads hit the US market during the fall season. Country restricted beads are always a contentious issue as collectors globally are left the task of sourcing them. While retailers in the US are now allowed to offer global shipping, hefty import taxes and handling fees may still be levied resulting in an expensive process. In addition those collectors with particularly discerning taste in regards to glass beads are dependent on third party selecting beads for them.

I managed to source most of the limited edition beads, with the exception of the Trollbeads Sunrise Blossom and the Trollbeads at the Beach bead (both pictured below.) Indeed I reviewed the Trollbeads Red & Lavender Armadillo a couple of days ago.

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While most of the limited edition beads had decent availability in terms of their quantities, the Glowing Pansy was somewhat of an exception. This bead was only offered to retailers attending the Trollbeads Academy events. Even then the numbers supplied to participating retailers was incredibly low leaving many stores and collectors alike frustrated.

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Trollbeads Glowing Pansy

The Trollbeads Glowing Pansy bead utilises the familiar floral glass patterning so commonly seen within the Trollbeads collection. The base is a beautiful amber colour with yellow and violet blooms adorning the surface.

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The bead isn’t terribly dissimilar from the Trollbeads Amber Violets that debuted as part of the fall 2013 collection.

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When it came to create the showcase bracelet, I initially opted for an amber and white creation but it was similar to other bracelets I featured recently. Instead I opted to introduce a shade more colour by way of purple hued beads. The Trollbeads birth month floral silvers make another appearance, feeling apt considering the design of this bead.

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Trollbeads Glowing Pansy Summary

I managed to source my Trollbeads Glowing Pansy from the lovely Vicki at Trollbeads at Elizabeth Attic. She has some beautiful uniques available at the moment and I know she’d appreciate a few addition likes to her Facebook Page if anyone doesn’t mind.

The Trollbeads Glowing Pansy is a lovely bead with beautiful colours. For me it’s somewhat reminiscent of the early fall season as the harvest begins. Fields surrounding me are always golden brown with crops and tiny flowers are still in bloom. For those who love amber coloured hues, this is a fantastic bead. Sadly it’s highly limited availability has made it a difficult bead to obtain.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the Trollbeads Glowing Pansy? Did you manage to source one of these beads or are you coveting it? What are your opinions on such restricted availability? Hit the comments and let me know!

Bead Index

What follows is an index of the beads and charms used to create the featured bracelet.

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  • 1 – Trollbeads unique / one of a kind
  • 2 – Alex Cramariuc Clouds and Waves
  • 3 – Trollbeads unique Orange Armadillo
  • 4 – Trollbeads Chrysanthemum of November
  • 5 – Ohm Beads Memuru
  • 6 – Trollbeads Water Lilies of July
  • 7 – Trollbeads limited edition Glowing Pansy (2013)
  • 8 – Trollbeads Narcissus of December
  • 9 – Trollbeads Small & Beautiful Umbrella Bead
  • 10 – Trollbeads Rose of June
  • 11 – Trollbeads limited edition Baltic Gold (World Tour Lithuania)
  • 12 – Trollbeads Poppies of August
  • 13 – Trollbeads Whirling Adventure
  • 14 – Trollbeads Snowdrop of January
  • 15 – Trollbeads unique Armadillo
  • 16 – Trollbeads Tulip Lock
Comments
  1. Faye

    Glowing Pansy is pretty impossible to find now. I passed on it originally because I’d spent so much money on beads at that time, and there was a bevy of blossom type TB’s coming out I had to choose from. I do really like my Amber Violets though!

    I love the silver beads you’ve chosen, and the yellow and purple color scheme is lovely, just like a real pansy!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Glowing Pansy was silly in regards to the availability. I understand limiting it to those retailers attending the academy. If that’s what they want to do, fine. But why so few per retailer? Some retailers have a huge customer base after all.

      I was so very lucky with this bead. The one consolation for those who missed it though – it’s not enormously dissimilar to the Amber Violets and it’s a standard floral bead. At least it’s not something insanely different and flashy!

      /hugs

      • Charlotte Collins

        Hello, I bought a glowing pansy yesterday from Beaverbrooks- just sitting there in their display on a brown leather bracelet!! They also had sunrise blossom and at the beach so there are still some out there!!
        Charlotte

        • endangeredtrolls

          Hi Charlotte,

          Thanks so much for this. I bet you were a happy lady! It’s such a pretty bead isn’t it? I know it doesn’t *literally* glow in the dark or anything like that but I think it’s has such a lovely sheen to it. Quite indescribable.

          Have you already got plans for your new little bead? :)

          Kind Regards
          Victoria

          • charlotte collins

            Hi Victoria,

            Yours looks lovely with the purples – really gorgeous. I agree that it is quite a harvest type colour. I’m thinking some yellowish and mauveish ble deserts…….

            Charlotte

  2. Farica

    Pretty! Sigh! I love pansies. I never got the bead, of course, never even had a chance, but I suppose I might find other things to buy instead. ;)

  3. Fran B.

    Uuhhh… Guys?
    English is not my Native Language… Google “Pansy” for translations gives a ‘weird outcome’… especially considering this “Glowing”…

    Is it even GLOW-in-the-Dark, to rectify the “Glowing” in the name? What is Pansy, now that they call a bead that way?

    I DO like the amber color though, and the depth of the flowers!
    But yes, there are plenty of beautiful flowered beads, so I don’t feel sad about not having this particular one.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi :)

      A pansy is a specific type of flower – examples below!

      Despite the name, it doesn’t glow :( And lots of people asked that when the name was first revealed!

      • Fran B.

        :-) Thnx!
        LOL!
        Roses are red, VIOLETS are blue…
        In my humble opinion I thought the bead looked like ‘Violets’. Pansy seems the same;-)

        • Faye

          Hi Fran,
          I love to think of pansies when it’s -25C – they are my favorite flower, followed by foxgloves & a hundred others! The pansy & viola are both Viola species. Plants considered to be pansies have four petals pointing upwards, and only one pointing down. Violets have three petals pointing up and two pointing down. Pansies are hybrids with bigger more colorful blossoms.

          My mom who just passed away before Christmas was also a Fran B., so it is nice seeing your name here on endangered trolls.

          • endangeredtrolls

            Oh Faye, my condolences on the loss of your mom :( 2013 was a hideous year for so many people I know so here’s hoping 2014 will be kinder to us all (and maybe spring will come quickly?)

            Clearly you know far more about flowers than I do so at that point, I’ll bow out of this ;)

          • Faye

            Thank you, Victoria.

            I’m sorry to have hijacked your blog to flowers…. glowing pansy got it all going!

  4. Linda

    well I wasn’t too disappointed that I couldn’t get this bead…until I saw your amazing bracelet! wow. :(

    • endangeredtrolls

      Oh I’m sorry! :(

      It’s a very pretty colour I must admit. It’s easy for me to say “don’t be upset if you can’t get one” when I already have it I suppose :(

      Happy New Year!

  5. Mary

    Fran’s perplexity is hilarious!

    This Glowing Pansy is very similar to many other TB florals. You have shown a yellow one from the Fall Collection. I have a paler yellow one that was part of the Aurora-looking kit last summer that I have forgotten the name of. It’s that amber that is glowing.

  6. Kim

    I was lucky enough to find one of these at my local dealer, and I do like it a lot. I hadn’t been searching for one, mostly because I didn’t think there was any chance of tracking one down. Although the initial picture that came out didn’t excite me too much, when I saw them in person I thought they were quite pretty. I’m happy to have gotten one, but I don’t think I’d have really regretted it if I didn’t have one since as you say, it’s a standard floral design. But I do like the shading in the flowers and the deep amber color of the bead. I made a bracelet for mine using amber beads and deep purple and white uniques, with a touch of glitter where I could work it in. :)

    I agree that the extremely limited quantity of these didn’t make sense. Maybe it was originally intended to be more like the chess locks, something that was intended as a gift for the dealers themselves? If the intent was that the dealers put them up for sale, limiting it to five apiece just doesn’t seem like enough. Well, I have often wondered how the company ended up making some of the marketing decisions they did, and am really wondering what changes we may see when the new U.S. CEO takes the reins. Interesting times…

    • endangeredtrolls

      I think it’s that situation Kim. If we’d not gotten then, we would have wanted them.. because we do have them, it’s easy to say “oh don’t worry if you didn’t get it, it’s not *that* special.” It’s a really pretty colour I must admit but I don’t think I would go to ridiculous lengths to dig this one out. I do agree with you on the quantities though, I think it’s a silly decision! I’d rather beads be available in good quantities but for a limited duration (though make it enough for pay day and mini saving pushes) than silly small amounts of a design.

      Definitely interesting times. The new CEO has a background in fashion which alone excites me. She’s set to take over from the 2nd of January so it’s with pretty much immediate effect now!

      Happy New Year! :D

  7. Debra

    I managed to get one of these, thanks to one of your readers who posted that they had some. I jumped on that the second I read that post. When I first saw your post I also thought that it glowed and when I got it I put in under the lights to charge and later when I turned out the lights, there was no glowing. After that I think I went back to one of your post and read that it didn’t glow.

    I was lucky to get one of the Delaware’s, mine looks like the one on the end. Everything else I purchased in pairs except the green and purple armadillo.

    If you still wanted the Sunrise Blossom bead, Trollbeads at the Commons still has it listed on their site, but I’m not sure they ship International. It’s a very pretty bead, I haven’t had a chance to play with any of these, most of them remind me of spring.

  8. Raf

    Hi Victoria,

    Just wanted to ask if this bead is the same as one called “Bright Spring Flower” on Perlen. They are INCREDIBLY similar, and in fact the stock photo of “Bright Spring Flower” on Perlen and the stock photo of Glowing Pansies on the official Trollbeads website seem to be of the exact same bead…

    Happy weekend,
    Raf

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Raf,

      I’m 99% certain they are the same beads. I think they’ve just been renamed for the European market.

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

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