Trollbeads Retired Scarab – Spotlight

This Trollbeads blog article offers an in depth look at one of the most coveted beads; the Trollbeads retired Scarab

Today, the spotlight turns on a cute little critter that saw a redesign upon his retirement before being launched back into the collection. Ever wondered how the current collection scarab differs from the retired version? Here are some close up pictures.

Trollbeads Retired Scarab

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The original scarab joined the Trollbeads collection in 1995. He had a long service of active duty, not retiring until 2004. Despite this, he’s become one of the most sought after retired silver beads. The original version was designed by Lise Aagaard and her official description of him is as follows:-

Symbol from ancient Egypt of the immortal soul. Walk backwards three times around a scarab and your wishes shall come true!

The scarab soon returned to the Trollbeads collection; redesigned by Thomas Cenius and he’s still available today. The main differences between the retired version and today’s incarnation are the runes found on the base of the bead and the shape; the new scarab being a more rounded design than that of the original.

Trollbeads Retired Scarab

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The above picture shows a side view of the Trollbeads retired scarab.

Trollbeads Scarab

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The above picture shows a side view of the current Trollbeads scarab. (Please note the new pictures are stock photographs and not my own, unlike the retired version.)

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The above picture shows the runes found on the underside of the retired scarab. The below picture shows the runes found on the new version of the scarab. They’re very different and it’s also possible to see the difference in shape of the overall bead.

Trollbeads Scarab

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Trollbeads Retired Scarab

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The original Trollbeads scarab displays a hallmark on his side. When it comes to the size of the retired scarab, it’s worth noting that this bead has a very small core area and doesn’t fit on the newer Trollbeads leather bracelets. (The core size doesn’t allow the metal endings on the leather bracelet to fit through.) The below pictures shows the scarab with both a retired Bead of the Vikings and a Jellyfish to give some idea of the size of this bead.

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Comments
  1. Jennifer

    This was a very interesting article! I recently purchased a Sekhmet bead by Redbalifrog and am looking for beads to go with it.

    I have a question for you about the reference to the smaller core of the original scarab. I have a Trollbeads six faces that I ordered from an authorized online retailer. However, I cannot get the bead onto my Trollbeads bracelet, the core seems just a bit too small. My bracelet is new, and was also purchased from an authorized dealer, so I don’t think I have any fakes.

    Does this mean they sent me an older version of six faces? I am trying to decide what to do about this.

    Thank you!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Jennifer 🙂

      Apologies for the delayed response, I’ve been sick this week and I’m generally spending all day in bed 🙁

      In regards to the Six Faces – this isn’t actually that uncommon. My retired Pig has a very tiny core and I have a couple of bracelets that he won’t fit on. The problem appears to be the small hoop at the end of the bracelet and I’m told that squeezing this together slightly with a pair of pliers will usually solve the issue. Equally my retired Scarab would never fit on the Trollbeads leather for the same reason – the older cores were REALLY small!

      If you have multiple silver bracelets, try all of them first. If you’re still wanting to keep the bead, try to squash the small end ring together a little more with some tools and see if that helps. Either way, don’t be alarmed because it *is* an issue I’ve encountered before and certainly doesn’t mean anything is fake!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  2. Jennifer

    Hi Victoria, I hope you are feeling better now!

    Thank you for the advice, I will try another bracelet, and if that doesn’t work I will use the pliers since I have a spare bracelet. 🙂 I’m glad to know this doesn’t mean I ended up with a fake!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Jennifer,

      Still feeling utterly rotten here but it’s quite pathetic to whine over what is just a cold 😉

      Honestly, don’t worry about this as I have the same issue with a couple of my older beads – the pig in particular as I mentioned. I hope you find a bracelet it works with if not, grab those pliers. I seem to remember actually my boyfriend taking a set to one of mine when I first got my retired Pig.. He’s so ridiculously ickle and tiny that pushing him on anything is a chore 😉

      I hope you enjoy your lovely new bead!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  3. Anitre

    Do you happen to now what the hieroglyphics means on the bottom of the new scarab?

    • endangeredtrolls

      Afraid not.

  4. Anitre

    OK thanks anyway. I was given one for Christmas and was just wondering. Happy New Year

  5. Sandra Babcock

    Hi Victoria, I’m wondering if you can tell me about a third version of the TB scarab. I’m familiar w the one currently available in stores. I saw a version with the same markings on the bottom, but only one line going head to tail from two lines going across. Can you tell me anything re that? Thanks. Sandy

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