Trollbeads Retired Vine Review

This Trollbeads blog article offers an in depth review of the coveted Trollbeads retired Vine bead.

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Trollbeads have finally released their first official sneak peek picture to promote the autumn 2011 collection launch. It shows beautifully vibrant reds and purples providing a backdrop for a new gold and silver mixed bead. It’s easy to focus on the colours at this time of year as we move away from the pastels of summer and look towards the burnt oranges, vibrant reds and greens, deep royal purples and inky blues for the autumn period. For most of us, however, our bracelet combinations are a mix between the aforementioned colours and precious metal beads.

I was photographing a particular retired bead this morning (for a completely different article) and it struck me what a perfect bead this was for the autumn period. Colloquially termed among collectors as “Old Vine”, Vine was released into the Trollbeads collection in 2002 and finally retired in 2006. It’s a strikingly large, spherical silver bead depicting large leaves and grapes entwining the surface of the bead.

Trollbeads Retired Vine

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The picture below gives an idea of the size of this bead. It’s a very “chunky” silver making it a great focal piece for a bracelet.

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The tone of this bead with it’s enormous leaves really compliment a more natural looking bracelet. Mix it with other spherical silvers to keep a consistency through your bracelet. Better still, showcase it with the other plant based silvers to maintain the theme throughout. Suggestions include Cherry Blossom (spring 2011), Flower Bead (from the limited edition anniversary bracelet) and Clover (German limited edition).

Trollbeads Retired Vine

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While we’re still waiting on the new season beads to add those perfect colours to our bracelets, dipping back into older releases can still allow us to get in the mood for autumn.

Trollbeads Retired Vine

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If you don’t have the retired Vine bead, there is a good substitute to be found in the current collection’s Wine Harvest. While not quite as chunky as the retired Vine, it still sets the perfect tone for a transitional bracelet and comes at a fraction of the price of the retired version.

Trollbeads Wine Harvest

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