Trollbeads Summer 2019 Live Images and Opinions

This Trollbeads blog showcases my own Trollbeads Summer 2019 live images as I share some opinions on the new release

Today has seen the global release of the Trollbeads Summer 2019 collection and the introduction of the new style of gemstone. As is always the case, “different” in some eyes will be bad. It almost feels like every release the brand are accused of losing sight of their roots. Actually whether you like a new design or not, a new direction or not, every brand has to evolve. (Incidentally I’m not calling this a new direction, it’s a new cut and shape of stones; something at the very heart of Trollbeads.)

I’m a little late on sharing my studio images but I’m okay with that as it’s given me a few days to wear, style and generally play with these new beads. Please do note this article focuses wholly on the stones.

As with all gemstones, I’d always recommend shopping live images and you can do so at Great Lakes Boutique via the link below:-

Trollbeads Summer 2019

The summer collection has introduced a smaller, spherical cut of five gemstones. Four of these are already available in the Trollbeads collection (the lapis lazuli, labradorite, malachite and green aventurine.) One is new and that’s the white moonstone.

In regards to size they are very similar to the Trollbeads pearls though the larger ones as some pearls can be super tiny.

I’m starting with the new Trollbeads Round Labradorite as this is one of my favourite stones anyway.

Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Labradorites vary in colour from greys to browns and can be both translucent and opaque. For the longest time most of the Trollbeads Labradorites I encountered were opaque but last year saw some amazing translucent stones appear. There is definitely some of the translucency in these new stones too. Flashes range from greens, bronzes and yellows through to blues and rarely violets and purples. The latter are rarely found in the stone at all and this is nothing to do with the raw material Trollbeads are using.

Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Amongst our first batch we’ve had a couple of examples with the tiniest spots of purple and actually in all the stones I’ve seen and photographed over the past two years with Great Lakes, I can count on one hand the purple flashes we have seen and they’ve all been tiny. (See bead one below where you can glimpse it at the top.)

Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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The labradorites we’ve received have been lovely. Some are obviously flashier than others but the same applies to the faceted beads too.

Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Below you can see a size comparison between the original faceted cut and the smaller sphericals.

Trollbeads Round Labradorite
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Moving onto the new Trollbeads Round Green Aventurine, these have been the subject of a lot of discussion. The round version all seem to be quite cloudy where as the new faceted beads from spring are highly translucent.

Trollbeads Round Aventurine
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Trollbeads Round Aventurine
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Ironically the retired version of this bead were mostly opaque too. The colours I’ve seen are pretty consistent with the odd beads being a little darker but I’ve yet to spot any as pale as the stock image.

The good news is these more opaque stones show less of the crystalline inclusions that some dislike in the new faceted version. I struggle somewhat with green so this is my least favourite of the group for now.

Trollbeads Round Aventurine
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The new Trollbeads Round White Moonstone is far nicer than I had predicted and my second favourite of the release.

Trollbeads White Moonstone
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I will say these colour shift a little depending on the lighting. Outside in full sun, they look like pearls. In the shade they start to show some greys. In studio lights they can look almost creamy.

Trollbeads White Moonstone
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Trollbeads White Moonstone
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Trollbeads White Moonstone
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Despite my general dislike of green, I have a certain weakness for malachites. I love their crazy patterning. Malachites really are an example of never seeing the same bead twice.

Trollbeads Round Malachites
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Trollbeads Round Malachites
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The same iconic patterns is of course present on the new spherical version. The one thing I did notice is that all of our beads have what I’d call a semi-matte finish. This is something I remember from the very first batch of faceted malachites too and then further stocks seemed more shiny. It’s not a criticism at all, it’s purely an observation as this is a stone that does seem to vary in that way.

Trollbeads Round Malachites
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Trollbeads Round Malachites
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The final new addition is the Trollbeads Lapis Lazuli, known for it’s strong blue colouring and gold or silver metallic inclusions.

Trollbeads Round Lapis Lazuli
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Trollbeads Round Lapis Lazuli
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Below you’ll find another comparison with it’s faceted cousin.

Trollbeads Round Lapis Lazuli
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Trollbeads Summer 2019 Inspiration

I’ve had roughly five days to play with these myself and I’ve settled on a few very simple bangle styles. Whilst they are simple I’m loving this new style of stone. For stacked bangles they’re amazing as the smaller size looks so neat and cohesive on the wrist.

My first and absolutely favourite combination is a two bangle stack of labradorites and white moonstones. The Trollbead Spring Leaves is such a nice piece to nestle between these beads (and has left me yearning for a pair in gold) For reference the bangles are the Trollbeads gold plated and the Great Lakes Boutique rose gold.

Trollbeads Summer 2019
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Trollbeads Summer 2019
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Trollbeads Summer 2019
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For the malachites and green aventurines, I’ve been wearing those together with The Palace of Amber Rose Gold Spacers as I love that contrast of colours.

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Finally with the lapis I’ve been experimenting with some highly unorginal navy and golds.

Trollbeads Summer 2019
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Trollbeads Summer 2019
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Trollbeads Summer 2019

Part of what first attracted me to Trollbeads over fifteen years ago now was their bright glass and chunky, eclectically shaped silver beads. Over time tastes change and I developed a real passion for gemstones a number of years ago. I tend to focus on one gemstone at a time. I collected a full “set” of translucent agate dendritcs, then the same with the translucent labradorites and so on.

Bangles revolutionised the wear I wore my beads and now I rarely wear full bracelets. They feel heavy and cumbersome to me. Perhaps partly for this reason too I began preferring smaller silvers and especially spherical designs. They sit so neatly and comfortably on the low profile Trollbeads bangles.

I now know that if Trollbeads continue to release this style of gemstone, I’ll ultimately transition most of my own collection over. I love the look and while they won’t suit all tastes, for some people they’ll become the preference. For the people arguing that they’re too small, ironically after a few days of wearing them I can’t help but look at my other stones and think “wow you’re big.”

I’ve read a little criticism that for a summer release it lacks colour. Please do remember the new uniques are bringing a lot of that and I’ve personally welcomed a more neutral release.

As always I love to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts on the new Trollbeads Summer 2019 collection? Hit the comments and let me know!

Comments
  1. Katie

    I love the look of the beads. I have placed them in my cart several times in the past day. I’ve found many amazing malachites and really like the looks of all of the other stones. It is the price that keeps me from actually purchasing the beads. For some reason, the price just seems a bit steep to me. Do you know if these beads already reflect the upcoming price increase, or will the price immediately go up by $5 in a week?

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hey Katie,

      These are prices with the increase already implemented. I do understand your feelings completely. My best advice would be to maybe just get a couple, see if they work for you. Actually I’ll drop you an email

      • Katie

        Whew. It is good to know that the price increase is already built into the price of these beads. In my mind, I was adding the increase, thinking that in June, these would be $55. These do look lovely and I hope that they continue with other stones (OK, I love stones). Maybe some amethyst…. Or onyx. Or garnet….

        • endangeredtrolls

          Red and blue tiger eyes please. And Cat’s Eye Quartz!

          • Katie

            Yes, those would be wonderful. Maybe, someday….

  2. Ilse

    I couldnโ€™t resist a few labradorites. My local dealer had two beauties, one with the purple flashes. Iโ€™m wearing them now on a bangle with The Palace Of Amber Freedom (with opal) and Iโ€™m very pleased with the combination. I totally agree these smaller round gemstones are wonderful, especially if you donโ€™t want smaller silver or gold beads to completely disappear between the bigger faceted gemstones. And I also hope there will be more stones to choose in the future!

  3. Angie

    I’m happy to have the option of these smaller stones. They will look great on necklaces, as well as bracelets. I still like the larger stones, but variety makes more interesting designs. I hope more stones will be added to this collection.

    • endangeredtrolls

      I’m crossing everything that they continue these. I’m so crazy about them ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Debora

    I also adore these, and since I had no lapis stones at all up to this point, ordered a pair from Great Lakes already. Can’t wait to get them, the images were stunning! As you say, for me, the new smaller stones will be used on bangles, and my traditional gemstones will probably be used more in the winter and on the chain bracelets. Love all gemstones and hope that Trollbeads brings out more choices in this smaller, slightly less expensive style. Feldspar Moonstone, please?!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Thank you for shopping with us and I’m pleased to hear you liked the images ๐Ÿ˜€

      Oh I love feldspar moonstones. If you like bangles you’re going to love these. I have two stacked on both wrists and even though I’ve been working all day, I can’t feel them. They’re so light and comfortable to wear ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Mary B

    I think with smaller stones we will get better quality and stone type options. It is difficult to source material that is consistent for larger cuts, so smaller stones open the door for different stones not yet produced by Trollbeads and more deeper consistent stones as Victoria has shown. This round shape is a common cut in jewelry markets. Bead strand off all sorts of interesting stones are available. It will just take the artist of Trollbeads boring bigger holes and coring them and we may see such lovely options down the road as carnelian, jet, aquamarine, bloodstone, iolite, and unakite. Furthermore, I feel the round cut is a bit more durable as there aren’t multiple faces cutting across the crystalline plane… it is like the old saying “there is no power in a square”. I am pretty excited about these.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Interesting point you raise about the faceting and durability actually. Take the ruby for example.. not a hugely strong stone and one that tends to fall victim to damage on the points of it’s facets.

      I’d never thought about this at all!

  6. Jamie

    I am absolutely in love with the laboratories ๐Ÿ˜ let me just say that first!
    I do see where some people are put off by this “new” style. But I am really enjoying the simplicity and change of size. And even seeing them with the original size is an excellent contrast. BUT my huge issue is the price. I know its $5.. but its $5. It takes a while for me to save up money and every bit counts. When the price goes up I’m having to cut beads off my wishlist. And here I was starting to collect stones.. if these new ones were $45 and they made the entire (or almost) collection of current stones I’d buy a decent amount. Im scared to buy into a new style they will neglect. At this point I’m just waiting for the disappointment of new prices.. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    • Lola

      Same here with the tentative waiting for higher prices. I’m in Canada, and while the Summer release is showing old prices here, unlike in the US, we eventually get the same price increase or reduction as the US. Given Canadian collectors have few options to buy within Canada, we have to buy from the US or Europe, and any price increase will curtail our purchases from the US. I understand the need to raise prices, but even small increases change consumer actions.

  7. Lola

    I do like these for size and versatility, but I’ll wait for something brighter. Fingers crossed.

  8. Emma

    Perfect with the new pearls

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