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:-
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.
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.
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.)
The labradorites we’ve received have been lovely. Some are obviously flashier than others but the same applies to the faceted beads too.
Below you can see a size comparison between the original faceted cut and the smaller sphericals.
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.
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.
The new Trollbeads Round White Moonstone is far nicer than I had predicted and my second favourite of the release.
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.
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.
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.
The final new addition is the Trollbeads Lapis Lazuli, known for it’s strong blue colouring and gold or silver metallic inclusions.
Below you’ll find another comparison with it’s faceted cousin.
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.
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.
Finally with the lapis I’ve been experimenting with some highly unorginal navy and golds.
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!
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About the author
Victoria is a self-confessed fashion and jewellery fanatic with a passion for writing, photography and horses. I wile away my time enthusing about brands such as Trollbeads, Pandora and Redbalifrog while dabbling with fiction writing.