This Trollbeads blog article alerts readers to the launch of the new limited edition Trollbeads tourmalinated quartz bead to the UK market.
Last Wednesday I received a lovely surprise when Lucy from Fable Trading (Trollbead’s UK) emailed me a picture of an (as of then) unreleased Trollbead’s teaser picture. As there were no further details enclosed, I immediately began examining the image. Initially, I believed it to be a heavily textured silver bead. On reflection however, I remembered seeing an image of a new bead being bundled with the Trollbead’s Coffee Table book for a Danish release. The bead particularly stuck in my mind because it was stunning. The only thing that stopped me ordering immediately was the fact that, like many collector’s, I have the book.
This morning, Trollbead’s UK confirmed the release of this gift set to the UK.
Trollbeads are excited to announce the launch of a fantastic combination of book and bead! ”An Icon In Jewellery Design” epitomises everything about Trollbeads and comes complete with the new exclusive Tourmalinated Quartz bead. This extraordinary precious stone features attractive naturally occurring needle-like crystals of black Tourmaline scattered randomly throughout the crystal to create eye catching visual effects. Surely a ‘must have’ at the special promotional price of only £70 for both items! Even if you already have this stunning book, at this price you have a ready made present for your best Trollbeads friend
The quartz itself is lovely. I’d actually go as far as to say it’s one of the nicest stone beads that I’ve seen Trollbeads release.
For those who don’t have the book, it’s well worth the investment. The book is entitled “An Icon in Jewellery Design” and for any Trollbead’s collector, it’s a delightful keepsake. It’s brimming with beautiful pictures (and inspiration for that matter) in addition to the story of the company itself. The book has been around for quite some time and has, in the past, been bundled with other coveted beads.
While I love the bead I am saddened that it’s only being released as part of this gift set. Many collector’s will find themselves with multiple copies of the book. Even more problematic are those who, like me, prefer to have their beads in pairs or multiples. If this bead had been released alone, I would have bought a few. I can imagine that a bracelet created from these quartz beads and silvers would be simply stunning. I can’t justify several copies of the book however. Perhaps a solution would have been to allow those purchasing one book-bead set to buy further beads at a lower retail price.
The bead was described by Tivoli as “limited edition” so there is no certainty that this set will be available in the long term.
The set is available immediately in the UK at the price of £70.00. It’s already available in Denmark at the price of 625 DKK. I’ve heard it’s set for localized releases in most countries but I’d advise contacting your local retailer or distributor for further details of this.
The Danish release has been slightly over shadowed due to annoyances by local retailers as to it’s distribution. When Trollbead’s Tivoli initially began advertising this new bundle, Danish retailers had heard nothing about it. While this may change in the future at present it looks like only the Tivoli concept store is selling the book and it isn’t being made available to the private retailers. If this is indeed the case I think it’s both a drastic shame and a terrible decision. While I am often critical of the lack of knowledge that local stores demonstrate about Trollbeads, there are some amazing retailers around and to deny them access to this book in favour of a concept store that’s closed for half the year is a real stab in the back to their loyalty.
Steffan’s have already listed the set and are, of course, offering international delivery. Their page can be found here.
Trollbead’s Tivoli are offering the set (and have been for a few weeks). To order from there you need to email Tivoli@trollbeads.com. Please keep in mind if you are ordering from outside of Denmark, the book may well be in Danish. While this isn’t mentioned by Tivoli, the book was certainly printed and sold in Danish so it might be worth confirming with them. (It’s also a heavy, hard back book so I’d advise trying to locate it in your home country to minimise shipping costs.)
Aside from the stock photographs a lovely lady called Anja emailed me yesterday with a stunning photograph of her own bracelet, featuring two of the new tourmalinated quartz beads.
The photograph shows these beads off to a real advantage and the needle like flecks of tourmaline are highly visible. I’d like to extend personal thanks to Anja for allowing me to publish her photograph.
I admit that had the bead been available without the book, I would have indulged in multiples.