This Trollbeads blog article offers a continuation of the series examining the Trollbeads Small & Beautiful unique beads. Today’s focus is on the Trollbeads Umbrella bead.
A couple of weeks ago and due to popular demand, I began a series of articles examining the new Trollbeads small & beautiful unique beads. This series of beads created an enormous stir in the community, partly due to their exciting new designs and partly due to their advertised scarcity. Rumours circulated that these beads were limited to just eight hundred kits world wide; a shockingly small number in relative terms. This led to the most coveted designs exchanging hands on the secondary market for quite inflated prices where this is normally only seen for retired beads.
In the Trollbeads small & beautiful introduction post, I tackle the issue of scarcity and availability. At the time of writing, stocks of these beads are still trickling out to retailers and for those willing to consider the larger cored version of these beads (colloquially referred to as Trollbeads big & beautiful), supply is starting to ease a little.
Following the introduction, I’ve begun cataloguing these beads by their individual design; no easy task considering some are incredibly difficult to obtain good pictures of. To date I’ve detailed the Trollbeads Meteor beads and the Trollbeads Stepping Stone beads. Today’s focus lies with the affectionately termed Trollbeads Umbrella beads.
Trollbeads Umbrella Beads
I’ve mentioned before but it’s worth stressing again that these beads were never awarded official names by Trollbeads. This is the case with all their unique beads and with this in mind, it was left to retailers and the community at large to conjure names. This has led to some degree of variation in the names by which each design is referred. In addition to Trollbeads Umbrella uniques, I have seen this design also referred to as Peppermints, thanks to their distinctive candy-esque design.
The detailing found within this bead is actually referred to as a murini and by all accounts is considered an advanced glass working technique. This would certainly explain why no design similar to this is seen within the current collection.
The beads themselves have appeared in a wide variety of colours, as can be seen in the image below.
Trollbeads Umbrella Summary
While these beads have proven popular, they aren’t quite as coveted as the Trollbeads Meteor or Peacock beads. This means they’re a little easier to source, particularly if you’re willing to consider the universally cored version. (I should mention that the bead featured here is indeed a larger cored bead.)
Like a few of my Trollbeads small & beautiful beads (or big & beautiful in some instances), this bead came to me via Beth at Trollbeads Studio. It’s worth checking her unique section (at the link below) as at time of writing, a number of the Trollbeads small & beautiful beads were still available, including the Umbrella bead designs:-
I’ll admit that I’m quite a fan of this particular design. It’s in no way as exciting as the aforementioned Meteor or Peacock beads but I can’t help but admire the craftsmanship required to create the delicate murini details. The fact these beads can be found in such eclectic colour options adds to my personal interest in them.
As always I love to hear from my readers. Are you a fan of the Trollbeads small & beautiful beads and specifically do you like the Trollbeads Umbrella designs? For the sake of keeping these articles as comprehensive as possible, have you heard of them being referred to by another name? How is your own collection of these unique beads progressing? Hit the comments and let me know!