Trollbeads Small & Beautiful Part 3 – Trollbeads Umbrella Beads

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.

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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.

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The beads themselves have appeared in a wide variety of colours, as can be seen in the image below.

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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.)

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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!

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Comments
  1. janey

    Hi All
    Just a quickie. I swore ld never participate in facebook/online TB uniques sales and what happens?
    That’s right – l took a peek and it sucked me in! Macrow (who are a brilliant UK bead dealer for loads of brands) have now done
    quite a few TB sales of new uniques & critters. Never thought for one minuite l would be lucky enough to get any but with patience
    (and the odd headache pill) I have so far managed a bumble bee,a yellow bug,a red ladybird,a peacock and a
    gorgeous inky blue galaxy bead. Am still trying for a flutterby,a fish and a cream meteor. Turtles now seem to be relatively easy
    to get. And all these at the regular retail price of £32.00. But you have to be patient and keep trying – it has taken
    me around 6 hours of repeated page hopping/refreshing to get these. Sometimes it is just pure luck that a bead expires from
    someone else’s cart and you can just grab it if you are quick enough. I lost a cream meteor that way – got so caught up in trying to
    get more beads that it expired and l lost it from my cart..

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Janey :)

      Macrow have always offered beautiful uniques and I used to take part in their online sales frequently. They had quite terrible website issues until recently and I stopped participating. Congratulations on your haul! There’s some very coveted beads there and I’m sure you’ll love them once they arrive :D

      I’m still on the look out for a cream meteor too so I empathise with that ;)

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  2. Jess

    I have also heard of these being called Blooms. I love the name Peppermint, I think it fits the design better tham Umbrella. I love this design and have several already.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Oh thanks for this Jess, I’d not heard that one :) I also love the name Peppermint, but I’m all for designs being named after sweeties ;)

      I’m a little bit jealous of your collection then :) I have just this one though I adore it! :)

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  3. Georgina

    Nice to see more uniques that I have not ever known to exist except that the moment it comes onto the website it
    also flies out that quickly too. I guess the keys is to keep on top of it if you are a serious collector. Mind you I did
    score to find the galaxy bead or a few uniques and ones I ‘ve not seen before on the ” TrollBeads Studio” website
    I find the quality of customer service here is Exceptional Customer Service if You get “Beth” She is amazing friendly
    attention to detail and prompt with quick service. And to think I have never been to the shop and only a phone
    order or website order customer to receive this kind of service is rare but wonderful. I highly recommend this
    place to shop for your Trolls first …….I give it a 5 out of 5 star rating!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Georgina :)

      Beth is certainly a lovely lady and I speak with her frequently as Trollbeads Studio are a recommended retailer here. Several of my beads now come from her including the Umbrella bead featured in this article! :)

      It’s always great to hear from readers who have had a good experience with a store – excellent customer service makes the shopping experience so much more pleasant :)

      Thank you for taking time to leave your thoughts. Beth readers my blog so I’m sure your comments will make her smile :)

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  4. Tracy

    I received one of these from Trollbeads studio as an extra surprise bead, part of their promo during the last trunk show.

    I love it! It’s the mint green/yellow variety… I think i like it even more than the other Unique I ordered from her.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Ooooh that sounds lovely Tracy :) I’m rather picturing a mint green bracelet now though it’s not a colour very represented in glass!

      Beth is amazing :)) She’s found nearly all my small & beautifuls for me, aside from one which a lovely reader sent :)

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

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