Trollbeads Deep Ocean

The star of the Trollbeads 2016 Summer Collection is undoubtedly the glass bead Deep Ocean, designed by Nozomi Kaji, who also designed Blooming Sakura and the Kimono Kit. Deep Ocean retails for $94 CDN/$82 US. 

The detail on this bead is incredible. To the naked eye, I can’t really see how thick (or thin!) some of the fish are and had to use my olloclip Macro Lens on my iPhone to see the amazing glass work. There are 17 fish!


The bubbles are perhaps my favourite part as they make me really feel like I’m underwater with the fish. I remember snorkelling many years ago in the Red Sea, at Hurghada in Egypt. Even in water just waist deep the fish and coral were unbelievably colourful and it looked like a whole different world. 

I tried out the Deep Ocean in many different ways. For me, I will probably wear it most like above, just on a chain with some stoppers, but I also like it on the black leather with the Swim Fins and Flip Flops

Here I’ve paired it with a couple of Hong Kong Skylines. 

And then with a couple of Sciroccos. 

It looks great on a Fantasy Necklace. This is the Silver Fantasy Necklace with Rose Pearl and Lucky Knot on top.  I think one would need a plain white shirt to make this work as it’s a lot of colours!

I did want to give it a try with some different coloured glass beads. This might be fun for a day trip to the beach or a BBQ. Starting from the top and going clockwise are Neverending, Ancient Palace, The Eye, Orange, Smile of Stars, Silver Trace, Green/Turquoise, Dot’n’Dot, Deep Ocean, Sweet Berries, Wave of Dreams, Smile of Stars, a unique, Beach and Oasis. 


After work one day I tried it on a single white leather bracelet, then twisted another one around it. 


Lastly, this is just a different kind of photo. I put the bracelet in a glass of water then tilted it. Now that I look back at these photos I can’t decide which look I like the best. I’d love to hear what you think is your favourite! And if you got one, how are you wearing it?


Disclosure: For this blog I may receive some items as promotional samples. 

19 responses to Trollbeads Deep Ocean

  1. Elise says:

    Your full bracelet design is my favorite – I really like the beads you chose and how well they go together. I like the idea of wearing it on a necklace as the belly of the animale fantastico cat…alternatively between the jewel of the sea topped with a pearl. I did not get one yet…but I am admiring how others are styling!

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    • marthnick says:

      Thanks Elise! Love your idea about wearing it with the cat. I’m picturing that in my head and it’s giving me a little smile. 😀 My favourite full bracelet version is the Tartooful one, if you are on Instagram take a look!

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      • Elise says:

        …the idea of the cat makes me giggle a little, too. Thanks for sharing about tartooful – I checked her bracelet out and it is lovely. I like both…her softened, watercolor version and your bold version. This bead now seems more versatile than it initially looked. My sister got one and loves it!

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  2. Sarah Rigler says:

    I think I like it best with all the lovely brightly coloured beads, but it is equally striking with just the bracelet and two stoppers. If I could afford it, I would buy four of them to give to all of the women in my family ! I also love your photo of it in the glass of water! It really is a star bead.

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    • marthnick says:

      So, that’s two votes for the brightly coloured bracelet! Have great day, Sarah-love your pink and green bracelet today on IG.

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  3. Amy says:

    I like it best alone, either on the beige leather which reminds me of sand or on a silver bracelet. I have a hard time with the fantasy necklaces, I love how they look, but not on me. Love your ideas…

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  4. Alex V. says:

    Hi Martha!
    Although I am not a collector of trollbeads ( I stick to Pandora and Ohm) I find this bead to be pretty spectacular. Up close it looks as though your nose is being pressed up against a fish bowl ( the fun kind you had as a kid with colorful additions!) You have a stunning collection of glass beads it seems and I love the color palate you came up with above for the completed bracelet! You recently made me run out and get the live your fantasy barrel bead as I luv how much you paired it with the matching purple barrel bead ( the name of it escapes me at the moment) I will eventually have to get the purple and create my own little orange/purple theme 😉

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    • marthnick says:

      Hi Alex! I certainly am drawn to colourful glass, it’s true! Ooo-that’s great that you got the orange barrel bead! I hope you love it! That and the purple one (Get in Shape, I think) are two of my all time favourite beads. I just got some Ohm bead mail today, so Monday will show the new red/white/blue ones (Courage and Loyalty set)!

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  5. carlapatch says:

    I liked the first(chain and stoppers) and the one with Sciroccos! I will use it in a Fantasy necklace. Or alone(with stoppers)!

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  6. Emme says:

    This bead is simply amazing! It is one of my favorites! Your deep ocean macro photography is absolutely amazing! The bead detail is incredible. Cudos to the bead artist / designer! I’m currently wearing the deep ocean bead on the fantasy necklace. In addition, I’m also wearing it with a trollbead black leather bracelet as a choker necklace. The choker has 3 lime green / turquoise glass trollbeads interspersed with 2 simple silver charms. I like the combination of the two together.

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    • marthnick says:

      Oh, that sounds gorgeous! I love lime green and black together. The Deep Ocean is really quite incredible as you say. I keep looking at the coral in it, as well as the fish. Wouldn’t it be neat to see one being made?

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  7. Hi Martha! This bead is indeed surprisingly versatile! I love your bracelet with all the bright colored glass! I definitely plan on getting Wave of Dreams. I was looking at it a few weeks ago at my local Trollbeads retailer. The beads in stock were surprisingly different. One was quite dark while another was quite light! I also really like the Silver Trace Green/Turquoise. It’s retired though isn’t it? That bead would fit in really well with my collection too! I have yet to see Deep Ocean in person. But, hopefully next weekend, I will get a chance! Now that the Pandora bracelet promo is over, I am shifting back to Trollbeads! 😀 ❤

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    • marthnick says:

      Hi Carol! You’ll have to let me know what you think of the Deep Ocean when you see it! Yes, the Silver Trace, Green/Turquoise is retired. I’d had my eye on it for a long time and finally bought it from Perlen during one of their sales. It’s really quite striking!

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  8. Debbie says:

    It is an amazing bead and it’s too busy for me. It reminds me of the glass paperweights that were popular here a few years ago! I think it looks best on the leathers or the necklace, but then I prefer simple designs. I shall enjoy this bead via IG photos as I would not get enough wear out of it to buy it. I know I am in the minority!!!

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    • marthnick says:

      Oh no, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I’ve been mostly wearing it just on the chain bracelet all by itself but must try it on my beige leather bracelet too.

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