This blog post contains product samples from Trollbeads as well as purchased items.
This week the Korean Evergreen bead arrived in the mail. I was able to buy it with the help of a Troll Fairy who lives in South Korea. I know that it is super frustrating to see these country exclusive beads and not be able to buy them. Right now there is one bead that anyone can easily buy and that is the Nordic Twilight bead. It’s the grey one on the left hand side of the photo below. I bought it from Diamonds4Ever, which is a store in Denmark. I’ve been buying from them for ages. They don’t have a presence on Instagram that I know of, so some people don’t know about them.
One of the newer ones is the Korean one, as I mentioned. @charmbead did a very informative blog post here about it, and I encourage you to check it out. The bead is such a lovely, soft colour. I first tried it with some True Beadz and put them on a celadon plate that I bought in South Korea when I lived there a long time ago! I have a blog post about a trip to Korea here.
It also plays well with the USA country exclusive bead called The Diamond Bead, Amber.
I absolutely LOVE the Korean bead and the Nordic Twilight bead with Labradorites.
I thought I’d try the Korean bead with some Japanese beads from the Kimono Kit. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someday Trollbeads came out with another matte beads kit?
Next up is a bangle with some pinks. This is not my favourite combo, but it’s beginning to grow on me and I think I’ll wear it tomorrow.
Another bead I recently purchased (and it took 9 weeks to get here!) was the country exclusive Diamond bead for The Netherlands. I bought it from Bead Sensation. I love the pink/purple glass overlay. 😍
It just looks fabulous in the sun with my flowers! The pale pink bead on the left is the one that was for China. So many countries have now had special beads and I really enjoy seeing on Instagram the people who are collecting every one! They are pretty expensive, so I am not even trying to get them all. It’s good enough for me to just admire everyone else’s. 😀
Here are a few more photos using some of the diamond beads.
To finish off, let’s take a quick look at the upcoming limited edition Trollbeads Day 2020 Kit, designed by Neetu Gupta, who also designed the much loved Forest Life Kit. In Canada, the kit will be $444 and the beads will be available as singles for $74 each. In the USA, the kit will be $366/ $61 for singles. Normally I would think of driving down to the USA to attend an event, but not this year! 😷 Trollbeads Day will be July 25.
These beads make me think of rainbow sherbet and I totally intend on buying some for a picture. 😀 Based on these photos, I think the green one might be my favourite, but beads are always different in person, so we’ll have to wait and see.
The beads are (L-R) Lime Leaves, Raspberry Bush, Blueberry Flower, Honey Bee, Mint Mesh and Plum Tree.
Can you see the bee etched on the Honey Bee bead? I wonder which bead will end up being the most popular?
So, that’s all for today. Please feel free to voice your opinion about the country exclusive beads or the Trollbeads Day 2020 Kit. I love to hear what people think!
Out of all of the beautiful arrangements you’ve shared on this blog post, my favorite is the Evergreen with True Beadz. The colors work so well together and your celadon dish is gorgeous. (I would also love to have more matte glass beads to choose from. The Kimono Kit was wildly popular so…)
It’s kind of funny how the Trollbeads Diamonds beads have created a mad dash of collectors reaching out to bead fairies. (I’m not sure if that’s what Trollbeads wanted to happen based on the usual in-store-only policy they implemented in many of these locations.) I’m glad you were able to add the ones you wanted to your collection. Thanks for sharing!
P.S. Based on the stock photos alone, I’m most excited about the upcoming Lime Leaves design.
Nice! I keep going back to look at these stock images. I haven’t been this excited for a release for quite some time!
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I agree April. I keep seeing people asking for help to get the beads on Instagram. I would much rather just be able to buy something by myself. I know some people like the chase, but it’s not for me.
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Thanks for this great blog, Martha!
Nice collection. However the purple looks muddy and just barely purple. Disappointed as I can imagine the variations in this one.
That is one I’m particularly curious about seeing in person. I also wonder how visible the bee that is etched on the yellow one will be. 🤔
I think the biggest challenge Trollbeads has and has had is creating good colors in their glass beads. Other brands seem to do better in that regard.
But I love Trollbeads just the same. 🙂
Here’s my thoughts on the Diamond Beads! Last year, I drove my 80 year-old mother 17 hours to attend the Delaware Event. They stopped making event beads since so many complained that it wasn’t right to only offer to a few. Hence, the “official” event bead was created. However, isn’t Trollbeads themselves creating the very same thing that they stopped, by offering these types of beads? The aftermarket prices are insane, the disappointments are real, and so many people are missing out on some really gorgeous beads! Lol! That being said, I really love the designs you created with yours! I personally have only 5 different types of diamonds, Italy, US, England, Denmark, and the Netherlands. As for Trollbeads Day, I’m buying the kit! I’m all about color & I think I will be able to utilize these in many different designs. I personally love the Raspberry one!
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That’s a good point, Lynda, about the country beads in effect replacing the hard-to-find aspect of the event beads. Sounds like you’re like me and just collecting the ones that are slightly easier for us to obtain, perhaps because we have bead friends in certain countries. I also really like the colours in the upcoming glass. 😍
Thank you for the blog 😃 Regarding the diamond beads, I think it’s getting exhausting trying to collect the ones you want. I don’t like the exclusivity.
As for the TBDay beads, my favorite are Raspberry Bush and Mint Fresh. I’ll wait to see live photos; most of the time they hardly represent stock photos.
Hi Martha! 😀 As I mentioned to someone else, I don’t enjoy the hunt but I know there are people who do. My preference is always going to be to walk into a store, look around and buy what I want. Of course, I can only do that with Pandora, where I live. I think a lot of people will be waiting to see live photos of these beads and also of the unique set that will be in August.
I LOVE the Evergreen bead! It looks clear enough for Spring designs but I’m sure it’ll be ‘grungy’ enough to go with Autumnal colours. The combo with the Amber bead is beautiful 😍
And the Trollbeads Day kit is lovely – and I’m sure all the different colours mean there’s something for everyone. My grandparents planted a plum tree when I was born – so that’s my favourite! And the raspberry bush and honey bee will play really well with it. Its such a shame there’ll be no real parties – we’ll have to celebrate virtually on the day! 🥂
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Laura, I agree that the Evergreen bead will be so wonderful for the fall. It makes me think of cooler weather and the leaves turning colour.
What a wonderful story about your parents planting a plum tree when you were born! There might be real parties at Trollbeads stores but there’s no way I’m going to the States even if our border opens by then (which I don’t think it will). 🤭 Maybe I’ll host a virtual Trollbeads Day party on my Animal Crossing island. 🤔😁🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️
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You outdone yourself here Martha, such a selection of wonderful photos – the one with the Korean bead and the Nordic Twilight bead and Labradorites is so beautiful I gasped when I saw it on Instagram.
What I can’t understand with the Trollbeads Diamond Beads is why have such small limits, and the decisions about which countries have limits just seem so random. Both of which drive the re-sale market. I was told that to get hold of a Taiwan Red Flamingo bead it would cost me 130 euros and 20 euros for tracked postage. If there is a demand then Trollbeads should increase production and meet it themselves for a time period, and then stop producing them – doesn’t that make more business sense.
I’m in the minority regarding the Trollbeads Day 2020 Kit, because not overwhelmed by it. Looks pretty, however need to see them in real life, and they may change my mind, particularly about the Raspberry one.
Take care 😊
Marisa, I bet they could have sold a ton of the Korean beads, because every single comment I’ve seen about it has been people really liking it. 🤷🏻♀️
My friend Cheryl is also not a fan of the new kit, so you have some company in that regard. I hope you like the looks of the Raspberry one when you see it for real!
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What is bead at top beside pink one that has a purple spot love all of new beads
I think you’re talking about the Purple Flower Mosaic? It’s got a spot of dichroic glass on it.
Martha, another wonderful blog! You do such an incredible job displaying beads (I am sorely convinced that these bead companies should hire you). Of all the pretty beads you posted my favorite is the Mint Mesh. I know it doesn’t have a lot of “bling” like the others, but to me, it’s just as beautiful!
Thanks for your kind words, Nicola! I really like the Mint Mesh, too. Jamie from Instagram had a great idea and that is to put it on a bangle and take it to the beach where I was yesterday, because the colours are kind of like the water and sky.
The Korean bead is so pretty and I love your combos. I’ve liked many of the country-specific diamond beads but got tired long ago of trying to chase down Trollbeads’ limited and exclusive beads, so have not made any attempt to hunt down the ones sold in other countries. I think it’s a shame that they insist on keeping up with a model that frustrates so many people. I have to admit I’m not taken with the Trollbeads Day beads either. Though the colors are cheerful and I’ll look forward to seeing what you do with them, since your designs are always lovely!
Hi Kim! I am also not interested in the chase, I will admit. Did you see the new collection that is just for Italy? Just Google ‘Thun Trollbeads’ and there are some news articles about it. I saw your True Beadz arrived quickly and I bet you’re enjoying those these days!
Just looked up the Thun collection and I’ll be curious to see what the do with it. I was not familiar with Thun, so took a quick look at their website. They do have some cute knick-knacks. Not my style though, so I doubt I’ll be gnashing my teeth at the beads only being available in Italy. Were you collecting when they first released the World Tour beads? I had just started collecting and enjoyed seeing each country’s release. Each country made its own fun little video ad upon its release and I got a kick out of those. I was happy when they released the full collection worldwide at the end of the series, though I wish they’d announced it would be handled that way in advance. Would have saved me a price gouging or two on eBay… Live and learn…
Yes, I have been enjoying my True package! Glad the mail seems to be finally moving normally again. I just got a package from Julia that was mailed in March! And am hoping that April’s won’t be far behind it. What I’ve also been enjoying buying during the lockdown has been European lingerie, lol. Maybe on the theory that I could still wear it while sitting at home? Hope you and your family have been well.
I’m laughing at the line about the lingerie! Oh wow, that does give some hope to April! Wonderful!
I was not collecting during the time of the World Tour but can imagine how fun that would be to see the little video ads.
We’ve been well, thanks. We’re just a bit on edge waiting to hear what school will look like in the fall, as a lot of people are. 🤷🏻♀️
What a great collection you have, Martha! It’s so great to read your stories about how you collect diamond beads. I could feel how much affections you have towards them.
I feel the same. Collecting national diamond beads are fun, but I also feel it’s so tiring to pursue them. I from time to time feel like chasing a dragon ball for nothing.
Well… the thing is… I also feel accomplished when I see them. They’re too beautiful to be able to resist ^^;
As long as I’m with my bead friends, I would continue collecting them. I love your bracelets with Korean beads, BTW.
Hi Maria! It’s wonderful to have bead friends around the world. I agree that’s it’s fun to buy them if it is not too difficult. They really are beautiful! Thanks for reading and for commenting!
Hello Martha! I just discovered your gorgeous beads and bracelets. I am an avid Trollbead lover. I love how you create fabulous things. I saw a purple/black true beads dragon bracelet with 2 clunky purple pink glass beads on it. Are those Trollbead? Or uniques? I have never seen them before.
Hi! I am afraid I don’t know which bracelet or beads you are talking about, so I can’t answer your question. You can send me a picture if you want. My email address is email@example.com
Wait, I think I know what you are talking about. I think you are looking at the Trollbeads Purple Waters bead that was a special event bead years ago for Trollbeads Delaware. Try Googling it and see it that’s correct. 👍🏻💜