200 million years ago, turtles mingled with the dinosaurs. With their protective shields and navigational abilities, they have stood the test of time and change.
From their inception on a sandy shore, the turtle hatches from an egg, and then begins a dangerous journey towards the ocean. Not everyone will make it. But those who do always come back to the same beach where their life started to lay their own eggs. Such is the miracle and circle of life.
The turtle is the master of its own destiny and must seek its own happiness. Once it reaches the water, it starts growing and takes on its majestic form. With graceful strokes, these gentle giants glide through our oceans for decades and centuries. Some travel up to 15.000 km every year.
Life is a Miracle – Serenity will be launching on May 19, 2023.
Bead samples are provided by Trollbeads.com.
The Life is a Miracle collection consists of silver beads designed by Louise Rimpler and glass beads designed by Tenzin Phuntsok and Kalden Chophel. Let’s start with my two favourites, the glass bead called Mermaid Reflections and the silver and citrine quartz turtle called Long Life. The layering of scales and colours in the Mermaid Reflections is outstanding.
This small collection is really cohesive and these two beads go together beautifully.
Now let’s add in another turtle themed bead, Steady Pace. The eyes are super cute and again, the colours match so well with Mermaid Reflection.
I find these colours to be so calming. Perfect for report card writing season!
Let’s take a look at the bangle in the front row, down below. When I looked through my bead collection, I noticed that the armadillos from last year used very similar colours to the Life is a Miracle collection. Going left to right, the beads are Happiness Armadillo Bead, the new Sand Grains Bead, the new In Memory Bead which features a Blue Lace Agate stone, the new Sand Grooves Bead and the Dream Armadillo Bead.
There’s a new pendant, meant for the Changeable Fantasy Necklace. The Pendant of Calm features a sweet silver tortoise atop some blue glass. I can really picture this little guy swimming in the ocean.
Again, we can add this piece into the mix and the colours are very harmonious.
There’s a glass bead I don’t have but you can see that online, and then there is a green one called Seagrass. It adds a bit of a bright pop of colour to the mix.
This really is a lovely summer collection and almost feels like a continuation of last summer’s collection.
There’s a tiny silver bead, called Force of Life, as well as a new clasp. The clasp is called Turtle Clasp and has a citrine quartz on one side and a cognac quartz on the other.
In the video, you can see a tiny cut out heart on the Force of Life silver bead.
The blue and yellow Sand Grooves Bead in the sun is just delicious looking. I love that buttery shade of yellow.
Every summer one of my favourite beads to use is the classic Starfish Bead.
Are we getting in the mood for summer yet?
Ok, that’s it for today! I was really pleased to get these beads as samples as I like each and every one of them. If I had been purchasing these myself, I would have bought the Mermaid Reflections and the Steady Pace beads. Since I’m one of those people who lives in a bead desert, I don’t often get the opportunity to see or buy fancy uniques and these two bring that quality to the table. If I had been in a store, those two beads would have stood out to me. The level of craftsmanship is incredible. There are so many colours and details that the artisans making them must have such a high level of skill and precision. The opinions I want to hear though, are yours! Will any of these beads be added to your collection? I’d love to find out!
Great to see your review of the new Trollbeads release pop into my email this morning Martha. Two beads have caught my eye, Mermaid Reflections and Sand Grains (love a dotty bead). Interesting to see them with the armadillos from last year as they are on my wishlist too. Great photos as usual Martha, have a lovely weekend!
Thanks Janis! The Sand Grains really is lovely and the colours are so fresh. Those armadillos are so pretty too. Have a great weekend also, Janis!
PS saw a sneak peek of the new facated glass beads for Trollbeads Day 2023 yesterday. Looking forward to seeing live images in due course!
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What a gorgeous collection! I think my favs are the same as yours, lol. I may have to order those ones soon. Excellent review – thank you!
Thanks Sierra! I’m debating about buying a Mermaid Reflections so as to have a pair. I have a cute mermaid bead-an old one from RBF, so I can picture a bangle using it with two Mermaid Reflections. Would be great for seeing the new Little Mermaid movie! 😅
Aww, turtles! I really like all of these, but “Long Life” would be a great tribute to our late turtle, Sunny. And the “Sand Grooves” also catches my eye. That’s one bead I think would look really cool in multiples–an entire bracelet of only “Sand Grooves.” Highly unlike that’s going to happen, but fun to think about. Anyway, great photos and combos as usual!
Thanks Samantha! Wow, an entire bracelet of Sand Grooves would look amazing! And maybe put in a few of the silver Ripples beads too! 😍 Long Life would be a lovely tribute to Sunny. 🐢
I was looking forward to your review Martha! Thank you so much for showcasing this collection so beautifully! The beads that stood out for me were mermaid reflections, sand grooves and long life. I’m really curious to see what mermaid reflections looks like in person! There seems to be a lot of variation in the color. I love the Ohm Beads siberian sakura but do not have one, so I was pleased to see mermaid reflections. This will be my first glass bead in this “scaly” style. 🤗 Thanks again and take care!
Lori, I agree that there’s a lot of variation in the colours of the Mermaid Reflections. I was looking at the live images on the Blooming Boutique website and there were several that had quite a bit more pink than my bead. I’m going to make an effort to visit the Partridge Creek store this summer and might pick out a mate for my bead. I hope you get a bead to your liking! Thanks for reading and commenting!
I love that Blooming Boutique posts live photos of the beads! They are my go-to for all things Trollbeads. 🙂 I hope you make it down to Partridge Creek this summer. I’m hoping to go to a Trollbeads store this summer as well, and it will be my very first time in one!
Oh I hope you get to go, that would be super fun!
Hi Martha ~ do you know what has happened to Trollbeads Canada website? I hadn’t received any info from them re: the summer 2023 collection until I got your blog and wonderful photos! Thanks!
Hi Carol! Yes, I noticed that the new collection is not there. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been updated. I’m not sure if you’re keen on purchasing from out of the country. I’ll see if I can ask someone at the office in Denmark what will be happening and let you know if I find out anything.
I don’t like ordering from the USA, as the exchange rate between Canada & US is awful and then there’s extra duties as well. Seems odd about the Trollbeads Canada website disappearing like that… 😦
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Carol, if you search for the bead names from the new collection on the Trollbeads Canada site, they are there. I think that’s a stopgap measure for now. Will let you know if I hear anything else.