I’ve been intrigued by *redbalifrog* for a while now and am absolutely thrilled to get my hands on a few pieces! This brand is relatively new to the European-style charm market and is designed by the fabulous Amanda Bazarow, who partners with a Balinese jewelry sculptor Yande. Amanda herself is based in Australia but all the production for the beads comes out of Bali, Indonesia where each charm is hand cast which allows for such amazing detail. The main offerings in the Redbalifrog collection consist of silver charms, with a small selection of wood, stone, and coral beads. The inspiration for the jewelry comes from Amanda’s travels and the beautiful objects that she encounters, with a definite Asian and Egyptian flare. She also has a penchant for the quirky – there’s the alien head, sugar skull, and when pigs fly to name a few. The pricing is very competitive compared to the other jewelry companies with the silver charms mostly between $30-40USD. The cores are large enough to fit Pandora bracelets, and *redbalifrog* definitely complements Trollbeads to the extent where Redbalifrog doesn’t actually offer their own bracelet chain, instead, they also use the same chain/lock system.
*redbalifrog* has less charms per release but more releases through the year; in fact, they just had their high summer release – Flowers for the Soul. I like the idea of these smaller, more intimate releases; its a definite contrast from the larger releases that Pandora and other brands have, and it lets you get excited about new charms coming out more often. When I saw the chrysanthemum charm, I knew I had to take the plunge! As I mention frequently, I adore nature and flower inspired charms in particular, and this release was just right up my alley.
Amanda was kind enough to send me a sample of charms to review* and I could barely wait for them arrive (I was literally stalking my mailman for the last 2 weeks); I am hooked! They look right at home with my Trollbeads bracelet and glass beads. I am still marveling at the detail on these charms, the hand-craftsmanship allows for such intricateness that I keep having to stare at the charms. I picked a few of my favorites from the entire collection – chrysanthemum flower (of course!), daisy chain, frangipani, frog on bamboo, feng sui, and the lotus flower lock which was perfect because I got an extra bracelet with Trollbeads trunk show. The chrysanthemum, roses, and daisy chain comprise the charms included in the Flowers for the Soul collection. I was actually surprised when I opened my package to find the roses piece included by Amanda. After I had picked my charms I realized that I had also wanted that one as well so I was so happy to see it included in the mail! The frangipani reminds me of plumeria flowers, which represent Hawaii for me. All in all, I really love the new collection! To any other charms addicts out there, this is one brand that is definitely worth taking a look at.
Because *redbalifrog* is a relatively small company, they are sold online, the main retailers in the US is Charm Bead Shop but get this, Perlen carries *redbalifrog*. I know I’ll be making more purchases in the future, I love my new find! For those that want to know more about *redbalifrog*, I’ve created a beginner’s guide under the main menu. :)
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