In the past few months, a series of smaller and thinner uniques with certain designs have appeared at retailers around the world. These have been dubbed “Small and Beautiful” by Trollbeads Heaven, a popular UK Trollbeads site that offers a number of OOAKs. On their website they state,
Referred to as “Small and Beautiful” in some quarters, these new Limited Edition Unique (formerly OOAK) glass Trollbeads explore the variations in a number of basic themes. Only 800 kits (of six beads) are available worldwide and with between 12 and 18 original styles in each batch, the individual variants of these beads can be very rare indeed. These beads are available in the UK exclusively from Trollbeads Heaven.
If only 800 kits (6 beads/kit) were made then this is quite the limited edition OOAK which I don’t believe Trollbeads has ever done before. I have noticed a number of US retailers received these S&B uniques in smaller quantities and they have been very popular! As far as I can tell there are a few distinctive designs (these names are generally created by Trollies):
- blue, green, yellow, pink cherry blossoms
- navy peacock
- pink and aqua ridges
- pink and clear ornaments
- turquoise tiger stripes
- cream, purple, blue, and dark navy galaxies
- mint, pink, blue, and peach swirl bubbles
- lavender, olive, light blue umbrellas
- orange, light blue, and cerulean stripes
- koi pond
- green stepping stones
- brown/cream eye of the storm
These photos are wonderful examples of the S&B uniques, courtesy of Trollbead Boutique. Most stores sell out of these as soon as they are posted, and given their rarity, it seems like a good idea to get them while they’re hot!
At first I wasn’t sure why they were called small when they looked normal size to me – compared with the normal size OOAKs, some are thinner, not necessary smaller so perhaps the name “Small & Beautiful” is a misnomer at least to the small part.
I was able to pick up a kit from overseas, a couple from Trollbeads Heaven, and Trollbead Boutique had a nice selection as well. I was fortunate enough to get a few of the more popular beads including a clear ornament, turquoise tiger, and purple galaxy, as well as the more common olive umbrella, koi pond, mint swirl bubbles, and the eye of the storm. Unfortunately, since I had to buy the entire kit to get to a few special beads, I just have one that I have no interest in (the brown tribal pattern). Since I’m so OCD about bead size, I decided to put them together even though the colors and patterns don’t match. I added these to my new big butterfly from the recent collection on a necklace and they are perfect for spring!
What do you think of these? Are they worth the hype?