Elfbeads Official Launch

elfbeads-cover*****UPDATE*****
Due to overwhelming response, the website that premiered Elfbeads could not handle the unexpected traffic so the brand will be migrating to a new platform and be back better than ever in 2 weeks! For those that were able to get your orders in, not to worry they are being fulfilled. Like all new companies, there are growing pains and I’m glad to see Paul and Suzanne dedicated to finding a solution so that their customer shopping experience can be the best. I will let you all know when the site is back and should be able to offer reviews of these designs soon. :)

I am so excited to be announcing the official launch today of a new brand called Elfbeads!  Elfbeads is the brainchild of Paul Krans, otherwise known for his winning the Trollbeads People’s Bead Contest “Will” charm, who has partnered with an amazing lampwork artist, Suzanne Slotboom.  Elfbeads stands for Enchanting · Legendary · Fabulous and like the name suggests, focuses on whimsical fantasy designs.  The releases are being carefully curated by Paul, but the concepts are a collaboration between him and Suzanne.  Sneak peeks of the collection have been posted on their Facebook page for the past couple months, and the response has been spectacular!

My first reaction to this brand has been very positive; the fantastic new glass designs have captured my attention, as have the incredibly interesting silver beads.  One design I’m looking forward to see in person is the facet cut Starlight beads, which come in a rainbow of colors and are glow-in-the-dark.  A few of the other designs are named Dewdrops, Perpetuals, and Halo Waves; I’m hard pressed to find a bead that I don’t like from this collection!  There are a number of color patterns that will go stunningly well with the Trollbeads Aurora-esque beads and bracelet compositions of all kinds.

Elfbeads glass beads start at $31USD, the facet cut beads are $34USD, and the silver charms start at $31USD.  They are all universal core, which means that they will fit on bracelets from all brands, and these are made in and ships globally from Holland, Netherlands.  The brand is currently in talks with a number of distributors so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them sold at retailers worldwide!  As for upcoming news, Elfbeads has already scheduled a Spring 2014 Collection set to release on March 21st with a number of new silver charms coming out, and this summer will see a new goldsmith designer join the team.

I’m dying to see these beads in person and I have a selection of them flying their way here as we speak, so look for reviews in the near future.  Are you excited for this new brand?  What do you think of the aesthetic?

  • Pat Adams

    So excited to see this product debut!

    • Leann

      Me too! I’d been drooling over the sneak peeks on their Facebook. :)

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    I think the beads in those photos are gorgeous!

    • Leann

      They’re splendid, aren’t they? I quite like them myself :D.

  • carol

    Oh my gosh!!! Beautiful!!!

    • Leann

      Agreed! :)

  • Pat Adams

    I’ve been waiting since 7:45 to checkout. Enthusiasm has overloaded paypal. :)

    • Leann

      It sure did! They didn’t expect the response for sure :).

  • Tracy

    They are really beautiful… I’ve ordered two so far. And since they’re still updating their stock, I’m sure I’m not done :)

    • Leann

      I’m glad you were able to check out! It seems like you’re in the minority :(.

      • Tracy

        I could not get it to work until I happened to be out of the house and used my iPhone. And then used it again the rest of the day as more beads came up for sale :)

  • Maryll

    Also had major site problems and was unable to check out after several frustrating attempts. It’s great that they have lovely beads, it’s great that they generated so much buzz through internet bloggers, but I think they bit off more than they can chew when it comes to fulfilling worldwide demand. If I want to browse “only one bead available” I will go to artisans on etsy, add a bead to my cart and seamlessly go to paypal. This Elfbeads website is a mess. It let me add beads to my cart which then seconds later weren’t available. Really?? And then when I tried several times to pay, it just gave me a neverending watch symbol. They should have delayed their launch if they can’t get a site to work well.

    • Tracy

      Maryll, I had ordering issues too when I tried from my desktop, but was able to order from my iphone. And there were a few that were still listed as available, but then I got an unavailable notice when I tried to check out… I’m sure it’s just that they were selling faster than they could remove them from the website. I do appreciate them listing each bead so I can see exactly what I’m buying, but it definitely makes it slower and more frustrating to order from them right now.

    • Leann

      Oh no :(. I tried to buy a few myself and had problems getting them into the cart. But I bet they’ll be back, better than ever! :)

  • Danielle

    The website is very frustrating and why wouldn’t you load the photos of stock way before the launch date it just seems like a very backwards way of doing things. Just my opinion.

    • Leann

      Handling a website is not as easy as it seems, especially for first timers :). I don’t know what I’d do without my husband managing the back end of things.

      • Danielle

        I have to say Paul was brilliant, I ended up emailing and his response was speedy and very professional. I just hope the website hiccups didn’t deter potential customers. The beads are beautiful, good luck for the re-launch.

  • http://bermudabluez.blogspot.com/ Jeanne Pursell

    The beads in these photos are GORGEOUS!! I trust your judgement Leann…as soon as you get your hands on them…please let us know what you think!! I’m a little anxious about ordering something so new…I look forward to hearing what you have to say!!

    • Leann

      I just got them yesterday, Jeanne and they are FANTASTIC!!! I can’t wait to do the reviews ;).

  • kathie

    these glass beads look lovely. Cannot wait till the website snafus are fixed to order some. The silver infinity charm looks like a wonderful classic design. I look forward to seeing what else they offer in silver. I like non cutesy, non trite silvers and have been very happy with RedBali Frog silvers. Would be glad to add other silvers to my silver hoard…..

    • Leann

      I agree, I just got the infinity charm and it is amazing! Really interesting pieces from this brand and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed :D.

  • Adrienne C.

    I just wanted to say that I, too, experienced the frustration of a very disappointing website launch. I emailed Elfbeads during the launch event, and have been communicating with Paul Krans ever since. HE HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. I expressed an interest in several beads, but was unable to check out due to the PayPal disaster. Paul promptly removed the beads from the website and reserved them for me. I still have yet to pick out the final two beads I would like to complete my promo, but Paul has been incredibly attentive and helpful despite the chaos he appears to be working under.

    I agree that the storefront launch was premature and could have been handled better. They were simply unprepared. However, the customer service I have received has made me want to purchase these beads even more, and to be a part of this growing brand. I am looking forward to seeing the beads in person!

    • Tracy

      Adrienne, I absolutely agree… the technical errors were unfortunate, but how they’ve handled the chaos has been impressive. I managed to get in my orders, but had two issues I needed to discuss with them and was ready to send an email the next morning. I actually had an email waiting for me from Paul regarding and resolving both issues. I doubt he’s gotten any sleep in the last two days.
      Seriously impressive, and I’m not easily impressed.

      • Adrienne C.

        Paul asked me what colors I was interested in, then emailed me pictures of what they have in stock and told me to pick whatever I wanted. Now, he could’ve just said “Sorry you didn’t get your order in, but we’ll be open again in two weeks.” Instead, he is creating more work for himself to make sure that I am happy. That’s pretty unheard of, IMO!