I am so honored to be introducing the following charms from an amazing designer, Suzanne Hopping.  I first noticed Suzanne’s beads on a couple Trollbeads Facebook groups and I was so taken aback at their ornateness and the thoughtfulness behind each charm that I knew I must feature her on Charms Addict.

The first charm in this wonderful collection is PAX.  The design was the first winner of the Trollbeads People’s Bead in 2009, but unfortunately the final result from Trollbeads was not exactly what Suzanne had imagined so she decided to have her original idea created.  I am so glad she did!  The detail is much better than the one that was released by TB; the basic design is a dove embracing the world with an olive branch in its beak.  There is no comparison between the two, you can see every feather in the dove’s wings and the earth is actually round whereas, the TB Pax always reminded me of a hunched over bird.

When Trollbeads People’s Bead 2012 was announced featuring a spirituality theme, Suzanne entered two designs into the contest.  When they were not chosen (and I’m surprised they weren’t!), she decided to go ahead and make both of them.  My personal favorite from her collection is called the Prayer Wheel.  The inspiration behind this charm comes from the Buddhist Prayer Wheels which are used to accumulate wisdom, good karma, and to purify bad karma. Every time the wheel is spun each revolution is counted as a prayer. The mantra “Om mani padme hum” is inscribed on the outside of the wheel.  Not only is the design of this bead amazing, the intention behind it only adds to its beauty.  I find myself “worrying” this charm a lot, spinning it back and forth, so I’m glad I’m getting plenty of good karma while I’m at it!

Lastly, the latest offering from Suzanne is the amazing Universal Cross – the Triquetra design in the center symbolizes the Celtic Love Knot or Trinity Knot which represents the eternity of love.  The charm boasts a Greek cross on all sides, creating an even and symmetrical look from every angle.  It has no beginning and no end.  I love the triquetra, which I first encountered on Charmed, the TV series, and I’ve always gravitated towards Celtic knots as they are one of my favorite symbols.

For some details: PAXSUZbeads are universal core, which means that they will fit with any bracelet brand.  These wonderful creations are sold through Suzanne’s Etsy store.  The prices are $45 for PAX, $55 for Prayer Wheel, and $55 for Universal Cross, and $5 for international shipping (she is based in Australia).  They are a natural complement for any Trollbeads bracelet, and definitely a focal piece for a Pandora bracelet.  I am ecstatic to have gotten* these as they are a must for any charm collector.

The worst dilemma I had was which beads to pair with them so as to properly showcase the silvers.  After much internal debate, I settled on white and cream beads to highlight this collection and as a reflection of their purity.  Have I said it?  I’m obsessed with these charms and I can’t wait to see what Suzanne has in store for us next!

Bead index (starting from left): LE troll lock (retired), lotus (retired), WT Switzerland mountain crystal, grey squirrel (retired), PAXSUZbeads universal cross, white diamond bead, conch, PAXSUZbeads prayer wheel, white bubbles, grey dillo (retired), bead of fortune, sea urchin, white dillo, PAX, LE desert flower diamond (retired), white stripe, gecko, white steel, LE golden bauble, roses.

*For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.

  • Sharon DB

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve always loved the design of that Pax bead but was on the fence about the Trollbeads execution of it. Her release of it looks fabulous! Adding to my Etsy faves now!

    • Leann

      They’re fantastic! You won’t be disappointed, Sharon :D.

  • Trudy

    Those charms are beautiful and I love how you created the white and cream bracelet!

    • Leann

      Thanks, Trudy! It was a tough decision, but I think the white goes well. 🙂

  • Mei Theng

    Hi Leann,

    My name is Mei Theng and I am from Malaysia. I had only recently bought my 1st charm bracelet and it was from Pandora. It started a frenzy in me and it brought me to your blog. I love your blog! <3

    Thank you for sharing this post. I love to get the Prayer Wheel but I am concerned about using non-Pandora beads on Pandora bracelet. Should I worry?

    Thanks! Can't wait for you reply! =D

    • Mei Theng

      Oops sorry about the typo error. >.<

    • Leann

      Hi Mei! Welcome to the addiction. Thanks for your kind words. These beads will not damage your Pandora bracelet as the holes are wide enough to slip over the threads. It depends on whether you’re comfortable mixing brands ;). Some people like to mix-and-match, and other people have dedicated bracelets.

      • Mei Theng

        Thank you, Leann, for your advice. 😀

  • Linda

    I’m so pleased to see you featuring Suzanne Hopping’s gorgeous beads! I have been a long-time fan; her designs are superb. <3

    • Leann

      Thanks, Linda! They are truly spectacular :).

  • Frede

    Leann, thank you for featuring Suzanne’s lovely beads on your blog. I have been a fan of her beads from the beginning. They are all such wonderful designs and look spectacular on bracelets. Your bracelet shows them off beautifully, Leann!

    • Leann

      You’re welcome, Frede :D. It was my pleasure to write about Suzanne’s charms.

  • Ashley

    Ya know Leann, what brought me to your blog awhile back was b/c I’m so in love with Pandora and your blog has helped inspire me. But a huge thing I love about your blog is the introduction to new brands/charms! Reading your blog has really opened my eyes to other charms rather than just Pandora. Not that there’s a thing wrong with Pandora! 🙂 I love seeing all the possibilities you find for us readers! And, of course, keeping us up to date!!

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody! ** Gobble, Gobble**

    • Leann

      Thanks, Ashley! I’m so glad you like the new brands. I’m having fun exploring new charms too ;). Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Mary Jean

      I agree. This especially, is just so special and beautiful! I must check her Etsy site. TY Leann

  • Jennifer

    I had to decide today whether to go to the local Pandora concept store, or ordering the PAX bead from Suzanne. I chose Suzanne! I have really got to stop spending now or we will be eating macaroni and cheese for a month… 🙂

    • Leann

      You won’t be disappointed, Jennifer! The bead is absolutely stunning :).

      • Jennifer

        I received the prayer wheel bead and the pax bead. They are both beautiful!! There really is no comparison between this pax bead and the trollbead version, they are so different. I’m very glad I purchased this one, thank you for the review! 🙂

      • Leann

        Yay, I’m so glad you love them! They’re really fantastic. Have you seen the newest addition to the collection? 😉