*redbalifrog* Klimt-inspired charms

Gustav_Klimt_016 *redbalifrog* has become a much beloved part of my charm collection, and today we take look at a couple very special limited edition charms.  Since I discovered the brand a bit late in the year, I missed the release of these lovely beads when they came out in April 2012, but once I began researching and came across the Klimt-inspired charms, they flew to the top of my wishlist.  Having absolutely loved my art history class in college, I’ve always been appreciative of the great artists and Gustav Klimt was certainly one of those.  Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter focusing mainly on the female form; he is perhaps best known for his work, “The Kiss,” a wonderfully romantic and popular painting (inset).

Heidi’s Trollbeads & More has been an early retailer of *redbalifrog*, and were actually the collaborating force behind the creation of these wonderful charms.  Klimt’s 150th birthday was in 2012 and Vienna hosted a number of events celebrating his life and career; as an Austrian retailer, these Austrian-themed beads were perfect to honor his work.  The two charms in this set are Klimt and Art Nouveau, very different in style and yet exquisitely designed.  Klimt was a must-have for me, and while I’d love to get Art Nouveau as well, I had to go with my priorities.  😉

redbalifrog-klimt-collageKlimt is amazingly detailed and the Tree of Life that is the focal point is incredibly faithful to the painting of the same name.  The charm is cylindrical with the tree in the middle and the branches reaching around the circumference of the bead.  The lattice-work detailing is around the main barrel, with “Hommage a Klimt” engraved on the outer rim of the bead, while the bottom reads “1862-2012”.  Klimt can be worn on a bracelet or a necklace and although the tree is vertically sculpted, it looks fantastic on a bracelet.  I absolutely adore this bead since the moment I got it* and I can never take my eyes off Klimt when I’m wearing it.

Courtesy of Endangered Trolls
Courtesy of Endangered Trolls

Art Nouveau features a female face, a subject matter that was Klimt’s muse, but it reminds me of Medusa from the ancient myths, in styling.  Below the pendant hangs a freshwater white pearl, and the back of the charm has two loops to string the chain through.  Again, this piece can also be worn on a bracelet or necklace although I think it would be amazing on a necklace.  Since these beads are exclusive to Heidi’s Trollbeads & More, the hallmark is also slightly different – HBI 925, instead of YB 925 that is normally on the *redbalifrog* charms.

Klimt is €42 and Art Nouveau is €39 – these limited edition beads can only be purchased from Heidi’s Trollbeads & More (they offer worldwide shipping).  The website is in German, but the Google Chrome browser or Google Translate will be able to translate the page.  Heidi’s also has a few other *redbalifrog* exclusive charms, which I hope to do a review for sometime in the future!

This is one of my most treasured pieces from *redbalifrog* and I’m so happy to have gotten my hands on it.  Now for some great news, Amanda mentioned on the *redbalifrog* Facebook page that the next collection will include 3 silver charms and a new lock to be released on February 22nd – Eclectic, Exotic, and Romantic will be the theme (I cannot wait!).  I’m glad to have something to look forward to after Valentine’s day since a lot of other brands’ next releases will be for the spring collections.

Most of Klimt’s works during the Golden Phase of his career used gold leaf, so I thought it would it be appropriate to reflect that medium through these yellow/gold beads with an accent of red.


Bead index (starting from left, all silvers are *redbalifrog*, glass beads are Trollbeads): om lock, unique red spinner flowers, unique yellow ornament, Dutch clogs, unique yellow python, LE red tinsel, pomegranate, unique red longevity, unique yellow swag, LE Klimt, unique red glitter, unique yellow ohm, Russian egg, unique yellow ornament, unique red ornament, luna moon, unique yellow longevity, unique two-tone red dillo.

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  • Tracy

    That is the first time I’ve heard or seen these, but I love the tree one! Yet another for my wish list!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      It went right to the top of my wishlist! I absolutely love it. 🙂

  • April

    I have admired these beads for a few weeks, & Klimt is a favorite painter of mine.I think i will be buying the Tree of life bead at the end of the month.Can you give me a measurement? Excited about the new beads & lock.My redbalifrog bracelet is coming along nicely with 5 beads & the lotus lock acquired in the last month & bead no. 6 on the way! I was a little disappointed that there in no catalog to browse like a Pandora one. 🙁

    Do you know if Amanda plans to retire any beads & if there will be another collaboration with Heidi’s Tb or anyone else this year?

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Hi April, Klimt is just over 3/4″ inch tall. No news on retirements or any other new collaborations, but have you checked out their other limited editions? There’s 4 other special LE Heidi’s *redbalifrog* charms. I can’t wait to see the new charms!

      • April

        I am hoping at some point Amanda will do rbf safety chains & fancy bead stoppers? A rbf jewellery box would be nice!

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Hopefully soon!

  • Sam

    I love the tree of life bead, it’s so detailed. I’m soooo excited for the new release, can’t wait. I only have two rbf beads but I wear them almost all the time…. my wishlist on the other hand is considerably larger than two lol 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I can’t wait either! I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait!

  • http://tinaneilson@comcast.net Tina Neilson

    Hi Leann

    I am so happy about these beads. Klimt is my favorite and so I ordered them right away. I did have a little trouble with my computer and Paypal at least I am going to blame it on my computer. I finally had to go directly to Paypal and enter everything in my self. I could not use the automatic checkout. Cant wait to see them!!!! They will be perfect on a troll bracelet!!! Thanks again

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Let me know what you think when you get it, Tina! I’m glad the website worked out for you. 🙂

  • Debbie

    The tree of life charm is beautiful, and I love the bracelet Leann – what a stunner. Something lovely to look at on a wet and cold January evening 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Debbie! It’s always fun to play with charms ;).

  • http://cobalt-beads.blogspot.com Gosialein

    the elongated beads is indeed the best in necklaces – great idea 🙂
    I happen to have a similar one, but it didn’t convince me in a bracelet, parhaps 2 or three would do?
    Klimt color palette includes Leann’s favored greens as well, and violet hues, I hope it’ll be a great source for further inspirations 🙂

  • lu

    Is klimt limited edition? before read that I was thinking that wasn’t limited, I thought the only thing was that only the retailer heidi have it for sale.. but now I see i was in a error?
    I wrote other message to you this morning but now I don’t find he article!!
    I’m new in your blog so I’m a little disaster..
    Best regards!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Hi Lu, it is indeed a limited edition to Heidi’s Trollbeads & More and that’s how the company has labeled it :).

  • Vanessaqq

    Today I received my first 2 Redbalifrog beads: art nouveau and the tree of life. How beautiful they are! As long as I recover from my wallet damage, Redbalifrog beads will be the first! The wish list is already of 45+ beads!

    • Leann

      Woohoo! I’m glad you love it, this is a fabulous brand :D.