Trollbeads 2013 Easter Egg Review

trollbeads-easter-eggs-coverTrollbeads has come out with limited edition Easter Eggs for a second year in a row. The original design debuted last year to mediocre reviews; the eggs were large dangles in a various shades of green, blue, pink, and blue with polka dots all over. Many retailers still carry a selection of the eggs from 2012. I was interested to see what the differences would be with this year’s batch. I managed to pick up one green Easter Egg from last year and have a nice comparison between the two.

The first thing you’ll notice is that this year’s designs are smaller by perhaps 30%, but there is still some size variation with all the eggs. I’ve noticed that the hoop is also quite a bit thinner, maybe by 50%!  The patterns are much more complicated, with some of the eggs being duo toned using an interesting technique. One color is featured at the center of the egg resembling a yolk, while a different color is layered around the outside of the egg like the egg white. Instead of the speckled polka dots, the new eggs have ribbons of color going around the body of the dangle. My particular favorite is the green/purple, with purple ribbons; I am fascinated with how they managed to trap one color in the middle and add a second one on top.

Courtesy of Trollbeads Studio
Courtesy of Trollbeads Studio

The Easter Hunt is a common tradition in many countries to celebrate Easter by having children hunt around the garden for plastic eggs filled with sweets, so these dangles certainly harkens back to my childhood memories of this fun event. Therefore, these Easter Eggs are perfect for representing Easter both in shape and the pastel color palette, but the glass packs a bit more punch with darker hues. A few of these on a bracelet does not make it seem cluttered and cumbersome. I like how Trollbeads has not gone dangle crazy, just a few options here and there really adds more to a bracelet than having tons of hanging charms in the collection.

These can be purchased from Trollbead Boutique which is currently offering $20 gift certificate with the purchase of $100, please contact the store or message them on Facebook for pictures of the individual eggs.  Of couse for this bracelet I had to employ a garden theme with the traditional Easter creatures around and I like adding the few hints of orange, which gives the bracelet a nice accent.  What’re your opinions for this year’s eggs?  Better than last year?

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Bead index (starting from left, all glass are Trollbeads): redbalifrog rose lock, LE 2013 purple easter egg, unique green dots, unique purple fishbones, redbalifrog nest, unique green fern, unique orange ladybug, redbalifrog Russian egg, LE 2013 orange easter egg, unique purple braid, unique purple flower, redbalifrog daisy, unique glitter clover, green prism, LE 2013 purple/green easter egg, purple dillo, redbalifrog moon gazing rabbit, orange dillo (retired), unique green/purple braid, redbalifrog roses, unique purple spiral, unique green fern, LE 2012 green easter egg, LE Trollbeads Dutch tulip (retired).

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  • http://trolldora.blogspot.com/ TrolldorA

    the green-purple one is the nicest 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      I think so too! 🙂

  • Ashley

    They look just like the Easter egg gum that comes in a little egg carton that I pick up at the store every year to put in my son’s Easter basket! 🙂

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      You’re so right! I like these a lot, they’re cute and not too big. Does your son still participate in the Easter egg hunt?

      • Ashley

        Unfortunately no he doesn’t do Easter egg hunting unless he’s with his younger cousins, he’ll hide them for the little ones. He just turned 12 last week and I was so sad to see how time flies by so quickly! Next year I’ll be a basket case on his birthday, he’ll officially be a “teen”, ugh oh Lord help me! 🙂

      • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

        Sounds like he’s a good boy though! I remember those times…being moody and argumentative, lol. You’ll definitely have your hands full. 🙂

  • Jeanne

    I think these are definitely better than last year’s. I am not much for Easter-themed anything, but I really like the bracelet you put together, Leann. It’s great that you added orange for some pop! Very nice use of the orange dillo. I still have not made peace with the one I talked to you about some weeks ago, but maybe I just need a new creative vision for it.

    I love, love, love that nest from RBF!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Jeanne! I tried not to go too pastel as I am not a fan of that color palette. I’m sure you’ll come up with something for your orange dillo! I love the nest too, it’s got such great detail :).

  • Debbie

    I think the Easter eggs are prettier this year and the green/purple one is my favourite. I do think Trollbeads are asking too much money for them though, so I shall pass 🙁

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      The dangles are surprisingly expensive! I can’t imagine glass costs as much as silver :/.