Uniques have always been a driving factor behind Trollbeads and this includes ambers as well. I’ve personally never gotten caught up in the amber craze, but last year I finally took the plunge and invested in a few amber beads. There are a surprising amount of variation in these beads; from color to opacity and inclusions, even etchings and faceting, Trollbeads offers a wide selection of ambers. Recently, Trollbeads released an extremely limited number of large and regular sized carved amber beads with mainly critter motifs. This is the first time that the brand has offered these highly crafted beads and I could not resist getting a few!
The large ambers were carved with roses, ladybugs, turtles, scarabs, fish; the smaller beads also depicted these themes and in addition there were horseshoes as well. I would imagine that these would be hand carved with all the detail and delicacy needed to handle this soft material. I absolutely adore the roses and was lucky enough to get the XL version as well as a ladybug in both big and regular size. These beads are absolutely exquisite and beyond compare. The large carved ambers are most certainly focal pieces and would be best showcased on a bangle. The smaller carved ambers come in different widths, with some skinny beads and some plumper ones.
The retail price on these was steep with the large ambers costing $275 and regular ones $110. With only 65 confirmed large numbers that were released, it’s very much supply and demand. Even with the high prices, these went extremely quick and most retailers have sold out of their limited supply. I wanted to highlight my rose and ladybugs with this delightful garden themed bracelet. What do you think of the carved ambers? Worth the price?
Bead index (starting from left): tulip lock (retired), unique amber python, engraved amber, blossom, faceted amber, unique orange footprint, owl, unique yellow fern, gecko, large carved rose amber, opposites, unique yellow bubbles, birdhouse, carved ladybug amber, LE glowing pansies, butterfly swarm, glitter amber, orange pod, ladybug.