Trollbeads had a sales conference for their retailers last week unveiling the designs and ideas for the upcoming collection this year. As part of their gift bags included the much coveted Chess Lock, which has never actually been made available for retail sale. This special lock has been given out for the past few years at training events and Trollbeads University where dealers get to learn all there is to know about the brand. The lock is such a special part of Trollbeads history as the design is actually taken from the black and white checkerboard background that Trollbeads was first displayed upon.
Because the recipients have to promise not to sell the chess lock, these are hard to find so when they are available, you can bet that they command a pretty penny. With another batch given out recently, you may be lucky enough to find one on eBay. These would be the equivalent of the Pandora “Staff” charm but for some reason they have not been as difficult to acquire. This lock was on my most-wanted list ever since I started collecting Trollbeads and luckily I was able to find it without too much hassle and without having to sell a kidney.
It is one of my most treasured Trollbeads pieces and I absolutely adore the design – it is so simple yet elegant. Because of its simplicity, it is so versatile and easy to combine with any design. My only concern is that it is one of the smaller locks, on the same scale as the plain lock, but because it is so valuable I am afraid to wear it too much although I’ve never actually had a problem with it. So, to honor the rich tradition of Trollbeads, I decided to feature the chess lock with an array of black and white beads.
Bead index (starting from left): chess lock, white flower, white bubbles, WT Hong Kong mahjong, chess, black dillo, big berry, black bubbles, zebra, WT big world, white diamonds, black spot, LE anniversary viking knot (retired), black dot, grey wolf, jugend, black diamond, white steel, winter, fashion flower.