I’ve been remiss in my reviews for the Trollbeads Spring 2015 Collection, but I’m hoping to get them all done before fall comes out! Today, I’m taking a look at the new Hematite beads from that collection. These beads are absolutely unique in the brand’s catalogue and many fans were excited for their arrival, myself included. There are 4 colors available: Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow.
These beads are dyed hematite stones and have a slimmer profile compared to the other natural stones offered by Trollbeads. They have a nice weight even though they are thinner than other beads. The “Red” Hematite is undoubtedly more of a purple to most people and the other colors are more aptly named. For me, the green one was actually the toughest to match with other glass because the shade is rather different than anything else they make.
The dyed process creates a ring of other colors around the silver core. I was really looking forward to these but I’m not completely happy with the blue and red I received. As you can see, the dyed effect is not consistent throughout, which leaves streaky areas and bits of scratch marks all over. This is how I received them and I haven’t played with these much so they’ve been stored in my bead box most of the time. My other two are fine though, so I think it may have been the luck of the draw – it could be easily remedied by picking them out yourself. The durability has been debated by fans and the biggest complaint I’ve heard so far is about the color fading.
These beads are very cool and if you don’t mind the imperfections, I feel like they’re worth getting as you can do so much with them and the scratches are not as noticeable on the bracelet. As for long-time wear, time will tell but fading could be an issue since they are dyed. Trollbeads have small cores and only fit on threaded chains, so not Pandora. My recommended retailers are: the official Trollbeads website, Trollbeads Delaware, Trollbeads Gallery, and Perlen. I tried to match these colors for this bright mix of charms. What’s your experience with these stones? Do you like their look?
Bead index (starting from left): LE good luck lock, tears of Shiva, azure wave, seabed, blossom, yellow hematite, unique purple bumps, snails in love, green hematite, turquoise silver trace, geckos, luminous delight facet, red hematite, butterfly swarm, blue hematite, emerald, elderflowers, aurora flower, unique yellow stripe, midgard serpent.