One of the best things I love about Trollbeads is the locks and the interchangeability of the entire bracelet, so I love collecting all the production locks that Trollbeads offers. Today, I take a look at the new locks, featuring aquatic animals released as a part of Trollbeads Spring 2013. The overarching theme for that collection is the beach and marine life so these clasps fit right in. I’m always excited to see new locks added to the collection so I was eagerly anticipating this release. When I received them though, I noticed some differences between these new locks and older locks from Trollbeads…
It appears to me that the newer locks are a tad smaller than the older ones, they also feel lighter and more flimsy as well. I understand the effort to keep the price point the same as the other locks, with the rising prices of precious metals, but diminishing the quality of the product is not the right move. Even though they look about the same as the other clasps, they just don’t feel right to me, they’re not as sturdy which is a big disappointment.
Other than that, I don’t have any complaints about the design of these locks. The dolphins and seahorses are cast in the same type of silhouette and you can definitely tell these came out in the same collection. If anything they reflect a contemporary style compared to the older Trollbeads locks which definitely have a gothic flavor to them. Being the first locks released after the Catching Hearts lock and Berry lock, I was happy to see that Trollbeads didn’t try to fuddle with actual lock mechanism this time, so these work just fine. As for styling of these locks, I prefer the Seahorse lock because there’s more detail and texture than the Dolphin lock.
These locks pair perfectly with the sea life themes so popular this season. Although, if this is the look you’re going for, my recommendation is the Big Fish double lock. The seahorse and dolphin locks are less obtrusive if you like the clasp to blend in with the bracelet. I’m the opposite so I would love to see more double locks from Trollbeads! Have you tried out these new locks?