Speculation and rumors have been circulating for weeks regarding the upcoming retirement of charms from Trollbeads and we finally have the official list! It’s been about a year since the last major retirement and we’ve seen a lot of new beads being released in hat time. As of January 25th, the following charms will be officially retired. Not to worry though, Trollbeads does not require retailers to send back their inventory (unlike Pandora) so there will be plenty of time to get these if you’re concerned about their status. Most charms can still be bought at the retail price for a few years after they’re discontinued.
First off, two locks will be getting the axe and both have a flowers theme. The pearl and dichroic clasps are simple and elegant, some of my favorite locks from the collection. I am disappointed to see them go.
Each of these kits will be leaving the Trollbeads line and all the individual beads as well. I am very sad to see so many gorgeous glass beads heading out of the collection, especially the green ones. Trollbeads looks to be culling a lot of the blue and “spring-ey” themed bead from the line as well. I suppose it just makes room for the new releases, but still…The pastel kit would go quite well with the Happy Summer kit, I would think.
The silvers that are being retired are not going to surprise most people. A few designs have been revamped, e.g. berries, dolphins, seals; some have not been that popular to begin with, e.g. cherub numbers, team, champion, and kiss; and others I thought were already retired, e.g. birdhouse, cobra, four elements.
The gold charms leaving the collection are also unremarkable; the gold letters especially since I can’t imagine that many people have the money to spell out anything with these when silver would do just fine. A couple two-tone charms are also receiving the cut: 2+2 and Happy Fish which are some of the more expensive two-tone pieces.
Lastly, just a few silver & glass are leaving the collection with no real substitute. Trollbeads has not introduced a similarly styled charm in quite some time, so these ones are looking a bit dated. The semi-precious gemstones leaving the brand are some of my favorites – the aventurine and the jades, which I’m not happy about.
Have any of these just jumped onto your wishlist? Any surprises? No word on what Pandora will be retiring for this season, but I will keep you updated!