It’s been half a year since my first post on the Trollbeads Small & Beautiful and I thought to give an update as to the status of these beads and introduce a few new designs. There was an enormous frenzy for these uniques when they were first introduced to the market; having been dubbed by a popular Trollbeads retailer as “small and beautiful” because of the diminutive size of the glass charms, these were supposed to be very limited as the same retailer claimed only 800 kits were made (4800 individual beads). It’s highly unlikely that that is a reliable number given that these have been available for almost a year and with new designs coming out in the recent months, but the availability of the small & beautifuls has certainly decreased dramatically especially regarding the more popular beads from this collection.
Trollbeads never gives names to any of their uniques and these are no different. Therefore, the community has made an effort to name these designs for reference (refer to Trollbeads Small & Beautiful Uniques post for a list of popular beads). More recently, new patterns in the small & beautiful style have been appeared on the market and I was lucky enough to snag a kit of these. They include: amber ornament, amber galaxy, faux/almost butterfly, covered ridges, Navajo swirls, coral flowers. These new designs were not produced at nearly the levels that the original Small and Beautiful were, but they’re undeniably part of the style. The amber beads are so gorgeous, they’ve actually gotten me into the Trollbeads amber uniques.
I always have to balance my “need” and impatience for charms with the high price that these can command. So I’ve had to develop my patience by leaps and bounds since I’ve started collecting as my wish list grows ever longer. My patience has paid off and since my first post on these beauties, I’ve also been able to get my hands on the very desirable peacock, navy blue galaxy, green cherry blossom, and blue cherry blossom. Hunting for Trollbeads uniques is never a dull endeavor, and I found these through friends, swaps, eBay, and the wonderful Trollbead Boutique.
I’ve been very pleased at my new acquisitions, but I’m still searching for an aqua ridges so if you’ve fallen out of love with yours, let me know! Since the corals and teal reminded me of the sea, the theme I came up with for this bracelet is Caribbean treasure and I love it! Have you been able to track down your favorite Small and Beautiful? Has your opinion of these designs changed?
Bead index (starting from left, Trollbeads unless otherwise stated): Redbalifrog mermaid lock, coral branch, coral flower, unique coral flower, Eske Storm magic rune, unique amber, unique coral faux butterfly, jugend, turquoise armadillo, unique amber ornament, bead of fortune, coral stripes, unique turquoise tiger stripes, Redbalifrog mermaid, unique amber, unique coral covered ridges, Eske Storm sea stallion, unique amber galaxy, unique teal fern, LE birds and flowers (retired), unique Navajo bubbles, root chakra, small planet (retired).