Fast on the heels of the Valentine Love dangle surfacing on Trollbeads Universe, a sneak peek for Trollbeads Spring 2013 collection has become available! These delicious new photos dropped into my inbox this morning thanks to a fan and I have been marveling at the awesome new beads in store for us this next season. Trollbeads always sets a surprisingly early release day for their spring release and this year is no different. The Spring Collection will be released on January 25th, 2013 which is less than 4 weeks away! There are 16 silver charms including 2 dangles, 2 gold charms, 2 glass kits, 1 gemstone, 2 pendants, 2 locks, and 4 new leather bracelet colors.
The themes for this spring are overwhelmingly of the beach and sea, including a number of marine animals. The styling for these charms seem like a continuation of the Christmas 2012 animals: the polar bears, seals, and penguin charms. The coral branch is a must for me, the asymmetrical design is such a hallmark of Trollbeads; I love the jaggedness of it! The seahorses are also high on my wishlist as well – it looks like the creatures are mirroring each other so the charm can be seen from both sides.
Another motif featured in this collection are things that live in the garden, which I am so excited to see. My eye was drawn immediately to the big butterfly, which can be worn on both a bracelet and necklace. It’s such an intricately made statement piece that I can’t wait to try it on in person! My long-time readers will know how much I love floral and nature themed charms, so of course the blossom and elderflower are going to be some of the first charms I get from this release.
Now, I’m a bit confused on this next set of charms. The house I understand; it looks like it will be two pieces just like the Christmas Tree and interlock to create this three dimensional look. The Mermaid and Seaman are whimsical and is another addition to Trollbeads fairy tale line of charms. But the Holding onto Love? Breakfast? Holding onto Love looks like a couple reaching across a broken heart…not something I would personally want to commemorate, but to each their own. Breakfast is just weird to me, I guess if you love breakfast, this is the bead for you.
The 2 gold charms are recast from the silvers in this release, so no surprise there. I’m really curious to see the agate dendritic; as with all gemstone beads, this one will vary in shade and inclusions of other minerals in the bead so it’ll definitely have to be an in-person purchase.
The charm that started this mudslide of treats is also joined by another dangle, the Valentine Love Purple. Since Trollbeads has specifically identified these by color, I’m thinking that they will not be uniques, but just additions to the collection of silver & glass beads. These beads are slotted for a later release day on February 1st, for Valentine’s Day.
I’m always hoping for more locks so the fact that there’s going to be 2 new clasps with the spring release just made my day! Along with the silver beads, these locks carry over the marine animal theme and adds a dolphin lock and seahorse lock to the line. I’m glad to see that these two locks feature smooth and unadorned small ends since I’ve been having a rather hard time with the berries lock which have the budded protrusions all over the clasp.
There will be 2 new glass kits with the new collection and surprisingly more muted colors than what I would expect for spring. Usually spring is filled with rebirth and regrowth so brighter colors would be more appropriate, but these beads do carry a beach-y theme. The Rocky Beach kit has an earthy and sandy palette, which should complement the retired Picasso Jaspers very well. The Happy Summer kit is cheerful enough with complementary shades of blue, red, peach, and pink that remind me of the sand and beach balls. The feelings that these two kits evoke are a bit dichotomous for me so I guess I will reserve judgment until I see them in the flesh.
Rounding out this preview post are the new jewelry pieces from Trollbeads. I love the Elderflower pendant – it matches the Elderflower charm exactly and is a splitter which can be used with the Fantasy Necklaces. The dolphin pendant can be worn with a bead threaded through the center of the charm, and has the same styling as the Ballerinas pendant. I’ve only recently gotten a Trollbeads leather bracelet, but from all reports the strands stretch easily so I’ve only worn mine sparingly. They’re very inexpensive so I guess it doesn’t hurt as much when you need to get another. 4 new additions to the leather bracelets and these are a more toned down version compared to the current selection. The colors remind me of fall more than spring, but should be more versatile to wear and coordinate than the bright colors that are currently available.
That’s it for the Spring 2013 collection! What are your must-haves?