Unique Silver Accessories - Troll Bead Collectibles - Trollbeads

One-of-a-kind, personalized silver bracelets...

Silver is perhaps one of the most versatile of the precious metals. Fashioned into rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, sterling is easily worked into intricate and delicate creations. Its subtle luster compliments almost any gemstone or any outfit.

My mother had several charm bracelets in silver and one in gold. Young ladies of my generation, once they reached a suitable age, were often gifted with silver charms on their birthdays or at Christmas to "build" their bracelets. My sisters and I each dutifully collected charms for years. Mine sat in my jewelry box most of the time, too fancy to be worn every day.

As well, the musical tinkle of the tiny, delicate charms, so perfect on my mother's arm, nearly drove me to distraction on my own. I have always liked the idea of collecting unique "somethings" on a silver bracelet - just so long as the "somethings" would be quiet.

Troll Beads Bracelets from trollbeadbracelets.com

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MidnightBerry MuffinGolden GlowPure PassionJungle FeverMerrimentSouth PacificThe Arts
Midnight
Midnight
Berry Muffin
Berry Muffin
Golden Glow
Golden Glow
Pure Passion
Pure Passion
Jungle Fever
Jungle Fever
Merriment
Merriment
South Pacific
South Pacific
The Arts
The Arts

Sterling Silver Bracelet Chain

Sterling silver bracelet
Sterling silver bracelet

Unique, collectible beads...

About two years ago, I discovered Trollbeads, and have been collecting them ever since, slowly building my first bracelet. In the process, I have learned several things about these delightful new collectibles.

Combining sterling silver with an amazingly varied and beautifully unique array of glass beads and semi-precious stones, the unique designs of the gifted Trollbeads artisans will please the most discerning eye for collectible silver accessories.

Each Trollbead bracelet collection begins with the delicate yet strong, woven sterling silver chain on which the beads will be strung. So smooth and supple it is a delight to wear on its own, the chain provides a smooth base on which the beads slide with never a hitch.

Sterling Silver Clasps

Lace clasp
Lace clasp
Flower clasp
Flower clasp
Fish clasp
Fish clasp

Delightful variety...

The clasps come in a wide variety of styles, from plain to intricate filigree.

You can choose from among several styles of filigree or florals to a crystal accented clasp.

For a bit more, you can have a clasp shaped as a Teddy bear, an elephant, or a fish.

I have opted for a basic catch, but I do rather like the silver fish.

Once I have completed my bracelet, I will see which clasp will suit it best.

I am also considering a second bracelet with just the plain chain and a fancy clasp.

Created in Denmark, these delightful beads and accessories are now available from licensed dealers in Canda and the United States.

My collection so far...

Red China
Red China
Green Rainbow
Green Rainbow
Alabaster
Alabaster
Silver Mountain
Silver Mountain
Golden Cave
Golden Cave
Black Flower Mosaic
Black Flower Mosaic
Orange Steel
Orange Steel

Every bead has a name...

When I purchased my first hand-blown glass bead, I discovered that each bead has a name and a story attached to it.

Some of the names are based on mythology, some are derived from well-known fairy and folk tales,

Though many are created for each name, every single bead is a unique expression of the glass blowers art.

My first two beads were Red China and Green Rainbow. The lady at the jewelry store shared each bead's unique origin and story.

Red China, with its base of deep red, accented by a swirling melange of electric blues and greens all shot through with touches of gold and pure white, was inspired by the beautiful, traditional, red, Chinese lacquer ware.

Green Rainbow is reminiscent of the woodlands. When the fog billows over the forest and the elves dance on gallows hill, you may see the green rainbow glowing in the sky over the land of the trolls.

Alabaster, an amber bead so named for its light color, is like an ancient alabaster statue bathed in the golden light of a Mediterranean afternoon.

Next came Silver Mountain and Golden Cave, whose creator, glass artist Anders Martin Bruun, likened them to an Aladdin's cave of delights.

Each bead created to be Black Flower Mosaic has its own character.

Each one is a separate piece of an exquisite Persian flower mosaic cast in black with a shiny shadow of dichroic glass embedded at intervals around the bead.

Orange Steel, the newest bead in my collection, contains gossamer-fine stainless steel threads within the golden glass core for a completely unique effect.

The silver beads...

Indian Elephant
Indian Elephant
Lucky Ladybug
Lucky Ladybug
Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not
Luck Knot
Luck Knot

Not just spacer beads...

Each of the silver beads is beautifully crafted as well. My first silver bead was the elephant, the centerpiece of the bracelet.

I first thought to find plain silver spacers to use between each bead or pair of beads - the plainer, the better, so as to not distract from the beads.

Each of the silver beads, though, is quite as lovely as their glass counterparts.

In the end, I decided to just look for beads that complemented the rest of the collection, and have been very pleased with the effect.

I now have my elephant, a lovely Forget-Me-Not cluster, a twisted knot, and an adorable ladybug - and not a plain silver spacer in the lot.

An Indian elephant carrying a tented seat on its back called a howdah. The venerable Asian elephant is still used for transport and processions all over India, and is highly respected in many eastern religions.

In Denmark the bright red Ladybug is said to bring good luck. Little children send them on their way with a gentle puff of breath, singing, "Mary Mary Ladybug, fly to the Lord above and ask for sunshine tomorrow."

The rhyme I learned as a child, the old English version, was a bit more urgent and dramatic: "Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Your house is on fire; your children alone."

The Forget-Me-Not is like a promise and a romantic memory of the beauty of spring, while the Lucky Knot, a variation on the Lover's Knot, symbolizes the cord that binds lovers together, knotted so that the love, or, in this case, the luck, cannot ever run out.

My kind of charm bracelet...

Though it is possible to purchase lovely bracelets like the ones pictured at the start of this article, I much prefer to select my own beads as I go along. It is such fun to pore over the display, trying to pick exactly the right bead to complement the rest of the collection, and I like the idea that my bracelet will be unlike any other.

As well, I find my tastes change as I go along. Different beads catch my eye from the ones that jumped out some months before. It is fun to compare the silver beads as well - to see which new silver bead will add just the right touch between the sparkling glass additions.

I must be part Whiskey Jack. Also known as Camp Robbers because of their attraction to shiny things, they will often leave a small stone or a leaf in place of the keys, bottle caps or metal trinket they take. I find though that, unlike the Whiskey Jack, I must exchange cash for my shiny baubles. Ah, well, such is life.

© 2010 RedElf

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A subject I nevr knew anything about it. Thank you for bringing to our attention. I enjoyed reading about it.


KellyEngaldo 6 years ago

Fascinating! I had seen the bracelets but now I have a greater appreciation. Very nicely done - super pictures and explanations and layout. You set the bar high! Keep up the great work.


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ainehannah 6 years ago from Dublin

Thanks Redelf! Are these the same as the Pandora bracelets that are all the rage on this side of the pond? They're beautiful. And I'd no idea they'd such a provenance.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Happy New Year, Kelly. I love my silent "charms" and am so pleased you enjoyed the Hub.

Most welcome, ainehannah. Pandora's Box has a line of similarly beautiful beads and findings, but the trade name, "Troll Beads", only applies to those sold by license from Denmark. Thanks for this - I shall have to add it to the Hub ;) !


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I never heard of Troll beads before this hub--how very, very cool. I love the elephant silver spacer. Great stuff, as usual, Red Elf. Thanks!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Paradise7! It was a lot of fun to write!


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Tres elegant! Lovely collection RedElf - must be fun to create such beautiful bracelets.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Enelle - I feel very elegant whenever I wear it! You're right, too - it's a lot of fun just looking at all the lovely beads!


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thecelt 6 years ago

I have seen these before. There are some great looking beads as well as some fun ones you can add on.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks, thecelt. I enjoyed your jewelry hubs, too.


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Monika Rumin 5 years ago from Croatia

Good hub, i like silver jewelry the most aswell!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Monika - I think there are a lot of us "silver fans" out there :)


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

I could write a book on beading! lol but I won't here! :) But I should get my camera out and start making a hub of some things I've made including beaded purses! I have 3 boxes, and 2 large "party tray" dishes with 4 projects going on them! I have one rule, not a plastic bead to my collection :) and silver is a MUST. I love the fish clasp!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Katharella, you should do that! I would love to see some of your bead work, especially with instructions :D


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Oh my uh.. I think I got instructions off the net, but some of it I just winged it on! lol But I'm making two bracelets right now, me and two friends are doing a round robin (but nobody else would join) But yeah I'll gather my things tonight! :)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Katherella, I am making a hand-knotted necklace, and am taking photos of each step. You could co the same with a current project, and maybe add the finished items as examples of your work? just and idea.


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

On the bracelets I'm making my friends are pretty simple, and I'm using the stretchy string so I make sure they fit. I've gathered a few things I made, but one of the purses I made I cannot find, it has antique crystal beads I can't find and it's driving me bonkers! I'm sure it (like a ring I have) I've put in a "safe place" and forgot which "safe place" it is lol. :) Thanks for the idea.. :)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Most welcome :D


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great information about these bracelets that are so popular right now!


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, randomcreative - I love trollbeads!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Awesome Hub and very detailed about Trollbeads. I too collect Trollbeads and have written several Hubs on this topic. I absolutely love Trollbeads and your article really is very educational on this topic.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi, Janine. Glad you enjoyed the hub - there are certainly a lot of different Troll beads out there. I have finally ended up with two bracelets - great fun!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Red Elf, I definitely enjoyed your hub. I started collecting Trollbeads only in he last 2 months and absolutely love them. I have a full bracelet with all summer colors and am buying other beads as I see them and like tomswitchnout and off when I feel like. I also collect Pandora and have 2 full bracelets there too. Must so much fun.

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