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Trollbeads: Switzerland World Tour Collection

Updated on August 8, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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Welcome to Switzerland

Welcome to the next stop on Trollbeads' World Tour, Switzerland , which is a multilingual country, where the snowy mountains are as real as the warming drink the legendary Saint Bernard dog brings to the adventurers, who have forgotten time while looking for fascinating rock crystals or for the rare Edelweiss flower. Experience that love, joy and friendship are timeless.

As those in Switzerland, would say, "Grüezi! Bonjour! Ciao! Bien di!"

Now please view the short video clip and answer the question: A woman receives what gift wrapped in a red bandana?

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St. Bernard Dog

Switzerland is well known for having many St. Bernard dogs gracing their landscape, which are very lovely, friendly, strong dogs. These dogs have an excellent sense of direction, that has helped skiers (Switzerland is famous for their ski resorts) that are in distress and need to be rescued while on the slopes. Trollbeads promotes this one with a tiny flask around his neck for a dog's keen sense of smell.

This silver charm is for dog lovers all over and is very cute and lovable charm. I, for one am a huge dog person and have always been. This one truly reminds me of when I was younger and we had a dog. We did not have a St. Bernard though, but still does invoke some wonderful memories I have with my dog, Taffy when I was a little girl. My parents had Taffy before I was even born and he was my protector from the moment I arrived home from the hospital. Growing up with Taffy was truly a gift and even though Taffy is long gone, he will never be forgotten and this charm is nice reminder of him for me.

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Edelweiss

Edelweiss are beautiful flowers that generally grow in higher altitudes between 1800 and 2700 meters. These flowers are known in Switzerland for being the "ultimate love charm" of the Alps mountains. It has been said that many young men in love have used these flowers to win the heart of the lady that they love by trying to picks these flowers on the highest of the mountain ledges. This flower is so popular that a picture of it can be found on the five-franc coin in Switzerland.

This silver charm is one of two charms in this collection that can symbolize love and is a beautiful replica of the Edelweiss flower. I happen to love flowers and this one is no exception to the rule. I feel this charm could be given to woman from her betrothed as a symbol of his undying love for her, just as the legend of the Edelweiss flower was stated earlier. Such a clever charm on Trollbeads part for this collection.

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Pocket Watch

What would Switzerland do without chocolate and watches? In Switzerland, chocolate and watches are a huge industry and this pocket watch charm first and foremost symbolizes this. The second meaning behind this watch is stated beautifully in the writing that is inscribed , "Love is timeless," as well as the heart that adorns the center of this charm in 18-carat gold and demonstrates nicely that "Swiss Made" means more than chocolate and precision timepieces!

As I stated earlier there was more than one charm in this collection that symbolized love and this is the other one that does just that. However this charm is a bit more pricy than the Edelweiss flower, because it does contain the 18-carat gold heart. So in the end it may boil down to the cost as to which your betrothed can afford to buy, but can anyone really put a price on love?

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Mountain Crystal

Trollbeads only has one glass charm in this collection and the mountain crystal is it. This sparkling mountain crystal reminds us of Swiss glaciers, where the ice never melts. The "mountain crystal" is also known for its healing powers.

As a young girl, I was invited to go to Italy and visit with my cousin at the time by my great-uncle (her grandfather), when he went to visit her again. He had mentioned that we could possibly ski the Italian Alps. Well, he actually passed away later that year and I never did make it to visit my Italian cousin, nor did I ever get to see the Italian Alps, but this charm for some strange reason made me recall this almost trip and why I never actually did get there. I must say that this charm is absolutely gorgeous though and looks exactly like I would have pictured the Alps looking like. Very well done on Trollbeads part.

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Concluding Switzerland...

It has been my absolute pleasure to tour Switzerland today in Trollbeads World Tour. If you watched the video, you should have the answer to the original question. I will not give it away here however. Join us for the next hub, when we tour the next country in the Trollbeads World Tour.


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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Another awesome collection of beads! I think I know what your niche on HubPages is! :) I definitely have to pick the Edelweiss bead, because it brings back memories of my favorite musical Sound Of Music! Yes, I am a guy who likes musicals, LOL

      Awesome hub Janine! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, as always thank you so much for your continued support. I love that I learned something new here about you from this collection about you liking musicals and specifically "The Sound of Music". I love musicals also, so can relate to your comment here. Seriously, just can't thank you enough for all your help and support on here!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love this series; I have several I need to read but this was a great tour.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Bill. I totally appreciate your continued support on here and glad you are enjoying this series.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Janine, another great hub. I would love to visit Switzerland some day. Bucketlist! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome hub Janine! During my daughters 5 week trek through Europe she said she favored Switzerland the most. She was sad when she left. Right now she's in Italy and having a blast, but as of this mornings email she still loves the Swiss. She hasn't sent me any chocolate yet, but I got a picture of some! Thanks for another great tour and those trollbeads are gorgeous!:)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Terrye. Mi hope you get to visit Switzerland someday and get to scratch that one off for your bucket list!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, I never visited either myself, but from what your daughter has told you it does sound like Switzerland is wonderful place to visit. Sorry you haven't gotten any chocolate out of it yet and do hope you get some real soon. Thank you again for all your support and for your lovely comments here.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Love the alps and would love to visit someday. These beads are pretty but I was expecting more of a Swiss watch look.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Teaches12345, I too would love to visit someday. I think Trollbeads decided to go with the pocket watch versus a traditional swiss watch look, but I happen to like the pocket watch, because of the double meaning behind this one. However, I do think it is a bit pricy, because of the 18-carat gold that is on the heart.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Having fun looking at the various trollbeads in your hubs. I had no idea what these were. Thanks for an interesting read.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Glimmer Twin Fan, glad you are enjoying looking at the different Trollbeads collections that I have written on and totally appreciate all your support here!!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Janie - Where would we be without swiss chocolate and Heidi??!!

      Wonderful addition to your series.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      So true about both shiningirisheyes. I love Swiss chocolate, just so yummy and loved Heidi as a young girl. Thanks again for commenting and stopping by!!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      I have family in Lucerne and Zurich. These Trollbeads are so awesome! I can imagine a Saint bernard or a Swiss cow bell. Love your description and I think you did travel to Switzerland? Thanks for sharing this magnificent hub! Pinning and twitting AND shared with my followers.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, thank you so much for the pin, share and tweet too. Also, so very interesting that you have family that comes from Lucerne and Zurich in Switzerland. Very happy that you could relate here and thank you for your truly kind words and compliment on this article.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love how inspired this company is. These continue to amaze me. I love the rose beads in your Ebay listing. They are just beautiful. Great hub!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Tammyswallow, thank you so much for our kind words here and glad you enjoyed this collection, as well as the EBay Rose Beads too!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! Visiting Switzerland is on my bucket-list since my childhood. A breathtaking country! I enjoyed reading Heidi, tasted its few imported swiss chocolates and viewed few Indian films shot amidst the enchanting Alps mountains! Your description of each cute trollbead in this collection is wonderful & entertaining! A fetching hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, socially shared & pinned

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ishwaryaa22, I am so glad you got to check out the Switzerland Trollbeads World Tour too. Thank you so much for your detailed comment and for your excitement on the World Tour collection in general. Nice to be able to share the excitement with someone else who loves these beads too. If you do end up getting some of these, please let me know, because I would love to see what you created with them. Thank you also for the share (here and socially), votes and pin too!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I remember visiting Switzerland and enjoying lake Lucerne so much. The beads are beautiful and charming...charming beads from a charming country. Thanks for the share, which I share too.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, thank you so much for sharing your personal experiences in Switzerland and would love to hope someday to be able to visit too. Thank you also for sharing for me as well :)

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