From Trollbeads to Troll beads to giant sized California Trollbead,Since the company’s relatively small beginnings in 1976, Trollbeads have taken on many different forms, made from a variety of different materials such as gold, Murano glass and semi precious and precious stone as well as the original material the first beads were crafted from –silver.
The unique interchangeability and quirkiness of Troll beads has since led them to experience something of a revival, mainly due to the popular trend for personalised items of clothing and jewellery which began during the late 1990s. Since incorporating the removable locking mechanism into the bracelet during the eighties, the bracelet has become a kind of modern day charm bracelet, allowing the wearer to interchange beads to her (Or his, as the designs are also worn by men) heart’s desire.
Of course, the spectrum of different colours means that the bracelets can be either beautifully co-ordinated with the wearer’s outfit or mixed together for a pick and mix sweetshop effect of lovely, kooky randomness. The charm of the Trollbead has been recognized by many as a major selling point –not only are they purely decorative, but they also tell a story, too. The original designer, Søren Nielsen, cites “Trolls, stories, mythology and other cultures” as his main inspirations, but the versatility of the simple gold or silver Trollbead can lend itself to a plethora of other images as well pertaining to all kinds of subjects, interests and passions.
It is this aspect that makes Troll beads so highly personal to the wearer. If she or he is interested in science, there is a planetary themed bead. If the wearer is passionate about horticulture, there is a bouquet of floral Trollbeads out there to choose from. And should the wearer take an interest in mythology originating from the company’s native country of the Netherlands, you can be assured there are a variety of beads which will fit the bill perfectly for the wearer!
Other themed beads have been made with specific ideas in mind. In the last few months, the company has toured the world, designing themed beads related to each country. So German beads featured famous images including buildings and cars manufactured in Germany, while the Italian collection featured a Trollbead designed in the country’s flag colours of green, white and red. The Netherlands collection featured of course, a tiny windmill and a sunflower bead –a nod of recognition to another home-grown talent, Vincent Van Gogh.
It is suggested that each bead on a Trollbeads bracelet tells a story about the wearer –and this is true –by building up a collection of themed beads, one can almost see a timeline of the wearer’s life marked out not only by interests and hobbies, but also landmark occasions such as Troll beads relating to graduations, birthdays, new births, even special beads known only to the wearer, making each bracelet as individual and personal as a tattoo.