Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Trollbeads Official, Trollbeads NYC Concept Store, or Blooming Boutique Beads.
This year’s People’s Bead Winner is the “Northern Lights Magic” bead designed by Linda Kucina.
Over the polar circle, Northern light plays in the night sky. Pale silvery greens and violets dancing over the satin blue Milky Way. Magical and unforgettable, symbolizing the enchanting power of nature.
Linda Kucina had the following to say about her winning design:
“I have a bucket list of dreams and goals and seeing the Northern lights was on the list. Last September, I went to Tromsø in Norway together with my friend, and luckily we saw very beautiful dancing Auroras two nights in a row. I made a lot of photos, but the camera sees the lights differently from the human eye, so the photos did not really show what we saw.”
“I wanted to encapsulate my memories into something tangible, but representing the colours closer to reality, so I did several acrylic paintings of the lights playing in the sky over Tromsø. When this year’s People’s Bead contest was announced, I cropped one of my paintings to a bead shape and decided to participate just to tell myself that I have done all I could do to get the bead I wished for.”
It’s a multicolored faceted glass bead which retails at $55 USD.
Based on the live images from retailers, it appears as if the variation is quite high from bead to bead.
Some of them are quite green, some more blue, some are brighter, some are darker, and as per usual with these handmade beads, there are size variations in height and width.
If you have a preference, I would highly recommend shopping from a live image/video.
For example, Blooming Boutique Beads has several batches up for sale online and you can see the differences from these 3 listings alone.
I made plans to visit our local concept store, Trollbeads NYC, with my partner-in-crime, Karyn (https://www.instagram.com/kay_bead/)
This is what I wore to the store. I was going with a Night Sky concept.
There were tons of new Classic Core and Jumbo Unique beads to look at.
Without further ado, here is the Northern Lights Magic bead.
At the store, I met Min who is a passionate new collector.
She purchased 4 of them for her in-progress bracelet.
She graciously allowed me to photograph her bracelet for the purposes of sharing with you!
As for myself, I brought some beads from home to compare and contrast.
Ultimately, I decided not to purchase Northern Lights Magic because I couldn’t see how to make it work with my current collection.
But that’s doesn’t mean we went home empty-handed…
Karyn and I both adopted a Round Chalcedony Bead from the “25% off Retired” offerings.
Karyn also picked up a LOVELY deep red bead with silvery patterns from the 25% off Retired Stock. The colors are so lush and I adore it! She chose a great one.
I used my full Points Card (in-store only) to redeem a glittery blue/white Unique Bead.
So that makes two round Chalcedony and one Faceted Chalcedony…
(I think 3 should be enough for my tiny wrist…)
I was inspired by this image from Trollbeads Hong Kong.
(I’m totally blaming this recent acquisition on Trollbeads Hong Kong.)
We were also treated to a live preview of the 2018 Autumn Collection.
She also has a video on YouTube:
I felt this “Festival” bead was very aptly named.
Here is one of the new hair accessory concepts with 4 new pieces as decorations.
This upcoming collection will be available for sale on September 14th, 2018.
Last year’s 2017 Autumn’s Collection was amazing.
As a result, I can’t help but feel that this year’s Autumn Collection is underwhelming.
Perhaps there will be something really amazing for this Winter.
(Last year’s Wishful Sky starter bracelet had my heart all aflutter for months. I didn’t NEED another bracelet but I absolutely needed that blue bead so they had me hook, line, and sinker.)
I hope you enjoyed another in-store experience with Karyn and me!
Have a nice weekend everybody!