FROM INSPIRATION TO ARTFUL DESIGN

September 16, 2020

FROM INSPIRATION TO ARTFUL DESIGN

Suzie Q Studio has a treasure vault full of Rare and Retired Trollbeads... and we’re making them available to you. Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process. Suzie explains here...

IT ALL STARTED WITH SILVER
Silver is a timeless precious metal and it has deep roots in the soul of Trollbeads. From the first silver bead crafted in 1976, more than a decade went by before we started crafting Trollbeads in other materials. Silver is the heart of Trollbeads - just like family.

Family has always been an important part of Trollbeads and to this day the founding family, Aagaard/Nielsen, still plays a vital role and takes part in all aspects of the business from design, sculpturing & manufacturing of the beads to daily life at the Danish office.

Today all Trollbeads employees and designers are considered family with their own unique stories and love for the beads! 

Suzie Q Studio has a treasure vault full of Rare and Retired Trollbeads... and we’re making them available to you. Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process. Suzie explains here...

Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process.

See how a sterling silver Trollbead comes to life. From inspiration to design, through a series of steps, until the final product is revealed, which can be seen in the two videos below.

The steps involved are incredibly intricate and, after viewing these fab videos, you’ll definitely look at your sterling silver Trollbeads with even more amazement than before!

Suzie Q Studio has a treasure vault full of Rare and Retired Trollbeads... and we’re making them available to you. Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process. Suzie explains here...



Suzie Q Studio has a treasure vault full of Rare and Retired Trollbeads... and we’re making them available to you. Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process. Suzie explains here...

Suzie Q Studio has a treasure vault full of Rare and Retired Trollbeads... and we’re making them available to you. Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process. Suzie explains here...



Silver has been used in jewellery making for more than 4000 years. As a precious metal it will always have that timeless feeling to it. Therefore, it is no surprise that the majority of the magical and Norse Trollbeads are created in silver. The tradition goes back to the Viking era where silver jewellery had its first momentum in Scandinavia. The great Vikings of the North created lots of silver jewellery, including arm-cuffs and necklaces.

Trollbeads are little pieces of art, made with a blend of new and ancient techniques.

Suzie Q Studio has a treasure vault full of Rare and Retired Trollbeads... and we’re making them available to you. Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process. Suzie explains here.

ALL IN THE FAMILY!
Suzie Q Studio has a treasure vault full of Rare and Retired Trollbeads... and we’re making them available to you. Have you ever wondered how sterling silver Trollbeads are made? It’s an incredibly intricate, multi-faceted process. Suzie explains here.

Svend Nielsen (2017-2007) is the patriarch of the Nielsen/Aagaard Trollbeads Tribe.

In 1945 after apprenticing to be a goldsmith, Svend opened his own jewellery shop in Denmark. Over the ensuing years, I wonder if he had even the slightest inkling that his talented offspring would end up creating the original “bead-on-bracelet” concept in 1976, and build it into an extraordinary Trollbeads brand known and enjoyed all over the world?… It’s a phenomenal feat, so probably not.

Since Trollbeads inception in 1976, and it grew from one bead to the amazing collection of today, Svend Nielsen designed 90 Trollbeads, including the three beads shown above, including “BEE ON HIVE” which was retired in 2010, but is available TO BUY in Suzie Q’s Rare & Retired Collection. However, there’s only one of these sweet treasures available and it’s pretty rare, so get it while you can!

Since Trollbeads inception in 1976, and it grew from one bead to the amazing collection of today, Svend Nielsen designed 90 Trollbeads, three of which are shown above and includes, “BEE ON HIVE”. This bead was retired in 2010, however it's available TO BUY in Suzie Q’s Rare & Retired Collection, but there’s only one of these Troll Treasures, and it’s pretty rare, so get it while you can!

The first Trollbead to be created was in 1976. It was a small sterling silver bead that was decorated with no less than six faces designed by Søren Nielsen. Two of Søren’s amazing, “multi-face” style Trollbeads - “Five Faces” and “Eight Faces” -  are available to purchase in Suzie Q Studio’s Rare & Retired Collection.

​​The first Trollbead to be created was in 1976. It was a small sterling silver bead that was decorated with no less than six faces. The bead was cleverly designed to show a face however you looked at it. This unique bead was designed by ​​Søren Nielsen and sold from his father Svend’s, jewellery shop in Copenhagen.

(BTW… ​​Two of Søren’s amazing, “multi-face” style Trollbeads - “Five Faces” and “Eight Faces” -  are available to purchase in Suzie Q’s Rare & Retired Collection.)

The first beads were created at a time when it was fashionable in Denmark to have a silver bead hanging on a leather cord around the neck. But instead of letting the bead hang from a jump ring, Søren wanted to let the leather cord go through the bead. This new concept proved to be very popular, inspiring Søren Nielsen to create five additional sterling beads, and then more and more designs, including some of my all-time favourites, to the tune of over 380 Trollbeads since 1976!
Suzie's all-time FAV Søren Nielsen Trollbead is the awesome… Giant Lotus Pendant! I love this piece so much that it inspired my signature "Giant Lotus” bracelet design, which is shown above. Isn’t it a gorgeous bracelet?

​As previously mentioned, Søren Nielsen has designed some of my favourite Trollbeads pieces: Troll Anemone Pendant, Wisdom (a classic!), Neither Fish Nor Bird, Daisy, Tupilak Mouth, Shadow Flower and many more… I really love his design sense.

BTW… Some of Søren Nielsen’s Trollbeads designs are available for purchase in my Suzie Q's Rare & Retired Collection, and most are quantities of "one only”, so don’t miss checking out what’s up for grabs!

However, my all-time FAV Søren Nielsen Trollbead is the awesome… Giant Lotus Pendant! I love this piece so much that it inspired my signature "Giant Lotus” bracelet design, which is shown above. Isn’t it a gorgeous bracelet? As you can imagine, every time I wear it in public, which is most of the time, I get a huge number of compliments!

FYI… Because the multiple Giant Lotus pieces make such a dramatic statement, I felt compelled to add the contrast of some über-sparkle with Swarovski crystal beads, instead of glass Trollbeads… Sweet and juicy, right?!

If creating a Trollbeads/Swarovski bracelet, similar to mine, is of interest to you, I can “hook” you up with the components, even in some different colour-waves, so feel free to email me to discuss :-)

Lise Aagaard, daughter of Svend Nielsen and sister to Søren, has designed many of the rare sterling silver Trollbeads in the Suzie Q Studio collection -- now available for sale.

Lise Aagaard, daughter of Svend Nielsen and sister to Søren, was right along her brother’s side when the Trollbeads concept began, with a handmade sterling silver bead being strung onto a leather cord necklace. Later on, Lise began to put beads onto silver bracelets - one bead on each bracelet.

Later on, Lise opened another jewellery store and one day a customer asked to have an extra bead put onto her bracelet. This surprised Lise, but she followed the customer’s wish and from then on the Trollbeads movement started… Cool, or what?

With more customers requesting more beads, the collection grew, making this the invention and beginning of the original beads-on-bracelet concept, over 40 years ago in 1976!

At first, only sterling silver was used to create Trollbeads, but as the collection expanded it became more diversified with other materials such as gold and pearls, plus the introduction of “locks” to allow for changing the bead combinations on bracelets at home, without the use of tools.

In 2001, after researching and learning the art of glass bead-making, Lise Aagaard introduced the first handmade glass beads to the Trollbeads collection, which in turn, inspired the addition of other materials such as amber, gemstones and copper, which is why the collection so very eclectic and dynamic.

Today you can find over 600 different Trollbeads designs - each with their own unique details and story - with some designs being “retired” periodically, to make room for new collections that are released with the seasons every year.

Since then, in addition to immediate family members, 90+ renowned jewellery designers, from more than 30 countries across the globe, have been invited to contribute bead designs and are considered to be in the extended Trollbeads family… Including a designer from Calgary, AB,… Jamie North!

Along with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, family has always been an important part of Trollbeads, and to this day, members of the creative Nielsen/Aagaard family still participate in the design and creation of the beads. In fact, until the year 2000, every design came from a family member.

​​Since then, in addition to immediate family members, 90+ renowned jewellery designers, from more than 30 countries across the globe, have been invited to contribute bead designs and are considered to be in the extended Trollbeads family… Including a designer from Calgary, AB,… Jamie North!

Are you interested in learning more about the designers of your favourite Trollbeads? “Meet the Designers” by clicking on this link >>> Meet the Designers

If you love Trollbeads and covet unusual and rare pieces, then be sure to check out Suzie Q Studio's Rare and Retired Trollbeads Collection. There are oodles of glass and sterling silver choices, with Trollbeads “Fancies”, “Limited Editions” and “Ultra-Rare” pieces being added soon.

What a fascinating story about the origins of Trollbeads, and how the sterling silver beads are made, right?! Because I’ve been a Trollbeads retailer since 2003, I thought I knew everything there was to know about Trollbeads, but surprisingly, I learned a whole ton doing the research for this Blog Post... I hope you found the info enlightening :-)

And remember, if you love Trollbeads as much as I do, and covet unusual and rare pieces, then be sure to check out my Rare & Retired Trollbeads Collection. There are oodles of glass and sterling silver choices, with Trollbeads “Fancies”, “Limited Editions” and “Ultra-Rare” pieces being added soon… YAY!

~ xo Suzie😘 💕❤