This competition started in 2009; anyone can become a Trollbeads designer as long as they are lucky enough to win! Trollbeads fans vote on the design they want added to the collection. All photos below by Trollbeads.
2009 – Pax (silver, retired 2014), picked from over 8,000 entries!
“My interpretation of a People’s Bead was to come up with a subject that connects, involves and resonates with every person on earth in some way. I wanted to transcend genders and generations so that both men and women of all ages would be proud to wear it. Peace is something I hold close to my heart as my mum and dad met in a prisoner of war camp in Germany, during World War II, and I am very well aware of the suffering they went through. Not in a million years did I expect to win the competition!” (text from Trollbeads.com website).
Suzanne also made her own version of this design after it retired from Trollbeads for her PAXSUZ beads collection. It is more detailed and crisper than the Trollbeads version.
Spin-offs from the 2009 competition (entries which didn’t win but which were put into production):
2010 – Ice Bear (silver) – there were over 6000 entries this year.
2011 – Rolling Waves (silver) – there were over 4000 entries this year.
2012 – Spiritual Collection (11 beads in total: x1 fantasy pendant, x2 glass, x8 silver)
2013 – Traditional Sayings Collection (11 beads in total: x1 glass, x8 silvers, x1 fantasy pendant, x1 gold)
2014 – Perfect Balance (glass) – the “Missing Bead” competition.
2015 – Tropical Travels (a three-in-one design) (silver) – the “Share Your Passion” competition.
Designer – Amanda White (UK)
Designer – Giuseppe Di Meo (Italy)
2017 – the “My Happy Bead” competition, with a new voting system by a “jury” who had to make a choice on all 1900 entries!