Enter the newest contender for that top spot - the much anticipated Collectors Case from Trollbeads.
The new box is about one and a half times the size of the old White Collectors Case that many Trollbeads fans might have. If you remember I did some interesting mods to my old case in order to get some more rod storage - as this is how I like to store, look and find beads when I'm making up my bracelets.
You can imagine then, that for me a big selling point was the 8 super long rods in the new case; also the price, it was £99 including postage... which is only £25 more than I paid for my white case, and several hundreds of pounds less than the Ultimate Collectors Case!
|New Collectors Box Vs White Collectors Box|
Now I know most people will be thinking that is a lot for a jewellery box and it is... but there's surprisingly little available on the market for people with bigger collections.
Price wise, as it wasn't that much more than the white box, for a whole load more box, I wasn't expecting the same build quality as the white one, to judge Troll by Troll's own standards. To some extent, this was sadly the case (excuse the pun), so let's get the bad bits out of the way so I can concentrate on the awesome bits!
|The build quality is not quite to the same standard as the white box...|
But, given it was only £25 more for a bigger case I wasn't expecting it to be.
Parts of the wrap on the outside of the case are already a little worn looking and the rod ends have that slightly unfinished feel to them by being a little bit rough at the very ends. Finally, I'm not convinced how well the foam side inserts will weather over time, but I do intend to be very careful with all of these issues, and to get some sandpaper to those rods!
Having just said all that - I do think this box is awesome!
To start with it's all about packing a HUGE amount of beads into the smallest space possible whilst still being able to SEE them! Something that a lot of other storage cases don't always deliver, and I think I actually might prefer this way of storage to the Ultimate Collectors Case.
|Look how much bead space you get in a compact area!|
What you actually get for your £99 is 8 lovely long bead rods in the lid, with a top plain layer of flat velvet on the other side to protect everything. Underneath that is the next pull out layer, 6 large compartments which in turn sits on the very bottom of the box - 10 smaller compartments up the sides and 6 single long compartments ideal for full bracelets and 2 double sized compartments that can fit 2 or 3 bracelets depending on style.
I wasted no time in trying to fill it!
|Trollbeads New Collectors Case - 1st play!|
L-R: Lid rod storage, Top 6 compartments, Bottom Layer
This was my first attempt and I'm sure I'm going to change this as I go along, especially as I didn't quite manage to get everything in the one box.
I did get all my Trollbeads in, both regular and X Jewellery but I still have some stray beads in another box, and sadly my bangles don't fit in when I have beads on them as I tend to wear quite chunky beads which are too wide for the narrow depth of the top layer.
Another point to note is that the rods don't come complete with rubber o-rings (the bits you use to stop beads sliding off) so I transferred all my extra o-rings from my white box skewer mods across to each end the new rods. I'm also going to order some more and put an extra one in the centre of each rod; so I can remove beads from either side of the rod whilst not holding on to the full load of sliding beads, far more manageable!
I LOVE seeing my beads and bracelets like this, and for me, this is why this case is so awesome!
The flat velvet protection top can also double up as play tray later on - although it's flat, when it's sat on the bottom most layer as the box (with the middle layer removed), the box sides then act as the "lip" to stop your beads rolling off.
|Beadplay on the flat velvet (Trollbeads & Elfbeads)|
Very useful for bead play and makes a nice backdrop for taking photos. Er, so expect to see more photos with a black backdrop in the future I guess!
What do you think to the new case?
Tempted, or would you rather keep your pennies for beads?