Today Beadsaholic brings a review of OHM Beads December Collection.
Today is OHM Preview Day and I have a review of four out of five beads from this release, Holly Hoop, Mistletoe Wreath, Winter Bough, Inner Self 2.0 and the missing bead is Milk & Cookies, you can see in the flyer below. This collection is set to release on December 1, 2022.
I chose the three foliage beads because they can be used in any nature bracelet and they are perfect for Christmas and winter bracelets. The Inner Self 2.0 was a must for me as I love this design and have the original. It is also such a deep and meaningful bead.
OHM Holly Hoop is a cute hoop design with dangling leaves and berries. It makes a nice spacer and adds a bit of texture to any bracelet or bangle design. Holly Hoop retails $50 / €50.
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly, or so goes the famous Christmas carol; but why holly? We have to tip-toe back through the centuries to get our answer. The holly tree is one of Celtic mythology’s most sacred and cherished trees. The Druids believed that the Oak King of summer and the Holly King of winter fought each other for supremacy every solstice. When the Oak won this battle, summer would blossom. When the holly was victorious, the dark months of winter covered the world. Yet, even in winter, when other plants wilted and died, the holly remained evergreen and robust with bright red berries. Powerful magic and the symbol of fertility and eternal life, Celtic chieftains wore wreaths of holly for good luck and protection. Hoops of holly hung over doorways of homes to protect against evil spirits, lightning strikes, or misfortune. OHM has created this magnificent HOLLY HOOP with finely intertwined branches and classic holly leaves and berries that dangle, shimmer, and catch the light, giving a rustle of movement and a sparkle of magic to your bracelet. As a symbol of love and eternal life or as a charm of protection and good luck, this sprig of holly is the perfect gift for any time of year!” ~ OHM Beads
OHM Winter Bough is my favorite of the three foliage beads. It is such a cute bead with a pine design and an adorable pinecone dangling below. Pinecones have such a wonderful symbolism of unity, enlightenment, eternal life and regeneration. A silver pinecone used in decoration or worn as jewelry during the holiday season is thought to bring good luck in the coming year. I will be wearing my Winter Brough this holiday season and I look forward to a 2023 of good luck! Winter Bough retails for $50 / €50.
“Long ago, the Germanic and Scandinavian peoples celebrated the twelve days of Yule in midwinter in honor of the long-bearded Norse god Odin. Animals were sacrificed and roasted for a feast, gifts given, poetry recited, and many toasts made with mead and ale. Plants and trees that remained evergreen throughout winter regarded as sacred and magical hung in wreaths of pine, fir, spruce, mistletoe, and holly over entrances and openings to keep away evil and illness and to bring good fortune in the coming year. OHM is happy to celebrate the holiday wreath and the ancient magic of the evergreen with this beautifully detailed WINTER BOUGH spacer bead. A lovely pine cone, still attached. Cones also have an ancient tradition in rituals of purification. Plus, the seeds make delicious pine nuts! This lovely spacer-dangle bead will bring a delicate touch of winter beauty to your bracelet long after the holiday decorations are packed away. It may also bring good luck and good health inspired by evergreen boughs of eons past.” ~ OHM Beads
OHM Mistletoe Wreath is a traditionally hung over a doorway and is a Christmas romantic gesture, a couple must kiss when standing under mistletoe. This spacer has leaves and dangling berries all the way around. Mistletoe Wreath retails for $50 / €50.
“Why do we kiss under a sprig of mistletoe? How did such a custom start? Mistletoe has no roots in the soil, and it remains green in the winter when the leaves of the tree it has made its home have withered, so the ancient Celts regarded mistletoe as a magic blessing from the sun god. The mistletoe shrub was carefully harvested with a golden sickle and never allowed to touch the ground. The sprigs hung over doorways for good luck and protection from evil. Mistletoe was also called “Allheal” and used for healing and improved fertility. The mistletoe plant is actually a parasite that attaches itself to the branches of a host tree and draws water and nutrients from its host like a bushy little green vampire. The small white berries are also poisonous to humans, though many birds eat the seeds as a food source. So far, this plant doesn’t inspire romance or kisses! The fertility aspect was probably its earliest romantic association. Couples would kiss under the mistletoe at Greek and Roman weddings for good luck and fertility. Enemies would lay down their swords and make peace under the mistletoe. Maidens would put mistletoe under their pillow to dream of their true love and future husband. OHM has created this graceful and elegant MISTLETOE WREAT in the sinuous style of 1890 Art Nouveau. Several berries dangle with scintillating movement, and your bracelet comes alive with eye-catching dazzle. You can wear it as a symbol of peace and love, a good luck charm, or perhaps a magical emblem of eternal life and a token of healing and protection. Or you might slyly use it to beckon a sweet holiday kiss! ‘Tis the season of love!”~ OHM Beads
OHM Inner Self 2.0 is my favorite from this release and is such a positive meaning and design. Soon I’ll share a comparison video of the original and the new version, so you can see how different this new design is. You will find more detail and more areas where the glass shows through the silver design as if the inner self is bursting out. Like the first design this bead comes in a blind packaging and each bag has a different color glass design. I was over the moon when I opened mine to find my favorite color combination! Purple and green go so well together and purple is my favorite color. This design also reminds me of a full moon, With that said I can’t wait to see all the different glass designs that are yet to come. Inner Self 2.0 retails for $165 / €165.
“One’s inner self is only partially exposed to the sun’s light. It may feel as if we are showing ourselves fully, but that is not true. So much remains hidden, and usually by choice, our choice! When we prejudge the value of self before ever opening up to another soul, we deprive ourselves of seeing ourselves as whole. Think of your private self. That self you become when you are alone, safe, comfortable, free of responsibilities or expectations. What are you like? Who are you? The WHY of existence is evident when you are here in the NOW. You are a fool with a magician’s power. You hold the keys to life’s unlimited possibilities. Let your inner self open to others, and you… you listen to your inner self. The original concept, INNER SELF 1.0, was the May 2019 Bead of the Month, a limited edition release. With only 555 created, you wanted more! So here it is INNER SELF 2.0, with a bit more of your inner self showing! This is a blind bag item with multiple variations of the embedded glass. Designs vary from available stock photos, with each new production batch seeing new available glass. Due to the nature of blind boxes/blind bags, there are no returns, refunds, or exchanges on any opened items. No exceptions. All sales are final.” ~ OHM Beads
The Winter Wraps Collection are all so perfect together.
I am not yet, decorating for Christmas, soon you will see these in Christmas themed compositions, so be sure you are following me on Social Media. But, I thought they would work as a symbol of nature in this first composition. I used some green glass and Amethyst from Trollbeads to play off the color in the Inner Self. I also added OHM Do Xmas, just because he is so much fun.
In this composition I wanted to create a green bracelet of winter foliage.
Of course, I had to create a bangle of all Amethyst to go with my beautiful Inner Self! I have mixed my OHM Inner Self with PHYA Amethyst stones and spacers.
Over all, this is a fabulous release that will fit into any collection and can be used throughout the year in many compositions.
Some featured shops will be offering preorder starting today, but this collection isn’t set to release until December 1, 2022.
Featured Ohm Beads Retailers
(Alphabetical order – click on retailers name)
OHM BEADS – SHIPS FROM THE USA, THAILAND, TAIWAN AND AUSTRALIA (USE CODE: PAULA TO SAVE 10% OFF YOUR ORDER WHEN YOU SHOP ON THE OHM OFFICIAL WEBSITE.)
PIANETA BEADS – SHIPS GLOBALLY FROM ITALY
SPERKY S PRIBEHEM -SHIPS GLOBALLY FROM CZECH REPUBLIC
STORY IN THE BEAD – SHIPS FROM CZECH REPUBLIC
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