The armadillo is a nocturnal animal from the American continent. An old Indian prayer the armadillo: "protect my borders, teach me my shield, and reflect my pain so I shall not yield". What are trollbeads? The name of the trollbeads' company is Lise Aagaard Copenhagen and is based in one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen called Toldbodgade. The trollbeads story begins back in the 1930s with Lise Aagaard's father, Svend Nielsen, then a goldsmith apprentice who was set the task of making charms. His enthusiasm and love for his trade was imparted to Lise's brother Soren. It was he who created the first silver orb with small faces sculptured in it and then when he drilled a central hole and strung it on a chain the first trollbead was born. Today a selection of individually chosen beads each celebrating a specific personal experience creates a distinctive and unique lifestory bracelet or necklace; so unique it can never be duplicated by another. What is most distinctive about trollbeads, apart from the original design, is the use and combination of fascinating materials. The beads are made from the highest quality raw materials including sterling silver, 18ct and 14ct gold, natural pearls, precious stones and glass from around the world. A team of internationally renowned jewellery designers create and have brought to life each of the 250 precious metal beads. The beads begin life as hard wax models that are then cast and finished in a precious metal. The glass beads are created with the skill and depth of understanding that can only come from a craftsman's hand. Each of the 130 glass bead is cored with a solid ring of sterling silver that ensures the beads run smoothly and evenly over the foxtail chains.