Monday, April 05, 2010

The Look for Less

I received the new Lucky Magazine in the mail yesterday and just picked it up today to thumb through it. My first thought as I looked at the cover was that the necklace set the model is wearing was simple with a rustic elegance about it and thought I could make that. As a jewelry designer, I think I can make most anything....well almost anything but this one has to be simple. Looks like a little leather and some beads right? So, I keep looking through the magazine and I find the designer and price...WOW 18kt gold on leather, yes leather for $3,650. No way would I ever pay that kind of price for leather and some beads that I could string on myself.

Off to the craft room in search of leather and gold beads I go and yes we have a winner! My version is on 1mm rust colored leather and is extra long. I even made one a little shorter in a chocolate brown leather to coordinate with it. My cost....pennies on the dollar. Now mine aren't 18 kt gold but they are gold vermeil beads and real leather. I would hope that you get real leather for that $3 thousand dollar price tag.

Well, now I have a couple of new necklaces.....anybody want a designer look?


  1. That's so funny! I subscribe to Lucky too and I do the same thing- leaf through to watch the jewelry trends and gasp at the price tags then run off to make my own versions on the cheap. Great minds think alike!

    Oh and btw, I like yours better than Hillary Duff's!

  2. I do the same thing with Lucky AND Anthropologie. I like yours very much--lovely!

  3. SO awesome! Love it. I have all these ideas in my head and I have no time to make them. Darn kid! =) Keep up the great work...I enjoy reading your blog.

    The contest ends tonight too!!! =) I wonder who will win your pretties!



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