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The Bubble Bib Necklace: Splurge or Save?

J.Crew at ShopStyle

While statement necklaces are a hot trend for spring, this gorgeous bubble necklace by J. Crew will definitely be a treasured piece for years to come. Should you choose to splurge, it's $150 at, and comes in either dusty blossom or soft graphite...

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

...but as much as I love J. Crew's flawless rendition, Forever 21 makes it all too easy to save by offering us this amazing polished stone bib necklace for just $13.80. The colors definitely give each necklace a totally different vibe, but I'm loving the brilliant blues—so right for spring.

What do you think, would you splurge or save on this trend?

I just saw that necklace last evening on F21's website and I adore it!
#1 Kimberly (Homepage) on 2009-03-30 08:20 (Reply)
Sometimes I am amazed at how cheap F21's jewelry is- but I also think some of it is cheaply made too. The JCrew one would probably last longer but I'd still buy the F21 one for a season or two!!
#2 Real Style Real people (Homepage) on 2009-03-30 08:33 (Reply)
This is definitely a save! While it is true the J Crew one will probably last longer because of the craftsmanship, you cannot beat $13.50! And the colors of that F21 are awesome! This is an accessory that will add a color pop to any outfit! I'd go F21 for sure.
#3 J (Homepage) on 2009-03-30 08:50 (Reply)
Save! I feel like I could wear this type of necklace only so many times, so why spend a lot.
#4 dina on 2009-03-30 09:13 (Reply)
Save - the F21 version is just as cute.
#5 Sal (Homepage) on 2009-03-30 09:50 (Reply)
Have you checked out ETSY for other bib necklaces? I am totally OCDing for everything in this shop, which are all inspired by JCrew and Anthropologie (And look awfully familiar to the JCREW site)

Also, I love love love this one which looks like something right out of grandma's jewelry box.

The best thing about ETSY is you can usually do custom orders, so you get the color you want - and you can follow the trend, but not wear the same piece as everyone else.

Love your blog. LOVE.
#6 Possessionista (Homepage) on 2009-03-30 10:14 (Reply)
Gorgeous! and you're right, they look plucked from J. Crew or Anthro. Etsy delivers again.
#6.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-03-30 12:56 (Reply)
I agree - I think that $150 is a bit too much for that necklace at JCrew for that trend...F21's price is great and while you get what you pay for $-wise,
#7 Beth B on 2009-03-30 10:15 (Reply)
Save...I got a $12 necklace from F21 that is really similar...
I got it in a peachy pink color (they had it in cream too!)
#8 Angela on 2009-03-30 10:17 (Reply)
Love it!
#8.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-03-30 12:54 (Reply)
I'm suprised that F21 is offering something so elaborate, lets just hope the metal doesn't change colours like it often does and/or doesn't fall apart. Like it often does, lol. Great copy though, looks a lot richer than it is. I have problems spending a lot on jewelry so I would prob save on this one...
#9 Wanderlusting (Homepage) on 2009-03-30 12:31 (Reply)
Well Ladies, it's now sold out, i was in the process of placing an order for it and I guess it was a pretty popular item on the F21 site. Here's hoping they do more variations on it soon :-)
#10 Sonu on 2009-03-30 12:49 (Reply)
I'd go for the J. Crew one...but find it on ebay or wait for it to go on sale. I actually found a couple yesterday of the J. Crew bauble necklaces on ebay!
#11 LC on 2009-03-30 22:28 (Reply)
Heads up everyone: F21 has an amazing tear drop statement necklace, bet it will sell out fast!
#11.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-04-07 18:40 (Reply)
Save, I don't see this trend lasting past the season...
#12 Liz on 2009-03-31 00:27 (Reply)
I would purchase on that is less expensive. This trend is going to be short lived !
#13 sohoaccessories (Homepage) on 2009-03-31 18:23 (Reply)
yup..its sold out :-(

came across this..

pretty chic..thought would share it with you guys :-)
#14 nonie on 2009-03-31 20:05 (Reply)
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