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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 JCrew.com, 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?

Comments
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) http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6965148

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

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_11&listing_id=20703925&ga_search_query=bib+necklace&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=8&min=&max=&order=

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... http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=acc%5Fjewelry&product%5Fid=1060991855&Page=3
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!

http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog_name=FOREVER21&category_name=acc&product_id=1061559197&Page=1
#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..http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=acc%5Fjewelry&product%5Fid=1057234859&Page=19#

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