Thursday, July 12, 2012

Prep for Less: J.Crew Jewelry Look-a-Likes


So I have an obsession: J.Crew jewelry. I went to J.Crew last weekend and was in awe of all the jewelry that they keep under their glass cases. My all-time favorite? Their bubble necklace...



...that just happens to be $150. Ouch.

The funny thing? I found the exact same necklace on Etsy just by typing in "bubble necklace". Multiple vendors have their own versions of the "bubble necklace", but my favorite would have to be himedly's. Does this look familiar?

And it will only set you back $19! How's that for a steal?

This got me thinking: can I find other J.Crew jewelry look-a-likes for less? Well, I did.


J.Crew Look-a-Likes


1. F21 Floral necklace: Even though the colors aren't exactly the same, this Forever 21 necklace has the same number of main flowers as the J.Crew version, with the same layout as well: a big flower in the middle, followed by two smaller flowers.

I know what you're thinking: you don't like the quality of Forever 21 jewelry. Unless you'll wear the J.Crew necklace once a week, I don't know if it's worth it for the price. It isn't a timeless piece, so it can go out of style in a year or two. I say go for the $11 F21

2. Etsy Elephant pendant: I love the trend of animal necklaces, but $68 is too much for something that looks like it's plastic. I found this similar-looking vintage, ceramic elephant pendant on Etsy that looks like it's around the same size as the J.Crew elephant. Just buy a cheap necklace chain and you're good to go!

3. F21 Starfish necklace: Let's face it--this necklace is more for summer anyway. So why spend $58 on something you can wear only one season and find on Etsy for much cheaper? There were tons of starfish necklaces on Etsy, but I decided to go to F21 to find something similar that won't break the bank.

What do you guys think? Any tips on where to find preppy, cute looking jewelry at half the cost?
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17 comments:

  1. Wow now that is quite the difference in price!!! Great finds they look the same. I love and would buy the f21 version of the elephant necklace!

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    1. Thank you! The elephant necklace is cute, isn't it?

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  2. I bought that same J. Crew look alike necklace on Ebay for $14.99 and I actually like it better than the real J. Crew one. Thanks for sharing all the other look alikes I will have to check them out. :)

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    1. That's interesting that you like the look alike necklace better than the real one. It's good to know, because I'm debating for myself if should should get the real one or the look alike!

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  3. Love this. That 1st necklace (the lookalike as well) is a fashion blogger staple. I love it so much. The elephant necklace is also fantastic. JCrew is the best store for inspiration, but it is the worst store for your wallet.

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    1. I agree! If I could I would buy my whole wardrobe from J.Crew. It's definitely the best store for inspiration.

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  4. this is so helpful because ive wanted that j crew necklace soo bad!

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    1. yay! glad I helped someone out. I've wanted it so bad too.

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  5. Love this! I bought a bubble necklace steal, can't wait for it to arrive in the mail!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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    1. I LOVE the bubble necklace! I'm definitely buying a version of it soon. It's such a great statement piece!

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  6. don't you mind buying it from china?!??
    i would call it a fake product, stolen and copied. and in the end i think that if i don't have money enough to buy an expensive thing i shouldn't have it. otherwise let's buy prada and gucci and fendi fakes.. and so on.

    and, oh yes, they are very good imitators.

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    1. I've heard most of J.Crew's products are actually made in China too.

      Other than the bubble necklace, I don't think that the Forever 21 necklaces took their ideas directly from J.Crew...both Forever 21 and J.Crew simply had the same idea for a necklace at the same time. They're not even that similar if you look closely. The Etsy elephant pendant is a vintage piece.

      I'm just trying to provide people who love the look of J.Crew with other options. I'm a poor college student, and I know many of my readers are as well! If I had the money, I would definitely buy J.Crew rather than the knock-offs.

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  7. me too - i love j crew jewelry ;)

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  8. Love this post!! Etsy is a great place to find some awesome products. Did you get a chance to see my Etsy post? http://simplysweetsunday.blogspot.com/2012/06/etsy.html
    I found some super cute things for my home. I also like that I'm supporting someone's Etsy shop rather than J Crew.
    I think I will be doing some shopping tonight for some cute accessories :)

    Thanks for stopping by Simply Sweet Sunday - I've only just started and REALLY appreciate the comments and new followers from other bloggers! Stop back tomorrow to check out the new Good Deed for the week!
    I'm your newest follower :)
    xo
    Katherine
    http://simplysweetsunday.blogspot.com/

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  9. Great deal! I need to check out Etsy more. So many talented people and great deals! Thanks for the links. The elephant necklace is great! :)

    Stopping by from the Not Mommy hop! Love love your blog!

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