So imagine my embarrassment when I fell madly in lust with this necklace. I love this piece! It makes me swoon with desire. The big stones, the in-your-face outrageousness ("Of course it's fake- duh!"), the pop-in-your-mouth color- love it all.
I don't love the price, a whopping $2,000 for silver and CZ. Snort! As if! And Bog V did not change; it markets the CZ stones as zircon. Danger signs all over the place, as there always are with Bog V. Sigh.
But I love this necklace enough to look for something reasonably priced like it. I do not support buying knock-offs; that is taking money out of someone's pocket. Usually artists who develop jewelry charge higher prices for better items. To illustrate this point, I recommend you read about Wendy Brandes' ongoing issue with Top Shop. Top Shop stole her swear rings idea and design, selling cheap junk after her initial risk, capital investment, and marketing. Click on the link to her blog on the right if you want to follow the ongoing issue OR order the real deal from Ms. Brandes.
ANYWAY- September's InStyle, like a fairy godmother, showed me the necklace of my dreams. R.J. Graziano's necklace is not a rip off clone, but something similar that feeds my lust for sparkling, colorific, "duh!" inducing bling without making me feel broke and stupid. It's on the web from $110 to $45 or you can call the company at 212-685-3737. I can get two, and still feel smart. It's like discovering Bog V's gorgeous necklace has a smarter, kinder brother who wants a healthy relationship. Beautiful sparkle and money in my pocket! Sweet!