3.16.2009

The Time I Stalked A Necklace

for the past few months, i have been catching up on t.v. shows that i have missed for one reason or another. one such show is weeds, the dramedy about a marijuana-dealing mama. said mama, played by mary louise parker, does not always wear the most fabulous clothes, but she does have fabulous jewelry. here, as "nancy botwin", she wears one such piece:

nancy botwin

now, i've stalked co-workers, ex-boyfriends, neighbors, etc. but i have NEVER stalked a necklace...

for several months, i clawed through endless websites, scanned aisles of designer jewelry, and even went to joanne fabrics to see if i could fancy myself a homemade version. i met strange men in the dark alleyways of underground indian jewelry factories in the seedy underbelly of new delhi (ed: this is not true). then, one day, i simply googled "weeds necklace" and found a discussion forum of frantic women also in search of this disced wonder.

turns out it costs $600 and is made by new york city thai-indian jewelry maker me&ro

from their website:
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given the state of my personal finances and the finances of the world, i couldn't cough up the dough for the real version. i thought maybe i could stomach a fake version i found at forever21:
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...and it arrived and it was just okay. i paid $6.80, and it looked like it cost about 1/5 of that to make. the discs were too big, blah blah.

but then(!), i was shopping with my own mama (not the marijuana-dealing kind) this weekend, and i happened to be discussing my necklace trials when i stumbled upon this:
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urban outfitters, we're not always best friends. you take thrift store clothes and 'revamp' them and then mark the price up 2000%. i order 2 pairs of shoes from you, and you send me one pair and a package of metallic headbands. fine, fine. you did right by this necklace, though.

victory. it comes in silver and gold, and OBVIOUSLY, i bought both, amounting to a total cost of $56. they aren't identical to ms. botwin's adornment, but this version is very adequate and functional. (and if i lose it, i won't cry into my pillow).

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