Friday, July 17, 2009

Bae Yong Joon: My New Necklace

Ever since I saw hallyu star Bae Yong Joon wearing this necklace, I have wanted to try to make it "my way". Why go through all that work? Why not buy the original? The original (a Louis Morais 'Rockstar' necklace) costs about $4500—too rich for my wallet. What can a frugal Bae-girl to do? I went to etsy.com, which calls itself an "online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade". Their motto is "Buy, Sell and Live Handmade" so I knew whatever I found there would be high-quality, artisan and totally unique. The original necklace is sterling silver and boasts a combination of a simple cross with small diamonds, a skull pendant and a silver fence post pendant (also covered with diamonds) which makes the resulting necklace delicate yet masculine all at the same time. Well, I don't have a budget for that many diamonds. That is the first difference between my version vs. the original. Here's the list of the pendants in my design.
  1. I purchased the cross pendant at an etsy store called Tangle, based in Portland, Ore. I bought this design. I wanted some visually interesting (in lieu of diamonds). I like the twisted wire around the cross. It vaguely reminded me of the crown of thorns which were twisted around Jesus' head before He was crucified. That symbolism is very meaningful to me.
  2. I didn't like the skull in the original (too gothic for me) so I opted for a simple ball of fine twisted silver thread instead, which I found at an Etsy store called Thai Closet, based in Bangkok, Thailand. It looks somewhat like a miniature ball of yarn. Why did I want a pendant that looked like a ball of yarn?! Mark Gungor, a popular Christian marriage counselor/comedian discusses the differences between men's brains and women's brains. Gungor calls women's brains "a big ball of wire". Watch the 5 minute clip here to see what I mean.
  3. The original fence post pendant is also covered with diamonds. I don't have that kind of budget but I wanted a unique, one-of-a-kind item. My substitute was an Inscribed Fence Post pendant. I commissioned from a shop called bddesigns, which is based near Toledo, Ohio. Since I am a Christian, I had the phrase "Jesus died once for all" inscribed on the pendant. It also came with a free 18 inch sterling silver chain as well. Since it was custom-made to my specifications, it took about a month from order to doorstep.
I ordered all three items at the same time yet the item from Bangkok arrived first. I had to wait patiently for my custom-made fence post pendant but my patience was rewarded. Now I have a charming, sentimental, custom-designed necklace. How much did this cost me (including S/H charges)? I paid $70.53, which is a savings of $4429.47.

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