Tuesday, April 7, 2009

J.Crew: Jenna's Picks - Silk-Ribbon Chain-Link Necklace

The next Jenna's Pick up for discussion is J.Crew's Silk-Ribbon Chain-Link Necklace (item #14489). It retails for $98, and the Tropical Aqua color is on sale for $69.99. J.Crew describes the necklace as such:

It'll turn even the simplest ensemble into spectacular. 16 lightly distressed brass chains (tropical aqua chain is specially hand-dyed to match color of ribbon)—they're perfectly placed to create a most flattering drape—with an exquisite silk charmeuse ribbon that can be styled several different ways. Even our designer owns one. Silk charmeuse ribbon is delicate by nature and will fray over time creating a lovely vintage look that we love. Ribbon-tie closure (60"L x 4"W). Import. Length: 36".
I love this necklace. The Shell and aforementioned Tropical Aqua colors are on my wishlist. It also comes in Black.

This necklace is very delicate and feminine looking, and I love the touch of the floppy silk ribbon. The thing about the necklace that concerns me is that the ribbon is supposed to fray over time. If I were going to pay $98, or even $69.99 for a chain-link necklace, I wouldn't want it to purposely fray, but maybe that is just me!

The website also has a picture of the necklace on a mannequin, and while the many chains look delicate enough, it also looks a bit overwhelming - it seems like there are less chains in the individual color pictures.

What do you think? Do you like this necklace? Do you own it? Which colors do you like?


GingerSnap April 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

I love this necklace, but I feel like it would turn into a tangled mess in no time...all those chains? I think its so pretty, but maybe not practical...its likely a pass for me.

JTS April 9, 2009 at 12:40 AM  

Oooh, I never even though about the chains getting tangled - that sounds like a nightmare!

Allison April 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM  

I have owned this necklace and I quickly took it back. While the chains don't tangle because of the way they are attached to the ribbon, it felt WAY too delicate to even last for a long time. While it is really exquisite-looking, the ribbon and even the chains are so fragile that I would be afraid to wear it to a special occasion, which is what it's for. PASS.

JTS April 18, 2009 at 2:32 PM  

Hi Allison - thanks for the IRL info! I have a hard time wearing super delicate necklaces - I can't even count how many inexpensive necklaces I've broken because they get caught on something and then the chain or clasp snaps - can't imagine having to be so careful with this one!