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Monday, August 15, 2016

Create A J Crew Necklace For Less

I fell instantly in love with this J. Crew Tortoise and Pearl Cluster necklace. I occasionally stalked the necklace for a few months hoping I would find it on clearance because I could not justify the $120 price tag. Sadly and understandably it sold out before ever being marked down.

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Recently while taking Sweet Guy back to school shopping I spied two bracelets in the J. Crew clearance bin. They were a final sale item priced at $9.99. A lightbulb went on in my head. Couldn’t two bracelets make one great necklace?

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I began by removing the clasp and extra links with jewelry pliers. (They were set aside to be reattached later.)

I left one of the links open at the end as shown.

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This allowed the two bracelets to be joined together by attaching the open link to a closed link and clamping it closed.

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Because I wanted a longer necklace I attached some vintage rosary pearls to each end.

(You could also use bit of metal chain which can be found at most craft stores in the jewelry making section.)

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The clasp was reattached at the end of the pearl chain.

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Thus making a $120 dream necklace mine for just $20.

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I wore the heck out of it in California and received tons of compliments.


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Lisa said...

Oh you clever girl you! Isn't that funny (but so fortunate for you!) that the bracelets didn't sell out? I'm always amazed at what people do and don't buy. Your necklace is beautiful!

BloggyMom said...

Cute necklace!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love it, you are amazing. Who would think of doing this. Love it.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Clever Clogs! (as our Brit friends would say!

Stacey said...

You are so smart!! I love it!

Pondside said...

Brilliant! I love this sort of ingenuity.

Laura said...

That is wonderful!
I need jewelry pliers :)
Glad you are back-


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Ha! That was the most clever thing ever! No one would ever know that your gorgeous necklace started as bracelets! Don't you love it when a hack come together like this?!

Sarah said...

Laura, I love pearls and tortoise, so this necklace is calling my name. Fabulous look! You are so clever to have thought of making your own with the bracelets. Makes me want to check J. Crew here. '-)

Lynn Bean said...

Very ingenious! I love it! I am a jewelry fanatic and definitely love a great idea. thanks for sharing.

Karen Hess said...

SCORE!! This is awesome, and even more so because of your ingenuity! I'm sure you're going to get much more pleasure from this beautiful necklace!

Bonnie said...

Aren't you the clever one!!! Looks great and you have to feel proud of yourself! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

LOVE it!! I will have to keep this trick in mind!