Fab Find: J. Crew-inspired Necklaces

June 9, 2013

Lately I've been obsessed with the fun, colorful costume jewelry that J. Crew has to offer. Colored crystals, shiny metallics, and bold enamels - what's not to love? 

Well, there is the price of J. Crew jewelry (and a lot of jewelry in general - I'm looking at you, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and basically every store that I shop at with cool but overpriced jewelry) and if you don't hit the store on a sale day like I did when I found the above necklace (which is still a pretty modestly sized piece, PLUS it was an additional 15% off thanks to my student discount) it can be hard to find a fabulous necklace on a dime.

So imagine my delight when I was recently informed that there are artists on Etsy that make similar-style jewelry to the looks at J. Crew! 

There are plenty of cool statement necklaces for a much more affordable price on Etsy. Just look up "j. crew necklaces" and you'll find dozens of pieces. Here are some of my favorites.

Beaded bib necklace, $17 by FUNLY899

Bubble beaded statement necklace, $43 by Audrey Jewelry

Of course, sometimes nothing beats the original. Here are some necklaces from J. Crew that I just cannot get enough of (including the one I own, if you like it too!)

Crystal Drops Necklace ($119); Pearl Twisted Hammock Necklace ($98); Crystal Feather Necklace ($58)

So which do you prefer? The less-expensive Etsy jewelry or the J. Crew originals? Do you think costume jewelry tends to be a bit overpriced? Where do you find your jewelry?


  1. I personally love J.Crew jewelry but find them pretty pricy. I'll usually purchase J.Crew necklaces once there is a sale - then I really feel like it is worth the price.

    I've purchased a few etsy duplicates but the quality doesn't seem to be there. The gold rubs off a bit faster and the luster doesn't always lasts as long.

    I'd love to hear your experience.


    1. I think getting J. Crew jewelry on sale is the way to do it. I've managed to score a few deals during sales.

      I haven't actually purchased a similar piece on etsy, but of course it is to be expected that something cheaper won't have the higher quality of the more expensive piece.

      I guess it just depends on how much you are willing to spend and how often you will wear a piece of jewelry. I'm more willing to spend more on a classic necklace or bracelet in an easy-to-wear color but might opt for a cheaper item if it's a fun but not as easily wearable piece.

      Thanks for commenting, Jenn!


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  3. This is an amazing discovery!

    I'm always drooling over J Crew necklaces but I can't bear to spend $100+ on costume jewelry. I like the turquoise bubble necklace the best!


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