In November last year, HSN released a collection of ‘bling’ Star Wars jewelry. As HSN does not ship outside the US, or accept international credit cards, I was really frustrated to see such a fantastic collection released that international fans couldn’t purchase. An amazing friend in the US helped me purchase a few of my favourite items from the range, which I was able to pick up while visiting the US for the Run Disney Star Wars event last month (yay, saving on international postage). I am so excited to finally see these items in person, and of course photograph them for review. I was able to buy eight items from the range – today’s review features the ‘bling’ X-Wing Fighter necklace.
All of the items I bought came packaged in blue cardboard gift boxes. The each box has a removable lid, with an outer slip band featuring the text ‘Little Box Of Bling’. Inside the box the jewelry item is carefully packaged between two pieces of foam – the ‘top’ of each foam piece has a black velvet-type finish. Sitting on the top of the upper foam piece is a little black card featuring the Star Wars logo. I was really keen to see if the packaging included any information about the manufacturer of this range, so it was great to see that the back of the insert card notes these are made by SG@NYC, LLC. I have only come across this company once before this collection – they made the ‘long chain’ TIE Fighter necklace that was sold at Hot Topic back in October/November last year (read my review here).
The X-Wing necklace features a ‘front on’ view of an X-Wing fighter, accented with clear, red, and black stones. This necklace is priced at US$29.95 each – it is still available from HSN. While it is pretty hard to top the vintage Weingeroff X-Wing necklace made back in 1977 (read my review here), I love the use of colour and the stylised design of this version. The slender, delicate form gives this necklace a feminine touch, complimented by the thinner style chain. The pendant measures approximately 3.1cm wide, and 1.3cm tall (at the widest parts). The chain measures approximately 46cm long, with a further 8cm of wider link chain for adjustment – the clasp is a standard ‘lobster’ style. There is a small circular pendant at the end of the adjustment chain that features ‘(c) LFL’ stamped on one side, and ‘CN’ on the other (I have no idea what ‘CN’ stands for?).
The pendant’s ‘front on’ view produces a more abstract shape that will be less recognizable to some people – giving this necklace a more subtle Star Wars touch (certainly more subtle than the larger ‘bling’ R2-D2 necklace from the same collection!). The smaller, refined style gives me more of a ‘fine jewelry’ impression than some other Star Wars designs – the clear circular stones at the end of the wings certainly give a lovely ‘diamond’ effect. With some ‘costume’ jewelry, there is a risk of stones coming loose – I haven’t worn this necklace yet, so I can’t attest to the security of the settings – but I plan to apply a coat of clear nail polish over the smaller stones before wearing (a trick I’ve done with other rhinestone-detailed items, to help avoid loosing stones). Neither the original website listing or the packaging notes what metal the necklace is made from, so I’m not sure myself. I just love this necklace – I’m sure it will get as much use in my collection as my beloved vintage X-Wing necklace!