It was love at first sight for me and the Hardwood Necklace ($168, above). I am dreaming about returning to Hawaii in the spring and I thought this would be great to wear with my brown and pink swimsuit.

I knew the piece would be kind of big. My thought was that it would be about the size of the Button Cluster Necklace ($228, below on left model). Big but flattering, especially in warmer weather.

Once again though Anthropologie completely fooled me. The box that came was larger than I was expecting, and when I opened it the necklace was HUGEMONGOUS. I put it on and my man immediately looked confused. “Is that a necklace or a shirt?” He asked.

Laughing, I tried it on. It covered half my chest. Not enough to be decent as a shirt but taking statement necklace to a level that I was not confident enough to pull off. When I’d ordered the necklace there was no model picture but now there is one.

It’s such a shame because the necklace is gorgeous. It is strung together on bronze-colored string (rope?) with wood spacers every so often to keep the necklace from twisting around itself. The beads are an entrancing mix of shiny, matte and polished in four shades of wood. The closure is a huge button that I think is very cute. With the necklace on the woods had kind of a wave effect, appearing to make the necklace move across my collarbone to chest area.

But the necklace weighed 3 or 4 lbs. to the point that I think my neck would hurt after an hour. I could twist it around and wear it as a cape. I could put it on my head to use as a scarf. I could make a really useless fanny pack out of it! You get the picture. The necklace, though lovely, went back.


  1. Blondmoma
    January 20, 2009 / 2:29 am

    Wow! That necklace looks nothing like the one the girl is wearing. It looks ridiculous. Bummer. I hate losing money on shipping!

  2. January 23, 2009 / 4:21 am

    Good grief! That's huge! Too bad, because it could really be pretty.

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