That's not to say that I don't own cheap, mass-produced, slightly-interesting neckwear. These cheap pieces have a place in my wardrobe, but it's so much more interesting to combine jewellery in unexpected ways! I've already shared the Monoxious tutorial for a Tom Binns style safety pin necklace, but here I'm going to focus more on how random elements put together can be chic and fresh, AND how to do a simple version on the cheap.
These are commercially available, inexpensive, and not particularly interesting iterations:
These, however, are spectacular! And, uh, expensive :P
|AllThingsTinsel on Etsy|
|invintageheaven on Etsy|
|JenniferJonesJewelry on Etsy|
|novella on Etsy|
|lepetitecircus on Etsy|
There is a "cheap" way to get this look! This is not to say that these "cheap" pieces are unappealing, with no place in a sane woman's wardrobe, just that they take less imagination to assemble (which can be either good OR bad!). The easiest way to "cheat" at assemblage jewellery is to buy strands of beads at Michael's or WalMart, twist them together, and add a clasp. You can also scour the thrifts for simple necklaces, add your commercial bead strands, and there you have it. You might even have a few necklaces languishing in your drawers, just waiting to be combined with each other! If you follow the rules of density, texture and colour, you can still end up with an interesting piece.
|HeartofTexasBling on Etsy|
|AshleeCollection on Etsy|
|Dannijo necklace as seen on Pinterest|
And becuase this post is long enough, I bid thee ADIEU!