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Oliver Weber Fold Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Pendant, Rhodium Plated
In an attempt to get organised this Christmas and order presents early I made a list of roughly what I wanted to get and for whom back in October and then off I went with my shopping list in hand with the best of intentions to avoid the Christmas crush. One of the few presents that I did sort out early was this Oliver Weber Swarovski crystal pendant and necklace which I initially purchased online for my brother's girlfriend. When it promptly arrived through the post I was pleasantly pleased with it and after searching around for some jewellery for myself to wear on a night out and not finding anything to suit, I decided that I liked this necklace enough to get one for myself.
I am always a bit nervous about ordering jewellery online as sometimes the photos can look great but then the jewellery just doesn't look like that when it arrives. I am pleased to say that although the photo (the one you see above) may make the pendant appear ever so larger than it actually is, overall the photo is a very good representation of what you are going to get.
The pendant is a pretty decent size measuring in at around 4 cm's in length, (as the photo above shows) it is almost in two parts, the top small section is like a little clasp that attaches to the chain and then the dangling almost cut out leaf shaped section is the main part of the pendant. Due to the little link in the middle of the pendant there is a lot of movement when on, which I find makes the crystal catch more light and makes it more sparkly and noticeable. There are quite a few Swarovski crystals on this pendant, I did in fact count them and there are 22 crystals on the pendant and one hidden on the chain's clasp. These live up to the Swarovski crystal brand and they all look clear, bright and they reflect any light very well.
The chain is around about 50 cm's long and it is a thick rolled chain rather than the more common type of chains made with small joining links. This chain looks and feels sturdy and I wouldn't worry about it snapping or breaking easily. I prefer these types of chains because I have a tendency to get the slightly flimsier versions caught on tops or watches and they inevitably break without much effort or wear.
I found this available from Amazon for around £17, reduced from a much more expensive £50. For £17 this is a great necklace. However, I don't think I would have been as happy with it if I had paid the full asking price. After all this is really only costume jewellery and although it has held its shine well I doubt that this will last a lifetime, after a while the rhodium plating will dull, similar to what happens to unmaintained silver jewellery.
Personally, I don't think that this is a necklace that I would wear everyday but it does make a really nice addition to any black dress occasion, where you want something sparkly, pretty and a bit bling without being too big or overstated. I am also considering buying this as a wedding gift for a friend who is getting married soon. I think that if I can find a matching set of earrings then this pendant and necklace might look great with her wedding dress which also incorporates Swarovski crystals.
When I ordered this it did say that it would arrive with a presentation box, but it came with a small bag instead. The presentation bag is small but nice, and is made from shimmery dark blue material with a navy tie to close the bag with. It isn't as nice as a presentation box might have been, and feels a tad flimsy, but it does make for ok short term storage. I wouldn't recommend leaving the necklace in this for any length of time, it would be better kept in a proper jewellery box.
This gets a sparkling four out of five stars from me. I think it makes a lovely gift or an affordable piece of custom jewellery for a night out. However, I would have begrudge paying anything more than I did for it and I would have preferred if they had also given me a proper presentation box. Overall, I am happy with this both for myself and as a Christmas gift. I would also happily recommend this necklace and pendant to anyone else.