So I began internet window browsing for my necklace, full of excitement that I could actually consider a splurge purchase. And then, in much the same way that $1000+ wedding dress prices made me screech like a wounded banshee, necklace prices for the pieces I love did the same.
First of all, I would recommend NEVER setting your browser sights on Neiman Marcus, even for inspiration, unless you're ready to shell out $600+ for a necklace. (I am not.) You can, however, find golden fur necklace equivalents for the bargain price of $370, in case that's your thing.
Second of all, etsy is so entirely difficult to search that, after scrolling through eighteen pages of 1,792 pages worth metalwork necklace options with "turquoise" as a keyword, my eyes glazed over and I could no longer distinguish the subtle qualities of one potential necklace over another. Even my favorites page is visual and mental overload now. So when I found this necklace, I actually sat up and got excited. And when I noticed it was "only" $150 and that the artist is based in Los Angeles, I got even more excited.
But I was only excited until I realized that it's just the bottom strand that's $150 and there's no pricing provided on the combination option that I was actually drawn to. And I'm not paying $150 for this:
Also I was very upset to find myself drawn to this necklace (maybe for the wedding, maybe just for fun)...
...only to discover that it was inspired by a necklace Megan Fox wears, and about eighteen different versions of the knockoff design were all over etsy, along with Megan and her sexyface look photos. Really, I have nothing against Megan Fox (except that she's not really a good actress) but I don't want sexyface images marring my enjoyment of a necklace.
(I'd link to a shop, but there are literally dozens of search "megan fox necklaces" on Etsy.)
And lastly, why must my two favorite necklaces (so far) cost $275 apiece?
Guys, I want to support artists here, but I don't want to spend $300 to do it. Also, I want to stop dreaming about that Nicole Miller necklace, but it's very very difficult. On the plus side, I think five months is about how long it will take to scour all the options on etsy, so it's good I'm starting on the accessory process now.