9.08.2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Disco Ball Ring on a Dime

I’m a simple girl with ostentatious cravings, which is why I feel a disco ball is much better suited sitting primly about my finger than suspended midair above a sweaty crowd of partygoers decorated with neon glo-stick jewelry dancing to the dull throb of club music.

It’s true; I hold myself, and my jewelry drawer in high regard, and I sincerely think that any girl’s box of baubles is utterly incomplete without a trinket that creates silence when she enters a room. A piece of frippery so fine it stops traffic, makes jaws drop, even holds the power to – clichéd, I know – knock them dead, with a mere flick of the wrist, or a magnificently manicured hand cocked confidently on her hip as she awaits the arrival of a much needed glass of bubbly champagne after alighting – fashionably late, to be sure – at a swanky cocktail party full of pretentious, yet oh-so bored carousers.

Though it may sound like something out of a flouncy fantasy, such a ring is not fashioned out of fabrications or tall tales. It exists, kittens. It’s out there amongst us, adorning the fine and the fabulous; embellishing the prim and the provocative; dazzling the cute and the charming; all in the form of the Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Disco Ball Ring. One inch in diameter and dressed up with Swarovski Crystals, it’s an extravagance that gives me Saturday Night Fever and the urge to find a Tony Manero of my very own to boogie down with.

But alas, remember what I told you…I’m a simple girl, and this simple girl certainly doesn’t have the means to shell out $100.00 for one ring, and one ring only – no matter how drop dead gorgeous it is. Like with boys, I tire of accessories quite quickly, and would rather buy twenty-five inexpensive bits than just one pretty that I’ll have to wear over and over again until I want to burst into tears. Which is why I think I will invest in the worshipped Disco Ball Ring in question; I’m just going to do it in a more affordable way.

At $6.80, Forever 21’s Disco Ball Ring is every bit as covetable as its Kenneth Jay Lane counterpart, with one – okay, two – small alterations: the price tag and the fact that, in place of Swarovski Crystals, the Disco Ball Ring is decorated with rhinestones – a look that is just as elegant as the original detailing, and hardly noticeable.

Oh, I simply love it, dolls; I’m gauging the exact reaction from all of you that I suspected, the same reaction that all of your admirers will succumb to once they take one look at your lovely new friend. Go on, darlings…put a ring on it!

Spendthrift? Tightwad? Tell me…which one are you?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Macy’s and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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46 comments

Keith said...

That is beautiful, but definitely way above my budget.

LML said...

i would get the forver 21 one - they are practically interchangable :)

Leah said...

I'll definitely go for the F21 version... rhinestones sparkles too just like swarovski. And it wouldn't hurt a lot if it gets lost somewhere.

Rina said...

I would die for such ring )))

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

gorgeous! I think I'll go for the f21 one... ;)

Miss Neira said...

love the pinkish red color for the coat! i need to get a bright colored coat..want list!

Jaime said...

Oh those are fun! Can't really tell a diff between high and low, so for my wallet's sake, I'd go low :)

ana said...

Well the Forever 21 ring is also very very pretty... This is such a cool ring :)

Couture Carrie said...

What an amazing f21 find! Sold!

xoxox,
CC

Leia said...

I think it has been drummed into my head to pay a higher price for jewelry, because even if you tire of a gold ring, you can always melt it down and make it into something else. That being said, I think both versions of this ring are glorious... I just love Swarovski crystals! :)

Nicole Marie said...

how fun to wear on new years!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm frugal, so I'd go for a Forever 21 one...and then spend the other money finding an equally ostentacious outfit to go with it! I'm thinking leopard....

Miss A said...

I'm a total tightwad- and I love disco ball rings! F21 is perfect for these kinds of things, aren't they?

Miss A said...

I'm a total tightwad- and I love disco ball rings! F21 is perfect for these kinds of things, aren't they?

Magdalena said...

Love it!! Great find. As a matter of fact I saw a similar ring for much less at a bijou brigitte in Sarasota FL:

http://www.bijou-brigitte.com
(on the right hand corner you can set the language to English)

dot said...

Wow, Erika, I came to say hi & thank you for your comment - I love the idea of leopard print ballet pumps, they really would go with everything - and this ring, by sheer coincidence, is sooo familiar: I recently shot a girl named Irra, in a turquoise wrap, and took close-ups of an amazing ring her friend made. It's not just similar to this look, but it's also got a really unusual shape (she took it off and showed me) to the band.

I'm going to try to find it and do a quick post, and link to this post. Everything's connected, I love it!

xoxo

The Anthology said...

I cannot wait until my pretty little city gets a Forever 21 (believe it: Vancouver doesn't have one yet, but will soon). Will have to stop by and pick up this little bauble.

It's lovely!

* Kelsey

Couture Cookie said...

Yay for F21! I never buy expensive jewelry, but will gladly accept it as a gift! :)

Princess Liberty said...

This ring is beautiful but a little too big

Dina's Days said...

They are almost identical!

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... that looks like FUN... I like to buy inexpensive bling rings sooooooo I can have SEVERAL!!!!

Leila said...

Love it. Want it.

All Women Stalker said...

Ohh sparkly! The little girl in me is utterly delighted. :D

-meream

S.Elisabeth said...

I like it! Statement rings are awesome, and a disco ring is quite fresh compared to flowers or huge jewels!

sherin said...

I have a ring like this. I love wearing it. I 'borrowed' it from my mum, and 'forgot' to give it back. I like it because the crystal ball isn't that big so I can wear it everyday. I also have a matching necklace.

Emily said...

f21 all the way! I'm a definite tightwad...with expensive taste :]

Kristin said...

I have one very similar in purple and one of the crystals fell out. Boo. I've been looking for another one! Gracias!

elena said...

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great pics .

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Patty Ann said...

Yesss you are reading my mind again!!! You are so onto something! I love huge cocktail rings, and I don't think it gets any bolder than a disco ball on your finger!!!
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Luinae said...

I am soooo a tightwad. Forever 21, here I come!

La Couturier said...

Very pretty! Reminds me a bit of Swarovski's designs!

bisous,
La C.

la petite fashionista said...

i LOVE cocktail rings! & kenneth jay lane has really amazing costume jewelry! The Forever 21 ring is cute, but I don't think would do well for long term wear!

tricia said...

Yikes, what a ring! I am not one to really wear rings, except for my engagement ring, but these are tempting.

Savvy Gal said...

i really like KJL piece but forever 21 is such a deal.

Miss Neira said...

i love it! cocktail rings are fabulous..the bigger the better =)

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Erica, I love fashion and that is why I love your blog in here. I am so happy to be here. :)

Viva La Fashion said...

i'm with you there. i could only imagine how many times i would have to wear that ring to justify it to myself that it was worth the moeny.

all the while i would be afraid i would lose. :/ yikes! try explaining that one to my mother. lol. :)

Amelia said...

That's so wild! It's great that you can get it at such a nice price.

miriam said...

hmm, not sure i'd be able to carry off a disco ball. but if i'd consider it, it would be on my finger!

The Haute-Shopper said...

Like you, I'd prefer a disco ball on my finger than in an actual disco ;-) I love both of these! I'd only invest in timeless jewelry, but I don't see a point spending that much on costume jewelry which I'll get bored of. Such a shame F21 still hasn't entered the European market yet... sigh.

Eri said...

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Little Red said...

Both look amazing! If I were going to buy one, I actually think I'd pay the $100 for the Kenneth Jay Lane ring. Although, the Forever 21 ring is still nice!

Iris said...

So glamorous!

E said...

Kenneth Jay Lane is a genius man when it comes to cocktail jewelry, but I would totally rock the F21 version, given my current economic status.

daisychain said...

Ohhh I have a near identical ring to that, must dig it out. It's so heavy though :(

Sam said...

Oh love!!! I'm a sucker for a cocktail ring!!

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