Breaking Dawn Part 2 Replica Jewelry

So I’ve done my Breaking Dawn Part 1 jewelry post, now here’s the Breaking Dawn Part 2 post.  I have to say, I love these items much more than the part 1 items.

Renesmee’s Quiluette promise bracelet and Bella’s Cullen crest cuff

cullen_braceletsLove Renesmee’s bracelet.  Love the colors, love the feel, love the closure.  I have three of these bracelets because I wear them all the time.  I was afraid the threads would eventually break (I’m a little rough with my hands).  I thought it couldn’t hurt to have more than one just in case.  And since Hot Topic had a buy 2 get 1 free sale, why not?  It is on the small side so anyone with a 7 inch wrist or bigger will have to find a way of creating an extension.  For my barely 6 inch wrist, however, it is perfect.

I didn’t realize until recently that Bella wore her own version of the Cullen crest cuff.  I HAD to have it.  Unfortunately my wrists are so small that the cuff moves around my arm a lot (the cuff has two snap closures but still measures a good 8 inches end to end).  Rick at Artisan’s Designs said he would be willing to rivet a crest to a cuff for me, but I need to come up with the money to afford the crest first.  And the cuff itself since he was unable to find any leather cuffs less than 8 inches.  I think a trip to Michael’s will have to happen.

Bella’s wedding ring set (parts 1 and 2)

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As I said before, I have both part 1 and part 2 wedding ring sets.  Other than packaging I can’t really tell the difference between the two.  The part 2 set was free for me (see the Renesmee bracelet description) and is in better condition.  They are still size 7s so boo.

And, as stated previously, I have handmade versions.

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The one featured here was purchased on Etsy and is made of sterling silver and 109 Swarovski crystals.  Artisan’s Designs makes the version of the engagement ring that was in Eclipse (from what I can see, the BD version is a little more round where the Eclipse version is more flat) but it costs $750, which I have not yet been able to save.  This sterling ring was a more affordable $129.99.

Renesmee’s locket

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Whatever I didn’t pay for any of the other BD items, parts 1 and 2, I paid for in this one.  I was one of those “fortunate” people to preorder this from Hot Topic only to be told they were not going to ship them due to product defectiveness.  HT told me they contacted the manufacturer about the issue and if they get more product they would ship my order to me.  This was contrary to the message they sent to others saying they would not be getting this product again ever.  Not knowing who to believe I jumped on eBay; a defective product was better than nothing.

The popularity and rarity of this product is crazy, and I spent many days on eBay bidding on auction after auction hoping to get this locket at a reasonable price.  Fate apparently wanted me to buy it from this one specific seller who had a fixed price that was in the slightly higher spectrum.  But it had free shipping and I would get it in 2-3 days due to the seller’s close proximity.

Like I said, whatever I didn’t pay for the other items was invested in this one.

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Bilbo’s Acorn Button Pin

With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I am beginning to feel a bit of nostalgia.  Ten years ago, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released.  At first I was adamant about not watching it.  You see, I’m one of those people that when others talk about something and hype it up I instantly don’t want to see it.  It’s not that I mind spoilers – because I love them – but I don’t like people telling me every little detail about something before I’ve had a chance to see it.

And then there was the hype about how gorgeous Orlando Bloom as Legolas was.

A friend and I went out one night to see a movie.  We were supposed to see Harry Potter (can’t remember which one) but it was sold out for the time we were there and we didn’t want to wait two hours for the next one.  I reluctantly agreed to go see Lord of the Rings since it had just barely started and I didn’t want the night to go to waste.

Best decision ever.

I watched the movie, devoured the books, and started writing fanfiction to satisfy any fangirling.  It was really my first foray into replica purchasing and there are things that I couldn’t afford then being a poor graduate student that as a full time instructor/department chair I am trying to find now.

Now that the first of the Hobbit movies is out, I am attempting to purchase all the LotR items I didn’t get and get some of the new items too.  The first item I received was this beautiful replica pin of Bilbo’s acorn buttons.

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I love Martin Freeman, by the way.  I haven’t actually seen The Hobbit (motion sickness prevents me from going to movies in theaters these days), but I love him as Dr. John Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock series.

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First off, the quarter is merely for size reference.  The pin is actually larger than the quarter though you can’t really tell in the photo.  The Noble Collection didn’t give any dimensions for the pin (they hardly ever do) so it’s size was rather a surprise.  It’s also quite hefty.  It’s a nice solid piece for its size, but if you purchase this make sure you wear it on something as equally sturdy.

I love this pin.  I have been purchasing items from Noble Collection on and off for the last ten years.  Their items are well made; many are wearable and those that are not are wonderful display pieces.  Their Lord of the Rings inventory is smaller now than it used to be, but with the Hobbit release I can’t wait to see what other items they have coming.

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Replica Jewelry

Breaking Dawn part 2 is the last of the Twilight Saga movies.  While I enjoy the series, I far prefer the books.  I also have friends who have not read the books or seen the movies and yet completely despise the series.  Whatever.

The replica addict in me jumped on the many BD replicas, some from the first movie and some from the second.  I am most especially attracted to the jewelry replicas that all the Cullens wear.  Since there’s so many of them, I decided to split them between what was released when BD Part 1 came out and those released when BD Part 2 arrived.

I will admit, though, some of these items I held off getting for a while.  Good thing too because I got some of them at a reduced price.

Rosalie’s BD pendant

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I loved Rosalie’s original Cullen pendant, and I’m still trying to save enough to get the sterling version from Artisan’s Designs.  But this one caught my eye very quickly.  I love how it’s similar in its placement and relative simplicity, but different in this coloring and overall design.  Initially I disliked Rosalie but her character started to grow on me towards the very end of New Moon.  And at $9.99 from Target.com, what is not to love about this?

Alice’s BD triple pendant

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I much prefer Alice’s Cullen choker to this triple pendant.  However, Alice is one of my favorite characters so I had to get her pendant.  I held off getting this because others have commented on how the chains break.  I saw it once at Hot Topic and was taken aback by how “big” it was compared to the choker.  But, once again, Target.com came through and I was able to purchase it for $13.99

Bella’s St. Jude bracelet

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Technically this isn’t a BD item, but it was released (rereleased?) along with the other BD replicas.  Not a big fan of this bracelet, and I’m not sure why.  But since I have a lot of Bella items I figured I should have this one.  And for only $4.99 from Target.com, why not?

Bella’s wedding ring set (parts 1 and 2)

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Yes, that’s right.  I have the wedding ring set from both parts 1 and 2.  Which are exactly the same except for the packaging.  The above picture is only showing the part 1 set.  My set is a little scuffed, especially the plain band.  I can’t wear the rings though since they are size 7 and that is too big even for my thumb.  I do also have other versions of the engagement ring.  Along with my part 1 set is a costume jewelry piece from Infinite Jewelry (left) and one of the two handmade inspired pieces from Etsy (right).  I’m not sure what this first Etsy ring is made from but the second is sterling silver and looks almost exactly like Bella’s.

Bella’s Hair Comb

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Probably one of my favorite items but I held off buying it for a long time (actually, I bought all of the part 1 pieces just before/after part 2 was released).  I got it off of Amazon.com, and thanks to some cc reward points it was free.  I have had no occasion to wear it so it remains in its velvet box inside the Neca packaging.  It’s gorgeous though.

Mockingjays

Yes, that does say “mockingjays.”  Plural.  I have more than one.

I didn’t first start reading the Hunger Games series until early in February of this year.  Somehow I had completely missed all the hype about it until just before the movie was going to come out.  One of my cosplayer friends, Ali, was gushing all about it on Twitter.  It got to the point that I started to become curious out it and went to my local Walmart and picked up the first book.

Could. Not. Put. Down.

I became very intrigued with the mockingjay and what it stood for.  Naturally, it became one of those things I just had to have because the books resonated with me and I really loved Katniss’ character.  And we all know how the two practically blend together (trying to avoid spoilers here).

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Of course, once the movie merchandise started coming out, the mockingjay was one of the things I attempted to acquire.  I have, in total, 5 mockingjays.  (Sorry for the slightly blurry image.)

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The first mockingjay is the shiny Scholastic pin (top middle).  I’ve been out of school for a while, but I remember Scholastic and all the books they sold in elementary schools.  This pin was given to those who purchased the first book through them.  I got mine off eBay for a reasonable price.  The first time I wore it to work a couple of my students practically freaked out on me.

The second mockingjay is a modified pendant from the Neca replica (top left).  I love the pins but I rarely wear them, where as I wear bracelets and necklaces a lot.  I got this one off Etsy, also for a reasonable price, but I don’t wear it as much because it is rather large.

The third is Neca’s pin replica (top right).  This one tends to stay pinned to the left lapel of my arena replica jacket.  What I like about this one compared to the Scholastic version is that it isn’t as shiny; for a pin that has been passed down for some time, one wouldn’t expect it to be super shiny.  What I dislike about it is that it’s a tack pin rather than the brooch pin the Scholastic version is.  It makes for a pin that spins around a lot.

The fourth is Neca’s mockingjay bracelet.  I found this one at my local bookstore.  I didn’t immediately buy it.  I waited about a week and told myself if it was still there when I returned I would get it.  It was still there so now it’s mine, along with a District 12 Katniss and Peeta fleece blanket.

The fifth and last mockingjay is the gold plated sterling silver pendant (lower right).  This is the one I wear the most (when I’m not wearing this, I put on my bracelet).  This isn’t an official merchandise, per se.  I got it off of Amazon for an amazing price.  It’s not a perfectly formed piece (the circle isn’t a perfect circle), but it’s a nice way to display my affection for the series.  Because my skin is a golden/olive tone and I wear a lot of v-necks or open collars, it doesn’t get noticed as much.  When people do notice it, it’s either “Oh that’s so pretty!” or “Oh, is that…?!”

That’s my mockingjay collection.  If Neca comes out with new, different versions for Catching Fire and Mockingjay (which they probably will) you can bet this collection will expand.

Jackets, Jackets, and More Jackets

Work has been extremely busy lately with finals starting Thursday.  Posting will have to be put off until then.  I am hoping to take more pictures of other replicas I haven’t gotten to over the break, and work on a few sewing projects.

The post for today deals with jackets.  I love jackets but don’t wear them nearly as much as one would think.  I am still working on building up my movie jacket collection but people ask for crazy amounts when they find out the jackets are in some movie.   Today I am featuring four jackets from two different movies.  Two of these I wear constantly, one occasionally, and one I have never worn…yet.

First up is the BB Dakota lake blue jacket Bella wears in Twilight.

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Everyone knows this jacket, right?

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This was the second of Bella’s jackets I acquired and after lots of searching as I was a bit behind on collecting her items.  I always through movie clothing looked ordinary but always were brands I couldn’t afford.  Twilight changed that, still it was two years after the movie release that I decided to find the jacket.  I found it, luckily, at Modcloth.com but they no longer carry it.  My tag actually says Jack Dakota but I believe it is the same jacket.  I ordered a medium but somehow got sent a large so it isn’t as fitted on me as it is on Bella.  I’m fine with that since it is my go-to cold weather jacket and I can wear layers and sweaters underneath.

The first Bella jacket I ever bought was her New Moon green cord jacket.

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Of course I bought the Neca replica version from Hot Topic as soon as I saw it.

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Like the blue Dakota jacket, I bought this one in a medium so I could wear layers underneath.  This turned out to be a good decision since my shoulders are just a touch broad from my small frame; the small and extra small I tried one just didn’t feel right.

Interestingly when I was checking out the cashier made some comment about how the fact that this jacket was from Twilight detracted her from buying it.  She said that she wanted to buy Bella’s dress but it was “Bella’s dress” and that stopped her from buying it.  I just gave her a smile and left quickly after that.

The last two jackets are different versions of the same, very familiar and very popular jacket: Katniss Everdeen’s District 12 arena jacket.

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Both jackets are Neca replicas.  The first is the “simple” version, the one I call the windbreaker version.

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And the second is the full replica.

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I got both versions off of Amazon.  The windbreaker version I wear in early spring and late fall, when it’s just cool enough for a jacket but still too warm for a thick one.  It holds in heat really well; as such, I have to take it off and air it out often since it isn’t exactly machine wash friendly.  The full version has never been worn and still has the tags on it.  Both are size smalls but they could be smaller (extra smalls, according to the measurements, were only an inch smaller).

There was this little fiasco on Amazon regarding both of these jackets.  The windbreaker version was supposed to retail for $49.99 and the full version for $119.99.  I preordered a jacket for $49.99 and thought I was getting the windbreaker version.  But it was advertised as a “full replica” and had the image that went along with it.  In the month since I preordered the image changed twice.  When it finally arrived (and my cc bill not too long after) I received a full version but was charged for a windbreaker version.  Amazon has since never corrected it.

I had read some reviews that others had the same mix up before I received mine.  Since I wasn’t sure what I was getting, I jumped on Amazon again and bought another jacket for $69.99.  I figured if both jackets turned out the same I would just sell one on eBay.  Turns out this second jacket (which arrived a week after the first) was the windbreaker version.  So, in the end, I got both jackets for a total of $119.98, a penny less than the full replica was supposed to cost.

I love when things like that happen.