2 June 2012

ToFebruary Clam Necklace

One thing I love about being in Japan, is that the design of a lot of jewelry, make-up packaging and clothing are really different from what you can find in the UK. In terms of jewelry, I find a lot of pieces to be very delicate, swirly and sparkly - very feminine indeed!

If you can't travel to Asia though, toFebruary is a great alternative. The company is based in the USA, and has jewelry, clothing and other accessories that are inspired by Far East Asian styles. The Clam Necklace in Gold was my piece of choice!


This piece has been one of my favourites in the past few weeks, for several reasons. First, I think the colour goes really well with tan skin - it kinda blends into the skin (it's not really very gold, it's kind of like a pink gold) and it makes it a bit discreet and almost mysterious?

The shape and size is also unique in that you wouldn't call it small, but it's also not a 'statement' piece either. It's somewhere in the middle, which I think isn't as common as you'd think.


Although I'm not sure whether the manufacturers of all the pieces on the site is the same, it's important to mention a few things about the quality of the necklace.

The first is that the clasp was very badly designed. It's one of those circular clasps that you pull the tab to slide it open, and put it through the hole on a piece on the other end of the necklace. However, this particular piece's hole is too small, so it goes through the ring bit that slides open, but not the thicker bit on the rest of the ring. So basically it can only be clasped where the ring slides, so it's hard to fasten without a pair of eyes! But it's never fallen off, or taken me more than a few seconds to make it work - so not too much of a biggy.

The material it's made out of is also very good quality. It never stained my skin green, the colour hasn't faded with sweat or showers, and there hasn't been any gems that fell off and there's been no tangling of the chain. It also doesn't catch hair from the nape of your neck at all!

So besides the clasp malfunction, the necklace is of a very good quality, and for $10 (£6.50), I think it's definitely worth the money.

Another thing I do need to comment on, is the site. It's incredibly hard to navigate, as there's no option to filter jewelry (except necklaces, bracelets or rings), or a 'View All' option so you can scroll through their whole collection. The photographs are also not unified - some have models, while others don't. So you can see the actual size in some, and in some you can't see the pieces in too much detail. That being said, the only reason why I feel the site needs these functions is because they have such a wide range of products that you can choose from - you're bound to find something you fancy :)

On international shipping, it's generally $7 (about £4.50) per piece, but if you email them, they are willing to combine shipping for multiple items and may even discount your shipping to as low as $5, as when assessing shipping costs they need to take into account clothing orders :)

Overall, I think toFebruary fills a great gap in the market, and allows us to access styles that we usually wouldn't be able to on this side of the world! The prices are all reasonable, and the quality is superb. Other than the ease of use of the website and slight malfunction, I would recommend this site to anyone who is interested in a Far East Asian jewelry! :)

Have you heard of toFebruary?
What do you reckon about the difference in style?

<3yu

P.S. I know I said I'll be back in business and haven't been, but I hopefully will very soon! Favourites and more reviews are next on my list, so please keep your eyes peeled, and thank you for your patience! :)

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6 comments:

  1. This is darling! I love sea-inspired pieces :)

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  2. Very pretty, love the rose gold colour.
    x

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  3. Ooooh, I adore this necklace. I'll definitely be checking out this website. Delicate jewellery looks so much better on me but its often hard to find nice pieces (certainly at a reasonable price). xo

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  4. Such a darling necklace. I have never seen one like it.
    xo
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

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