Friday, June 11, 2010

Fornash VS. KEP Designs

Hello all! I hope that your week is going well and enjoying the start to the weekend! As usual, I'm working and resting and reading (I just started The Tenth Circle by Jodi) and daydreaming of my roadtrip back to school! Today while I was at work, I saw these beauties that we just ordered from Fornash:
...and...

The clovers are about the size of a quarter and very cute! There is no clasp so you have to struggle a little bit to get a double strand effect. There are 6 different color choices to match most outfits! Get this though, the price: $38. I couldn't believe it, I was literally floored. They are 39'' and have only one long size. They are enamel and gold plating (I think).

However, I've also been seeing these KEP Design necklaces for the last few summers:

(Perfect combo for any Auburn fan!) Here are two strings of the necklaces by KEP Designs. Unfortunately the zoom function on the KEP website prevented me from linking any pictures to my site, but you get the idea. The KEP necklaces are 42'' long with a clasp making a double strand look easy to attain. They come in a very very wide array of colors and two sizes. They cost $130 for the long version and $100 for the short version. The flowers are about the size of a dime and are a bit sturdier than the Fornash clovers (I'm using the terms flowers and clovers per what the respective websites called them).

It is a very interesting debate going on between to preppy jewelry makers! Certainly both companies also design other pieces. Fornash in my opinion is little bit more costume-y while KEP is a bit more upscale since they have more precious pieces. Both make very cute designs, and I can say from experience that they both sell extremely well! They both are really copying the real designer: Van Cleef and Arpels at the end of the day, however both brands are much more accessible for everyday wear in my opinion. What do you think? Who has better designs? Does it matter who came first?

I'm not quite sure I even know the answers!!

xxKatie

8 comments:

Sweet Southern Prep said...

I love these. Between the two, the first ones look more like VCAA because the Fornash ones have four petals, and not five, like the second photo. So so pretty! May need to order some of these. They'd go with everything. Thanks for sharing! :)

YSP said...

I love them both - they are gorgeous! I might just have to buy one of those for myself!

xoxo,

Royar

PS I left an award for you on my blog!

benjaminga said...

能付出愛心就是福;能消除煩惱就是慧。........................................

mFw said...

I have no idea! I'm not at all a jewelry person but they are so cute!

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

I have been salivating for a piece of Van Cleef and Arpels for so long but the price tag is just too high! The Fornash ones definitely look closer to it than the KEP Designs ones do. I have a pair of the flower earrings from KEP Designs and I love them.

Holly D said...

love the blue and orange :) gorgeous <3 followed

Annie said...

I've never seen that brand before. Very cute!

PS - I left you an award on my blog!

BLC :o said...

Many thanks for the info. I knew about the KEP ones, but not the Fornash. And, I've been eyeing the clovers for a while!!! Off to shop. Xoxo-BLC