Being the huge fan that I am of Badali Jewelry, I was absolutely honoured to have the opportunity to review one of their officially licensed Hobbit jewellery sets: the Arkenstone necklace and earrings and Smaug ring.
The Arkenstone – which is represented by a Swarovski crystal sphere – rests in Smaug’s claw in both the earrings and necklace, while the ring features the dragon clutching the stone with both claws. The crystal accurately portrays Tolkien’s description of the jewel, which was said to “[have taken] all light that fell upon it and changed it into ten thousand sparks of white radiance shot with glints of the rainbow” (The Hobbit, p. 217). In different lighting, these gems give off a whitish to rainbow hue, making this jewellery set loads of fun to photograph.
The antiquing option was applied, which I found highlights some of the details, especially in the Smaug ring. I was in love with it the minute I opened the box! It fits perfectly on my index finger: it does not slide or rotate, and despite its size and shape does not feel bulky or catch on anything. I am in love with Badali’s products because you can see and feel the love and care that goes into making each piece. I have never been anything but happy with my collection, as every one of their items goes well with casual outfits and formal attire alike; and I know they will hold up for a very long time!
I took close to 50 or so photos yesterday when these items arrived (*not an exaggeration), but I narrowed it down to just a few photos.
You can get your own officially licensed Hobbit and Lord of the Rings jewelry at BadaliJewelry.com:
- Smaug ring ($89 regularly; currently on sale for $71): http://badalijewelry.com/The-Lord-of-the-Rings/Lord-of-the-Rings-Rings/Smaug-8482-Ring.html
- Arkenstone Necklace ($39): http://badalijewelry.com/The-Lord-of-the-Rings/Lord-of-the-Rings-Necklaces/The-Arkenstone-8482-Necklace.html
- Arkenstone Earrings ($55): http://badalijewelry.com/The-Lord-of-the-Rings/Lord-of-the-Rings-Earrings/The-Arkenstone-8482-Earrings.html
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