Gretchen Jones’ Jewelry Collection

Posted on May 25, 2011

We weren’t fans of Project Runway Season 8 winner Gretchen Jones finale’ collection (to say the least) and we were among the hordes of angry internet pitchfork-and-torch wielders who protested her win over Mondo. She made the jewelry for that runway show and while we did find it a bit too craftsy for our tastes, we felt that she might have a knack for it.

Well, the girl went and launched herself a jewelry line. Her biggest supporters, Marie Claire, gave her the spotlight:

“My girl is an urban bohemian,” explains the statuesque redhead herself as we sit down in front of two antiqued wooden trunks, a makeshift display podium for some of the coolest baubles and bangles I’ve seen recently. “She dances in between the lines of street and elevated day looks…nonchalant, yet pulled-together.

Still sounds the same, we see. But y’know?

There are some pretty cool pieces here. It gets a little crude and folksy at times, but there’s a real power and sense of drama here. No one ever asks us, but if they did, our advice to any Project Runway alum, winner or not, is to focus on getting one item or small collection of items out to the public, even if it’s just a chic t-shirt or simple bag or a shoe for Payless. Mounting big expensive runway shows have helped some of them, but most of them would benefit from a laser focus while people still remember their name. We think this is smart of her. She’s still got her clothing line but she’s pushing something smaller and easier to produce, relatively speaking.  And like we said, she’s got a knack for it. There’s definitely a customer for these big, boho, pseudo-tribal pieces.

[Photo Credit: gretchenjonesnyc.com]

    • Anonymous

      It’s all a little too ETSY/REGRETSY for me.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        Yup, meh.

        And I like some bohemian stuff.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        Yup, meh.

        And I like some bohemian stuff.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPESDH4EDCW3UEDVNWWSHB4XQ Michaela T.

        took the words right out of my mouth.

        Gotta love the fact that you did it in the first comment, though!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPESDH4EDCW3UEDVNWWSHB4XQ Michaela T.

        took the words right out of my mouth.

        Gotta love the fact that you did it in the first comment, though!

      • skimblelu

        Not at Etsy jewerly is clunky  Regretsy, There are tons of jewelry artists with beautiful work.
        Not a fan of most of these pieces.  The Square rings and pendants are neat.

      • skimblelu

        Not at Etsy jewerly is clunky  Regretsy, There are tons of jewelry artists with beautiful work.
        Not a fan of most of these pieces.  The Square rings and pendants are neat.

      • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

        Totally agree, it’s Etsy, but crappy. There’s loads of better designed, better quality stuff on Etsy in this same vein.

      • Anonymous

        My first thought was that I had seen lots like it on Etsy. I do like the long brown earrings, but that’s it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I think it would be helpful to see it on, rather that photographed at odd angles.  A few pieces are great, the rest, not so much.

    • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

      Um, not that these aren’t cute…some are pretty neat.  But didn’t she win PR for her *fashion design* skills?  SMH

      • aimee_parrott

        No, I think she won for her styling skills ;)

      • aimee_parrott

        No, I think she won for her styling skills ;)

    • MilaXX

      Still a little too etsy shop for me but I do like the earrings and matching ring.

    • Anonymous

      All of the gold pieces look cheap to me. The others…eh. Not so great. The earrings and those recrangular/stone necklaces are the only thing I like

    • Anonymous

      I dislike necklace #1, but I’d wear the rest of it, esp. the rings and that gorgeous bronze (?) cuff with turquoise (?) stones.

    • vmcdanie

      I liked a few of the pieces and could see owning them however I’m still spluttering profanity at her use of “urban bohemian.”

      I like this far better than her clothes (of which I covet none.) She should just realize people want to scream the F word when they hear her name and not sabotage the collection by getting out in front of it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

      UGH I think it’s hiddy. But it’s pretty much the opposite of my style. *shudder*

    • http://profiles.google.com/heyelvira Pink Sith

      Sigh. I guess I’m just not into Bohemian Chic or looking like I shop exclusively on Etsy. Either way I wish Gretchen no harm, but would rather hear more about Mondo and less about her.

    • Anonymous

      These look pretty typical of what can be found at craft shows around the country. In fact, I’ve seen those shadowbox rings elsewhere. I wouldn’t usually expect Marie Claire to feature the work of craft show artisans, but hopefully, if they are featuring this, they’ll feature others in the future.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://profiles.google.com/kbryna kbryna frogboots

        i can’t tell if this is one HELL of a backhanded compliment, or if you’re serious. either way, i think i agree (contradictory? sure, why not)

        • Anonymous

          Not really a compliment – just an observation, saying it’s typical to what you can find in craft shows. In fact, you can find much better/more unique work in many craft shows. I don’t think Gretchen’s would be featured in a major fashion magazine if the designer didn’t have a ‘name’.

          I don’t really care for that type of statement jewelry (it always makes me think Golden Girls), but I was just thinking that if they are going to feature that kind of artsy craftsy stuff, they could find other craft artisans doing things more unique or elegant or fun or fashionable and I’d like to see them get the opportunity to be featured in Marie Claire.

          –GothamTomato

          • vmcdanie

            Yes, let’s hope that it’s the beginning of a trend at Marie Claire and not just another attempt to reverse engineer the Hindenburg.

      • http://profiles.google.com/kbryna kbryna frogboots

        i can’t tell if this is one HELL of a backhanded compliment, or if you’re serious. either way, i think i agree (contradictory? sure, why not)

      • Anonymous

        good point GT.

      • Anonymous

        good point GT.

      • Anonymous

        You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, I just don’t have the budget for jewelry, particularly that with “urban bohemian” flair.  From a purely practical standpoint, don’t those pointy things do actual bodily injury?  Maybe I’m just clumsy, but some look like they’re an accident waiting to happen.

    • Julia Smith-Ruetz

      (Aside: Shirin seems to have taken your advice about getting an item into the public’s hands)

      Some of the pieces have a great deal of visual appeal, but they all look as if they’d be uncomfortable to wear: heavy earrings with post backs, heavy necklaces suspended from narrow chains or strings of beads, large cuff bracelets with extra corners to catch on clothing or whatever protrusions ones environment is supplied with. 

      • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

        Wow, thanks for the link! I am totally buying those!

    • Anonymous

      I like the rectangle box neckline with turquiose and hematite in them. The way it is photographed it looks like clock weights. I wonder if it is one necklace or two.

    • http://twitter.com/mallorylaporte Mallory Laporte

      Looks like Silpada to me – one of those home jewelry party things. My aunt sells it.

      I do like the last 2 rings and matching necklaces though.

    • Meredith Wiggins

      Love it.  All of it.  If the price point weren’t well beyond what I could afford, I’d be purchasing pretty much the entire collection.

    • Joyce VG

      Meh.

    • Anonymous

      I like several of the pieces.  What strikes me about them and seems non-etsy is there’s a boldness to them.  The best pieces have strong interesting lines, but not much fussiness.  There’s a sense of sureness to them.

      But, hell, I’m one of the very few people who didn’t mind that Gretchen won. Shrug.

      • Anonymous

        I minded that Gretchen won, but I can also appreciate what she’s done here. I love the cuffs and final two rings. Actually, I like almost all of it. The only thing I don’t like is the first necklace (from the thumbnail). It looks kind of cheap to me. (But I know it costs a fortune to work with high quality jewelry materials. I have a friend who makes amazing, high quality, unusual jewelry, and she had to work with  less expensive materials for a while because she just couldn’t afford the good stuff.)

         I always felt a huge disconnection between how she defined her aesthetic and how the clothes actually looked. Her jewelry is so much more in keeping with that definition.

        Good for her. I hope she’s successful.

      • Anonymous

        I minded that Gretchen won, but I can also appreciate what she’s done here. I love the cuffs and final two rings. Actually, I like almost all of it. The only thing I don’t like is the first necklace (from the thumbnail). It looks kind of cheap to me. (But I know it costs a fortune to work with high quality jewelry materials. I have a friend who makes amazing, high quality, unusual jewelry, and she had to work with  less expensive materials for a while because she just couldn’t afford the good stuff.)

         I always felt a huge disconnection between how she defined her aesthetic and how the clothes actually looked. Her jewelry is so much more in keeping with that definition.

        Good for her. I hope she’s successful.

    • scottyf

      I think, instead of marketing the line as “urban bohemian,” she might want to try doubling her client base by marketing it as “urban warfare.” There are a couple of pieces that would work great during muggings. The earrings in pic 3, and necklace in pic 6 alone would make fabulous nunchucks.

      That could come in really handy if a Mondo devotee asks the buyer: “Who made your jewelry?”

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I do like apparel that can double as a weapon in a pinch.  Have you ever seen how much a stiletto heel can hurt?

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I do like apparel that can double as a weapon in a pinch.  Have you ever seen how much a stiletto heel can hurt?

    • Anonymous

      Gaudy yet unremarkable. It all looks like an impulse buy from a Pier One clearance rack.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQAEI5VIBLXN6YAONCDMUQVRBI Sydney Rose

        Ha. You’ve nailed it exactly.

      • margaret meyers

        Chico’s.

    • Anonymous

      Thank the Lord, she’s got another outlet.  ‘Cuz I still think her clothes are a bunch of cliche fug.  Would buy a couple of the simpler jewelry pieces, though.

    • Anonymous

      Thank the Lord, she’s got another outlet.  ‘Cuz I still think her clothes are a bunch of cliche fug.  Would buy a couple of the simpler jewelry pieces, though.

    • Anonymous

      Is Gretchen a redhead?

    • Anonymous

      Is Gretchen a redhead?

    • Anonymous

      i am doubtful that emily bronte would wear that first necklace. 

    • Anonymous

      i am doubtful that emily bronte would wear that first necklace. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i am an urban bohemian.
      {theres such a thing as a suburban bohemian?}
      this stuff is low rent etsy.
      some of it is so poorly made i would have been embarrassed to come up w/ it in high school.
      it doesnt look edgy it looks needs work.
      the little box things
      {necklace, rings}
      are the best of the lot.
      they are regular grade etsy.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i am an urban bohemian.
      {theres such a thing as a suburban bohemian?}
      this stuff is low rent etsy.
      some of it is so poorly made i would have been embarrassed to come up w/ it in high school.
      it doesnt look edgy it looks needs work.
      the little box things
      {necklace, rings}
      are the best of the lot.
      they are regular grade etsy.

    • Anonymous

      Is it just me or do the first pair of earrings and the first ring look like burned out fluorescent tube light bulbs?   Soooo chic!

    • Anonymous

      Is it just me or do the first pair of earrings and the first ring look like burned out fluorescent tube light bulbs?   Soooo chic!

    • Judy_J

      Eh, too much arts and crafts, not enough design.  I’m not buying it.

    • Judy_J

      Eh, too much arts and crafts, not enough design.  I’m not buying it.

    • Anonymous

      I guess from these comments that Etsy’s not to everyone’s taste, but I like a lot of this collection. I don’t see anything Regretsy about it; not a hint of an ovary or a scary clown anywhere. To be honest, it actually looks like the more upscale Etsy stuff, like Moth House and Vamoose.

      She should just keep aiming towards the hipsters and the hippies. Don’t know if she really has a market outside of them.

      • MilaXX

        I don’t hate etsy. I think there are a lot of talented people using etsy as a way to showcase their craft. My issue is that at that price point I don’t want something that looks like it was made in someone’s house. My other issue is I find most of it fugly, but then I never card for her aesthetic.

        • Anonymous

          Holy crap, I didn’t even check her prices. You’re right, girl needs some Joe Zee smackdown.

      • Anonymous

        Ovary or scary clown! Hahaha! I agree with what others have said, there is beautiful jewelry on Etsy, and I’ve bought much of my jewelry there. Here, I liked the stones in a box, but then someone said “Chicos” and I can’t get it out of my head. I haven’t clicked through, but I’m sure I can’t afford these pieces anyway.

    • Anonymous

      I guess from these comments that Etsy’s not to everyone’s taste, but I like a lot of this collection. I don’t see anything Regretsy about it; not a hint of an ovary or a scary clown anywhere. To be honest, it actually looks like the more upscale Etsy stuff, like Moth House and Vamoose.

      She should just keep aiming towards the hipsters and the hippies. Don’t know if she really has a market outside of them.

    • Anonymous

      Is picture 7 a Klingon weapon?  It sure looks like one! http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Bat’leth

      • Anonymous

        Hell, all of those necklaces look like they belong on a Klingon. Maybe she should set up a booth at a Trekkie convention!

    • Anonymous

      Is picture 7 a Klingon weapon?  It sure looks like one! http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Bat’leth

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Those little rocks-in-a-box pendants? I have earrings like that. Except they are cooler because the box is open and the rocks are smoothed into beads so there is movement.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      Those little rocks-in-a-box pendants? I have earrings like that. Except they are cooler because the box is open and the rocks are smoothed into beads so there is movement.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      I hope she isn’t charging much for these, because I could make every single piece in this collection for less than $20 (probably less than $10, if I got supplies in bulk) with a jewelry saw and some strong glue. It looks like she used the cheapest metals possible, and they’re all going to tarnish like crazy.

      • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

        Most of them are over $320.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      I hope she isn’t charging much for these, because I could make every single piece in this collection for less than $20 (probably less than $10, if I got supplies in bulk) with a jewelry saw and some strong glue. It looks like she used the cheapest metals possible, and they’re all going to tarnish like crazy.

    • Anonymous

      My girl is Wonderwoman.  If Wonderwoman were broke.

    • Anonymous

      My girl is Wonderwoman.  If Wonderwoman were broke.

    • Anonymous

      The tiny boxes of rocks things are pretty cute. The flat brassy stuff looks like shop class. Is there still shop class?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

      I don’t know–this reminds me of your comments about the latest Launch my Line about the price point.  In order to charge over $300 for a bangle bracelet or some such thing, don’t you have to have a well-known name that people will want to wear?  And is Gretchen Jones really that name that people are clammoring after?  I know it’s hand made (or I assume it is), but it seems to me she’s going to have to get herself down under $100 to get people to bite.  Here’s where some Payless shoes or a T-shirt make more sense.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

        Oops.  I mean All on the Line.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

      I don’t know–this reminds me of your comments about the latest Launch my Line about the price point.  In order to charge over $300 for a bangle bracelet or some such thing, don’t you have to have a well-known name that people will want to wear?  And is Gretchen Jones really that name that people are clammoring after?  I know it’s hand made (or I assume it is), but it seems to me she’s going to have to get herself down under $100 to get people to bite.  Here’s where some Payless shoes or a T-shirt make more sense.

    • Anonymous

      STAR TREK.

    • Anonymous

      Like the rectangle pendants, but they are WAY overpriced. All On The Line anyone??

    • Anonymous

      Not sure it’s too smart her name is crossed out on the logo on her website??

    • Anonymous

      Not sure it’s too smart her name is crossed out on the logo on her website??

    • Anonymous

      nope. 

      the only one I like is the cutout cuff – but probably could not wear it.
      I kind of like the necklace the model is wearing  (not sure) and the bar earrings (pic 3) but, not enough to consider buying them. 
      the rest is dull

      • Anonymous

        Holy Crap.  Just went to her site and that cut out cuff is almost $400 – not even if it were 90% off

      • Anonymous

        Holy Crap.  Just went to her site and that cut out cuff is almost $400 – not even if it were 90% off

    • Anonymous

      nope. 

      the only one I like is the cutout cuff – but probably could not wear it.
      I kind of like the necklace the model is wearing  (not sure) and the bar earrings (pic 3) but, not enough to consider buying them. 
      the rest is dull

    • Anonymous

      I like it, and it would fly here in the Southwest… except for that pesky price point.  You can get similar designs cheaper (like $60) off of blankets in the Plaza.

    • Anonymous

      I like it, and it would fly here in the Southwest… except for that pesky price point.  You can get similar designs cheaper (like $60) off of blankets in the Plaza.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPESDH4EDCW3UEDVNWWSHB4XQ Michaela T.

      Very pretty – I would so totally wear most of this.

      But wait, I do wear plenty of these. Except I got my from ren fairs, craft shows and friends, at 1/10 of her price at most.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

      She is way too into herself! Looks like someone raided her grandmother’s jewlery box and found the stuff that grandma didn’t ever wear!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZKHVAF7VHVT2UI4H5XSNZTQ44 Barbara

      I used to teach metalwork and jewelry at the university level and have been a maker of jewelry (precious materials and not so precious materials) for over 40 years.  Her pieces are uninteresting, derivative in the most banal way; design-wise I have issues with proportion of one element to another within the piece.  If she were my student she would get a low C.  I sure hope the retail is very low.  These are boring. 

    • Anonymous

      Pitures 2 and 3 (earrings and ring) look like mezuzahs.

      • Ruth Gottesman

        THANK YOU. I was thinking that exact thing and wondering if someone else had seen that. Maybe that way, if you’re observant and there’s no mezuzah on the door, you can just kiss your ring?

    • Anonymous

      Like much better than her clothes. Only thing I might consider purchasing, were I purchasing jewelry, are the shadow-box-esque pendants & matching rings.

    • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

      Huh, I could see men going for some of this stuff, too.  I certainly like some of the necklaces and rings.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      I would like to see it on too….I do like art-sy, but I don’t think I like…

    • MilaXX

      BTW I’m not that crazy about what little I’ve seen of Mondo’s jewelry line either.

    • margaret meyers

      No.

      But who made the great blouse?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      [Yawn]  I know real artists who make amazing jewelry and who struggle to market & sell their work and Gretchen coasts on her fug-ugly PR win to offer this line of seen-it-before, underwhelming “urban boho (bullsh*t)” baubles.  Thanks but NO.

    • Anonymous

      Low-end craft fair stuff.  It’s good to have this kind of merchandise available so there is something for everyone.

    • Anonymous

      cultural appropriation is sooooooo hot.

    • Anonymous

      I’d wear some of those bracelets. Girl should change focus and become a jewelry designer. She’s a hella lot better at that than clothing.

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s unfair to say that her stuff looks like it came from Etsy. I’m not a fan of Gretchen or her work, but I am a fan of Etsy. There are hundreds of talented designers on there that are so far from Gretchen’s “urban bohemian” style. Just because her stuff looks like clunky, folksy crap doesn’t mean all handmade stuff looks like that.
      As for the actual jewelry? I don’t like it, plain and simple. It’s not my style, and I don’t see a single piece I’d want to wear. But I can see that other people might want to wear some of them. I’m not impressed, though. Most of them look clunky and gaudy just downright ugly. But hey. If she ever has trouble selling stuff, the customers at Chico’s would absolutely adore her.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        there’s great stuff on etsy & there’s ghastly stuff on etsy.
        there are so many people on etsy now that, as everywhere, the dirt kicked up by the tectonic shiftings of the ghastly often buries the better stuff. most of the abovenoted is @ one w/ the soil. a gravedigger as opposed to the be-coffined, if you get me.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve seen this before only better executed.  Not impressed as a whole.  One or two of the pieces have some interest but the execution is a little clumsy.  That Wonder Woman cuff is just tacky.

    • Megan Sullivan

      I like it more than Mondo’s jewelry.

    • Anonymous

      NO.  Sorry.  These kind of pieces are already out there (look in any Sundance catalog) and done much better.  Some look like weapons as well, with those sharp edges.  I’m not particularly liking either Gretchen’s or Mondo’s attempts at jewelry.

    • A. Valera

      Did someone take those photos with their camera phone?  The lighting is TERRIBLE.

    • kelly peck

      I’ve seen nicer stuff at Target. Seriously, this is a line only Alexa Chung could love.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      The honeycomb stuff is cool, but the rings are strictly awful.

    • Anonymous

      Hell to the f***ing NO!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

       I think if you’re going to buy that.. you should just go support the artists on etsy.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like something you would find on the 40% off rack at Kohls.

    • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

      let me say it loud and clear: YAWN

    • http://twitter.com/lelepimenta Alexandra Pimenta

      I’m kinda offended by all the Etsy reference. lol I know there’s a lot of roughly handmade stuff there, but I found some of the most incredible jewelry there too. 

      I kinda get what’s she’s trying to do, but I found Gretchen’s stuff a bit *too* rough and badly finished. You have to be careful with things like that not to look too cheap.

    • Anonymous

      I like it.  The gold earrings are great.

    • Anonymous

      I make jewelery, and I am definitely not a fan of this stuff, except for maybe the geometric shape cuff. I guess it’s hard for me to respect anyone that makes cheap, crafty-looking shit and then charges tons (like most celebrities-turned-jewelery-makers).

      And etsy is not just for cheap crafts, there are tons of sellers who make beautiful, quality jewelry on there that is worth every penny…making good jewelery takes skill and time, and yet someone like this gets recognition for this crap?

      Now I feel bad for saying all of this, lol. I guess congrats to her, but I’d like to see someone like her use high-quality gemstones, sterling silver, goldfill…but that probably won’t happen.

    • Anonymous

      I just saw the prices. That chevron necklace is $380. Trust when I say you can get a similar one on etsy for less than $40. It probably cost about $10 to make that necklace…it looks like copper and aluminum sheets, brass chain, and small pyrite chunks.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      I would buy it.
      And by that I mean, if I saw it on sale at Macy’s I’d probably try some pieces on. 

    • Anonymous

      LOVE the earrings in the second photo.  Yeah, she’s a bit of a pill, but she’s a hometown (Portland) gal, so I gotta cut her some slack.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tamisimkins Tami Brydone-Jack Simkins

      Overpriced craft fair crap. I’m not exactly her target customer and none of this is to my taste, however, that is some serious change for some serious ugly.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing could be uglier than those chevron designs. Some pieces are okay, but not at anything like that price point.  More like, “Oh, that ring in the Marshall’s case for $16 is cute, I’d wear it once or twice.”

    • Anonymous

      Sorry. Hiddy.

    • Anonymous

      The jewelry looks interesting, but would be hard to wear with all those sharp points.    

    • Anonymous

      Just no. Some of the pieces with the tiny stones are okay, but the others remind of things my high school students used to make for me in metal shop. Sweet gesture, but it didn’t get them any extra credit in my English class.

    • sonictofu

      I still think there’s an elegance to her stuff – she knows where to stop designing. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/hepzibahp Hepzibah Pyncheon

      Not my thing at all so I don’t feel like I can judge. But I mean … isn’t it really … big? I don’t usually see people walking around with such large jewelry but maybe I don’t hang around a lot of urban bohemians. Must be in the wrong part of town.

    • Anonymous

      I like the blouse very much.
      Did she design it?

    • http://profiles.google.com/cakewalkyarns Cakewalk Yarns

      Not for me….

    • Anonymous

      Choice of murder weapons for CSI: Runway spin-off.

    • Anonymous

      The sycophantic Marie-Claire prose aside, you can find handmade jewelry of this quality or higher for a lot less money on Etsy. I don’t like the big pieces (Ouch! Ouch!!!), but the pendants are pretty. Not original or unique, but pretty. But not for $322. That’s just silly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juline-Débaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

      Why is the comments section not appearing on Lucy Liu’s IN/OUT post? Here is what I want to write there:

      Space waitress? That is not what you said about Diane Kruger in that funeral fembot get up! If Diane got IN with that, Lucy sure as hell is IN as well!

    • Anonymous

      I am in no way “urban bohemian” but I *really* like a lot of these pieces! I love those bar-type earrings with the matching ring (though I probably wouldn’t wear it all at once). It seems I’m in the minority of liking these pieces though, after reading most of the comments.

    • Anonymous

      Statuesque redhead! I thought Gretchen was blond. Her pieces here look nice, but I’ve seen similar stuff at Kohl’s.

    • Anonymous

      No, no, no, no, NO.
       
       

    • Ella B. Mudge

      Meh. What everyone has said about Etsy/craft fair jewelry, which I have nothing against. The difference being, when I go to Etsy or a craft fair, I’m buying it directly from the artisan, who is delighted as hell to make a sale and isn’t looking down her nose, regaling me with some “urban bohemian” claptrap. Her stuff also reminds me of the work that you see in Redford’s “Sundance” catalog, only not as nice.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

        I was just about to post, and then I realized that you wrote everything I was thinking.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly this. My friend has a jewelry line on Etsy (as well as a hair extension line) and she is just verklempt whenever somebody buys her work.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I second that “meh”.  Wouldn’t wear.  And as much as I love Mondo, I don’t think I would wear his jewelry either, though I’ve only seen 3 pieces.  Maybe if he has something smaller than the chandeliers I saw hanging off those ladies’ ears.

    • Anonymous

      Uh, no.

    • http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ Vic

      Well, that customer isn’t me.

    • Jill Roberts

      It’s a bit Chico’s.

    • Anonymous

      Southwestern Star Trek

    • Anonymous

      I like Gretchen Jones’ work. Her line is modern and she deserved to win.

      However, for those who can’t afford a $380 necklace, this Etsy shop does work in a similar vein for about $50 a piece. (No affiliation; I just bought one of their chevron necklaces and I love it.)

      http://www.etsy.com/shop/scarlettgarnet

    • Anonymous

      The price of this jewelry is disgusting! I understand she needs to make a living but WOW.. especially since I’ve seen them at farmer’s markets for a tenth of that cost. The most I’d absolutely pay for any of these pieces would MAYBE be $100-$130 for the gold band bracelet, only because it looks like it took the most effort/time/money.

      And I’m sorry. Urban boho? Looks more rural to me, with the bullhorn necklaces and the honeycomb designs. It’s a very..specific audience that I see wearing this. Mostly old ladies that wear drapey clothes and have long silver hair (not saying that’s a bad thing, as my best friend’s mama dressed like that). :)

    • Anonymous

      Yuck. There’s something clunky and awkward and “Eighties” about it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      As someone who has been in the jewelry business for the last 30 years, it really gripes my ass that she can put forth these pedestrian designs and get all this attention. Her pierced pieces are ridiculously un-original.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not getting urban bohemian, I’m getting Transformers.

    • http://diaryofaconsumerpunchingbag.blogspot.com/ Laura Ann Springer

      i am getting EVERY OTHER BOHEMIAN artists work here, nothing new for me to see

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Johnson/591127811 Jeff Johnson

      These are amazing – personally, I love what she is doing right now: http://www.gretchenjonesnyc.com/ 

    • Anonymous

      Too busy to read every single comment here, but has anyone mentioned the sneak peek of Mondo’s jewelry line on the New York magazine website?  I’m not a huge Gretchen fan, but she is a jewelry genius compared to the derivative stuff Mondo came up with. It wasn’t even that great in the late 60’s when it was first popular.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-Gavin/1348043222 Kate Gavin

      Hideous!  Just like the rest of her stuff.