Monday, December 09, 2013

My Present for Myself, and a Giveaway for You!

I've been meaning to get a new silver chain necklace for years - I had a beautiful one that was stolen about 10 years ago, but I've just never seen one that had "whappage" - that quality that causes something to stick in your mind...

But I've spent a lot of time looking at Novica recently for jewelry to show you here, and in the course of all that looking, I saw this simple yet appealing critter:


Silver necklace - Wayan Asmana
Since I've been linking to so much Novica jewelry, I wanted to know for a fact that their things were nice - high quality and good value.  After receiving this chain last week, I can vouch for this company without reservations - this chain is heavy, meticulously finished, and came packaged in a way that you don't get from your garden variety department store.  I will shop from them again...

And if you'd like to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Novica, just leave me a comment on this post sometime in the next seven days - cut off will be 5:15 AM next Monday morning, the 16th.  At that time, I'll count the number of comments, generate a random number in Excel, and post here which commenter won.  If you leave an anonymous comment, that's okay - just be sure to same something sufficiently creative and distinctive that you will recognize yourself when you win!

love,
Janice

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101 comments:

  1. Wow, the necklace is so pretty.. simple but sceial.. I like :-)

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  2. I started looking at their jewelry when you first posted it. I like the unique creations that people come up with and that they are helping small businesses. I love many of their earrings, I'm not much of a necklace person (I hate things touching my neck).

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  3. Whappage!
    I can see how this hit the right notes with you.
    Anon at 7:01 Monday

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  4. I hadn't heard of Novica before you posted the jewelry capsule. I have been perusing their website and I am in love with their selection, especially the silver and brown combinations. Would love to win!

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  5. I, too, had not heard of Novica before. I really appreciate how you not only show us creative combinations, but also introduce us to new options for purchase. My daughter and I look forward each day to your posts; we have wonderful conversations about what we see.

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  6. Thank you for sharing both the $25 gift opportunity and for making me aware of this great web site. So many beautiful handcrafted items from around the world. I've bookmarked it - right next to yours!

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  7. Looks so pretty! I love your blog. Corinne Long Island

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  8. I love the Novica site--thanks for the introduction. I found a darling Thai bead necklace that will be perfect for my sister's birthday.

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  9. Gorgeous necklace and very reasonably priced for sterling!! So hard to find chunky, substantial neckaces of good quality. A great score!!

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  10. I've really enjoyed browsing Novica since I learned about it here. Love your necklace!

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  11. Beautiful necklace! Please enter me in the drawing for the gift card!

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  12. So many silver necklaces are rather wimpy compared to their gold cousins. I don't wear gold, so I am always a tad jealous when I see a gorgeous necklace available only in gold. This necklace has enough oomph to make a statement yet remain a classic for years and years to come. Thank your for your jewelry posts -- lovely!

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    1. You might want to look for bullion dealers who supply silver sheet, chain etc, as they will sometimes either sell you the desired length of chain and add a clasp, or sell finished chain, either of which usually costs considerably less than buying from a jewlellery store. I did this in London, and have a beautiful heavy and intricate chain, but unfortunately, the company I used appears not to sell chains etc any more.

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  13. Hi Janice
    I like the look of this necklace as well simple yet elegant. Just took a peek over to the Novica Website- what an interestng website.

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  14. Mary Lou in Central NYDecember 9, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    So very nice! The necklace, and you for offering the giveaway! Would look wonderful with a white shirt, jeans, and bright flats, or in my neck of the woods right now, boots!

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  15. I like this necklace! Very versatile!

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  16. Lovely necklace, how long is it? Will it tarnish? I like jewelry that has a bit of weight to it, dainty doesn't work so well on me.

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  17. Absolutely beautiful, you willl wear it to bits!

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  18. That is a beautiful choice, Janice. Thanks for the introduction to Novica. I love the idea of supporting small, creative businesses. There are some very beautiful things there... I could go crazy. I did order two pair of earrings as Christmas gifts and haven't received them yet, but I expect they will be truly lovely.

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  19. Thanks, Janice - it looks like a lovely chain and something I could wear - a lot!

    Chris

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  20. After your recent posts on neutral earrings, I was bemoaning a-fresh the demise of my smokey quartz earrings. They were simple, neutral, and beautiful. Alas the wire hook snapped, and they sank, forgotten, to the bottom of my jewelry box. But, like others, Novica is new to me, so I checked it out. There are three (THREE!!) pairs of smokey quartz earrings that would make make lovely replacements. So, thank you for the introduction to Novica!

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  21. What a lovely necklace. I love silver jewelry.

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  22. Lovely necklace and thanks for everything you do. My morning starts with you every day. :)

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  23. Yes! Who couldn't use more whappage?

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  24. Mr Asmana's jewelry is beautiful! I particularly like his bracelets. And I like the fact that Novica lists the weight of each piece.

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  25. I love how substantial that piece is. I like my baubles to have weight. I'm always disappointed when I see a great piece only to pick it up and realize how hollow/plastic/poorly made it is.

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  26. Another item to add to my wish list. :) I've been wearing a pewter 'dog tag' style necklace from the 70s this past season. It was nice to revisit an old friend but I'm ready to move into the current century!

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  27. Lovely necklace. I've been enjoying the links to Novica, too. Lately I've developed a thing for bracelets thanks to you and your friend at A Femme d'Un Certain Age.

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  28. I have loved some of the gemstone earrings you have posted from Novica so I must throw my hat in the ring! ^_^

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  29. The texture of this piece makes it sing.

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  30. Lovely necklace and wonderful recommendation. I went to Novica right after I read your post and ordered a sterling silver cuff that will be given to a friend for Christmas. Thank you!!

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  31. Beautiful necklace! I've clicked on a few of the Novica links in the last week!

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  32. I love that you support Novica (and its goals) as well as find a beautiful replacement for your style closet. Cheryl in NM.

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  33. Ooohhh!!! Pretty!!! Please enter me.
    -s

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  34. I don't suppose people from UK can enter, but just wanted to say that thanks to this blog I started wearing earrings. AT

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  35. lovely necklace--I love the Novica site.....

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  36. Yes, I would absolutely love to win that gift certificate and shop Novica!

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  37. This necklace seems very simple and elegant so I'm instantly in love with it.

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  38. Thank you for introducing me to Novica and also for your prize draw - fingers crossed.....!

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  39. I would love to win the gift certificate and be able to shop Novica myself! Thank you.

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  40. I have a necklace from Novica (Peruvian lapiz) and get many compliments on it. TenThousandVillages is another source of handmade, high quality items.

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  41. A simple, stunning necklace, Janice, that, yes, I'm sure you could happily wear every day.

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  42. Hello Janice, I am enjoying your blog so much, and learning quite a bit. Your taste in jewelry is impeccable! I love the weight and texture of this necklace, and hope you enjoy wearing it. Please enter me in your drawing, I'd love to shop the Novica website!

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  43. I so love your blog and this necklace is simply stunning! Headed over to check out other choices! Thanks for posting.

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  44. I have been shopping Novica for some time now. They have beautiful things beyond just jewelry.

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  45. Beautiful choice! I love Novica and love browsing their options. Would love to win and shop!

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  46. Love the necklace-exactly my style!

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  47. Beautiful necklace lots of fun adding a little bling to it!
    Karen
    karlightfiftytwoatyahoodotcom

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  48. Thanks to your introduction to Novica, I've been browsing their site trying to decide which earrings to order first. There are so many beautiful ones to choose from.

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  49. This is stunning, so glad to get this tip! Sending big hugs for a great holiday season, from one of your earliest followers. Keep up the great work!

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  50. They certainly have some lovely pieces.

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  51. Jody from Illinois loves your blog

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  52. Whoa, love the look of this beauty...count me in!

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  54. Lovely! Thank you for the chance to win a prize! I enjoy your blog SO much!

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  55. It would look great on you .I would like to look great too.
    Thanks for your generous offer.
    Their jewelry is beautiful and I discovered them through your blog.
    M from Manteca

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  56. I've shopped Novica before and have a lovely necklace purchased from there. You made a great choice with the silver chain.

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  57. I have admired so many of the pieces you have posted from novica lately that I signed up for their mailings. If I won, how would I ever choose?

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  58. It's a beauty! Thank you for all the searching and sharing - I love your style!

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  59. I have enjoyed browsing through the Novica site. Some Beautiful pieces.
    Irene
    Sydney

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  60. What a simple and elegant necklace. Please count me in for goveaway.

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  61. I'm mad for this necklace,and I'm very grateful to you for helping me discover Novica. My Christmas gifts to my mother, sister and daughter are all from this company, thanks to you! Merry Christmas!

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  62. Novica is such an awesome company -- thanks for promoting it here. Would love to win the gift certificate and splurge on a "little something" for myself. ;-)

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  63. I've loved Novica for years! I have a few pieces of their jewelery -- have recieved two shawls as gifts -- and have purchased necklaces as gifts for friends. Their things are beautiful. And it is so wonderful to know that you are supporting artists and artisans in developing countries. Thanks for expanding their popularity! Susan (Minneapolis).

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  64. I am off to check out their jewelry!! You never know what you might need!! ;)

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  65. Ooo, ooo, pick me! You introduced me to Novica with your recent travel capsules, and I've been eyeing the smokey topaz drops featured in the neutral earrings overview. They would make a fab holiday look!

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  66. I recently ordered a Novica chalcedony necklace called "Floral Delight" through Overstock. I checked the Novica site and it is not there. It is perfect for my application. It is "pending shipment" right now, so I hope I will really get it. I do love the Novica jewelry.

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  67. I once purchased a lovely silver bracelet from Novica to give as a gift. I was delighted that the artisan wrapped it in handmade paper. Such a nice touch!

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  68. Jewelry is my favorite accessory. ltbrodattdsdotcom

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  69. Novica has become the site I go to when I need inspiration- the beautiful crafting is eye candy!!

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  70. Love your style and appreciate all you do to keep us styling! Novica has some beautiful pieces (including your necklace!). Would love a chance to win! Lady Di

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  71. I love shopping at Novica.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  72. I like this. It's like me. Simple at first glance,but a bit more to it when you get closer.

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  73. So glad I found your blot... reading up now and love this necklace

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  74. i would love to buy so many things from this website! i love novica. if i win, email me at the address associated with my goog profile here :)

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  75. I love the chain, but I love the word Whappage even more.

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  76. I checked out Novica after you first posted about them -- just got a few pairs of earrings delivered today. They're definitely unique and well-made -- I'll look forward to browsing the site more as I find particular pieces I need. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. Thanks for the introduction! I'm a fan!

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  78. I've just found Novica and am enticed by many of their offerings. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  79. Dear Vivianne,
    I suppose that this is just an American contest, and that I, being Bosnian, cannot enter, but I follow you for a long time and even got your idea on how to wear my Maxx bracelet over a year ago. I also am browsing Novica thanks to you. They have so many interesting things, and your necklace is great, really, such a substantial peace (that is hard to find to satisfy my taste).
    Best wishes, Suzana

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  80. Just last nite I followed one of your links to Novica and I already have quite a wishlist.....of things that I usually would not consider, like TURTLE earrings. Seriously! I'm a gold hoop kind of girl and I am considering putting turtles on my lobes! ;-)

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  81. Thank you for the chance to win this necklace. I really enjoy your blog! I've learned so much.
    Joanna B.

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  82. That's a truly lovely chain. I had a necklace I adored stolen a few year ago so I know how hard it can be to find a replacement (I've had no luck) Glad you found something that spoke to you after all these years.

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  83. That necklace is lovely. I am at a point in my life where I want to acquire more quality pieces and Novica certainly fits this bill. Thank you for sharing.

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  84. Lovely necklace, and I just learned of Novica thanks to your recent posts.
    Trish A

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  85. Love to win this as I have my eye on the vigilant owl

    roddjackson at hotmail dot com

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  86. I love this - it reminds me of a gentleman's (fob) watch chain......

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  87. I totally agree, there are many, so many, beautiful things at Novica (carla@taksez)

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  88. So many beautiful things at that site - thanks for introducing me to it! EL

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  89. I'm sorry your first necklace was stolen- but got it was replaced

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  90. This is a pretty necklace, the chain looks substantial.

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  91. It's a pretty necklace and looks substantial.

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  93. I've never been to their website, but now I want to check it out! Lovely piece.

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  94. I had never heard of the site before your postings, and now I count it as one of my fave browsing locations. Next time I "need" jewelry, or a scarf, or really any pretty trinket I will be looking there first!

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  95. The necklace is lovely. I have also been on a quest for a silver necklace now that my auburn hair is turning white.

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  96. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I would love to win.

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  97. You do so much for so many. I'm now a regular at Novica ... Quality workmanship from quality people. If you other Readers haven't visited this National Geographic site, I urge you to do so. Thank you, Janice

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