29 March 2016

My Badali Jewelry Collection

If you're following me on social media, you've probably seen my frequent posts showcasing my Tolkien-inspired jewellery from Badali. I'd intended on writing individual reviews of each item as I got them, but then I decided to wait awhile so I could include in my reviews the durability of each item.

Gollum Gold One Ring on Chain

I first stumbled upon Badali's products in 2004; I had hoped to start adding movie replicas to my growing Tolkien collection, but as I was in middle school at the time, I didn't have hundreds of dollars to spend. Fortunately, I stumbled upon My Precious Fantasy Webshop (MyPrecious.us), which sells a lot of Badali products. They were offering a gold-plated replica of the One Ring for under $40. Obviously, I had to have it!

I wore that necklace religiously for the remainder of my time in middle and high school, and to this day still wear it (although now I have some other Badali necklaces to rotate between). As you can see, some of the gold plating has worn off. After more than ten years, I'd say that's pretty impressive. While I do have the option to send it in to be freshened up a bit, I am really digging the worn look.

The One Ring in silver

I purchased the One Ring in silver from My Precious as a Christmas present to myself in December 2014. I have not taken it off since, and in fact, one of my coworkers loved my ring so much that she got her own so we could be twins!

Thror's Key necklace

I was so impressed with my silver One Ring that I immediately went to Badali's website and purchased the white bronze Thror's key replica. Again, I was completely blown away! I love this version more than the one from the films; and a lot of people agree with me!

Narya, the Ring of Fire

I was home sick one day and browsing the internet when I impulsively decided to treat myself to Badali's interpretation of Narya. Since I wanted it for daily wear, I chose to get it in silver so it would match my other rings. I also went with the antiquing option, which I was very happy with.

Vilya, the Ring of Water

Since by now you know how impulsive I am, it comes as no surprise that I treated myself to Vilya next. Again, I kept the silver theme, and again I chose the black antiquing (which adds so much character to these rings). I am truly impressed with Vilya and Narya: I work in retail and am constantly unloading trucks, setting up fixtures, and handling all kinds of items; initially I was nervous about wearing these rings to work every day, but they are just as perfect as the day they arrived.

Mirkwood Earrings

The Mirkwood earrings were a gift from my friend and co-worker Valdis of the Middle-earth News. I try to wear these every day because they go so well with everything.

ElfQuest Wolf Medallion

Though not Tolkien-related, I purchased two ElfQuest wolf medallions when I heard stock was limited. My friend (the one who bought the silver One Ring) and I are both wolf spirits, so I felt compelled to get us matching wolf necklaces. She absolutely loved it, and I get so many compliments on mine that I know I made the right choice!

Nenya, the Ring of Adamant

The Ring of Nenya was the final Elven Ring of Power on my wishlist; this was a Valentine's Day gift from my significant other. Of all the rings I own, this one is by far my favourite. When I'm in a dark room and I shine a small amount of light on it, it sparkles all over my walls and just gives off a truly Elven feel. This is also going to be my engagement/wedding ring when the time comes: we'll likely upgrade to platinum and then try to get a custom diamond set in place of the cubic zirconia. But I'm in no rush; this ring is perfect just the way it is.

Here are all of my Badali pieces:

To get your own jewellery, visit Badali's website at BadaliJewelry.com. They have a wide variety of products, from zombies to animals to items inspired by other fantasy series. There's something for everyone and for every budget! Of all the Lord of the Rings jewellery shops out there, I only shop Badali because their products are the best quality, and they have the best customer service I have ever dealt with, and I never have to wait too long for my items to arrive.

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Tolkien Collection Haul – March 2016

I know the month isn't over just yet, but I've done so well this month that I felt compelled to post about it today.

In case you can't see the items clearly, here's a list of everything:
  • The Hobbit (75th anniversary, pocket edition)
  • The Hobbit (deluxe pocket edition)
  • Tolkien: An Illustrated Atlas
  • The Fall of Arthur
  • Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
  • The Hobbit (illustrated by Jemima Catlin)
  • The Two Towers: Creatures movie guide
  • The Silmarillion (illustrated by Ted Nasmith)
  • A Tolkien Scrapbook
  • The Return of the King (illustrated by Barbara Remington)
  • A Look Behind the Lord of the Rings
  • The Hobbit
  • The Tolkien Reader
  • The Complete Tolkien Companion
  • The Silmarillion
  • Unfinished Tales
  • The Lord of the Rings one volume (movie tie-in)
  • The Lord of the Rings one volume (hardcover)
  • Smaug Funko Pop! vinyl figure
  • Tauriel Funko Pop! vinyl figure
  • Hobbit Love Letter game 
  • "Hoppit" t-shirt
I'd say these items were equal parts gifts and splurges. My birthday was yesterday, and my family members found some items I still needed in my collection! I just ordered a slew of books from AbeBooks last night, and pre-ordered The Story of Kullervo from Amazon, so those should be here in a week or two (they'll be the start of my April Tolkien haul!).

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