Glow Jewelry: Yay or Nay?

Date Tue, May 5 2015

It was a few months back when I saw a Facebook ad selling a glowing heart pendant. Glow jewelry –usually in the form of a necklace but I’ve also seen keychains — uses light-reactive materials to glow in the dark. When I had some extra money a few weeks ago, I decided to shop for some for myself.

I quickly found options on both eBay and Etsy. In fact, many of the pendants were available on both sites. It quickly became apparent that most of them are made and shipped from China, with few of them being handmade. I spent a lot of time comparing products and photo to see which were the same to get the best deal. This does mean that I was able to score some pendants for cheap, so I’d feel less gipped if it didn’t work out. I bought a two pendants from Etsy and one from Ebay, plus a UV flashlight for under $35.

I received the most expensive pendant, a purple locket from Etsy, first. I think this one is the mode handmade, too. The other two followed suit, a heart-shaped locket and a teardrop pendant. I order each with a different glow color with the understanding the purple glow is less vibrant. However, the purple hue of the locket looked nice even when it’s not glowing. It was important that each pendant would look nice during daylight.

aqua glow heart pendantI had purchased the UV flashlight because all of the listings said natural or lamp light would help “charge” the glowing pendants, but UV light would do it more effectively in less time. The flashlight hadn’t showed up when the purple pendant did, so I wore it out on a sunny day for a few hours. I walked directly into the sun, but the glow was gentle to say the least.

My favorite of all these pendants is the aqua heart. It’s a locked with a clear “bubble” inside of it and faux diamond filigree. It looks great during normal time. It also shines super brightly after applying the UV light for just a few minutes. According to the listings, an hour of UV light will provide an hour of vibrant light and up to 8 hours of residual light. You can see this locket in the photo. Overall, I’d be happy if this were the only pendant I had purchased. It came with the shortest chain, though, so I will swap it out with another.

I was most disappointed with the teardrop pendant, which looks like a “pearl” encased in an open metalwork teardrop shape. In person, the pearl is very rough hewn and an obvious shade of green that  I don’t find very attractive. I wouldn’t really want to wear it during the daytime. The metal and faux diamons are also rather cheap. I suppose the good part is that it’s fairly small. I think I will save this for appropriate outfits when I’m going out at night to get the most out of the blue glow.

I really love the combination of science and fashion in glow in the dark necklaces, and there’s one more custom design I will eventually invest in. It costs more than $40, however.

So what do you think of this trend?

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