Sunday, 2 December 2012

'Any Which Way' Acrylic Necklaces, from UK Jewellery Wholesaler Balagan Group [REVIEW]

Balagan Group Any Which Way necklace review

Last month I reviewed a selection of accessories sent to me by the lovely Rachel of leading UK jewellery wholesaler Balagan Group. The Balagan Group boasts 11 different jewellery collections, each of which are unique in ethos, and its presentation packaging. 

This post focuses on the Any Which Way line, of which I was recently sent three necklaces to review. 

Any Which Way logo Balagan Group

From the Balagan Group catalogue: 

"Any Which Way is our collection of jewellery designed and made in acrylic. It is a fun and quirky collection that takes modern shapes and motifs, and reworks and supercharges them to create statement pieces in wickedly bright colourways. So whether you're a rock 'n' rock chick, or more of a tweetie pie, you'll find something to delight."

Here are some example pieces from Any Which Way... 
AnyWhichWay necklace collage acrylic
...and here's a closer look at the three pieces I received to review:

Cherry Red Rocket Necklace, Any Which Way

rocket necklace AnyWhichWay high res
£10 (High resolution image supplied by Balagan Group)

Cherry red rocket necklace Any Which Way

This rocket necklace (£10) is made from incredibly durable acrylic, which is cut superbly. I've only worn this necklace once so far, but it's already received many compliments. 

I really like how it sits on the chest at an angle, as if it is in flight, and the detailing is really quite impressive. How the rear flame remains so rigid despite the significant cut-out within is beyond me!

The supplied chain is adjustable, and so you can wear it as high or low as preferred. The Test Card F-style presentation box it came in (pictured above) is really cool too. I think this - or any of the necklaces comprised in this post, in fact -  would make a great stocking filler this Christmas. 

Black Magic Rock & Roll Necklace, Any Which Way

£12 (High resolution image supplied by Balagan Group)
Rock n roll necklace Any Which Way presentation box

I haven't worn this necklace yet, as I plan to team it with a specific outfit I am wearing to a special event next week. I can tell you however, it's just as strong as the before-mentioned rocket necklace, and the detail is just as charming. 

Not only is the font perfect for those with a love of rockabilly style,  but I also really love how the ampersand (&) is designed to look like the neck and body of a guitar. This is without a doubt my favourite of the three necklace I was sent, and I'd pay it's £12 RRP in a heartbeat!

This rock & roll necklace is also adjustable, and it comes in its own presentation case, this time featuring a warm, orange flower design.

Urban Purple Key Necklace, Any Which Way

key necklace AnyWhichWay high res
£8 (High resolution image supplied by Balagan Group)

Urban Purple  key necklace Balagan Group review

Although the high resolution image included above shows the 'black magic' key, I was actually sent the 'urban purple' variant to review (this necklace is also available in 'foxy grey'). The high res. image does however, clearly show the intricate looping at the key's head far better than my own snapshot!

Unlike the previous two necklaces, this key (£8) is supplied on a silk string, which can be simply bow-tied at the wearer's preferred length. Once again, the acrylic used is especially tough. I have worn this often in the last fortnight, and it's quite the conversation starter - comments such as "Nice key" have seen me talking to all kinds of once-strangers!

This necklace comes in a slightly smaller presentation case, comprising a complimenting purple-meets-blue floral background. 

All in all, I am very impressed with the Any Which Way collection, which I feel offers 'something for everyone', as well as fantastic value for money. 


If you fancy buying an awesome Any Which Way item - or two - for yourself or a loved one, you should visit stockist Remember to order early enough to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas!