Who Has Better Jewelry, Madewell or J.Crew?

If you follow fashion, it’s hard to ignore the bad press J.Crew has been getting lately (this article mostly sums it up), but even if you’ve tired of the brand, it’s hard to ignore their seemingly constant sales, fun advertising, and bright colors.

On the other hand, Madewell’s star keeps shining brighter. Owned by J. Crew, Madewell is a bit younger and a bit more casual, with a focus on jeans, but they also sell shoes and accessories.

Since both brands sell jewelry, we wondered – which is better; J.Crew or Madewell?

First up, bracelets.

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J.Crew gets a lot of points for having one of the most photographed bracelets ever. Their link bracelet is perfect costume jewelry and adds some awesome heft to a wrist of stacked bracelets.

Madewell on the other hand charmed us with this Totem bracelet but up close we were less in love with the texture of the metal.

Verdict: J. Crew wins this round, for it’s classics and better quality.

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Recognizing a good thing, J.Crew also has a necklace version of their link bracelet, but the real find here are the pearls. Hand knotted necklaces in various lengths, this is an affordable way to add some pearls to your jewelry box.

Madewell also has some great necklaces, but they tend to all fall at the same length. The pieces are very reasonably priced and we love the Santa Fe vibes of what they have up now.

Verdict: It’s a tough call, but for us, J. Crew wins again

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This is an easy one because J. Crew doesn’t carry rings at all. Perhaps its the annoyance of sizing, but the shop is strictly an earrings, bracelet, necklace kind of place.

Madewell’s rings come in sizes 5-8 and are all reasonably priced costume jewelry.

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J.Crew’s earrings are boldly colored and generously sized pieces of costume jewelry. Most of the earrings could easily be converted to clip-on and they are a great way to add flash to a black dress.

But Madewell stole our heart with their more minimalist designs – especially these interchangeable studs. Many of their earring feel a bit more timeless than their necklaces and are affordable pieces we can imagine wearing for years.

Verdict: Madewell has our heart here. Easy and affordable, these earrings we can picture wearing all year round.




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