At New York Comic-Con, everything geeks love is gloriously conglomerated into one place. There is so much to see that sometimes it can seem like a daunting task. In addition to comics, prints, collectibles, and games, there is also a proverbial cornucopia of clothing and accessory exhibitors. This week, I will be highlighting some of the most exciting and unique clothing and accessory exhibitors in preparation of the exciting events to come!
Featured vendor: Sparkle! Designs
Feature product: â€œFear Cuts Deeper Than Swordsâ€ Charm Necklace
Sparkle! Designs â€œFear Cuts Deeper Than Swordsâ€ Charm Necklace Review
â€œFear Cuts Deeper Than Swordsâ€ Charm Necklace
At each Con, like you, I try to walk the many aisles to secure some unique items to take home with me. Sparkle! Designs is a must-see at New York Comic-Con, coming up on October 6-9. While perusing the exhibitor list on the NYCC website, this handcrafted jewelry company caught my eye. It wasnâ€™t until I was browsing the Sparkle! site that I realized Iâ€™ve visited this booth before! Last year, I made a lengthy stop at the Sparkle! Designs shop, pouring over their vast collection of geek-inspired accessories. And if youâ€™re like me, youâ€™ll appreciate their motto: â€œWhere fashion meets fandom.â€
Sparkle! Designs sells art pendants, hammer-stamped charm necklaces, bracelets, and more. From the Whedonverse to Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Tolkien, the Stars (Trek, â€™Gate, Wars), and custom orders, they have it all. Not only that, but each piece is carefully and beautifully created by hand. It really doesnâ€™t get better than that; when you wear something from Sparkle! Designs, itâ€™s one-of-a-kind.
After much deliberation (there are SO MANY choices!!), I settled on the Game of Thrones-inspired â€œFear Cuts Deeper Than Swordsâ€ Charm Necklace. As a huge fan of the HBO television series, I am currently working my way through George R.R. Martinâ€™s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books (donâ€™t judge me, superfans; at least Iâ€™m reading them!). Needless to say, Arya Stark is unarguably a hardcore, fierce, tough survivor. Who doesnâ€™t identify with that? When faced with danger, Arya remembers the words of her brave â€œwater dancingâ€ instructor, Syrio Forel: â€œFear cuts deeper than swords.â€ Itâ€™s a powerful reminder to all of us, I think.
The words are stamped on a flat brass diamond-shaped pendant, with a silver sword (â€œNeedleâ€) and an open book hanging alongside it. Buyers have a choice of metal and shape, and there are also often variations of charms. The 24-inch chain is a very nice length; I love how and where it falls! Underneath the words, a small swirl is stamped into the metal. This is an absolutely gorgeous piece and it just feels good to wear it. Meg, the shop owner, also threw in a HYDRA lip balm — SO CUTE! On the label, it states: â€œThe perfect lip balm for the new world order.â€ The balm uses all natural ingredients, like avocado oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E.
Buying from Sparkle! Designs is a no-brainer and I canâ€™t wait to get my hands on another necklace. Whether treating yourself to something special or as a gift for someone else, you will not be disappointed.
Visit Sparkle! Designs at Booth #1375 at New York Comic-Con, and check out their website at www.shopsparkledesigns.com.