It’s been a long time since I’ve updated. I’ve been pretty wrapped up with life and haven’t been spending as much on merch recently (well not as much as before anyway!). I was randomly browsing Ebay a week or so ago and to my surprise a recommendation popped up with a geniune Squall’s necklace. I almost imploded. It was on a pretty low price and was ending the same day. For those who didn’t know, the EU Square Enix store where I usually buy my jewellery has been down since Winter 2012 due to a hack on the Japanese site. Square have been rebuilding the sites very sloooowly but there is still no sign of the EU store (or the US one for that matter). This makes it extremely difficult to aquire this official jewellery at the moment without importing from Japan (or France, yeah for some reason they get their own site which won’t ship to the rest of Europe >.< ).
Anyway, I sniped this necklace and to my surprise no one bid me up. I mean, I know it’s worth £100+ easily but I won it for £40 delivered. I have no idea quite how it happened, I’m still in shock about it myself. It must have flown under the radar and got caught up with all the fakes. Now I’ve received it I can confrim with 100% certainty that it’s the real deal.
This necklace is one of the first designs Square made so the box is a bit outdated compared to the more recent ones. It’s hard to say what, but the ‘feel’ of the papery material is a bit different and there aren’t the official silver stickers which line the newer ones. There is also no certificate of authenticity but I’m not sure whether it’s due to being brought before they had those little slips included or whether the original owner lost it. I’m not too concerned though as my Loveless Locket didn’t have one either.
The necklace itself it really, really nice which was a complete surprise. I’ve been a bit put off mens necklaces since getting Tidus’s and Snow’s ones but Squall’s has instantly become one of my favourites. It’s up there with Serah’s pendant at the moment. I was expecting to look cheap (like Tidus’s) and be really chunky like the fakes are (I do have a fake Lionheart necklace for reference). In fact it’s the complete opposite. The actual Griever part is very thin. The thickest part in the centre is approximately 6mm but the rest is roughly 3mm, give or take 1mm at parts. The silver has an ‘aged’ effect around the crevices which really adds to its character.
The thing I was most worried about this necklace was the leather strap instead of a chain. I really didn’t think I’d get on with it but after seeing it I’ve been converted. The leather strap is thin and looks classy. Before getting this version of Squall’s necklace I almost imported the black silver version from Japan due to the fact it had a chain instead of leather. Now I fear the black silver version of this pendant may have a chunky chain like Tidus’s and Snow’s pendants so I’m actually really pleased I’ve ended up with the cheaper silver version. It’s just a shame I didn’t get Tidus’s X-2 pendant which had a similar leather strap to this instead of the silver chain!
I must admit, when I tried to put this necklace on I was really surprised it required to be tied. I didn’t realise this at first. I kind of assumed the silver ‘parts’ on the end of the leather clipped together but that isn’t the case. They are simply decorative and stop the pendant from coming off the strap (that’s another point, you cannot remove this necklace from the strap so no transferring to an actual chain). Usuaully I dislike this kind of thing, I hate the idea of it being able to fall off. However the advantage is that the strap is very long. I’m not even joking, if I tied them at the ends the necklace would be halfway down my body. Being able to choose a custom length for the pendant is a nice idea as I can probably get away with wearing two FF necklaces if I adjust the length correctly. Currently I have managed to tie a tight knot in it so I can just slip it over my head when I want to wear it. I’d say the only issue is that the ends of the leather strap trail down my back.
Overall I’ve been really impressed with this necklace and I’d recommend it very highly. It works on so many levels:
- Price (for me anyway XD, it’s definitely worth it at full price too imo).
- Iconic design so you’ll be instantly noticed by other fans.
- Unisex: It would work for both men and woman as it isn’t too chunky.
- It looks quality: I don’t think people are going to mistake it for a fake. There is too much detail in the pendant.
- It’s one of the best pieces Square have made. I’m not kidding either!
If you don’t own this and are a fan of FFVIII then you should seriously hunt around for one. It’s definitely worth it!