Just do an image search for "Forever 21 copying" and you'll see how the retailer is infamous for direct knock-offs.
I was sad to see that one of my favorite fun/fashion jewelry stores had created two pieces highly similar to my friend's creations. She is a jeweler working in high-end precious metals and gemstones. She specializes in the rarest of colored diamonds.
To me, the connection is too strong to be unsuspicious.
The below is one of her pieces created for Leviev, made entirely of fancy-grade colored diamonds and perfect white diamonds, fashioned to look like the sunset in Dubai, next to the "Heartbreaker Bib Necklace," a piece that Baublebar (an uber-affordable fun jewelry brand) created a few years later:
Yes, there is the possibility that two jewelry designers (one at the top of the market and one in fast-fashion) both independently came up with a similar design. Sure, or so I thought.
Then, the below became apparent: a Rachael Sarc original, next to the Baublebar bauble:
To me, the connection is too strong to be unsuspicious. Might someone on BaubleBar's design team be browsing Rachael's work? Surely her collections are not short on inspiration, but copying surely kills brain cells.
I love BaubleBar and it's fun funky, inexpensive pieces, and I strongly believe amazing design should be affordable. But it also must be original.
Xx, Mom in Mascara