Awaken the Force This Holiday



‘Star Wars’ fanatics can tempt themselves with a one-of-a kind golden droid, necklaces, and earrings

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment of the Star Wars series, opens Dec. 18, and Star Wars-themed merchandise is flooding the shelves—jewelry included.

The most extravagant piece thus far: a gold-and-diamond edition of the movie’s new droid, BB-8. The piece, designed by Kay Jewelers, took 600 hours to make and was appraised a $135,000.

Specs on the BB-8: It is 4.25 inches high, weighs just over 1.5 pounds, and features 18 cts. of diamonds.

The piece will be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, reports Glamour, but it made its debut at the Force 4 Fashion event in New York City on Dec. 2.

Force 4 Fashion, a Star Wars–inspired exhibition and charity auction, was sponsored by Kay Jewelers, Disney Consumer Products (the arm of the Walt Disney company that creates licensed products), and Bloomingdale’s.  

Bloomingdale’s and Disney Consumer Products invited 11 designers to create one-of-a-kind outfits inspired by the film. The outfits are being auctioned on CharityBuzz.com, with proceeds going to the Child Mind Institute, a charity that focuses on children’s mental health.

Also included in the charity auction: two Star Wars–themed watches. One by Devon is inspired by Darth Vader and one by Nixon, inspired by Boba Fett.

Nixon has a collection of Star Wars watches priced from $75 to $2,500, while Devon made 500 of its Darth Vader watches, which is it selling for $28,500 each.

And if that gold and diamond BB-8 really caught your eye but not your wallet, Kay has a gold and crystal variation of the droid on a necklace for $439. The piece is part of the retailer’s line of licensed Star Wars fine jewelry. Prices start at $34.99 for a glass and sterling silver charm and go up to $439 for a Death Star or BB-8 10k gold necklace.

Kay isn’t the only jeweler with Star Wars licensing. SalesOne International debuted its own licensed Star Wars jewelry in May. Its stainless-steel designs include Darth Vader, storm troopers, and Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon and are priced well under $100. 

(Photos courtesy of Kay Jewelers)