Jewel of the day: Victor-John Villanueva 3PTPOP Clubbing Necklace

These outsized/oversized necklaces made with fused acrylic beads, by Victor-John Villanueva, are also being used as (very large) bag charms, hung over the handles of a tote. Under the name 3PTPOP, Villanueva offers some iconic faces and brands altered with his own unique twist.

This piece is very large, at 8 x 12 x 2 inches, but if Grace Jones is your girl, you need to show it, right? (Other faces he has rendered into an accessory are Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley and Karl Lagerfeld.)

This sells for USD$350.

Victor John Villanueva Clubbing Necklace

Victor John Villanueva Clubbing Necklace 2


6 thoughts on “Jewel of the day: Victor-John Villanueva 3PTPOP Clubbing Necklace

  1. Jewellery? Really? I would characterize it as being closer to a temporary tattoo or a talisman.

    noun: jewellery
    personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.

    an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck

    1. I think what is jewellery today is pretty fluid. There is a lot of stuff made of precious materials that I probably wouldn’t want to wear though I guess it falls more traditionally into the jewellery category. Perhaps adornment is a better term that encompasses everything?

      1. I can see adornment as legitimate. Fetish and propaganda come to mind too.

        We do live in interesting times. As you know, I enjoy your blog.


        an inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit.

        information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

  2. I think there is an interesting discussion to be had on what jewellery is today. Handwork and craftsmanship are … perhaps unfair to say not as important, but not as often used, in favour of mass produced, cheaply made (insofar as materials permit) designs. Hence, adornment. Jewels have also been used for propaganda (think military, royal and club orders, etc.), and I think an argument could also be made for fine jewelry as fetish object. Especially in categories like mourning pieces.

  3. True but this piece verges on being an icon.

    The concept of Jewellery and Art as a whole is changing and I don’t believe that change is for the better. Personally, I believe that is due to the lack of technical skill. People, with means, want to represent an artistic notion or concept but use crude methods and often garish techniques to get their point across. Usually because they don’t have the skills required for finesse.

    I distinguish this from primitive and folk art. In primitive and folk art, people work with the materials at hand and are unable to acquire the materials they may prefer to use, e.g. farm art, slave art, prisoner art, sailors art etc. but they often apply great skill and know how in achieving their goal. By the way, I really love primitive and folk art.

    I know that I would rather stand in the park in front of the Quebec City Hall or Montreal City Hall and look 360 degrees around me than to stand in Times Square today and do the same. The concept of art as adding something of beauty and joy to our lives is disappearing rapidly. Few people can create things that imbue enduring comfort, for lack of a better word, so they use shock and garishness for impact.

    As always,



    a painting of Jesus Christ or another holy figure, typically in a traditional style on wood, venerated and used as an aid to devotion in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches.

  4. I think we agree. The other issue with technical skill is that handwork now tends to cost a great deal, at least good handwork and craftsmanship. Also a desire for cheap/quantity over price/quality (as that seems to be the current equation). Though I’ve also seen a tendency for brands known for higher end pieces to cheap out so they can appeal to a customer who can’t afford more than entry level. Most people buying Cartier, for example, aren’t getting their exceptional pieces but the Juste un Clou, the Love bracelet, or the entry level watches. Brands tend now to be known more for those kinds of pieces. And to make the bulk of their money on them.

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