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A VIBRATOR
DISCREET ENOUGH
TO WEAR AROUND
YOUR NECK

Crave’s Vesper vibrator is an objet d’art that doubles as a pendant necklace—but does it actually, um, work? Beauty editor Julie Schott test drives the world’s chicest sex toy.


Written byJULIE SCHOTT

Photography byANNA PALMA


A few years ago, I received a silver bangle flask, which is exactly what it sounds like—a hollow bracelet filled with booze. My relationship with the booze bangle didn’t last very long, but when the vibrator equivalent came into my life via tech-y sex toy purveyors Crave, I was intrigued. Crave makes a vape-sized vibrator called the Vesper that hangs from a pendant and looks so much like a regular necklace, one user reported wearing hers to work. It comes in gold, silver, and rose gold. Maybe you’ve never thought to yourself, I love my vibrator, but I wish I could wear it to a staff meeting, so let me explain how I became a Vesper convert.

There’s an episode of Broad City where Illana goes through an elaborate pre-masturbation ritual, that includes, candles, sexy music, green lipstick, a full-length mirror, a huge vibrator, and a laptop, only to be interrupted when someone unexpected appears in the porn she’s watching. For me, masturbation lives somewhere on the mundane self-care spectrum with face masking and jade rolling. Beauty retailers are catching on too, including sex toys alongside traditional wellness offerings, which makes sense. Orgasms work like opioids to release endorphins and oxytocin in the body, signaling the wave of calm you might feel after getting off. With the right device, it’s possible to get off quickly and discretely as a stress relief solution.

The Vesper comes in a sleek little jewelry box, no bigger than an eye shadow quad, so when it’s not posturing as an accessory, you can tuck it in a carry-on without the risk of a TSA moment. To test its subtlety, I posted a picture of the Vesper on Instagram story captioned, ask it a question, and received a bunch of DMs like, is that a whistle? Only those in the know were able to identify its true purpose. But if wearing a vibrator in the wild isn’t your thing—I will never wear mine outside—the chain is removable.



I tried the Vesper for the first time by myself, cycling through each of the three speeds and two settings, pulse or constant, and finished in less than two songs, but my vibrator could’ve kept going for a whole album. Have you ever noticed how female masturbation in TV and movies is often interrupted by dead batteries? If Issa had a fully charged vibrator in season two of Insecure she could’ve gotten off without deploying a set of smoke detector double AAs. Battery frustration is part of the reason why the creators of Crave designed a collection of USB-powered sex toys. The Vesper charges like an iPhone and lasts for up to 40 minutes.

The next time I put the Vesper to use was with my partner. It’s sleek enough so as not to feel obtrusive and I finished quickly again, but the added friction made the metal device more abrasive. To me it shines as a solo toy and an act of self-care.