Tuesday, November 24, 2009

REVIEW: Alex and Ani Jewelry

Prepare to be mesmerized by the splendid jewelry at Alex and Ani. How would you like to give the gift of inspiration to someone you care about this Holiday Season? Present your loved ones with the chance to explore their desires, and express what they are most passionate about through the jewelry they wear. Desire is indeed what makes you feel alive, what turns you on and it varies for each one of us which is what makes us all unique from one another and allows us to be our own individual selves. At Alex and Ani Jewelry you can explore your spirituality and at the same time flaunt your style through the jewelry pieces you select or create for yourself. If you are a jewelry lover like me then you know there are many companies out there that offer beautiful jewelry. Rarely do I find a company that not only creates gorgeous jewelry, but the jewelry is eco friendly, made from recycled materials and allows me to embrace my inner desires and communicate them with a fashion statement through the jewelry I wear. This is what I have discovered happens when you wear pieces of jewelry from Alex and Ani. Let me introduce you to this remarkable company and how the jewelry at Alex and Ani will inspire you to unleash your spirituality:

Alex and Ani's mission is to design products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit. Alex and Ani's collections reflect a design aesthetic that celebrates each wearer's unique essence. Owner and designer Carolyn Rafaelian believes it is her life's work to inspire her customers to relish what is unique and authentic about themselves. Alex and Ani's artistry lies in drawing out the beauty that resides within.

Alex and Ani is a company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote consciousness and unity. Manufacturing in the United States and re-using and recycling materials is an integral part of Alex and Ani’s mission as a conscious and eco-friendly company. Alex and Ani’s collections are not only Eco-friendly, they are made up of powerful, meaningful, and spiritual pieces, which uplift and inspire all who wear them.


The signature expandable concept is the cornerstone of Alex and Ani.
Utilizing an innovative patented and completely original technology this concept replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable. This signature expandable feature is available in expandable wire bracelets and rings, expandable chain necklaces and endless hoop earrings. This completely original design allows everyone to have a piece of jewelry customized for a perfect fit.
Available in precious metals or our signature Russian Gold and Russian Silver finishes and adorned with sacred symbols and stones, the expandable collection is timeless, classic, and collectible.


The Alex and Ani aesthetic underscores the idea that what is pure and natural is most beautiful and creating jewelry from recycled materials enriches the beauty of each piece.
Founder and creative designer, Carolyn Rafaelian embraces a philosophy that is based upon using eco-friendly, recycled materials made entirely in the United States. Carolyn believes that by creating designs that support the environment and encourage social consciousness, consumers can use their purchases to make a difference in protecting our planet and our future.
Every design is created to reflect the inner beauty of all who wear an Alex and Ani piece.

Carolyn Rafaelian, Alex and Ani's creator and designer, hails from a family of jewelers where mastering their craft was not only an aspiration, but a family tradition. Residing in Rhode Island, the jewelry capitol of the world, Rafaelian knew she was destined to continue the family tradition and apprenticed herself to her father at a very young age.
Carolyn introduced Alex and Ani over ten years ago, naming the company after her first two daughters. Once she introduced her line of patented signature bangles, necklaces, and rings, almost overnight, everyone was taking notice. Celebrities, major fashion magazine editors, and the finest department stores and boutiques across the country adored the concept and design.
As Alex and Ani’s product grew, she kept a deep focus on spirituality believing one can infuse thought into material to recognize one’s power and unique essence in their everyday wear. Rafaelian creates with deep reverence for the power these symbols possess to expresses awareness, empowerment, and inner beauty. Take the inner journey, Rafaelian says. The rewards are great.

Give the Gift of Peace, Love and Good Luck this Holiday Season

Whether you are seeking spiritual or personal enlightenment in the form of jewelry or just coveting gorgeous pieces of fashion forward jewelry, Alex and Ani designs are sure to catch your eye and leave you wanting to adorn them on yourself. There are several collections available in the Alex and Ani line of jewelry and they are about empowerment and the symbols and charms embellishing the pieces, whether spiritual, universal, religious charms, they tell a story about who you are and what you value. You can choose the pieces that best inspires you and your inner being. You can mix and match the different pieces available from the website or really have some fun and create your own custom look using the custom bangle bar which is also available on the Alex and Ani website.

I was sent the 3 Single Expandable Bracelets as shown below. I was given the choice of either getting them in the Russian Gold or Russian Silver Finish, and I chose the Russian Gold Finish. Receiving my package from Alex and Ani was such a special experience. You do indeed feel as though you are receiving a special gift in the mail, the bracelets were beautifully packaged in a sleek Black and Gold Alex and Ani Gift Box with thin red ribbon holding all 3 bracelets together. You know you are receiving a fine quality product just based on the initial out of the box impression you get when you open the package.

The Single Bangle Bracelets may be called Wire Bangles, but there is nothing "wire" like about them. They are sturdy, firm, solid, magnificently crafted bracelets that you know can tolerate wear and tear on your wrist. There is no need to feel worried that the "wire" will bend or break if you are active with them on your arm, they are meticulously made and will stand the test of time.

I have to say wearing all 3 bracelets stacked together was fun, I felt flirty, a little sassy, and it made me smile to be able to look down on them on my arm and think about the messages that they convey! The words Love, Peace and Good Luck are such positive words, and do inspire me to feel as though I can achieve whatever I want in life. Any thoughts of negativity or insecurity immediately leave me when I look down at the bracelets and think about what they represent. I can't think of a better gift to give someone you love this holiday season than the gift of the power of positive thinking all wrapped up in a beautiful box and ready to wear.

I have a tiny wrist, so wearing this bracelets is a no brainer. I barely had to move the expandable part of the bracelet in order to put them on. But, for the purpose of this review I did spend some time moving the expandable part of the bracelet back and forth and it was easy and effortless to move the bracelet to adjust it to any size wrist. The design is genius and looks ultra cool too!

Speaking of cool, these bracelets definitely have the "cool" factor about them. You know you look hip and ultra chic when you wear them on your wrist. They are also unique, not like anything you have seen before, so you will stand out from being ordinary and you will feel rather extraordinary as you listen to them gently make music on your wrist as they move along with you in your journey through life.

I have tried to capture the essence of how much I adore this line of jewelry and the lovely bracelets I received for this review. It is with much excitement and enthusiasm that I share my thoughts with you about them.

Crazy Love Expandable Wire Bangle Bracelet Russian Gold Finish (Single) $21.00

All you need is love. This single Russian gold or Russian silver patented expandable bangle is a sweetly fun gift for the one you love or yourself! Designed to wear alone or to layer for a customized look, Alex and Ani's patented Expandable Wire Bangle is the most innovative concept in jewelry, allowing the wearer, with the slide of a hand, to adjust the bangle for a perfect fit. Available in Russian Gold and Russian Silver.

Good Luck Expandable Wire Bangle Bracelet (Single) with Russian Gold Finish $21.00

We all could use a little luck now and again…this single patented expandable bangle with a round stamped charm featuring a small clover and the words "good luck" is the perfect addition to your set of bangles. Designed to wear alone or to layer for a customized look, Alex and Ani's patented Expandable Wire Bangle is the most innovative concept in jewelry, allowing the wearer, with the slide of a hand, to adjust the bangle for a perfect fit. Available in Russian Gold and Russian Silver.

Peace Expandable Wire Bangle Bracelet (Single) with Russian Gold Finish $21.00

Designed in 1958 by artist Gerald Holtom, the Peace sign became the emblem of a generation. Originally created as the symbol of a call for nuclear disarmament, the peace sign became synonymous with harmony, tranquility, and balance. Wearing this symbol spreads the message of peace. Designed to wear alone or to layer for a customized look, Alex and Ani's patented Expandable Wire Bangle is the most innovative concept in jewelry, allowing the wearer, with the slide of a hand, to adjust the bangle for a perfect fit. Available in Russian Gold and Russian Silver.

You can purchase the bracelets directly from the Alex and Ani Website. The Russian Gold and Russian Silver finishes make them affordable for you to design our own set of stackable bracelets. They are also available in Sterling Silver and 18 kt Vermeil as well. The possibilities of what you can create in terms of sets of bracelets is only as limited as your imagination allows you to be. So go have some fun on the Alex and Ani website, see what inspires you there and put together your own unique set of bracelets that expresses who you are and what is at the core of your essence!

A very special THANK YOU to Alex and Ani for providing me with the amazing bangle bracelets for this review.

Disclosure: I received the 3 Bangle Bracelets items Alex and Ani for the purposes of this Review. This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.

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