When a brand or company emails me about bangle bracelets, my inner skeptic automatically assumes they’ll be comically big on my small wrists, and I delete the email immediately. Well…my inner skeptic must have felt charitable a few weeks ago, because I clicked through to the Alex and Ani website where I was greeted by those magic words, “adjust the bangle for a perfect fit”.
“Hmm…”, I thought. “I’ll be the judge of that. Let’s see if you can fit my freakishly tiny wrists”.
After a brief email exchange where I was assured these bangles could accommodate the tiniest of wrists, I agreed to give them a review. I picked a color (Russian Gold), and waited for it to arrive.
When the package arrived, I was surprised to not only find two bangles (I was only expecting one to review), but one of the bangles was even personalized with a little charm of my first initial (also in silver)! What a thoughtful and unexpected touch! Points scored, Alex and Ani!
A little about the bangles:
- Made of eco-friendly, recycled mixed metals in the USA. Mostly made of brass.
- Russian Gold & Russian Silver contain NO nickel, which is the culprit that usually turns costume jewelry green (I specially asked about this because I usually avoid costume jewelry for fear of “greening”). Yellow Gold and Shiny Silver bangles contain only 5% nickel.
- A few bangles come in sterling silver and 18k vermeil.
- Wash with gentle soap and water.
But…are they really adjustable?
I fiddled with the bangle for a few minutes before I figured out how to adjust it. Simply bending the bangle from the single wire end slowly makes the bangle smaller. I sat and gently bent the bangle from this spot for a few minutes before trying it on and successfully made it similar, if not a tad bit smaller than my teeniest of bangle bracelets.
For reference, my wrists measure about 5 inches around at the smallest point.
The second bracelet Alex and Ani sent me is a little beaded bracelet, which unfortunately can’t be adjusted smaller. The beads run along the single wire, which is the end that needs bending if it’s to be made smaller. Note to those of you who are small-wristed…if you purchase and plan to adjust Alex and Ani bracelets smaller, don’t buy the beaded ones!
I plan to perform a little bit of surgery on this bracelet to remove some of the beads, so I can adjust it smaller.
I did some snooping through the rest of the Alex and Ani bangle bracelets, and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of charms available.
Would I purchase these? Yeah, I would. In fact, I’ve already been thinking about how cute a nice stack of these would look with my little watch, especially with “arm parties” being all the rage. Although I’d probably buy these as a gift before purchasing for myself. The single charm bracelets would make great gifts for fellow small-wristed ladies, or even ladies who have a hard time finding larger bangles, since these not only adjust smaller…they also expand larger. I’m tucking this idea away for Christmas. :)
Any small-wristed readers own Alex and Ani bracelets? How do you like them?
Disclaimer – Alex and Ani sent me these bangles for review.