Do you remember the jewelry party that I went to a couple of months ago? So I ordered the items (a broach and a bracelet) from the seller. It took her about a week to actually place the order and then a few weeks after that, the whole shipment gets sent to the host. I had expected it to arrive at my house since I supplied an address, but I suppose that’s not the case. This is fine, since it’s easy for me to go to the host’s house and pick up my items, but it’s an extra step that feels unnecessary (The company probably wanted to save on shipping).
The broach, I gave to the hostess. It was her birthday party after all, and she had said that she liked the jewelry.
The bracelet, I kept, but I’m afraid that I’m not too happy with it. In the catalog photos, it looked like the crystals were black, but in fact, they’re more metallic, similar to hematite. Unfortunately, this means that I have nothing to match it as the necklace and earrings that I had bought it to match are actually black crystals.
The silver plating, unfortunately, is not the highest quality. I suspect it will wear off quite easily as the material underneath is rough. There are some pointy bits that make it uncomfortable to wear and make my skin red. The plating is also a little bit uneven. In certain parts, there seems to be globs where there should be intricate scroll work.
I’m also afraid to say that it’s quite cheap looking. I’m fairly sure that the material underneath is a metal alloy of some sort (because it’s heavy), but it looks an awful lot like plastic. I won’t be wearing this, like, ever, since I’m a little embarrassed by it.
I had also expected to have a clasp, but it’s clear elastic that binds the bracelet together. The knot that ties the whole thing together is not hidden and also pokes into my skin leaving yet another red bit on my wrist. For $35 with tax and shipping, I expected a little bit more than this. I mean, I didn’t expect it to be fantasmo, but I didn’t expect it to look like something an eight-year-old would wear on Dress Like a Princess Day.
The other pieces that were on display were not nearly this shoddy looking, but maybe that’s why they didn’t bring this one to show. This is more a lesson for me than it is anything else. And I really should have known better. But at least the broach looked nice and it was something that the hostess wanted (I should have bought two of those instead!). But alas, I wanted a bracelet. The likelihood that I’ll buy anything from this company again is pretty much nil.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it since I definitely wouldn’t give it to anybody I know. I mean, I’d be embarrassed to give it as a gift. Maybe one of you has a child that might like it. And if you like it, I won’t judge you. Not much anyway. Otherwise, it’s going to the Goodwill bin. (They don’t take returns.)