To some, this may look like just a bunch of pretty bangles, but they’re not quite just bangles. These are Alex & Ani bangles. Carolyn Rafaelian, designer and creator of the fantastic Alex and Ani jewelry line, has a following of celebrity fans so long, I can’t list them all, but stars that have worn Alex and Ani include: Sandra Bullock, Carrie Underwood, Sir Paul McCartney, Kerry Washington, Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, and Vanessa Hudgens…just to name a few.Now you can not only get some of these luxe bangles for yourself, you can design them just as you want them through the Alex and Ani Web Site’s newest online feature, the ‘Create Your Own’ Bangle Bar. So luxe and chic!
So Many Options
The neat thing about this new, online feature, is that you can design the number and type of bangles you want in a set. Each bangle has the clever, expandable bracelet design Alex and Ani is known for. It has a patented, sliding mechanism instead of a clasp making each piece adjustable, so you have a customized fit. Select your bracelet set from a variety of vintage beads and finishes for the bangles, and then if you wish, add some pretty charms. There are zodiacs, special interest charms, general charms, and initials. As you can see from the set in the photo above, I selected a crown for one bracelet (because I am a Countess, after all), and a vintage-y, periodot-colored dangle (called a “Crystal Channel Charm”) for another. I added a fancy, gold metal beaded bracelet that needs no additional adornment (there are colorful beaded versions, too).
If you’re on a budget, however, you can still have this celebrity line’s accessories. Simply add less charms, or just wear a few, unadorned bangles in yellow gold, Russian silver or gold, or hematite. Honestly, the simple design goes with everything, and they’re really attractive, just as they are. Each bangle also a tiny, teardrop-shaped dangle with the Alex and Ani logo, that identifies it as an authentic Alex and Ani product.
Drag and Drop Interface
There are so many enticing options that designing your own bangles could be confusing, but a simple, drag and drop interface with a color photograph (and cost) of each item you might want to consider, makes being your own designer, easy. Each addition to the bangle is a la carte, so you can stay within your budget, or go all out and add lots of different bangles and charms to your set. I feel like a star on the red carpet every time I wear my Alex and Ani bangles. Even one special bangle would make an unique and memorable gift. You could pick out something special for each member of your bridal party, or make a speical set for mom, or your BFF, based on her favorite colors and specific interests!
.Visit the bangle bar at www.alexandani.com/cyo