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The photo frames listed are Dark Grey Smoke Diamante, the ones I am reviewing are identical but made of black mirror glass rather than smoked grey glass.
My fiancé and myself have been living in our house nearly 2 years now and decided it was about time we had a few photos around the house. I didn't really fancy having them on the walls but liked the idea of having a couple stood on the unit in our lounge. Being big on colour coordination I was looking for something quite modern in the colours of our lounge which is mainly black and purple with cream walls so for me a black or purple frame would be ideal. Hunting around several shops I found the perfect thing in my local Debenhams Black Mirrored Glass Diamante Photo Frames, they also came in Dark Grey Smoked Glass as well however we opted for the black glass as they would go perfectly in our lounge.
The photo frames came very well packaged, the box they came in was very plain, it was white in colour with a label stuck in the middle of it, this contained information about the frames including the colour (e.g. black glass or grey smoked glass) and also the size. The price was on a small sticker on the back of the box. That is basically it for the outer packaging, inside the photo frames were very well padded with bubble wrap to stop them moving around and breaking inside the box.
The photo frames are from the Star range by Julien MacDonald, the ones I brought are made up of a black mirrored glass rectangle frame, there is a diagonal groove in each corner to give the frames a more 3D appearance and also giving the impression of the outer frame being made up of 4 separate parts. The mirrored glass outer frame is approximately 1.5" wide all the way around and the whole frame measures 9" across and 7" high, personally I think this is an ideal size as it is not too big and bulky but is big enough to stand out when out on display. The actual area for the photo is also of a good size measuring 5.6" across and 3.6" high (this is the actual area of photo you can see) again this was the perfect size for us as we were able to put our photos in the frame without having to cut them, all we had to do was fold one edge up by about 1cm. I was very pleased with the size of the photo display area as it allowed you to have a full sized photo on display rather than having to get it shrunk down or cutting it to size which often means cutting out a lot of the background. The photo is covered with a piece of clear glass which seems to be reasonably strong (although I have not dropped it to test this)
The black mirrored glass outer frame is decorate with approximately 30 diamantes sprinkled along one side and one length of the frame, either the top or bottom depending on which way up you have the frame, we have ours along the top and side. When I first bought the frames I was a little concerned that these would gradually fall off when they were dusted/ cleaned as I had had similar frames in the past with sparkly bits on which soon fell off leaving you with a totally plain frame. However these seemed pretty well made so we decided to give them a chance, the frames have since been dusted several times and none of the diamantes have fallen off at all they do seem to be pretty well stuck onto the glass border of the frame. The diamante detail really does make the photo frames stand out they transform them from being a boring black glass frame to something a bit different which really does sparkle when the light catches it without being too over the top and tacky.
The back of the frame is covered in a soft black velvet material, , in the centre of this a section of the back can be removed in order for the photo to be inserted, this is secured in place 4 small black metal clips, 3 of which twist around allowing you to remove the back section and in turn holding it in place, the 4th does not move at all. The removable section fits tightly into place and is in no way loose meaning it does not fall out when the frame is stood up. The stand is the typical photo frame stand which has a small hinge joining it to the frame allowing it to be folded flat against the back of the frame for storage, I have found that the hinge of the stand helps to keep it in place when the frame is stood up, many frames I have had in the past tend to fall over due to a rather flimsy stand, however the stand with these frames is very strong and sturdy and so far we have had no problems with the stand falling over.
The mirrored glass diamante photo frames as I have mentioned came from Denebhams, at full price they cost £22.00 each, however they are now on offer and being sold for £17.60, but when we bought ours Debenhams had a large sale on and we only paid £7.00 per frame which was a real bargain. We purchased 2 of the frames, although I now wish we had bought a couple more, although £22.00 is quite expensive for just 1 frame I would be prepared to pay this as they are of an excellent quality and go perfectly in our lounge, they look very stylish and are of a decent size allowing you to fully display your photos, I think they are worth the money.
I would definitely recommend the Mirrored Glass Diamante photo frames to anyone looking to buy this sort of product, they are not the cheapest photo frames you can buy but they are worth the money and very well made and come in 2 colours, black glass and smoked grey glass. If I had to comment on any disadvantage of this product it would have to be that the velvet back tends to gather the dust quickly and the black glass can get a bit smeared if the frames are handled,. however these are not issues that would make me not recommend the product.
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