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I've been collecting charms for a couple of years now but the charm bracelet I had got to the stage where it was getting worn and a bit heavy to cart around on my arm! A friend had bought a relative of hers this black Thomas Sabo bracelet and showed it to me - I immediately realised that this was the solution to my problem! A way of me using the charms I had but not having to walk around with all of them on my wrist. I asked my husband to buy it for me as part of my birthday present and was delighted when he did - I chose it from an independent jewellers in our local town and it cost £29.99 which I thought was quite reasonable. I have seen it available for the same price in some of the other national jewellery chains. It comes in a lovely presentation box (it's a bigger version of the rounded boxes that the charms come in - they remind me of little hat boxes!) so makes a great present.
The bracelet comes in sizes small, medium and large and in the end I chose the medium sized one. I have average sized wrists, they're not chunky but they're not very slim either so I think the sizing is accurate. The medium one measures 16.5cm in length. The bracelet is available in various colours - the ones I've seen are light pink, blue and cream but I chose the black one as I thought it would match most if not all of my outfits and it would be easier to match charms to it too. It's made up of black obsidian beads that are shaped with little flat sides all of the way around. These are not removable - the whole bracelet is held together on tough elastic and there's no clasp to undo it to remove any of these. The bracelet just slides on and off over the hand to put in place.
The bracelet can be worn with one charm at a time - I assume that any charm with a hinge clip fastening will fit on this bracelet but I've only ever used the Thomas Sabo charms with it. The charms fit onto a sterling silver ring that is fixed on the bracelet and has the Thomas Sabo signature embossed on it - there's a smaller piece of metal on this ring to which the clip fastening of the charm fixes to. I love this about the bracelet, one charm is enough to be subtle and not in the way, yet still pretty and nice to wear. It's also really easy to mix and match the charms to match outfits - I have different coloured charms and within one swap it can match to an entirely different outfit. With the black bracelet, I personally think the red charms look really nice - the small red heart that Thomas Sabo do is my favourite one!
In terms of wear and tear, it's all been good so far for me. I've owned this bracelet for over a year now and wear it through phases whereby I'll wear it a few days, then have a change wearing another for a few days. Over this time, the elastic has stayed in shape and it hasn't loosened on my wrist - I did expect it to a little considering the only way of putting it on and off is to stretch it over the hand but it's proved me wrong. The beads making up the bracelet have also stayed looking like new - still shiny and haven't faded with time whatsoever. I do sometimes go over the silver ring with a cloth though because I think it would start to look dirty otherwise.
I would really recommend this bracelet, if not in this colour then one of the others available. I think like a lot of other people, I was put off charm bracelets because they can sometimes look over the top and all 'bling' on the wrist if lots of charms are worn together. This is a great compromise - it's allowed me to use nice charms that I like and wear them at different times without my wrist feeling weighed down. I rate this bracelet the full 5 stars as it's all good - I'd also definitely consider buying another in one of the other colours to mix and match even further!
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I recieved this as a Christmas present. So i cannot say how much it was, although i believe it is a reasonable price, like much of the Thomas Sabo range. I was also told but my sender that it comes in different sizes which is a great plus for someone like me who has childlike wrists! Mine fits perfectly. I am always concerned with elasticated bracelets that they might pinch the hair on my arm, but because of the width oh the beads, this one doesn't. The faceted beads glimmer in the light, so really dress up an outfit, and with the carrier charm and the range of charms available, you can mix and match to suit different outfits. Its not too heavy either. All in all i was very pleased with my gift and will enjoy wearing it and collecting charms from the range to suit it. A very elegant and versatile piece of jewellery.
I bought this as a present for my girlfriend, along with 3 charms, for our one year anniversary, and it was very well received! Not only by her, but her friends constantly commented on it saying how beautiful it was.
The bracelet is of immense quality and the elastic is seemingly heavy duty and has survived being stretched when the bracelet has been caught on a door handle. The stones black stones have not suffered any notable damage such as chipping and if they have any scratches they certainly aren't noticeable so it's safe to suggest that this will be a present which will last until she gets bored of it!
The only thing I'd warn against is the clumsy looking charms - such as the Eiffel tower with the accompanying diamond - because unfortunately they aren't as pragmatic as other charms because they tend to get bashed about and weakened. For instance, my girlfriends Eiffel tower broke off and luckily they gave us a new one as she had the clasp attached.
If you're looking for a notable present then this is a safe bet with a charm or two! Think of it as sophisticated costume jewellery!
I received this Thomas Sabo black obsidian charm bracelet, along with one charm as a Christmas gift.
Not to sound ungrateful, but I was initially a little bit dissapointed, as I already have a Tiffany charm bracelet and a Pandora charm bracelet and I didn't really want another one.
However I have to admit that I actually really love this little charm bracelet, it is such a different concept from the other two charm bracelets that I have, and I'm really impressed with it. It's totally different to your typical silver chram bracelet, and as such isn't instantly recognisable as a charm bracelet. It looks stunning on.
The charm bracelet is a stretchy bracelet made from black obsidian stones, with a Thomas Sabo branded sterling silver charm holder. Because the bracelet is on a stretchy nylon cord it is easily slipped on or off your wrist, and size isn't a huge issue if it's a gift. The bracelet does come in four sizes; small - 15cm, medium - 16.5cm, large - 17.5cm, and extra large - 18.5cm. The size I recieved was the large, I have fairly average size wrists and this fits me with the bracelet sitting loose on my wrist, the medium would also have fitted me with the bracelet just being a tighter fit, I do however like it fitting loosely. The charm carrier or charm holder on the bracelet will hold up to three charms of your choice. The charms just basically clip onto the hook with a little spring clasp. You can choose to wear the bracelet on its own without any charms attached, or with one, two or three charms attached.
Thomas Sabo do a huge range of charms for whatever takes your fancy or to suit any occasion. You can easily mix and match your charms on your bracelet in seconds. The beaded stone bracelet that I have is also available with rose quartz, reconstucted turquoise or white cultured pearl stones. I've since been to look at the other options and to buy a couple more charms, and I actually think that the one I have - the black obsidian bracelet is the nicest, probably followed by the pearl bracelet. The black obsidian stones on my bracelet are gorgeous, they are cut to be multi faceted and they really sparkle and catch the light. Everyone comments on this, you don't see many people with these at all. As much as I love my Pandora bracelet, everyone does have them!
I must admit that I was a little bit dubious at first as to the durability of the bracelet because the stones are just on a stetchy nylon cord. I've had many a stetchy beaded costume jewellry bracelet that has snapped, or the nylon cord has stretched over time. I can't comment on the long term durability as I've only had mine since Christmas, but I can say that the friend who bought me the bracelet does have two of these which she has had for many years now with no problems whatsoever. It does seem to be very well made, and very good quality. The bracelet is easy enough to keep clean, I just wipe mine over with a soft cloth and it sparkles like new.
The stone beaded bracelets retail for £29.95, and the charms vary in price between £19.95 and £99.95.
One of the Christmas pressies I received last year from my mum was this charming Black beaded Obsidian Thomas Sabo bracelet. Now I have to admit that outside of the name I didn't really know much about Thomas Sabo but when I saw this bracelet I thought my mum had done herself proud as she always struggles to find presents that she thinks I might like, without a little input from myself - but this was a complete surprise and a very welcome one.
==About Thomas Sabo==
The Thomas Sabo brand has been around since approximately 1984 but it seems to me that only recently it has become a huge household name and a strong internationally recognised brand, constantly growing and developing over the years from it's humble beginnings in Bavaria. The company is named after Thomas Sabo himself who is a jewellery enthusiast, and it is his passion and vision that has made his jewellery a huge success across the globe, along with the help of his creative Director Susanne Kolbli. The Thomas Sabo brand can be found in a number of high street jewellery retailers such as Beaverbrooks and Rox and of course can be sourced from a number of different online jewellers.
==About the Bracelet==
The bracelet itself is made from black Obsidian beads.....now I had never heard of Obsidian before so my curiousity got the better of me and I just had to do a little research to find out what these little gems are that sparkle and glisten with every hint of light that hit them....my research told me that this little gemstone is actually volcanic glass which is used today in surgical scalpel blades (and obviously jewellery) which I thought was very interesting.
There is also a small sterling silver charm link attached to the bracelet that can hold up to 3 different charms at any one time which makes this bracelet perfect for anyone who doesn't like to wear too many charms at once, or alternatively you can wear the bracelet on it's own as it is a nice simple piece of jewellery that doesn't require any additions to make it attractive.
The bracelet itself comes in 4 sizes and costs £24.95 which I think is a really good price for such an attractive piece of jewellery.
Small (15 cms)
Extra Large (18.5cms)
You can also buy a childrens version suitable for those smaller wrists. The recommendation for adults is the medium as this seems to be the standard size for an adult wrist, but I have the small and it fits me perfectly although this is recommended for children, but then I do have little wrists ( another good shout by mum) so I think the medium would've been too big for me personally.
I have been wearing this piece of jewellery quite regularly since christmas time and am pleased to say that there have been no incidents where the beads have chipped or scratched...the material seems to be quite durable, and for £24.95 I think my mum bagged herself a bargain as this bracelet certainly looks as though it should be a little more expensive. Overall I am very satisfied with it's every day wearability and it's durability and recommend it to anyone who's looking to add a little extra sparkle to their jewellery collection, not to mention that there are a large number of charms to choose from to make make this bracelet a little more fun. I personally don't wear charms with mine as I think it's just lovely on it's own, and I have a links of London bracelet already that has charms on it, so don't feel the need to use this one for charms too.
This bracelet caters for pretty much anyone with it's range of sizes to choose from and would make the perfect present for a female friend or relative...I just bought my friend one for her birthday and she was delighted with it.
The perfect addition to my jewellery box.
One of my Christmas presents last Christmas was a reconstructed black obsidian bracelet from Thomas Sabo. Thomas Sabo is a contemporary jewellery brand established in Bavaria, Germany in 1984. They produce a range of silver jewellery and watches with an emphasis on fashion.
I first saw the bracelet on one of the stylists at my hairdresser's salon. The shiny black beads caught my eye. The bracelet has twenty one multi-faceted black obsidian beads which are each approx 1cm in diameter and threaded onto a stretchy nylon cord. Obsidian (I had to look it up, as I wasn't sure what it was) is usually found in volcanic regions, and is often used for surgical blades as well as sculpture and jewellery. The bracelet is supposed to fit on a 15-18.5cm wrist (they make 4 sizes), I am petite, so assume I received the smallest size. I stretch it to slide over my hand and it then fits securely around my narrow wrist without me worrying that it could slide off and get lost, and only has the movement of travelling up my arm about 5-6cm before my arm is too wide for it.
The bracelet also has a branded silver ring with a loop to allow you to attach up to three charms to it. These can be from the extensive Thomas Sabo collection, where the average price is £20-25 and include a variety of contemporary designs, or from other manufacturers that make compatible charms. This makes the bracelet an ideal gift, as buying additional charms solves further present buying dilemmas for the recipient.
After seeing it on the stylist's wrist, I later spotted it in an independent department store and thought the price of £26.99 quite reasonable. I have not seen them in mainstream jewellers, but think you can get them in their own stores, concessions in large department stores such as House of Fraser, and a smaller selection in independent shops, as well as direct from the website (where I think my boyfriend purchased it after I pointed it out and dropped a few hints - like e-mailing a link!). The bracelet comes in its own branded satin drawstring bag in a black and white branded cardboard box, for storage. As yet, I do not have any charms, but I shall enjoy making the selection, and am sure my boyfriend won't go too wrong left to his own devices. He is pleased that my birthday present it partly sorted anyway, in fact I think he is quite jealous that he never invented charm bracelets himself!
The bracelet is lightweight on its own - you could forget you were wearing it, but I suspect the charms would make it heavier. I tend to wear the bracelet in the evening because of its shiny blackness, it goes with evening-wear very well. But I also wear it at other times, but once it has a charm on it, it would make it harder to type or write with it on, as I wear it on my right wrist, therefore I would be unlikely to wear it in the office. I do recommend this as an affordable gift.
I absolutely love Christmas and one of the reasons for this is because my boyfriend always buys me the best presents. Each year he seems to outdo himself and this year was no different. He came to mine just after we had eaten and walked through the door with 2 bags full of presents from him and his family. I was thrilled when I opened my last presents, one of which was a Thomas Sabo Black Obsidian and Silver Bracelet.
*About the Product*
Thomas Sabo Black Obsidian and Silver Bracelet is a stone bracelet made from, you guessed it, black obsidian. The bracelet holds these stones together by a stretch nylon cord which is easily slipped over your wrist.
*Price and Availability*
Thomas Sabo Black Obsidian and Silver Bracelet can be purchased online at www.thomassabo.com. There is one jewellery store than I am 100% certain sells the Thomas Sabo collection and that is one of my favourite jewellers, SWAG. I am pretty sure that there are other jewellers that stock Thomas Sabo jewellery but I'm not sure which these are. So, take a peek into the jewellers that you walk past whilst shopping to see if they sell the collection and see what you think.
You can buy this beautiful bracelet for just £24.95. I was stunned when I looked the price up for the purpose of this review as it looks like it costs a lot more money. I think that to pay this amount for such a fantastic bracelet is absolutely crazy but I certainly won't be complaining about it. In fact I may even buy another one in a different colour or style.
The packaging: I absolutely love the packaging for this bracelet. It is fantastic and could tempt me to buy something from Thomas Sabo by just the packaging alone. Thomas Sabo Black Obsidian and Silver Bracelet comes in a hard cardboard container which is circular in shape and not particularly deep. The base of this container is white and black stripes and the lid that fits on top of this is white with Thomas Sabo printed on the top. When you have taken off the lid, you will find a silky white draw string pouch and inside of this is a small sealable plastic bag which you can undo to take out the bracelet. I think that this packaging is very unique and special and I believe that it gives the Thomas Sabo brand that little bit extra. I was certainly impressed on Christmas Day when opening it.
The bracelet: This is a stretch nylon cord bracelet which contains black obsidian stones and a silver charm carrier. The stones are a beautiful shiny black and cut beautifully so that they reflect the light. They always look sparkly and sleek. On the bracelet, the only space that doesn't hold a stone is the part which has a small silver branded charm carrier from which 3 charms can be attached.
This bracelet is easily slipped on and off over your wrist due to the stretch nylon cord so there is no trouble at all with clasps. When I initially looked at the bracelet I thought that I would break it instantly as I tend to be clumsy and catch things all the time but it is actually really strong which is pretty essential for someone like me.
Sizes available: There are four different sizes that you can buy this bracelet in.
- Small size is 15cm in length and is recommended for children.
- Medium is 16.5cm in length and is recommended for those with small wrists.
- Large is 17.5cm in length.
- Extra Large which is 18.5cm in length.
These sizes should allow anyone that wants the bracelet to wear it as it is elasticised and the sizes are vast.
Longevity of the product: This bracelet will last you as long as you look after it well. It is a lot stronger than it looks therefore if you are good to it then it will be good to you in return. Thomas Sabo Black Obsidian and Silver Bracelet doesn't need a great deal of cleaning. If you just wipe it over with a cloth every now and then, it will look as sparkling as ever therefore if you don't like jewellery that is high maintenance then this is perfect for you.
The joy of this bracelet is that it looks fantastic when it holds one, two or three charms but it can even look lovely when on its own. And you can then buy more charms if you wish to allow you to swap them over or stick to just a couple.
To be honest, charm bracelets had never really appealed to me. Whilst at school and everyone seemed to have one, I was never the slightest bit jealous or interested. But this is a twist on your usual charm bracelet and I must say that I really love it. It looks modern and fresh and I am forever being asked where I got my bracelet from.
*Would I Recommend This Bracelet?*
I would 100% recommend Thomas Sabo Black Obsidian and Silver Bracelet. I absolutely love it. In comparison to some jewellery, it is very inexpensive therefore if you are looking for a present for a friend, girlfriend, sister, mum, etc at a low price then this may be exactly what you're looking for.
Or if you are somebody who often changes their mind about what jewellery you like to wear then this bracelet could be perfect for you as the charm(s) that you attach can completely change the appearance of the bracelet. I love this as I tend to like it to look different so I wear it with just one charm, 2 charms and sometimes 3 charms.
Thomas Sabo Black Obsidian and Silver Bracelet is one of many fantastic presents that my boyfriend bought me for Christmas. Not only does it look great and trendy but it is inexpensive, surprisingly strong and you can have a totally different look with each charm that you wear.