Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Alex and Ani Jewlery Review & Giveaway


Alex and Ani is one of the coolest jewlery companies that I've seen in a long time. Not only is their jewlery trendy, unique, and simple, but it's also made entirely in the United States and of recycled materials. I thought this was pretty neat when I found out about them, and so was thrilled when they agreed to participate in our Valentine's event. Each piece is designed with the intention to "adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit," allowing the wearer to compliment her own uniqueness. Alex and Ani make bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, and hair bands--and almost everything is expandable, providing a comfortable fit for the wearer.

Eco-Friendly Jewlery
Founder and creative designer, Carolyn Rafaelian embraces a philosophy that is based upon using eco-friendly, recycled materials made entirely in the United States. Carolyn believes that by creating designs that support the environment and encourage social consciousness, consumers can use their purchases to make a difference in protecting our planet and our future.

Charity
Alex and Ani have a line of beautiful bangles that represent particular needs--and a percentage of the profits go towards meeting these needs. Right now, they're offering bangles for Haiti relif with 100% of the proceeds being given to Doctor's Without Borders to help meet the medical needs of the Haitian people. Check out the other charities and organiziations that they've partnered with as well!

The Fit
The bangle bracelets are really what make Alex and Ani who they are. On their website, they have a "Bangle Bar" application that lets you pick the finishes, bangles, and adornments--seeing what it will look like--so that you can create that unique piece of jewlery that fits you perfectly. The other cool thing about these bangles is that they are expandable so your skinny wrist and your fat wrist will both be comfortable. :-)

What I Think
Well, I think you already know what I think from reading the above. In case you're wondering about details though, I was sent a single Crazy Love Charm bangle to review. I chose the Russian Gold color and found it to be more bronzy than gold, but their website photo shows that as well--just don't be thrown off by the "gold" name! It's a single bangle with the "LOVE" charm dangling from it, and I've enjoyed wearing it with both casual and dressy outfits. I'm hooked now, though, so I really want to add some more bangles to the look so that it's complete in my mind. :-) On a side note, the packaging of the bracelet was nice in a professional box and with a hand written note. I also haven't found any tarnishing yet, it's comfortable to wear, and easy to move the size around!

Buy It! Visit http://www.alexandani.com/
The Love Bangle Set is on sale for $81.00 (normally $108.00)!
The Crazy Love Charm Bangle is on sale for $16.00 (normally $21.00)!
Enter the case sensitive code IC2010 at checkout to receive 10% off of your ENTIRE purchase.

Win It!
Alex and Ani is generously giving one of my readers her own Love Bangle Set valued at $108.00. You'll be receiving the many bangles that make up this set in the finish of your choice (Russian Silver or Russian Gold). Since it is Valentine's Day, all you have to do is tell me why you want to win this below! You must include an email address and separate comment for each entry. Contest will end 2/15/10 at 11:59, EST. Yeah, that means you'll actually need to buy your own bracelet to give to someone for V-Day. :-)

Extra Entries:
- Visit Alex and Ani and tell me what other peice of jewlery you love
- Tell me which finish you want the bracelet in if you win
- Enter my other active contests (1 entry per contest)
•Follow Life More Simply
•Subscribe to Life More Simply
•Tweet about this contest (1x/day)
•Grab my regular button
•Grab my V-Day button (two extra entries if you grabbed it BEFORE 2/1, 1 entry if after!)
•Spread the word about this contest (leave the link below)--can be anything! Facebook, message boards, emailing friends...

Review is based on free product sample provided by Alex and Ani. No other compensation was received.

167 comments:

  1. I'd love to win this and give it to my sister, who just found out she's having her first baby. I think this would make a great gift for that occasion.

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  2. like the halo divinity circle necklace in silver

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  7. regular button: www.diapersanddimples.com

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  8. vday button: www.diapersanddimples.com

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  9. early vday button: www.diapersanddimples.com

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  10. I want to win because it is pretty and buying jewelery for myself is an expense that is way at the bottom of my list so I don't get to add new things very often :]

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  11. I also like the Cupid's Heart Expandable Wire Bangle

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  12. I would choose Russian Silver

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  13. I'm following life more simply

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  15. Mother of Pearl Expandable Wire Bangle Set is beautiful!

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  16. I would love to win this because I would wear it as a symbol of what should be the focus of life. It would be a beautiful reminder. Thanks!

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  17. If I win, I would choose the Russian Silver finish. (I've always been a silver girl!) :)

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  18. I love the Halo Fleur de Lis Necklace in silver!

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  19. I follow Life More Simply.

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  20. I subscribe to Life More Simply.

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  21. I entered the Friendship Stone giveaway.

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  23. I entered the Rock Rhythm and Rhyme Color Songs CD.

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  24. I would love to win this because I love jewelry and I have a husband who doesn't like to buy it for me =).

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  25. tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/8599829354

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  26. also love the Star of Venus Expandable Wire Ring

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  27. tweet http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/8601422169

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  28. Valentines button...had it before 2/1
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  29. Valentines button...had it before 2/1
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  31. Such a tough decision! I believe my favorite is the Tigris Beaded Expandable Wire Bangle Set.
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    Aimee
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  32. Thank you for hosting this fabulous giveaway - I would be SO thrilled to win this bracelet in Russian Silver!
    Aimee
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  33. I am following your blog (username Nelsby).
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  34. I subscribe to your blog's RSS feed on Google Reader.
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  36. Facebook post (username: Aimee Waerhouse):

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  38. I would like to have it in gold.

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  39. I also like the custom bangle bars, I would like to have the dove/tree of life/path of life?/lily flower/ clover bangles in gold...

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  40. I would like to win it because it looks gourgeous!
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  41. I grabbed your V-Day button- before February 1st. #1.

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  42. I grabbed your V-Day button- before February 1st. #2.

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  43. I took part in the Pacific Jewelry contest.

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  44. I took part in the Travel Bed contest.

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  45. I took part in the Friendship stone contest.

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  46. I also grabbed your regular button:
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  47. tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/8685407575

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  48. entered The Friendship Stone giveaway

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  49. 2/5 http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/8690192825
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  50. entered Pacific Jewelry
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  53. Subscribed to Life More Simply

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  54. Valentines button - had it before feb 1 http://misfitmomma.blogspot.com/ entry 1

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  56. i want to win this because it's edgy!

    Roxy
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  57. also like the Mother of Pearl Expandable Wire Bangle Set

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  58. would get the russian silver finish

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  59. follower

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  60. entered pacific designs giveaway

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  61. entered bed voyage giveaway

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  62. entered The Friendship Stone giveaway

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  63. I entered Pacific Jewlery Designs Giveaway

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  64. tweet http://twitter.com/Missy_wpg/status/8772311144

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  65. I would like to win this because it's so unique and detailed.

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  66. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to own the Crystal Chanel Expandable Wire Bangle Set one day.

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  67. I would choose the Russian Silver finish

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  68. I follow Life More Simply

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  69. I'm an email subscriber

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  70. I tweeted:

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  74. I Subscribe to Life More Simply

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  78. I would love to win this because I never buy anything for myself, I always put myself on the back burner.
    Jen Ouellette
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  79. I like the halo heart necklace
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  80. Id like it in Russian Silver
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  81. I entered your color songs contest
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  82. I entered your pacific jewelry contest
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  83. I follow your blog
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  86. got your regular button http://misfitmomma.blogspot.com/



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  91. 2/10 tweet http://twitter.com/phxbne/status/8918120185

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  96. Love the pink crystal bangle bracelet at http://www.alexandani.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=791

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  97. I would love to win it because its unique and beautiful.

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  98. Bonus ~ I would like it in gold tone. Thanks

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  99. Entered your Pacific Jewelry Giveaway.

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  100. I am following your blog.

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  102. posted about giveaway on my forum boards at

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  103. Entered your Bed Voyage giveaway

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  104. Entered your Friendship Stone giveaway

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  105. Entered your gourmet gift basket giveaway

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  108. I entered the BedVoyage giveaway.

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  109. I entered the Gourmet Gift Basket giveaway.

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  121. I would love to win this for Valentine's day because I have no one to spoil me this year. This way I could spoil myself with something special

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  122. I really like the Daisy Expandable Wire Bangle Set

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  123. I would pick the russian silver for the bangle set if I was lucky enough to win


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  124. I follow your blog


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  125. I am an email subscriber


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  126. I follow on twitter as Prairiebelle and tweeted

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  127. I entered the friendship stone giveaway


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  128. I entered the gourmet baskets giveaway



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  129. I entered the bedvoyage giveaway



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  134. I like the Halo Cherub necklace
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  135. I would select the Russian Silver finish
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  136. I entered the Friendship Stone giveaway.
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  137. I entered the Gourmet Gift Basket giveaway.
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  138. I entered the BedVoyage Blanket giveaway.
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  139. I entered the Pacific Jewelry giveaway.
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  142. I want to win because I love bracelets, they are my favorite kind of jewelry. These expandable wire bracelets look neat, and I'd love to try one.

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  143. Another bracelet I like from their site is the Driftwood Expandable Wire Bangle Set.

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  144. I'd pick Russian gold for the bangles if I win.

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  145. I follow on google friend connect
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  146. I subscribe in google reader
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  147. entered pacific jewelry giveaway
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  148. entered friendship stone giveaway
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  149. entered bamboo blanket giveaway
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  150. enterd gourmet gift basket giveaway
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  154. I like the Fleur de Lis expandable wire bracelet.

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  155. I like the Russian silver finish the best. But then that is because all my jewelry is in silver.
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  156. I entered the Friendship Stone giveaway.

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  157. entered gourmet gift baskets giveaway

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  159. Accessories can either make or break your outfit. Always go for an accessory that complements your dress and your mood. Be creative and playful.

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