European art during the Renaissance was highly influenced by the goods coming from China along the Silk Road. Natural motifs of flowers and leaves decorated exquisite Chinese porcelain and began showing up in European furniture and jewelry designs. These silver-colored metal bangles borrow from the same cross-cultural tradition, referencing classic East-West patterns. Individual links strung on elastic give the appearance of a solid bangle, but have a universal fit that makes these a great gift idea.
Choose Persia (top), Fergana (center), or Yellow Rivers (bottom) Bracelets.
This looked like a beautiful metal bangle and I was led to believe that it was. It's more like metal plated beads on elastic bands. I got the other two which are the same. It's not even worth the postage to send them back. At least I didn't pay full price for them.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
From National Geographic:We appreciate your comments and are sorry to hear that your order did not meet your expectations. The product description says this bracelet is made of silver-colored metal.
Since this is a series of curved silver beads on elastic, it does not hold its round shape necessarily unless tight on the arm - thismeans wearing multiple sets is tight on the upper arm. I think these are absolutely beautiful, but I can't wear them as bangles the way I had hoped (unless I figure out a way to slightly stretch the elastic.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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