Today’s review features the Alex and Ani x Star Wars Princess Leia bangle bracelet. First released in November 2015, this was the first Alex and Ani x Star Wars design, later followed by many more including Star Wars symbol charm bracelets and Star Wars 3D character charm bracelets. I of course had to add it to my Princess Leia jewelry collection – I love finding fashion that features Leia on her own, rather than in a group.
You’ll experience the Force of positive energy with this Princess Leia Bangle. Designed by Alex and Ani to ”enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit,” it features the rebel leader and is available in a gold or silver finish.
The bracelets retail for US$39.95 each – they were available on the Disney Store website, but are currently unavailable. They are still stocked at US Disney Parks, but if you can’t make it there, there are plenty available from re-sellers on eBay (shipping rates/policies vary by seller), and also from the fan-run re-seller store ‘Your WDW Store’ (they can ship internationally). Prices correct at time of writing.
- Alex and Ani Princess Leia bracelet (silver or gold tone) – US$39.98 to US$65.95 each (eBay)
- Alex and Ani Princess Leia bracelet (silver tone) – US$46.95 each (Your WDW Store)
- Alex and Ani Princess Leia bracelet (gold tone) – US$46.95 each (Your WDW Store)
My bracelet was purchased directly at Disneyland – it came with a small white tag attached, which features the Disney Parks logo. I choose the silver-tone version, as I tend to wear silver jewelry more often than gold, and silver reminds me more of Leia. The colour is described as ‘Antiqued Rafaelian Silver’ – it has a matte finish, rather than shiny.
The bracelet is the classic Alex and Ani expandable bracelet design – the ends overlap, allowing you to expand the bracelet to get it over your hand, but close it smaller again once on your wrist. This design can be worn on its own, or ‘stacked’ with other bracelets. In the default size, the internal circumference of the bracelet measures approximately 18.5cm, and has a slight oval shape which is great for wearing.
The main charm features an engraved image of Leia in her classic white dress outfit from A New Hope. There is recessed space around Leia’s image, accented with black antiquing. The detail is nice and crisp, down to the small fine lines in her hair. The Leia charm is attached between the 2 overlapping bracelet ends, so it is limited in its movement – it can’t slide around the whole bracelet.
The Leia charm measures approximately 29mm across, and 2mm deep. The back is stamped with the text ‘© Disney © LFL Alex And Ani ® ©2016’, noting this is a licensed item.
As well as the main Leia charm, the bracelet also includes 3 small tag charms – ‘Made in America With Love’ symbol, ‘Recycle’ symbol, and ‘Infused With Positive Energy’ text. The ‘Recycle’ charm features the same design on both sides, the ‘Made in America’ charm has the patent number on the back, while the ‘Infused with Positive Energy’ charm has the text ‘Alex and Ani’ on the back.
The 3 small charms are attached with rings to the main part of the bracelet, so they don’t overlap with the main charm. I really like that the jump rings for all of the charms are sealed shut, so they can’t come undone and fall off by accident. It absolutely ruins a bracelet to loose charms, so I like that attention to detail.
I have admired the Alex and Ani x Disney bracelets for ages, and I’m so happy they made Star Wars versions. I would absolutely love to add more to my collection, to wear them stacked together, but the Princess Leia bangle was the one that I definitely had to have. It is a lovely tribute to Princess Leia, and to Carrie Fisher. I hope Alex and Ani continue to create Star Wars bracelets – I would love to see a Padme’ or Rey design!