Today’s review features the 10PM x Star Wars Darth Vader coil bracelet. I first came across the 10PM x Star Wars range back in April last year, and immediately fell in love with their Darth Vader bracelet. I am a huge fan of bracelets, so I’m always looking for new and interesting Star Wars designs to add to my collection.
Our bracelet is plated in matte black and has black stones that make Darth Vader maintain his intimidating look while being stylish at the same time (let me tell you this is tough to accomplish!). The helmet is a replica of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet from the Classic Star Wars movies and is for the true fan.
Based in New York, 10PM offer free shipping within the US, and reasonable international shipping, which is great (they also sell through Amazon.com, with slightly higher prices/US only shipping).
The bracelet came packaged in a black cardboard box – I was a little surprised at the plain box, it has no branding on it anywhere. There is a small bar code sticker on the underside, which reads ‘Darth Vader Coil Bracelet, Size: One Size’. Inside, the bracelet was wrapped in a small sheet of bubble wrap, with white wadding material underneath. The presentation was nice, just surprising that there was no branding or logos.
The bracelet is made from 8 curved segments, with the first and last segments ending with a 3D sculpt of Darth Vader’s helmet. All 8 segments are accented with black rhinestones along the edges, and for highlighting details on each helmet sculpture. The bracelet has a soft matte finish, so the rhinestones really stand out nicely.
On each Darth Vader helmet segment, there are black rhinestones down the central helmet dome line, across the ‘brow’, and on the ‘eyes’ and ‘mouth’ of the helmet. The rhinestones on the helmet are smaller than those on the edges of the bracelet segments. The ones on the eyes and mouth in particular are quite small – they almost have a glitter effect in person, it is hard to make out the individual stones unless looking really closely. I do love a bit of bling in my Star Wars jewelry, so I love the added detail.
The back of the bracelet is hollow, as are the Darth Vader helmet sculptures – this helps keep the bracelet from being too heavy. There is no mention of what the bracelet is made from, but it does feel like metal. I have not tested the surface to see if it is resilient to scratching – I only wear mine on its own, not stacked with other bracelets (to help preserve the rhinestones).
The Darth Vader helmet sculptures measures approximately 2.5cm tall, 2cm across and 1.5cm deep (at the widest parts). This is a nice size for a bracelet, though I would love to see the sculpt used for matching pieces like a ring or necklace.
The bracelet segments are threaded onto 2 strong strands of wire. It appears to be a sort of memory wire, that doesn’t lose its shape, but can still flex. The bracelet can flex wider across the open gap, which is useful for putting the bracelet on over your wrist. The standard segments are separate from each other, and can move just a little bit on the wire. The Darth Vader helmet segments appear to be fixed to the wire, to stop them coming off the end, and to stop the wire from coming out.
The internal circumference of the bracelet measures approximately 19cm. This is a little wider than I had expected – I can easily fit it onto my wrist with a little flexing. It can be comfortably worn snug against your skin (so it is pushed wider), but the internal wire does not hold a smaller shape. Fans with slender wrists may find it a little loose, as it can’t be tightened (I can hold the bracelet ‘closed’ so that the 2 helmets touch, but the bracelet springs back into its default shape when let go).
The website notes this is part of a licensed collection – despite the plain packaging, the bracelet is indeed stamped with ‘© LFL’. I am unsure what the ‘CN’ notation stands for, but I have seen it on other licensed Star Wars jewelry – it may refer to the metal used.
I always enjoy finding interesting Star Wars jewelry from different designers – I am really happy to have this neat Darth Vader bracelet in my collection. The dark matte finish has a quite subtle style, while the shiny rhinestones help prevent the bracelet from feeling dull. I tend to wear this for evenings out – lets face it, Darth Vader is always a classic accessory theme for a black dress!