Judith Ripka Sterling/14K Gold Clad Braided Double Row Bracelet
Home run - Judith hit it out of the ballpark with this one! This is a gorgeous bracelet: sophisticated, yet edgy. The tan with gold clad is to die for! I like the fact that this is 'pleather' (i.e. faux leather) because it is not as stiff as real leather would be in this woven configuration, and my wrist will not sweat under it, as it would if this were leather. I had no problem with the clasp, once I thought about it. As one reviewer already noted, just make sure the safety clasp is pointing inward (towards you) when you put on the bracelet and then use your finger to close it from the outside in. I ordered the small (6 3/4 inch) and found that the safety was somewhat easier to close if I had it pointing under the bracelet (i.e. not sticking straight out towards my hand) when I close the clasp. This is simply a winner!
I love this style. I wear this one quite often. It looks great with my leopard print sweater. I've received so many compliments on it. After watching how to use the clasp I find it easy. And I have no issues with this not being real leather. She uses the same product in her high end jewelry and to me that means it should be fine for us QVC buyers too.
First JR Purchase
I bought this as a gift to myself in March. I had trouble getting it on and off, the clasp is hard to manage. Then I received the email with instructions on how to do it. That should have been my first clue that others had problems and I should send it back. But I didn't. I kept it because it was unusual and I really liked it. Judith you need to change the clasp. Even now after several wearings I still need to take the instructions out and then after MANY MANY tries I manage to get the bracelet off, but my fingers hurt from pressing and pulling. Pretty to wear but VERY difficult to get off.
The Look of Leather???
I ordered two of these bracelets when they were the TSV. I love the design and concept of this bracelet, but I must say I am disappointed that this is faux leather for the price. I'm not understanding why this was not done in genuine leather. I kept the bracelets, because I love the style. I have not had any problems with them luckily thus far. Judith, please consider using genuine leather with future designs.
This was my first purchase of Judith Ripka and it turned out to be a bad choice. Got it Monday and wore it to work today. No problems with the clasp like others had trying to get on or off. But after lunch I noticed that the clasp was not sitting correctly. So I took it off and found that the clasp would no longer "click" in place. If it wasn't for the bottom safety clasp, it would have come apart and fallen off. So, unfortunately I had to put in my purse until I got home and then pack it up to send back. I really love the look and waited to get this, so needless to say I am upset and disappointed. After reading all the reviews I agree that the quality of that clasp is very poor and not worth the price paid. I really expected the best from JR, but since this is my first piece I have nothing to compare to. Some of the other reviewers who have other JR jewelry seem to think that the quality has gone down. Sad to say, I will not likely try any more of her jewelry.
So ME! Love the leather & metal
I love this piece!! I wear it nearly everyday. I add eternal gold bangles, blue topaz bracelet and this leather bracelet. THANKS Judith! the bracelet does stretch as you wear it. The double lock ensures the bracelet stays on. I want all of them!
I got the black w/ silver. Very pretty piece. My wrist is small and the 6 &3/4 fit comfortably. I found the clasp weird. It has the bar which slides into the opening on the other side, snaps together, then there's a safety bar that hooks under the metal part and snaps to hold it tight (I think....) I wore this once and loved it stacked with two other bracelets that were entirely different. I took it off with no problem then went to wear it again and the ends would not join. The spring in the clasp mechanism sliding into the other side was broken. Aggravating and not the good quality I expected from JR & QVC. Sent it back and was promised to be refunded the return shipping - we'll see - but I did not reorder. Why risk it?
Give me the Gold!
I am in love with this gold clad beauty of a bracelet! I also bought the sliver which will go with so many of my Ripka pieces and I will wear them both often. The only problem (just kidding!) is that I now need more Judith Ripka jewelry in this gorgeous gold. Thank you for these beautiful new choices in the gold and rose clad. And thank you for always including some easy pay opportunities for us Judith fans!
Unexpected Love @ First Sight
I was hesitant to order this bracelet after reading the reviews about the clasp. I have no issues with the clasp. It is very secure and has the look of a much more expensive piece. Not-so typical Ripka design which makes it unique. Love the flexible leather-feel braided bracelet. I have a petite wrist & the small fits perfectly. If you are on the border of size to order, I would advise to size up as it does run small.
I ordered the taupe with gold clad clasp & feel in love at first sight. It is very fashionable, yet comfortable. Looks classy!
WEAR IT EVERYDAY!
I bought this bracelet in the gold and I wear it everyday!
I bought a large and believe I could have worn a medium but I do like bracelets that move up and down.
I love the clasp! This is what you find on fine jewelry. Not the figure 8's.
It's different and unique, doesn't turn around on my wrist and as a tech who is at the keyboard a lot, it is super comfortable.
A Little Off
Love J.R. but found this bracelet a bit unbalanced - the weight of the clasp, combined with the fact that you can't adjust the size, causes the clasp to constantly roll under my wrist so all the Bling I paid for is not visable. I still like the look of the pleather with the smaller rose gold station but I feel like it would be better if the clap was not so heavy and there was more than one small station of silver/rose in view. I haven't had problems with my clasp as others reported, but it can be a bit tricky to get it on with out assistance. I'm going to return this one and keep an eye out for future J.R. leather bracelets.
Edgy! A Classic! Looks like a million bucks!
I own several pieces of Judith's jewelry. I love them all! I thought this piece was so unlike anything I owned by Judith. When I saw it, I had to have it! My first thought when I saw the design of the piece was the word edgy. I don't like to look like everyone else, even with the jewelry I wear. I believe it is edgy looking, & it does look like I paid a lot more than I did. As far as the clasp, I too had trouble figuring out how to open and close it. However, I showed it to my husband, told him I was having a problem, and he figured out how to work the clasp in a few minutes! He thought it looked terrific on my wrist. I usually have to ask him what he thinks. But, he volunteered the compliment. I did think it ran a little small however. I recently lost 55 lbs., and I remarked to my husband that if I hadn't lost that much weight, I would of had to send it back. That would have broken my heart. But, it fits great & looks fabulous! Thank you Judith!