We gave this as a gift to my daughter for her birthday. She has been involved in musical theater since an early age, even directing in college. Les Mis is the show that the family shares a love for and we have seen in numerous time. She not only loved the bracelet for the way it looks but also for the story behind each bead and charm. She can't wait to show it to her theater-loving friends.
Victor Hugo's masterpiece Les Miserables is a tale of redemption, demonstrating the power of love to change the direction of people's lives. Customers who deeply and emotionally connect to this narrative, requested I design this bracelet telling the story of Les Miserables.
When the story begins, Valjean is a petty criminal hardened by an unjust jail sentence. Compassion shown to him by Bishop Myriel changes the course of his existence. Valjean's resulting acts of kindness and heroism in turn change the lives of others, until again he is shown compassion by those he has helped. The romantic relationship of Marius and Cosette, along with the sacrifice of love struck Éponine further weaves Les Miserables into people's hearts.
Each bead and charm of the Les Miserables Bracelet represents a character or moment from the work. Some of the most important beads and charms are described below and you can see all of the symbolic descriptions on the spiral chart photo above or to the left. Also, a story chart explaining the symbolism of the beads and charms accompanies every bracelet. Click here to see the chart.
- Valjean is a grey glass bead that becomes a silver glass bead. This represents the "purchasing of his soul for God" with the Bishop's silver candle sticks. Tiny silver hearts indicate his acts of compassion throughout the story.
- Bishop Myriel, the only one to see the potential of Valjean to live an honest life, is symbolized by a white cat's eye.
- Javert is an opaque blue cube representing his role as a policeman, yet opaque to indicate his refusal to see beyond the letter of the law. Eventually this inability to reconcile the law with Valjean's heroic actions lead him to suicide... symbolized by a black disc.
- Formerly beautiful blonde, Fantine, is a gold fluted round bead. Her despair at her destitute fate is a watery heart and tear drop. Her daughter Cosette is at first a tiny fluted pink bead; later a larger fluted pink bead indicates she has grown up.
- Humble Éponine is a plain pink bead while Longed for Marius , the only character to have connections to the aristocracy, is a purple crystal.
Charms on the bracelet include:
- The Bishop's silverware and candlesticks
- The doll Valjean buys for young Cosette
- A cameo representing the adult Cosette
- A hand with a heart shaped hole symbolizing Éponine's fatal shot through the hand to protect Marius
- Finally entwined hearts indicate the wedding of Marius and Cosette.
Les Mis is one of my all-time favorite musicals and this beautiful and whimsical bracelet is a wonderful reminder of my love for the show that I can keep close to me. I love it.
I love everything about my new bracelet. Thank you Cindy. Irving
After recently receiving the "Valjean's Transformation" bracelet as a Christmas gift, and falling completely in love with it, I persuaded my lovely family to buy me the "Les Miserables" bracelet as an early birthday present and I am so glad I did. It is special and evocative and perfectly represents Victor Hugo's epic story. I recently visited Broadway to see Alfie Boe [my favourite Jean Valjean] reprise the role, and my bracelets will be a lasting reminder of the wonderful time I had in NYC - thank you so much for creating something so special and meaningful.
When I received the Les Miserable bracelet I was even more impressed with how beautiful & symbolic it was. The work on the bracelet is very impressive. I'm giving it to my granddaughter as a Christmas present because Les Miserable is one of her favorite productions. She is a theatre major in college & she'll love this bracelet. Also, I just recently saw that there if an Aida bracelet. Now I'm going to be ordering that one sometime in the future because she played the part of Aida in her school play. Thank you for such a beautiful & meaningful symbol of the arts.
A very unique gift that plays out the story line in a beautiful way. Perfect gift!
The bracelet will be a Christmas gift for a granddaughter who will be in a Les Miserables production in February. I'm sure she will be pleased with it. I appreciate the exceptional customer service I have received from Opera Bracelets. I will recommend this site to others.
I just received my Les Miserables bracelet, the first I have purchased from this site. It is beautiful! Seriously, the website does not do it justice! I was looking at this as a keepsake (just went to Les Mis performance), but was hesitant to spend "this much" on a bracelet. I am so glad that I did; It is well worth the price.
My wife received this as a Mother's day gift from myself and her children, and is still glowing, She was very happy and is still smiling. She is a long time Les Miserable lover from childhood.
I wore my new Les Mis bracelet to 5 performances of the Amarillo Opera's production of Les Mis, on April 9-12th! The charms reminded me of the plot as I immersed myself into the beauty of the music of this show! My son and several friends were in the production, making it even better! Many compliments came my way, when people saw my bracelet at the gala reception after the Saturday night performance. I have 4 opera bracelets now and love them all! I also gifted one to my son's girlfriend, also a member of the opera chorus. She loved it too! I highly recommend this jewelry!
Was very please with quality of bracelet and speed of delivery. Bought it for my daughter's opening night theatre production of Les Miserables. She loved the idea and makes a great memory for her.
I adore my Les Mis bracelet and have received so many compliments on the creativity. I am extremely happy. Thank you.
This bracelet surpassed my high expectations. My daughter is playing eponine in her Hs show and his will be the perfect gift. It was beautifully packaged and is so special. I highly recommend this or anything from this wonderful person!!
My husband found this bracelet and knew that it would be perfect for me. I have loved Les Miserables since I was a teenager. It was supposed to be a Valentine's gift but it came in the mail early so he let me open it. It is beautiful and I love it!
My husband happened to stumble on this while online and bought both the Les miserables and the Valjean tranformation for me for Christmas- considering that we have a daughter named Cosette and it is his favorite musical it was perfect and it came very nicely presented with a note that was lovely
The bracelet was a Christmas gift for my daughter in law. She is a high school bank director and plays with the Symphony. She thought it was a wonderful gift.
The bracelet is beautiful. Exactly what I wanted. The packaging was careful and attractive with some extra treats and a kind note. I will definitely be a customer again.
My daughter is in her school's production of Les Miserables and I purchased this bracelet as a gift for the Director. She absolutely loved it!