Awesome bracelet for any occasion. Many people complain these fall apart after a short time. Here are a few tips to make this item last for years: FIRST apply crazy glue to the strings at the point of convergence on both side and at both ends. SECOND avoid getting it wet. Don't be lazy and leave it on 24/7. Take it off each day andespecially before bathing. Two simple steps, and you'll enjoy this bracelet for a long time!