Bound by diamonds leash and collar set by Cal Exotics - review by Sundae

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Everything that glitters ain't gold (or even diamond)

Though the thought of being bound by a beautiful diamond collar is very glamorous, the reality is that this set is somewhat sub-par. With a collar you can't adjust, rough edges on both items and poor quality on the whole, this set could work for people of the right size looking for something cheap and sparkly to try out, but will be a let down to many.
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Pros:
Quick release for collar, detachable leash.
Cons:
Poor craftsmanship, collar not adjustable, rough edges on both items.
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review
The Bound by Diamonds leash and collar set is part of the Bound by Diamonds collection by Cal Exotics, which features a vibrating harness, thigh harness, g-string, pasties, wrist cuffs, ankle cuffs, hog-tie and a blindfold. Phew, what a list - you really could kit yourself head to toe with this range if you wanted to!

The collar and leash are made out of black, patent PVC decorated with rhinestones and finished with nickel-free silver hardware. The set overall looks a little cheap, especially when it comes out of the box all kinked and squashed. The rhinestones themselves don’t look all that pretty as instead of being individually attached to the collar/leash, they appear to be snipped off a piece of plastic netting with crystals on it. This leaves edges of the netting hanging off the edges of the leash, which is spiky and unpleasant. The ring on the collar is attached with a piece of silky black ribbon, which is soft on the skin, but not as strong as other materials. Past these aesthetic issues, the construction seems fairly solid and will withstand tugging and the sort of light play it was designed for.

The leash is 21.5” inches long and has a simple loop at the end to slip your hand through with rhinestones at the bottom of the loop and next to the clasp. It attaches to the ring on the collar with a simple clasp, much like you’d find on any standard leash. It is actually fairly innocent looking and if you had a pet you could probably pass it off as a cheap, very short lead at a stretch. However, be warned that the edges of both the leash and the collar are somewhat rough and unfinished, so excessive tugging on the leash will probably hurt the top’s hands, whilst excessive movement and squirming by the wearer will probably cause a bit of chafing or discomfort.

The collar is 16” long by 1.25” wide and closes with two nickel-free push studs at the back. These give you a quick release in an emergency that the wearer can access easily, which is handy for those who may be nervous about using restraints. Despite this, they hold up relatively well to tugging and pressure. The major problem with these studs is that they do not give you any flexibility when it comes to sizing. Though the box claims it is ‘adjustable’ it follows this claim up with the phrase ‘one size fits most’, which makes little sense. As is ever the problem with single size items, this collar won’t fit everyone.

I am a petite lady and it didn’t fit me at all; it would have had to be at least 1.5” to 2” smaller to fit even vaguely snugly. You really need that extra tightness if you add a leash to the mix and don’t want the collar to be rotating around your neck when you play. I think many women, even those who don’t want it to fit as tightly as a choker, will have problems with the size. For men I’d guess that it’d fit more comfortably, though the product seems to be marketed at a female audience. If in doubt, measure your neck circumference first!

Though the package doesn’t come with any particular care instructions, I’d recommend only light surface cleaning for these items. If they get dirty, a damp cloth should be able to wipe away anything on the PVC. I wouldn’t recommend submersion as I’m not sure how the inner layers of the material would hold up to that amount of water and the metal hardware may rust or flake.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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My Bound by diamonds leash and collar set tags
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Sexually inexperienced/beginners
    • Special trip or occasion
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
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Comments
  • ~LaUr3n~
    ~LaUr3n~  
    Great review Sundae. I know these companies want to make cheaper items for those on a budget...but it doesn't help when they make them so poorly that they have to be replaced lol.
  • Sundae
    Sundae  
    Yeah, when I review things I really do try and take a nice, objective opinion about cheaper items because hell my budget doesn't stretch to hundred dollar things all the time! However, when cheap becomes synonymous with poor quality and aesthetics, then I'm not impressed. Winking
  • Lynk
    Lynk  
    Nice review! Big smile

    It sounds like yours was even worse off than mine in the aesthetics department. The gem stones on mine did not have the netting hanging off issue yours did. But it sounds like the other poor traits are pretty universal.

    These companies should definitely figure out a way to make something more functional for people on a budget. They would make a lot more money that way.Big smile
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    Good review!
  • NuMe
    NuMe  
    Very nice review, thanks!
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