They definitely are sturdier than the last bracelets we had. My fiancé lost his in an airport. So I went on line and researched other places to get them. His best friend Bobby Coll, was working for Eurobrokers on 9/11 in Tower 2. He and his wife's cousin, Brett Bailey, died trying to save another lady. We miss him everyday. His 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter will be in our wedding in October.