The Bracelet Buddy is a wonderful tool for putting on bracelets!
If you’re handy, or know someone who is, you can purchase magnetic jewelry clasps and put them on your bracelets and necklaces yourself. These Clever Clasps have been advertised nationally.
Ring jewelers can remake a ring with a special expandable ring clasp. Rings are probably the hardest item of jewelry to deal with for people with arthritis in their hands. The swelling in the knuclkes of the finger and the way some fingers twist and deform so crooked makes it difficult, if not impossible, to slide a ring on and off.
Like many women, my Mother has quite a few rings. One of the problems she faced having such horrible arthritis in her hands was being able to wear her rings. The more Mother’s fingers bent, the less she could wear her favorite rings–including her wedding rings. In fact, at one point she had to have a few rings cut off and that certainly wasn’t any fun.
The long of the short of it is that until Mom learned about special expandable ring clasps she had to quit wearing rings altogether. There are a couple different versions of these ring clasps with different names. They allow a ring to open and close so a person can get a ring on or off a finger.
The ring clasp itself needs to be installed by a ring jeweler. So, I’m not going to pretend that it is a cheap process to have done at your local jewelry store. However, for rings of good quality or that have special sentimental value for someone, it is well worth every penny!
|Citizen Women's EK3682-97P Gold-Tone Expansion Bracelet Watch|
|Retail Price: $110.00|
|Amazon Price: $77.00|
One thing to bear in mind if you want to buy a bracelet or a watch as a gift for someone who has arthritic hands is that expandable bands are much easier to get on and off than ones that have any type of clasp. However, items with a magnetic clasp are relatively easy to manipulate as well.
Necklaces that are large enough to slip over the head are also a great gift idea since a person doesn’t have to hassle with any type of jewelry latch or hasp. You can also consider necklaces and bracelets with magnetic jewelry clasps.
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