Thursday, 10 December 2015

Criteria for choosing magnetic bracelets

One of the problems you face as a consumer buying magnetic bracelets is that you are spoilt for choice. This applies not only to the multiplicity of eTailers selling magnetic jewellery but also to the vast range of magnetic bangles, bracelets, necklaces, etc that you find in the larger internet retail outlets - most notably Magnetic Products Store, the biggest supplier of magnetic bracelets in Europe and the second biggest in the world (by product range).

To address this problem, you need to establish some buying criteria. These may include price range, size considerations and appearance. This last is especially important because the very word jewellery derives from the French word for joy - and the source of the joy is the brightness and visual stimulation afforded by the jewellery, not the number of Newtons it exerts on a piece of iron in close proximity.

This may come as a surprise to some people, who think they should look first and foremost at functional considerations like the number of the magnets or their strength. But the fact of the matter is that there isn't a huge difference in the magnetic strength of the various bracelets and bangles - except maybe the double-strength ones, obviously. But even if there were, it would have very limited impact on their properties, except in a few cases.

The reason for this is that you wear the bracelet long-term and so it is the long-term effect that matters. Even with medicine, where you want a powerful effect to kick in quickly, you wouldn't necessarily want a high dose, if only because a high dose can sometimes be too high. Now I am not saying that you can overdose on magnets, because of course you can't, unless you happen to be carrying a five-ton super magnet on your person - in which case you'll probably give yourself a hernia and then you'll need a magnetic wrap of some kind! But I am suggesting that you shouldn't dwell too much on the magnetic strength of the bracelet.

Pay attention instead to the cry of your heart and the gleam in your eye. If it looks nice, then buy it.

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