Thursday, July 3, 2008

3 Tips for Buying a Magnetic Necklace

3 Tips for Buying a Magnetic Necklace

For pain relief in the upper body and head, a magnetic necklace is a common choice. A common dilemma, however, among those looking to buy is how to choose one. Here are 3 tips to use when buying magnetic jewelry for your neck.

Whether you're buying for it pain therapy or for just plain looks, you'll need to know several things about choosing a magnetic necklace. First, you'll want to be familiar with the types of necklaces and how they are designed to be worn. Second, you'll need to know about the differences in quality. Not only is the quality of the craftsmanship important, but also the strength and quality of the magnets themselves. Lastly, you'll want to understand how the differences in magnetic necklaces fits your style.

  1. The right type of necklace - There are a few styles of magnetic necklaces, so you'll want to make sure you get the right one for you. First, is the lariat. Lariat necklaces have no clasp, and wrap around your neck using the magnets in them to stay fastened. Lariats, also called "wraps" or "snakes," are usually 36 or 37 inches, and can be worn in several different ways around the neck. They can wrap a full turn, or less than a full turn around the neck. When worn this way the remainder of the beads hang below the neck, usually with the two sides joined in a straight line. They can wrap more than one full turn around the neck with a remainder, or they can coil around the neck like a collar. They can also be worn around the wrist or ankle, although they will obviously coil more times. Because of their length, these typically have the most magnets of any type of necklace. Unlike the lariat, the other types of magnetic necklaces are more like traditional necklaces with a clasp. The difference, of course, is that the clasp is usually magnetic. These necklaces can be made in different sizes, so be sure to get the right size for you. You'll find these necklaces plain, or with charms that are sometimes magnetic as well. A hematite cross is a popular magnetic charm. You'll find both the lariats and the traditional shape magnetic necklaces with or without accent beads. These accents beads can be magnetic hematite beads, or some type of non-magnetic bead. Higher quality necklaces will sport accents such as hematite, freshwater pearls, or semi-precious stones in turquoise, cherry quartz, or agate. These necklaces are more expensive, and also usually have stronger, higher quality magnets. Be alert that the better lariats will have as many as 48 high powered magnets.
  2. Quality - There are two aspects to the quality. The first is the craftsmanship, and the second is the quality of materials used. As I've mentioned, higher quality necklaces usually use higher quality accent beads, and more powerful magnets. If you're interested in pain relief, powerful magnets are a must. Watch out for lesser quality products. A high quality maker of magnetic jewelry will choose stronger magnets, and higher quality accents. Look for a craftsperson who creates custom-made designs in magnetic jewelry, rather than one of the mass-produced pieces. These custom pieces will more than likely be using higher powered magnets and materials.
  3. Style - You'll have to weigh all these differences against your personal style. Some people love the versatility of the lariat, while others prefer a more traditional look. Some enjoy the elegance and color of semi-precious stones, while others prefer the clean high-tech look of the polished black hematite. Cloisonne, lady bugs, and seasonal beads are very popular.

If you weren't familiar with the ins and outs of magnetic necklace buying, I hope this primer has you up to speed. Choosing the right type of necklace is important, especially for pain relief purposes. You'll have to decide whether you like the flexibility of the lariat, or the look of the traditional style.

You'll also want to ensure that your necklace has the quality to last. In addition, you'll need it to have the right number of high powered magnets if you're wearing it for therapy purposes. Once you've got those concerns taken care of, buying to match your style is your key to long lasting enjoyment.

Kurt Schmitt is an online journalist who writes about Magnetic Jewelry and magnetic therapy.