A pretty piece of jewelry makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day or anytime gift. However, “the pinching motion also puts pressure on your finger joints, which can lead to pain,” says Jacqueline F. Lawrence, an occupational therapist at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston. But you don’t need to give up your love for sparkle. Tell your partner and kids about these options:
Magnetic clasps can eliminate pinching. Replace “lobster” clasps on bracelets and necklaces with closures such as the Magnetic Jewelry Safety Clasp (arthritissupplies.com). Or pick up a readymade piece from Clara Williams Company (clarawilliams.com).
Omega-back earrings feature a hinged back that you simply flip closed — no tiny posts and backs to manipulate.
Long necklaces slip over your head — no clasps needed. An extender, such as the Bead Landing Chain Extender (michaels.com) lengthens short necklaces, says Debbie Amini, an occupational therapist at the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Author: SHARON LIAO
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