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What is Magnetic Jewelry?

Rachel Akmakjian


Rachel Akmakjian

What is Magnetic Jewelry? (Will a Magnetic Bracelet Really Heal Your Arthritis?)

Some touted alternative medicine — from crystal collecting to aromatherapy to acupuncture — as an ideal solution to some of today’s most common maladies. However, will specialized jewelry like magnetic bracelets or rings really help in healing your poor circulation or chronic pain

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What You Will Learn

Why Put a Magnet in Your Jewelry (The Origins of Magnetic Therapy)

Magnets are pretty cool, right? You might’ve spent hours as a kid playing with magnets on the kitchen fridge as your parents cooked at the stove. There’s just something (dare we say it?) magnetizing about the forces of magnetism.

Well, doctors thought so, too, once upon a time. In centuries past, wearing a magnet was considered an effective remedy for many ailments, drawing the offending illness from your body.

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While magnetic therapy initially declined, it received another boost in popularity in more recent history, as alternative medicine likewise became more popular.

Benefits of Magnetic Therapy

There are many reasons why magnetic necklaces and the like are still worn today.

Manufacturers claim that magnetic jewelry can reduce or fight health concerns and symptoms such as:

  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Mood disorders
  • Poor Circulation
  • And more!

How does it work?

Wearers claim that magnetic therapy reduces symptoms of conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, and carpal tunnel via the power of magnetic fields. Supposedly, when exterior magnetic fields interact with the interior magnetic fields within one’s body, the positive reaction increases circulation while decreasing inflammation, which helps with other bodily issues.

And magnetic therapy jewelry isn’t just all function and no fashion. These pieces, which contain magnets that are dozens of times stronger than the average household magnet, are made, in many cases, to look like any fine jewelry, with various shapes and gemstones in gold and silver.

However, even those who tout the benefits of magnetic therapy admit that some people shouldn’t wear magnetic therapy jewelry. Here is a list of those who should not wear magnetic therapy jewelry:

  • Anyone pregnant
  • Anyone under the age of 18
  • Anyone with a blood clotting disorder
  • Or anyone using a medical device implant (such as a pacemaker or insulin pump)

Magnetic Rings for Weight Loss

In addition to general magnetic therapy jewelry often used to relieve the above-discussed symptoms, a subset of magnetic jewelry is specifically for weight loss.

According to experts, magnetic rings increase your metabolism, thus helping you lose weight. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support that these magnetic rings work to help overweight individuals lose any extra pounds.

What Do the Experts Say?

Before you head out to shop for your new magnetic therapy jewelry set, let’s look at what some experts say regarding this potential healing treatment.

According to Cleveland Clinic, in multiple British studies that looked at magnetic wrist strip use in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients, the patients experienced no relief of symptoms greater than what was experienced by those patients with placebo magnetic wrist strips. Accordingly, the Clinic advises those who believe they’re experiencing symptoms from one of these conditions to visit their doctor for treatment.

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Are There Any Downsides?

That said, while there aren’t many details on the proven, study-backed benefits of magnetic therapy jewelry, the experts do say that magnetic bracelets, necklaces, and other pieces aren’t harmful — unless, again, you’re in one of those groups that shouldn’t use magnetic jewelry, including those who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are under the age of 18
  • Have a blood clotting disorder
  • Or use a medical device implant (such as a pacemaker or insulin pump)

So, if you want to try magnetic jewelry, there’s usually no harm.

Magnet Jewelry FAQs

TL;DR? We’ve got you covered with a few quick Q&As.

What is magnetic jewelry?
Magnetic jewelry is jewelry that contains a magnet and is in contact with your skin so that you benefit from the magnetic force moving through your body.

What are the benefits of magnetic jewelry?
Practitioners say that magnetic jewelry can help with various health issues, including sleep problems, mental health concerns, pain from arthritis and similar conditions, and more.

Is wearing a magnetic bracelet or other similar jewelry dangerous?
Wearing these accessories is only dangerous if you are pregnant, are a child, have a blood clotting disorder, or have medical device implants such as a pacemaker or insulin pump.

Should I wear magnet jewelry?
If you’ve done your research and deemed magnet jewelry safe for your health, there’s no reason you shouldn’t try it if you want to. However, if you suspect an underlying health issue, the best course of action is to always talk to your doctor first.

How long can you wear magnet jewelry?
You can wear magnet jewelry as long as you like, 24 hours, night and day, if you want. There should be no adverse impact. However, those who use magnet jewelry and say they see its benefits typically advise wearing it at least 12 hours daily.

Which is better, copper or magnetic bracelets?

Wearing both copper and magnetic bracelets relieves similar symptoms, such as pain from arthritis. However, studies have found that neither is more or less effective than a placebo bracelet.

Suggested Read: The Top Benefits of Wearing Copper


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Rachel's expertise is further enhanced by her distinction as a Graduate Gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), equipping her with exceptional knowledge in gem identification and grading. Her education and experiences have given her an in-depth understanding of the demands and expectations facing jewelers and customers in today’s evolving retail marketplace.