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Do You — or Don’t You: Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

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Do You — or Don’t You: Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

Do You — or Don’t You:  Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

BY INSTORE TEAM

Do You — or Don’t You: Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

Published in the May 2013 issue

YES, I DO (75%)

Because I wear one I always advertise that if they buy their medical alert jewelry from me, I will engrave it for free. I sell gold, silver and even stainless medical alerts, always with the red enamel. — Brenda Reichel, Carats & Karats Fine Jewelry, Honolulu, HI

We design custom-made jewelry that incorporates the symbols and info discreetly. — Eve J. Alfillé, Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, Evanston, IL

It’s not growing, it’s pretty steady (we’re in a retirement community), and bracelets are the most common, although dog tags are not rare. — Ben Woerner, Cranstoun Court Jewellers, Sun City West, AZ

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There is demand for “nice” pill pendants but very limited supply. The online sources offer cheap things. — Gary Richmond, Van Horne & Co., Granger, IN

For the next 19 year this will be a growing category as baby boomers turn 65 (10,000 each day) and have health issues. — Eileen Eichhorn, Eichhorn Jewelry, Decatur, IN

What we really do well is design custom medical ID jewelry that is beautiful, can’t be bought anywhere and has to be made. We made a gents diamond and sapphire pavé initial bracelet with the medical symbol in small rubies (this was about an $8,000 project) — way cool! — Mark & Monika Clodius, Clodius & Co., Rockford, IL

Pharmacies and supermarkets sell a lot of these items but they are not a good quality. Purchasers bring them in for adjustment, and we often make a sale for a better quality. — Pat Gilmore, Dunbar Jewelers, Yakima, WA

This is a constant category for us. Sterling silver pendants and 14K white gold bracelets are our best items. Bracelets do well because of the amount of information they can display. — Denise Oros, Linnea Jewelers, La Grange, IL

I live in a retirement community where the average age is about 77. I sell a lot of medical jewelry. Women prefer karat gold or silver jewelry, with men choosing more alternative metals like titanium. — Elizabeth Breon, Coast Jewelers, Florence, OR

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NO, I DO NOT (25%)

There’s no monetary return on this investment. — Terry Parresol, Parresol Jewelers, Lakeland, FL

We don’t sell them, but we engrave lots of them from the pharmacy a few doors down. The higher end versions have not sold well for us. — Mark Snyder, Snyder Jewelers, Weymouth, MA

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Do You — or Don’t You: Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

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Do You — or Don’t You: Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

Do You — or Don’t You:  Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

BY INSTORE TEAM

Do You — or Don’t You: Do You or Don’t You Sell Medical Jewelry, Such as Bracelets or Dog Tags That Can Convey Personal Health Care Information?

Published in the May 2013 issue

YES, I DO (75%)

Because I wear one I always advertise that if they buy their medical alert jewelry from me, I will engrave it for free. I sell gold, silver and even stainless medical alerts, always with the red enamel. — Brenda Reichel, Carats & Karats Fine Jewelry, Honolulu, HI

We design custom-made jewelry that incorporates the symbols and info discreetly. — Eve J. Alfillé, Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, Evanston, IL

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It’s not growing, it’s pretty steady (we’re in a retirement community), and bracelets are the most common, although dog tags are not rare. — Ben Woerner, Cranstoun Court Jewellers, Sun City West, AZ

There is demand for “nice” pill pendants but very limited supply. The online sources offer cheap things. — Gary Richmond, Van Horne & Co., Granger, IN

For the next 19 year this will be a growing category as baby boomers turn 65 (10,000 each day) and have health issues. — Eileen Eichhorn, Eichhorn Jewelry, Decatur, IN

What we really do well is design custom medical ID jewelry that is beautiful, can’t be bought anywhere and has to be made. We made a gents diamond and sapphire pavé initial bracelet with the medical symbol in small rubies (this was about an $8,000 project) — way cool! — Mark & Monika Clodius, Clodius & Co., Rockford, IL

Pharmacies and supermarkets sell a lot of these items but they are not a good quality. Purchasers bring them in for adjustment, and we often make a sale for a better quality. — Pat Gilmore, Dunbar Jewelers, Yakima, WA

This is a constant category for us. Sterling silver pendants and 14K white gold bracelets are our best items. Bracelets do well because of the amount of information they can display. — Denise Oros, Linnea Jewelers, La Grange, IL

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I live in a retirement community where the average age is about 77. I sell a lot of medical jewelry. Women prefer karat gold or silver jewelry, with men choosing more alternative metals like titanium. — Elizabeth Breon, Coast Jewelers, Florence, OR

NO, I DO NOT (25%)

There’s no monetary return on this investment. — Terry Parresol, Parresol Jewelers, Lakeland, FL

We don’t sell them, but we engrave lots of them from the pharmacy a few doors down. The higher end versions have not sold well for us. — Mark Snyder, Snyder Jewelers, Weymouth, MA

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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