Not all magnetic bracelets are created equal. A very important principle of magnetic therapy is that the magnets should be in direct contact with your body. Often having magnets close to a problem area is a good idea. Therefore a magnetic bracelet is what you want for a wrist problem such as carpal tunnel syndrome. But it can also sometimes be true that wearing magnets on your wrist may help other areas of your body such as the back, hips, or knees. The bracelet should not be too loose or so tight that it’s uncomfortable or cuts off circulation. You do want the magnets to be in contact with your skin, but it should fit comfortably. After all, if the bracelet ends up in your drawer, and not on your arm, it’s not going to do you a lot of good.
Next, check out the quality and strength of the magnets themselves. You can choose from a magnetic bracelet that serves as a setting for a number of small magnets, which may be made of ceramic (cheap but bulky), samarium cobalt (better than ceramic but brittle and easily chipped) or high quality, high strength neodymium rare earth. Alternatively the bracelet itself may be made from materials that have been magnetized such as lodestone or magnetic hematite. Magnet strength is measured in units called Gauss; you should be on the lookout for a gauss rating of at least 800 gauss with hematite and at least 1700 gauss with neodymium rare earth magnets. Of course, appearance will be a factor in your choice. Most people want a magnetic bracelet with a fashionable look, which does not advertise its therapeutic side too blatantly. Last but not least, it is important to purchase from a reputable dealer, especially if you are ordering over the Internet. Make sure to buy from a well-established magnet jewelry business, with a reasonable refund policy and good customer support such as Magnet Jewelry Store.