Laura is a technical writer. She enjoys playing the piano, traveling, fine art, and making jewelry.
As a society, we are getting older, which means more cases of arthritis. Arthritis makes it hard to work the delicate little clasps of jewelry, including watches, and so do many other diseases or medication side-effects. And, you sometimes need help putting on jewelry for a special occasion and there’s no one around to help you.
Plus, who loves jewelry more than little kids, who are often not very coordinated when it comes to putting on jewelry?
And then there are the rest of us, who just can't do it for no good reason other than we're not very coordinated or we're in a hurry.
The "No Tools Required" Method
One trick to putting on a bracelet without help or tools:
1. Hold the clasp end in the hand opposite to the wrist from which you are going to put the bracelet on.
2. Make sure the hand with the clasp is ready to be used (opened, then closed, in most cases).
3. Drape the bracelet over your wrist so that the ring on the opposite end of the bracelet is dangling from the “top” of your wrist. (The clasp should still be in your other hand, ready to go to work.)
4. Rest your wrist with the bracelet on it against something vertical and steady, such as the edge of a table or the back of a chair. This step ensures that the dangling end remains loose while you are working with the clasp end. (See Figure 1.)
5. Now, take the clasp and capture the loose end with it.
6. Click the clasp closed, and now you are done!
Ready to Begin
Buy or Make a Special Tool
Another trick, especially useful for those who have arthritis, is to buy or make a bracelet helper tool that generally consists of a stick with an alligator or other clip on the end.
- Clip the tool onto the ring side of your bracelet.
- Hold the tool in the hand of the arm on which you wish to clip the bracelet.
- Attach the tool to the ring-end of your bracelet.
- Using your other arm, attach the bracelet clasp to the (now stationary) ring end of your bracelet.
- Unclasp the tool and you’re done!
Tip: If you're worried about the alligator clasp ruining your jewelry (which I always am), wrap masking tape or electrical tape around both "jaws" of the tool, covering all of the metal with a 2-3 layer protective cushion. Just don't get carried away so that the tool is too stiff to open and close or too mushy-mouthed to hold the clasps!
A Tool to Help
Capture One End of the Bracelet
Close the Clasp
Finishing Up in a Snap
Get Magnetic Clasps or Safety Chains
Yet another trick for putting on a bracelet (or necklace) without help is to have a jeweler put a magnetic clasp or safety chain on your bracelet for you. Magnetic clasps are very strong but tiny magnets that make wonderful closures for jewelry. Bracelets with magnetic closures really should also include a safety chain to ensure that if, for example, your bracelet gets caught on something and the magnets let go, there is still a safety chain to keep the bracelet from falling off.
CAUTION about magnetic clasps: Persons with pacemakers or other implanted medical devices should verify that it is safe for them to wear magnets such as these, in case the magnets interfere with the operation of the implant. Contact the manufacturer of your implant via their website or through your doctor if you don’t know the name of the manufacturer.
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Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on August 01, 2013:
Thanks, Tsuki! I'm so glad you like it -- and presumably will be able to benefit from it. Cheers!
Tsuki on July 20, 2012:
This is your most useful article yet!