Ouch, my ring just bit me when you shook my hand! Have you ever met someone new, had your hand shaken and experienced a jolt of pain as your ring dug into your surrounding fingers? That happened to me when I was a speaker at a Las Vegas Jewelry Convention.
I ended up shaking about 30 hands right after my presentation. Shake number three really hurt and even lesser shakes after that had me cringing.
I had more speaking engagements to come and I knew that I needed a solution.
Flexible Rings, Chain Rings Whatever You Call Them, Are the Answer
I learned that flexible rings are great for shaking hands. Especially, big manly, testosterone pumped hands!
How Flexible Rings Are Made
A flexible ring is not solid metal but is made of flattish, intertwined links that move and flex, much like a tiny bracelet. In some rings, only the shank, the bottom half of the ring, is flexible. In others, the whole ring is flexible.
Why it Works
Flexible rings are a life saver because when you shake someone’s hand, the ring “flattens out” or compresses slightly, avoiding pressing into and hurting the surrounding fingers. If you happen to have the sort of life style or job that necessitates shaking lots of hands on a daily basis, a flexible ring just might save you a lot of pain.
Sensitive Hands and Dog Bites
There are all kinds of reasons you might wear a flexible ring. Shortly after I discovered flexible rings a client, Kathryn, called me. She had tried to stop a dog fight between her dog and a guest’s dog and she had gotten bitten. She lost a little chunk from her wedding finger. When it healed and she put her wedding ring on it hurt her.
Her husband wasn’t happy with her wearing no wedding ring, so we tried the flexible ring. It worked! She wore it for a year or so while her body filled in the dent on her hand. After a year she put her diamonds back on.
Sensitive Hands and Peripheral Neuropathy
When Jeb was getting ready to re-new his vows, his wife pulled me aside and said, “your job is to figure out a ring he’ll wear!” Jeb had Peripheral Neuropathy, which caused sensitivity in his hands and feet.
His old wedding ring just flat out hurt him to wear. I designed him a flexible wedding ring. The freaky thing was that we didn’t know if he’d be able to wear it. Happily he could and he wore it for the ceremony and wears it daily.
Fluctuating Finger Sizes and Flexible Rings
Velma was an older client with a lot of health problems. She loved jewelry, but with her changing prescriptions her finger size could change as much as one size depending on the weather and her response to medication. I said while you’re in this state of change let’s get you a flexible ring.
Velma said, “I’ll give it a try. It’s either that or have you come and resize my rings every three to six months!”
Flexible rings, being floppy, tend to stay on your hand even if they are a bit loose. Velma ended up getting two flexible rings in different styles and one size apart. We discovered that as her hand shrank a bit, her larger sized ring never offered to fall off. It always takes a bit of wiggling to get it off, since it’s flexible.
Big Knuckles, Arthritis and Bendy Rings
Velma shared her bendable ring story with her bridge friends. One of her friends, Ruth, had pretty bad arthritis and wasn’t wearing rings at all. Velma pulled off her ring and let Ruth try it out, and it fit! Ruth threatened to keep it.
I was called in to get Ruth her own ring. She got one with little diamonds on it and was so thrilled to be able to wear sparkly hand jewelry around her friends.
Even though behind her large knuckle her ring was a tad loose, it was very comfortable. Since we selected a design style with a repeating eternity pattern of diamonds it looked great no matter how it turned.
The happiest thing was that Ruth told me, “Calla, being able to wear a ring again makes me feel cheerful and girly again. I’m not so upset about how my hands look.” That just made my day.
So Many Reasons These Innovative Rings Deserve Attention and Adoration
There are so many reasons people love the little known flexible style. You don’t need a reason to try one. They are beautiful, comfortable and different. Are you a candidate?
Your Personal Jeweler,