A new generation of designers have taken on a common, and lifesaving, object and made beautiful what was at one time just necessary. Wearable medical identification has saved the lives of countless thousands since its inception and continues to be an essential aspect for people with pressing medical conditions that need awareness in times of emergencies. For example, prescribed medications are listed giving first responders vital information to avoid possible adverse drug interactions. Likewise, critical ailments, diseases, and conditions are included to prevent complications in case of trauma or emergency.

Medical allergy wristbands are another common way to get valuable information across in certain situations. Millions of Americans deal with some variety of allergy, the most common types being food, skin, latex, insect bite and drug allergies. Serious complications can arise from allergies, and allergic reactions can be fatal in certain situations.

Though not especially aesthetic in the past, jewelry designers have found ways to make wearable medical identification a beautiful addition to any wardrobe or lifestyle. Formerly, users were relegated to dog-tag style necklaces or simple unattractive bracelets. Now the options for men and women are seemingly endless. Some of the newest designs are more fashion forward, focusing on style while finding more discrete ways to fit in the necessary information, often on the inside of the wrist. Others are more pronounced, with the emergency services’ Star of Life and information featured more prominently on a stylistic leather band, bracelet or decorative chain.

Women’s bracelets and necklaces come in many styles, from classy linked bracelets and sophisticated necklace charms to colorful beads and even earring and bracelet ensembles. There are now options to match any outfit. Men’s jewelry also comes in a wide range of styles. Silicone bracelets for active lifestyles, engraved cuffs, decorative leather bands and a variety of metal tones to appeal to all tastes.

Not to be left out, children have a variety of styles all their own. Girls can dress up with heart and unicorn necklaces and rainbow-beaded or diamond-studded bands. Boys can be active on the field with sports-themed silicone bands or impress with braided-leather or metal link bands and colorful necklace charms.

For technology lovers, there are many ‘smart’ options. Some come with a cloud-based personal health profile and three ways to gain access online: a scannable QR code, phone number or website. An identification number and PIN code are listed on the reverse of the medical ID to give first responders access to patient information.

If a cloud-based profile is not desirable, then a medical USB could be a good fit. These come in a range of necklace and bracelet styles and can fit a significant amount of patient information, including medical history and medical insurance, in a small space. A quick search online will yield a variety of brands and accessories, with something for every style, preference, and budget. With all the options available now, there has never been more a fun, fashionable time to wear medical ID jewelry.