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One of my observations includes the change required in selecting jewelry. As we age, many people find it difficult to manipulate the small clasps. Vision changes and fine motor skill changes make it difficult if not impossible to open and close most kinds of clasps on necklaces, bracelets and brooches.
|Photo of lobster clasp by Mauro Cateb|
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Most are too hard for aging hands and eyes to manage.
The magnetic clasp is fairly simple to manipulate, and you can retro-fit magnetic clasps on favorite pieces of jewelry. These are available online.
Yes, magnetic clasps are very easy to use. However, an accidental tug on a bracelet or a necklace with a magnetic clasp can send it to the floor. If the woman wearing it has diminished hearing, touch, or vision, she may not realize that she's pulled it off. And unless a Good Samaritan notices that the jewelry was pulled off or fell off, it could be lost forever.
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Weigh the pros and cons when choosing jewelry, when converting clasps, and when deciding whether to continue wearing jewelry that possesses value to the wearer because of cost or sentiment. (See Missing Personal Items: Lost or Stolen?)
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I haven't hit the jackpot yet, but if I did have a windfall that allowed me to purchase a nice piece of jewelry, I would get something that I could still wear when I get arthritis and when I experience age-related changes to dexterity and vision.
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