Medical ID Jewelry You'll Want to Wear Every Day

If you have a history of anaphylaxis or a diagnosis of severe food allergies, you should always wear a medical ID — you literally shouldn't leave the house without one on.

Always is a long time, though, so you also should actually like that bracelet or necklace you'll be wearing day in and day out. Ideally, it should be something you will enjoy and that will complement your overall outfit. Sure, it's potentially life-saving, but it should also just plain look good, too.

Here are five companies that make a variety of different medical ID jewelry you'll truly want to wear. They range from silicone jelly bracelets (perfect for young kids) to Pandora-style beaded bracelets and custom leather bands, and all have been readers' favorites over the year.


Lauren's Hope

Lauren’s Hope was founded in 1994 by Denise Gaskill and LeAnn Carlson. The company originally had a different name, but in 2001 they created the first Lauren’s Hope for a Cure medical ID bracelet for a customer with juvenile diabetes who did not want to wear a medical ID that made her look different from her friends. The bracelets became so popular that Denise and LeAnn changed the name of the company. Customers with other needs began requesting medical IDs, and today Lauren’s Hope makes a diverse collection of IDs.

The company offers beaded bracelets, fun dog tags for kids, interchangeable allergy jelly bands, and kid-friendly backpack tags and temporary tattoos for kids who just won't wear jewelry. Lauren's Hope — winner of our 2012 Readers' Choice Awards for Best Medical ID Jewelry — also offers a line of handcrafted medical ID jewelry.



Allermates' silicone jelly bracelets with fun designs are aimed directly at kids (although they're certainly fun enough for adults, too). Your child can customize a multi-allergen bracelet, with button-on allergen characters.  Even very young children who can not read can use the images as reminders of their food allergy and the need to be careful of the food they accept when away from home.

AllerMates was created after Iris Shamus’s son had a severe allergic reaction to a cashew at just 10 months old — her goal was to help her son know and remember his food allergy. This led her to develop the colorful, silicone wristbands for kids with illustrated characters that represent major allergens.


Sticky Jewelry

Sticky Jewelry recently partnered with Oneida Medical Jewelry, which has been making medical ID products for 49 years. The two companies now sell an expanded line of medical ID bracelets, pendants, tags, charms, and necklaces in a variety of different styles and materials for men, women, and kids. They also offer a line of Black Hills gold jewelry, as well as Pandora-style beaded bracelets.

ID tags can be engraved on both sides, allowing the wearer to fit multiple allergies or other alerts on one tag. Or, you can opt for a medical ID flash drive, which enables you to carry your entire medical record on a chain around your neck.



MedicAlert, which was founded in 1956, is a nonprofit emergency medical information service. In addition to selling medical ID jewelry, MedicAlert also provides the call service that allows emergency medical technicians to access your medical profile.

MedicAlert was started by Dr. Marion Collins, who had a daughter named Linda with a life-threatening allergy. After years of wearing a paper bracelet with a note about her allergy, Linda had the idea of creating a silver bracelet with her allergy information. Her father commissioned a jeweler to create one for her and added the words “Medic Alert” and a medical symbol to the bracelet. The Collins family went on to create a nonprofit and pioneer the concept of both the bracelet and the call service. Today, more than 4 million people are members of MedicAlert worldwide.

MedicAlert combines stylish, practical jewelry with its subscription call service. They offer everything from classic dog tags to leather wristbands and fun sports bands for kids and adults alike.


N-Style ID

N-Style ID was born when Toni Bissell’s 10-year-old daughter, Camille, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Toni couldn’t find medical ID bracelets cool enough to suit her fashion-conscious child. So Toni made Camille a bracelet — and then another, and another. Eventually, this effort grew into N-Style ID.

Now N-Style ID has hundreds of stylish bangles, chains, charms, beads, jelly bands, leather straps, dog tags, and more. The sports bands with woven-in designs like horses, dolphins, tie-dye and peace signs are popular with teens who love to swap bands.

N-Style ID has designed many of its medical ID tags to be interchangeable. This allows wearers to save money by ordering just one stainless steel ID tag and bands of varying styles and colors to snap onto it.  There are jewelry collections created especially for men, women and children, and even a collection designed specifically for seniors.

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