If you’re like me, hypoglycemia makes you paranoid. Not just in the moment it happens, but for weeks and months after a significant low I just feel scared — that it might hit me again at some unexpected moment out in public and no one around me would know what was happening. Which is why I am so religious about wearing medical ID jewelry. I’m also very fashion-conscious, so that med jewelry had better look good!
I’m happy to say I’ve recently discovered another great provider of pretty things that could save your life in Oneida Medical Jewelry, which has recently relocated to Florida and is refreshing its historical selection of products for our med ID pleasure.
I’ve worn a lot of beaded medical ID bracelets in my time, but never anything leather, and certainly never a necklace. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to try out two products from Oneida over the past several weeks: their classy Italian leather and steel bracelet, and their stainless steel caduceus pendant on a shiny ball chain.
Allow me to introduce the company, review the pieces they sent me, and offer you all a chance to win a voucher for a free piece of medical jewelry of your choosing!
When Oneida (pronounced Oh-Nye-Dah) approached me recently, I was surprised to learn that the company has been around for 50 years — given that I’d never heard of them. Turns out the organization was one of the pioneers in the medical ID world. It was founded as National Nameplate Co. in Iowa in 1963 by Genny and Don Bennett, who attended an American Medical Association meeting that year about ways to help people relay their medical conditions to others in case of emergency where they might be unable to communicate. The manufacturing experts went off and designed a medical alert necklace and metal wallet card with a custom-engraved symbol. The AMA included information on these products in a national mailing to all U.S. pharmacies, and the rest is history, so to speak.