While most brands focus on timeless style or the newest fashions, Lauren’s Hope sells products designed for a purpose—to save lives.
Lauren’s Hope sells medical ID bracelets designed with style in mind, so you can look trendy while still informing first responders in case of an emergency.
But is this brand your best choice for a medical alert bracelet? Let’s find out.
The history of Lauren’s Hope
As I researched this brand, one of my first questions was the history behind this unusual name.
The name comes from the inspiration for the brand’sfirst medical ID bracelet. When she was 13 years old, Lauren refused to wear an ID bracelet for her diabetes because “It’s ugly and draws attention to my illness.”
The brand began designing attractive yet useful medical jewelry in 2001. Today, more than half a million people wear Lauren’s Hope jewelry.
What kinds of medical ID jewelry does Lauren’s Hope sell?
Let’s first explain what medical ID jewelry is.
IN the case of an accident or emergency, first responders often need to provide medication or immediate treatment. However, some people have conditions that make these procedures even more harmful or dangerous.
For example, someone with a latex allergy could become seriously ill or even die if treated by a doctor wearing standard gloves. If that person is unconscious when first responders need to treat them, this information is critical to protect them during procedures.
These items are most important for people with critical allergies or health conditions, though anyone can protect themselves with ID jewelry.
Research shows that 95% of respondents check for a medical alert necklace or bracelet before beginning treatment.
Lauren’s Hope engraves attractive bracelets and necklaces with the wearer’s name and essential medical information.
You can find bracelets, ID tags, pendants, and accessories like keychains and charms.
From a jewelry perspective, Lauren’s Hope makesfashion jewelry. Most of the pieces appear to be made of stainless steel with a “rose gold tone” finish, which likely means there isn’t any actual gold on the jewelry.
But this is probably for the best. Real gold is more valuable but also less durable. For example, if I were in a car crash, I’d rather have crucial medical information printed on steel than gold.
Are Lauren’s Hope bracelets a good value?
Lauren’s Hope jewelry ranges from around $25 to $150, but most pieces cost about $50, plus engraving. You can choose standard engraving for $17 or premium engraving for $26.
To be honest, that price surprised me since the pieces don’t have precious metal or gemstones.
If you’re thinking of buying medical ID jewelry, what should you engrave on it? You can customize it however you want, but below we’ll explain what’s most common.
(It’s best to stick with the most common formats since a first responder might only have a few seconds to read and understand your bracelet. Your medical ID isn’t the right place for creativity!)
First, you’ll want to include your name. This helps medical personnel identify you, especially if you’re unconscious or experiencing trauma and can’t state or remember your name.
Next, you should include any allergies, conditions, or medications you’re taking. Make sure you explain whether you’re taking or allergic to a medicine. Saying “ON” or “ALGY” before the drug name keeps it clear.