Magnet Therapy

The Buyers Guide to Magnetic Bracelets



The Buyers Guide: One Minute Overview

Step 1. Choose a type: Depends on your personal preference and the magnetic strength. The main types are link (titanium or stainless steel metals), silicon band (Neo30TM), Bangle (copper or plated and/or High Power), and Hematite. Step 2. Magnet Strength: Magnetic bracelets are best  with a Gauss over 1000, the more magnets the better. Step 3. Measure your Wrist: For link bracelets add about 1/2 inch to a tight wrist measurement.

Our Premium Highest Strength Bracelets (Based on the number of magnets, magnet size and gauss strength): Neo30TM Silicon, Titanium Double Link, High Power Bangles (with 6 magnets and large end magnets). Stainless Steel bangles.

Our Standard High Strength Bracelets: Titanium Single Row Link, Stainless Steel Single Row Link, Copper Bangles (with 6 magnets), silver/Gold Bangles (with 6 magnets)

The Buyers Guide: In Detail

This is our guide to magnetic bracelets. It is based on our experience and sets out the main criteria when looking for a magnetic bracelet. It is based on our own product range. We do not attempt to compare products from other companies and so cannot comment on the magnetic strength or otherwise given in their product descriptions.


Orb The Main Types of Magnetic Bracelets

Summary of the Key Points: There are several types of magnetic bracelet on the market, such as titanium link and stainless steel link magnetic bracelets, silicon magnetic bracelet bands, copper magnetic bangles, silver and gold magnetic bangles, stainless steel bangles and hematite drawstring type bracelets. Your choice may depend on personal design preference and practicality as well as therapeutic effectiveness.

Titanium Link: Titanium is a very light metal and yet extremely strong. Titanium Bracelets come in lots of attractive designs suitable for men and women. Designs can be plain, but also with gold plate or all black. They are often favoured for sports or leisure activities (especially golfers) who are looking for a magnetic bracelet lighter than say a stainless steel or copper bracelet, which does not affect a golfers swing. Lightweight titanium is often chosen for pain conditions where a heavier bracelet can feel uncomfortable for example repetitive strain syndrome. They are normally fastened with a hinged clip. In terms of magnetic strength they normally have the highest strength (1800 gauss) and most number of magnets (see Magnetic Strength below). Most designs have a single magnet in each link. The Double Titanium designs have more magnetic strength with two magnets per link. The magnets are protected with a steel cap and further protected with epoxy resin. Advantages: Tough and robust, lightweight, multiple magnets, high strength magnets, optional double row of magnets, lots of good looking designs.

Stainless Steel Link: Stainless Steel is practical, hard wearing and extremely strong and resilient to scratches. The stainless steel should be surgical grade 316L. Stainless Steel Bracelets also come in lots of attractive designs suitable for men and women. Designs can be plain, but also with gold plate, there are also bangle versions, plain or with gold plate. Stainless steel is a slightly heavier metal than titanium and also less expensive. In terms of magnetic strength they normally have the same high strength (1800 gauss) and number of magnets as the titanium (see Magnetic Strength below). Most designs have a single magnet in each link. The magnets are protected with a steel cap and further protected with epoxy resin. Advantages: Tough and robust,  multiple magnets, high strength magnets, lots of good looking designs.

Neo30TM Silicon Bands: The Neo30 is a unique product, flexible, practical, lightweight, water resistant, easy to use, good for sports and leisure activities and highly therapeutic due to the 30 high strength magnets (1500 surface gauss per magnet). It is our highest strength bracelet due to the number and size of the magnets. The Neo30 uses the latest technology to integrate a large number of high strength bars of Neodymium magnets within a practical easy to use flexible silicon bracelet. 30 neodymium magnets in each bracelet - probably the only silicon magnetic bracelet with this number of hi-strength magnets. Pull on pull off. Several colours and sizes are available. Suitable for general pain relief and sport activities. Beware of low strength imitations which normally have very small low strength magnets. Advantages: Flexible, practical, sporty, contemporary, lightweight, water resistant, multiple large magnets, high strength magnets, in several colours.

Copper Bangles: Copper bracelets, used for healing by mankind for centuries. It is an essential metal and nutrient to our body needs, but is often not absorbed. It is believed that copper has an anti-inflammatory effect. Our copper magnetic bracelets are pure copper and also contain  6 powerful Neodymium magnets. Therefore they have a double therapy; the copper effect and magnetic therapy. Six magnets are better than two as this improves the magnetic coverage over the pulse points and therefore increases the overall magnetic therapy. All our copper magnetic bracelets are custom made for strength. Each magnet has a graded strength of 12500 gauss, after capping the surface reading is approximately 1500 to 1800 gauss. Magnets are capped and coated for extra protection and are Bio-North to the skin.

High Power Bangles: Very high strength with extra large end magnets (7 times larger than standard magnets, with a much greater depth of therapeutic penetration), available as copper (properties as above) but also gold and silver designs. Each magnet has a graded strength of 13700 gauss, after capping the surface reading is approximately 1700 to 2000 gauss. Magnets are capped and coated for extra protection and are Bio-North to the skin.

Stainless Steel Bangles: All Stainless steel twisted rope design with large end magnets (1800 gauss) therefore good therapy. Easy to put on and take off. Robust design. Three size options. Available in silver, gold plated ends and all black.

Silver/Gold Bangles: Over 20 designs made with 24k gold plating or silver plating. Also silver combined with copper. They contain  6 powerful Neodymium magnets. Each magnet has a graded strength of 12500 gauss, after capping the surface reading is approximately 1500 to 1800 gauss. Magnets are capped and coated for extra protection and are Bio-North to the skin.

Hematite/Shamballa: Semi precious stones combined with hematite bracelets. 20 designs. Magnets have good therapeutic properties as these bracelets have large magnets. The magnets are bi-polar 1400 gauss.

Orb Magnetic Strength

Summary of the Key Points: Magnetic strength is measured in Gauss. It is often misquoted or exaggerated. Magnet size and the number of magnets are also important factors in bracelet magnetic strength. Magnetic strength is a complex area not understood by most companies. Effective strength is a combination of surface Gauss, the size or volume of the magnet, the magnet material (i.e. neodymium, ferrite etc) and the number of magnets. A minimum Gauss surface strength for a magnet to be effective is often quoted at 800 to 1000 Gauss.

Gauss Rating: Magnets are given a Gauss rating, this is a unit of measurement that relates to the strength of a magnet and is connected with the density of lines of magnetic force coming from a magnet. You could say that this is like the pulling power of a magnet. In engineering and the physical sciences another unit of measurement is used, this is the Tesla, (10,000 gauss = 1 Tesla). In magnet therapy people tend to use the gauss rating.

Quite often gauss magnetic strength is misquoted or exaggerated. One common misunderstanding is the difference between what is called the Manufactures Rating and the actual Surface Gauss Rating of a magnet, as one figure is much higher than the other, and represents two different ways of measuring the strength.

Manufacturers Rating: Technically this is called the Magnetic Remanence (Br) of the magnetic material and is a property of the magnet when measured in the manufactures original magnetising equipment, in what's called a closed circuit. It indicates the magnetic field strength remaining inside the magnet (or at its core) and represents a grade of magnetic material. This measurement is much higher than the surface gauss reading.

Surface Rating: The gauss rating is measured on the surface of the magnet and represents the magnetic flux density generated outside the magnet body. Strictly speaking this is the rating which is most useful to a Magnet Therapist as it is more indicative of the magnetic energy that will penetrate through human skin and tissue.

Magnet Size: It must be noted that the pulling power or strength of a magnet is also related to the actual physical size of a magnet. Larger magnets have more mass than smaller magnets and so can store a greater amount of magnetic energy. So you could have a magnet with a very high gauss rating which will in fact have less overall strength that a much bigger magnet with a lower gauss rating. The size of the magnet contributes to the depth of penetration of the magnetic field into the body. Gauss rating alone is not enough to indicate the strength of a magnet.

Is The Highest Gauss the Best?: As mentioned above, magnetic strength is not only related to the gauss rating of a magnet but also to the magnets physical size. The size of the magnet contributes to the depth of penetration of the magnetic field into the body. Also, the number of magnets in a bracelet can improve the therapy.

Our Premium Highest Strength Bracelets (Based on the number magnets, magnet size and gauss strength): Neo30, Titanium Double Link, High Power Bangles (with 6 magnets and large end magnets). Stainless Steel bangles.

Our Standard High Strength Bracelets: Titanium Single Row Link, Stainless Steel Single Row Link, Copper Bangles (with 6 magnets), silver/Gold Bangles (with 6 magnets)


Orb Magnetic Bracelet Sizing

Summary of the Key Points: For link bracelets - Measure your wrist size. Allow a bit extra for movement. If in doubt order a larger size, jewellers can take links out.

Link Style Magnetic Bracelets

For a link magnetic bracelet we recommend that the bracelet length should be approximately 1/2 inch (12mm) longer than the measured wrist size. This allows for wrist movement.

The bracelet should not be too tight as it may restrict the blood flow and feel uncomfortable. The bracelet should also not be very loose, as some of the magnets will not then be in contact with the wrist. Even if the bracelet is slightly loose, magnets will be touching the wrist at multiple points, as our link bracelets have magnets located in every link.

How much length you wish to add on to your measured wrist size will also depend on your personal preference. Our guideline for how tight or loose you might prefer it to be, is to go for a similar fit as to how you like to wear a watch.

If in doubt about which length to order, it is best to order a larger size of magnetic bracelet as links can be removed by your local jeweller. Links can be removed quite easily as they are held together by tapered split pins which is standard for most link jewellery. The jewellers fee should be small as it only takes a minute or two.

Bangle Style Magnetic Bracelets

Our bangle or open ended style magnetic bracelets generally have two size option (see individual design for the options). These are usually Standard size or XL size. Note these bracelets can also be adjust to fit by pushing the ends closer together.

  • Standard Size:  Suitable for wrist sizes approximately from 6 3/4 to 7 3/4 inches.

  • XL Size:  Suitable for wrist sizes approximately from  7 3/4 to 8 1/2 inches.

If your size is close to the change over between the sizes, i.e. about 7 3/4 inches you may be better off with the XL size rather than the standard.

NEO 30 Silicon Magnetic Bracelets

Our designed patentented Neo30 silicon magnetic bracelet has three wrist sizes in most colours:

  • Small: fits wrist sizes 6 to 7 inches (15.2cm to 17.8cm).

  • Medium: fits wrist sizes 7 to 7 3/4 inches (17.8cm to 19.7cm).

  • Large: fits wrist sizes 7 3/4 to 8 3/4 inches (19.7cm to 22.2cm).

Width = 10mm (3/8 in.)

Stainless Steel Cable Magnetic Bangle Bracelets

Our cable bracelets have two large end magnets and mostly come with three size options:

  • Small: For Wrist Size: 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 inches

  • Medium: For Wrist Size: 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches

  • Large: For Wrist Size: 7 1/2 to 8 3/4 inches


Orb Magnetic Polarity

Summary of the Key Points: All our bracelets are uni-polar north facing, except the hematite and Shamballa which bi-polar.

Uni-polar: means using just one pole of a magnet, this usually means that on one side of the magnet you mainly get one pole (e.g. north), while the other side of the magnet you get the opposite pole (e.g. south). But it must be noted that even with uni-polar magnets you still get a small percentage of the opposite pole on one side of the magnet as the magnetic field start to turn near the edge of the magnet into its opposite pole. Most of our products are uni-polar - bio north or medical north facing the skin. This includes all our copper bangles, stainless steel bangles and all the link bracelets as well as our silicon Neo30 bands.

Bi-polar: means using two poles, north and south, at the same time, on one side of the magnet. Bi-polar products are usually the hematite type jewellery and Shamballa style bracelets.


Orb Is Having More Magnets Better?

Generally yes, having more magnets in a given product can improve the therapeutic outcome. But it will depend on what area of the body one is treating, the location and strength and size of the magnets. As an example a 6 magnet bangle is better than a 2 magnet bangle, simply because with 6 magnets the magnetic fields generated have a better chance of influencing the blood flow at the wrist arteries.

Some companies add up the gauss rating of each magnet in a given product and quote this as an overall gauss rating for the product. This is incorrect both technically and medically; magnetic gauss rating cannot be simply added in this way. The motivation of these companies is to try and present the product with what sounds like a huge gauss rating in order to achieve sales.


Orb The Types of Magnets Used

There are several different types of material that magnets are made from. The main two types used in magnetic therapy are Ferrite sometimes called ceramic magnets and neodymium magnets.

Ferrite or ceramic magnets: are made of a mixture of iron and barium. They can be made into large shapes and hold their magnetic strength for many years.

Neodymium rare earth magnets: Is a more recent discovery, and are made of iron, boron and the rare earth neodymium. These magnets are very strong in comparison to their mass and also hold their strength for many years. Neodymium magnets have 10 x the power of Ferrite magnets. Neodymium's cannot be made very large.

Samarium Cobalt magnets: These are also high strength magnets but not quite as strong as neodymium magnets.


Orb How Long will a Magnet Last?

The effect of time on modern permanent magnets is minimal. Over a period of 10 to 15 years in normal use, a magnet will loose only a tiny fraction of its magnetisation. Magnets will remain magnetised for decades. Magnets do not need to be recharged in any way.