Medical IDs are no longer plain dog tags or stainless steel wrist bands (though you can still buy those too if you wish!) Leather sports bands, crystal beaded bracelets, and gold and silver charms are just a few of the options that jewelry makers are offering.
We received so many nominations for different pieces of jewelry that we decided to group them by company. Each company makes a wide range of medical ID bracelets, necklaces, and tags, and each type has its fans. These five companies received the most nominations by About.com readers. Vote for your favorite!
MedicAlert combines stylish, practical jewelry with a call service. Emergency medical personnel can gain access to a medical history that you create by calling a hotline number listed on your medical ID. MedicAlert is the only company that provides this subscription service.
N-Style I.D. Medical Jewelry
N-Style I.D. offers everything from ultralight children's sports bands to "barbed wire" goth leather bands to gold charms with embedded crystals.
Lauren's Hope offers wrap bracelets, fun interchangeable jelly bands, and kid-friendly backpack tags for kids who just won't wear jewelry. Lauren's Hope also offers a line of handcrafted "studio" jewelry.
Allermates offers a line of colorful, silicone wrist bands for kids that makes wearing a medical ID fun for young children.
Oneida Nameplate Co. Inc.
Oneida Medical Jewelry offers everything from classic stainless wrist bands to beaded jewelry and kid's shoe tags, with free engraving on all pieces.
Voting is open from February 22, 2012 - March 21, 2012. Winners will be announced March 30. You can vote once per day in each category. For more information about the About.com Reader's Choice Awards, visit awards.about.com