Today, 15 monthes after fashioning her first such bracelet, Sprigg is selling 15 to 20 a month, at prices ranging from $20 for childrenís bracelets to $35 for an adultís.

Most are custom-made for children with diabetes or food allergies or medication dependencies. Featuring semi-precious gemstones, crystals, pearls, glass beads, and sterling silver, the possibly lifesaving wrist tickelrs offer a fun and attractive alternative to the usual clunky metal jewelry of the medical genre.

For girls, designs include red-and-black ladybugs, flower beads, and pastel beads interspersed with baby pearls. For boys, Sprigg conjured a rugged-looking number (test-marketed on her neighborís three sons) that alternates beads of wood with beads of bone.

Most children, notes Sprigg, reject the traditional medical jewelry because they donít want to call attention to their ailments. Her creations, on the other hand, are viewed more as fashion. The essential metal plate is there, of course, but itís upstaged by an eye-catching beaded band. The nameplate (which bears on the front the wearerís name and the medical alert symbol and on the flip side the specific medical warning) is provided by the customer. To assist customers, Spriggís Web site, www.beadin-beagle.com, has a link to Oneida Nameplate Co.

Sprigg knows well the importance of the nameplate. "My dad was a fireman in Memphis for many years," says the 33-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident. When he showed up at accident scenes, he always made sure to check the wrist of an ill or injured person "because thatís going to tell you a lot."

 

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