At first glance, you would never know that any of the pieces of jewelry Sarah Harmon creates are medical bracelets. Light, beautiful and luxurious, they look like they belong in the front window of an expensive jewelry boutique.
However, they serve a far more important purpose than simply style. She designed her line of Poppy Medical IDs to prevent people from not wearing their medical bracelets because they don’t like how they look or feel.
Harmon realized as a young girl that many people, including herself, would forego wearing their medical bracelets because they felt bulky.
“I was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, but I grew up not wearing my medical bracelets. I went to a camp for kids with diabetes and realized my friends were doing the same thing — none of us wore our medical IDs,” said Harmon. “As I got older, I became aware that my friends needed to be protected.”
Thus, Poppy Medical was born to help people living with diabetes feel both safe and beautiful. The bracelets are available in an array of fine metals, from sterling silver ($135) to solid yellow gold ($1,200). Harmon has even created a children’s line with a slightly sturdier chain ($125).
“When you 3D print the bracelets, rather than stamping sheet metal like regular medical IDs, you end up with these artistic shapes that could have been carved by hand,“ said Harmon. “My designs are minimalist, but they’re so distinct you would have to think twice before not checking it in an emergency. There’s a lot of thought that goes into each one.”
The beautiful yet sturdy chains are made to withstand the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so the wearer never has to worry about being without her medical bracelet. “The first thing that hits consumers is the chain itself. It’s strong, but it looks delicate,” said Harmon. “It looks fragile, but you can wear it every day — just because you’re wearing it 24/7 doesn’t mean it needs to look clunky.”
For Harmon, this is just the beginning. She hopes to eventually expand Poppy Medical to include a men’s line, as well as ID bracelets for other conditions. “I have a lot of hopes and a lot of dreams for this company, because there is a lot of need,” said Harmon.
“The heart of this business is that I want to protect lives,” she added. “We want dignity, we want style, and we have a right to that.”
Want to learn more about medical IDs for diabetes? Read “Medical Alert Jewelry for Diabetes” and “Alternatives to Medical ID Jewelry: Questions & Answers.”