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Impressed (and de-stressed) by the Philip Stein Horizon bracelet

Philip Stein Horizon bracelet
Nikki Hess

I’m a born skeptic, but even I’m willing to take the occasional leap of faith. So during a month that was heavy on the stress (think increased workload, dealing with a difficult health diagnosis, waking up extra early to work on novel-writing, and the everyday stresses and pressures of being a human being), I decided to see if Philip Stein’s Horizon bracelet, a gorgeous piece of jewelry that aims to promote wellness, could help.

I know what you’re thinking—how does a bracelet not named Fitbit Flex actually promote wellness? Here’s how: Through a special technology disk, Philip Stein’s bracelets employ Nature Frequency Technology, which can promote mind-body alignment by utilizing positive natural frequencies. The bracelet then pulls these frequencies toward the body, which can have a calming, de-stressing effect on the person wearing the bracelet, thus increasing the wearer’s overall well-being. (Think of a very fashionable little antenna you can wear that only attracts the good vibes.)

I can see it now—your eyebrow’s raised, and you’re about to say, “How do I know that’s not a load of hooey?” Well, here’s the thing: I can’t guarantee it isn’t hogwash. But based on my experience wearing it, I’m pretty darn sure it’s not. To me, this bracelet and its innovative wellness technologies seem like the real deal.

First things first: Philip Stein doesn’t promise positive results—or, heck, any results—from wearing the bracelet. From the company’s website: “We are not able to give success guarantees as every person is unique and experiences the effects differently. Some feel the influence very subtly while, for others, it has a transformational effect.”

So I went into wearing the Horizon bracelet having no idea whether I’d notice any effects from it at all. Luckily, I didn’t have long to wait to find out. The website says that some people feel an immediate benefit, while others may have to wait 30 days or longer. For me, I started feeling its effect within an hour. I put the bracelet on my left wrist, and the fingers on my left hand began to tingle in a pleasant way. I wondered if it was a coincidence, and then went on with my evening, not really paying it any mind. But it became clear by the end of the night that, for no apparent reason (I hadn’t won the lottery, and the Phillies still stink), I was giddy. Inexplicably giddy—a drastic change from the mood I’d been in before wearing the bracelet.

For the next few weeks, I began wearing the bracelet all the time, only taking it off to shower. I’d even sleep with it on. And I noticed that my mood gradually was…lighter somehow. I’d still get annoyed at the usual stuff that annoys me, but less so. I was more apt to take a step-by-step approach to attack the things that stressed me out as opposed to curl up on the couch and brood about it. I was forgiving and forgetting more often, and I was worrying less.

That whole “worrying less” thing is a minor miracle. Because I follow a gluten-free diet for medical reasons, I frequently worry about all things food-related. If I go out to eat, I worry that my food will get cross-contaminated, I’ll get glutened, and then I’ll be sick for 3-4 days. Same deal if I eat something that someone else has cooked. Social situations involving food (which is basically every social situation ever) are extremely stressful for me, as people are always a) trying to convince me to eat things I can’t eat; b) asking why I can’t eat certain foods; c) giving me weird looks when I pull my allergy-friendly food out of my purse; etc.

This past weekend, I traveled out of state. During the weekend, I had to brave eating at a restaurant, bringing my own food to a block party, and eating someone’s home-cooked meal. Normally any one of these situations would have me incredibly stressed, and handling all three in a short period of time would be completely terrifying. But this past weekend, I took them all in stride. I ordered “safe” food and calmly made sure it was handled properly at the restaurant. I went to one of my favorite gluten-free eateries and got takeout to bring to the block party. If anyone looked at me weirdly, I didn’t notice or care. I even had a long chat with the mother of a child who has severe food allergies. And even the home-cooking experiment went well. When the cook showed me the ingredients she was using to make breakfast, I noticed that the baking powder was a brand I hadn’t used before and didn’t know whether or not it was safe for me to have. My brain automatically went into panic mode, but I shut it down by calmly reviewing the ingredients, seeing no ingredients that looked troublesome, and gratefully accepting the home-cooked meal (pancakes—and they were very tasty!).

I can never prove it, but I’m convinced my unusual calmness in these situations was influenced by the Horizon bracelet. I know how I normally react to stress—especially gluten-based stress!—and my reactions this time around were far less intense, and dare I say healthier. If I wasn’t a total believer in the bracelet before, I certainly became one then.

In addition to the Horizon bracelet’s potential de-stressing effects, it’s also super-fashionable. Its strap is made of a gorgeous leather, and it comes in several colors—I have the black bracelet, and brown, blue, white, and orange are some of the other available options (the straps are interchangeable, for folks who like to match their bracelets to their outfits). The bracelet’s signature wave-shaped disc is available in steel or rose gold. In addition to feeling happier and less stressed while wearing it, I also felt a little more glamorous—this bracelet looks and feels like pure luxury.

Again, while I can’t prove that Philip Stein’s Horizon bracelet had anything to do with my improved disposition as of late, the timing lines up perfectly. The very night I began wearing the bracelet, I was already sensing improvement, which has continued over the course of a month. I can’t attribute that improvement to anything else (the same set of stressors is still present, I’m just reacting to them in a more positive, healthy way). The bottom line: I feel that the Horizon bracelet was effective for me, and I plan on wearing it until it literally wears out (at which point, I’ll buy a new one to replace it).

Interested in seeing how a Horizon bracelet could work for you? Visit the Philip Stein website and order one online. Prices are generally between $200-$300 per bracelet. Remember, results aren’t guaranteed, and your experience may be different than mine. But if it’s anything close to my experience—I’d say it’s worth it.

Disclaimer: This article featured press samples for consideration. In no way did this influence the opinions expressed in this article.