The reason that the bracelet cracks it that he is bending it when
he puts it on and takes it off.
Too true! And, kibbitzer that I am, I cannot resist adding to this
I am continually trying to educate my customers on the proper way to
"don and doff" a cuff bracelet-- ideally before they can wreck the
one they're trying on! Here's an attempt to describe the method that
seems to be gentlest and allow the best-fitting bracelet (smallest
opening compared to arm size):
Start by pressing one end of the bracelet into the space between the
main tendons you can feel on the wrist, right in the center, just at
the narrowest part of the wrist. This point is where most people
wear a snug watch-- NOT where you can feel the bulge of the wrist
bones. The end of the bracelet will insert pretty readily between
the tendons, as long as it has no sharp places on it. Then
r-o-t-a-t-e the cuff from this point around the wrist. In other
words, that end stays put, and the other end travels in an arc first
past the near side of the wrist, then the back of the wrist, then
past the other side into place. If the bracelet will not go on this
way, it is too small, or at least too small an opening. Reversing
the process takes a little practice, and this is where the customer
usually reverts to their habitual abuse of cuff bracelets before I
If you can figure out what I'm describing here, you can avoid ever
bending a cuff again, though some people simply insist on squeezing
the bracelet tight once it is on. I think they think that is what
you're "supposed" to do, and if it breaks, it is the maker's fault!
Or they just plan to toss it and buy another when it breaks.
I hope you can make sense of this, and that it is useful.