Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term condition that causes stiffness, pain and swelling in the joints. The areas most commonly affected are the hands, feet and wrists however; the fingers also suffer from this condition.
RA affects approximately 400,000 people in the UK over the age of 16. RA is caused by the immune system attacking the cells that line the joints in the body, which then causes pain and stiffness. Women can be more susceptible to developing arthritis. Also, later in life, joints are more inclined to swelling and stiffness.
RA can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life. An issue that we personally helped with was when Anwen came to us to with her engagement ring that had to be cut due to her finger swelling up. It is normal practice to go to A&E with a swollen finger and the hospital is right to cut off the ring at any means necessary. We here at AJC, Cardiff Family Jewellers, share this concern however; preserving the ring would also be of our highest priority.
No one should have to sacrifice wearing their favourite pieces of jewellery due to arthritis. Thankfully, we repaired Anwen’s ring to her requirements and expectations but also included a way for the ring to sit comfortably yet also allowing it to slip past her knuckle with ease. The balls on the ring help Anwen wear her ring as normal and she even said she couldn’t feel them there when it was on! We are delighted to see her adorn the ring she cherishes without the discomfort or worry of her arthritis.