Silicone rubber is a highly versatile manufacturing material found in a wide range of products, but its uses are not confined to the industrial realm. Silicone rubber goods are common in recreational merchandise, and recent years have shown an increase in decorative rubber-based accessories. In particular, wristbands and bracelets have risen in popularity, providing a significant revenue stream for rubber jewelry manufacturers and numerous silicone companies that have expanded into the consumer goods market.
Part of the appeal of rubber wristbands, or “gel bands,” is their ease of customization. A relatively simple and efficient molding process can produce very large quantities of these bracelets, and many companies allow customers to order individualized messages, colors, and sizes to reflect personal needs. The potential for design modifications and an efficient cost-to-price ratio combine to create a burgeoning niche market for silicone rubber wristbands.