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Big and Tall Shoppers – We Have YOUR Nickel Free Belt

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Rita Arrup | 0 comments

Good news for those shopping for larger sized nickel free belts – Athena Allergy is now offering big and tall nickel free belts in sizes up to 64 inches or 162 cm. Even better news is that the majority of these belts are handcrafted in the USA from full grain or top grain leather. Some big and tall belts are paired with nickel free titanium buckles to offer even greater durability.

Looking for shopping suggestions? We are always happy to share our favorites! Mt. Pisgah Distressed Leather Nickel Free Belt is handcrafted from full grain leather then paired with an incredibly strong titanium buckle. As a part of the Signature Series Collection, this casual belt has a lifetime guarantee and is currently available in sizes from 32” to 64”.  

Dressier options include our Silver Square Black Nickel Free Belt and the Silver Square Brown Nickel Free Belt. Both are now in stock in sizes up to 58” and are made with a top grain leather strap paired with an impeccably styled nickel free zinc buckle. Available separately or in a versatile nickel free belt set, these belts are great travel companions as they are perfect fits for almost every occasion.

These belts are all Certified Nickel Free™, a designation we take very seriously. Certified Nickel Free means the product line has been carefully sourced and tested to assure there is no nickel. This certification means every belt comes with a lifetime guarantee to never test positive for nickel.

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Is Sterling Silver Jewelry Really Safe If You Have Nickel Allergy?

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Rita Arrup | 0 comments

There are conflicting views about whether sterling silver jewelry is truly nickel free so who better to address the issue than The Nickel Allergy Experts at Athena Allergy, Inc.?

Most jewelry allergies are caused by sensitivity to nickel, so detecting whether there is nickel in jewelry is always the place to start. In the case of sterling silver, the problem likely is rooted in its manufacture.  Silver is a soft metal that must be alloyed with other metals to be usable for jewelry-making.  Sterling silver is 92.5% silver that is typically alloyed with copper.  In some cases other metals, including nickel, may be used as an alloy. This is likely the cause of what is being reported as an allergy to sterling silver when in fact it is the more common allergy to nickel.

Often rhodium is used as an alloy to strengthen the silver as well as to provide tarnish resistance.  Rhodium is considered a safe, hypoallergenic metal that, along with platinum and titanium, rarely cause allergic reactions.  Since rhodium is often used as a plating for gold and white gold, once this plating wears thin, nickel that has been alloyed with gold can cause skin irritation.  So, once again nickel is a likely culprit when gold and white gold appear to be causing a skin rash.

The sterling silver post earrings offered by Athena Allergy have been tested to assure their manufacture has not included any nickel. They come with the guarantee to never test positive for nickel and to never cause those uncomfortable nickel allergy rashes.  In addition, these earrings are cute and stylish!  

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Straight from Our Heart: A Promise to Keep You Nickel Free!

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Lea Dow | 0 comments

During the month of February, most people are thinking of love and friendship. We think this might be a good time to tell you why we do what we do! Hint: it has to do with the fact that we truly care about our customers!

When we started this business over a decade ago, we did so based on knowledge we had gained in the dermatology and allergy fields. It had become apparent to us that nickel allergy was a significant and ever-growing affliction that wasn’t being addressed by manufacturers.

Step one of our journey in educating the public about nickel allergy was to develop Nickel Alert™, a test for nickel that can be used on any metallic item. The first of its kind, this dmg spot test was formulated for at-home use, and was pre-mixed and pre-measured to ensure accuracy and ease of use. So sensitive that it will detect minute amounts of nickel, Nickel Alert has become the cornerstone of our business. We tout this product as the way to detect nickel in metal, so that your skin doesn’t have to!

Its companion product, Nickel Guard™ is a clinically proven clear coating that forms an invisible micro-bond with metals to prevent exposure to nickel, thus prohibiting any nickel allergy symptoms.

Once we had these building blocks established, allowing those with nickel allergy to detect nickel in any metal and then to protect their skin from that nickel, we wanted to pursue other ways to help our customers assure a nickel free life.

Adding nickel free belts, nickel free belt buckles, and hypoallergenic jewelry was an obvious step as these items are among those most often targeted as the cause of nickel allergy rash.  Unfortunately in the United States there are no FDA regulations on labeling products as “nickel free” or “hypoallergenic” and there are those who would take advantage. We decided early on that our products would be carefully sourced, designed, and manufactured so they would contain no nickel. Furthermore, we test for nickel both pre- and post-production – all steps that are necessary before a product earns the designation and guarantee of being Certified Nickel Free™. This guarantee means that our products come with the lifetime guarantee to never test positive for nickel, so these products can be trusted.

As our company has grown, we have been rewarded by hearing from many of you who have gained information from our website about your nickel allergy and have learned that the use of our products will lead to a comfortable life, free of nickel allergy symptoms. Our promise to you is that we will continue to source top quality nickel free products for you, because we truly do care about our customers.

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Happy Nickel Free New Year!

Posted on December 28, 2016 by Rita Arrup | 0 comments

We’re glad you’re visiting our site! Our resolution is to help our nickel allergic customers learn how easy it is to live a comfortable life, free of nickel allergy symptoms. If you’ve been too busy with holiday activities to take some time for yourself, why not start now by eliminating that troublesome nickel allergy rash?

Perhaps you’re confident that a certain belt buckle is causing the itchy, raised nickel allergy bumps on your abdomen, but our experience has shown that the belt buckle worn on the day that symptoms appear may not actually be the belt buckle that contains nickel. Nickel allergy is considered a delayed Type IV contact dermatitis, so the belt buckle you wore a couple of days ago could actually be the problem product.

The good news is there is no need to guess. We advise our customers who have been diagnosed with nickel allergy that the foundation of embarking on a nickel free journey is to use Nickel Solution™ to detect the nickel in metallic items and then to protect the skin from that nickel. Nickel Solution contains one bottle of Nickel Alert, a dmg spot test that will accurately detect minute traces of nickel and one bottle of Nickel Guard™, a lacquer which will provide an effective seal between the nickel salts in metal and your skin.

The first step to eliminating nickel from your life is to use Nickel Alert to test those belt buckles, eyeglass frames, earrings, rings and more to determine which of your metallic items contain nickel. Once that has been determined, you may choose to replace that item with a Certified Nickel Free product or use Nickel Guard to protect your skin. Nickel Guard is best used on smaller items with non-moveable parts.

Here at Athena Allergy, we are excited about our collection of Certified Nickel Free Belts and nickel free jewelry. The majority of our products include Handmade in the USA nickel free belts and Made in the USA Nickel Free Earrings.  Our talented leather crafters and jewelry artisans take a lot of pride in their work, with great attention to detail. Here at Athena Allergy we test and re-test product batches to assure that our customers will never encounter a nickel allergic reaction.

If 2017 is the year to start taking good care of yourself, start by ridding yourself of the complication of nickel allergy. We are here to help!

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Buy Made in USA for a Hometown Holiday

Posted on November 24, 2016 by Rita Arrup | 0 comments

We hope you’ll consider joining us this holiday season as we make a deliberate effort to Buy Local and Support Made in the USA. Our small family-owned business is successful only because of our loyal customers like you!

We feel good about supporting other small, local businesses knowing we we are doing something to benefit the economy and our neighbors. Plus it just gives us a warm, hometown feeling which is perfect for the holidays. 

Athena Allergy, Inc. has long held a commitment to securing US talent to produce the majority of our products. Starting with our iconic products, Nickel Solution™, Nickel Alert™, and Nickel Guard™ which were formulated, manufactured, and packaged in the USA this goal has continued on to our handcrafted nickel free belts and hypoallergenic earrings.

Filling the previously unmet need of offering Certified Nickel Free™ belts, buckles, earrings, and more, the owners of Athena Allergy continually strive to make easier the lives of those suffering from nickel allergy. Certified Nickel Free products come with a lifetime guarantee to never test positive for nickel. 

With so many new products listed this year, it was hard for us to come up with our traditional favorites to share with you. For the lovely ladies in your life, the Go Girl Gift Set offers two handcrafted leather belts along with a pair of dichroic glass nickel free post earrings. The Ashe Nickel Free Black Dress Belt and the Distressed Rose Nickel Free Brown Casual Belt will cover practically every occasion. To personalize this gift, you get to choose which pair of dichroic glass post earrings will complete the set! Each of these three items was made in the USA! Plus to make your life easier, we'll ship this great gift set out all dressed up in an organza bag! 

If your gift requires an air of sophistication, we have you covered! Just for the holiday season, we are offering the Black on Black Gift Set! A black nickel free dress belt, a black nickel free casual belt, and a black handcrafted wallet. We're thinking you just can't go wrong with black accessories and so we've packaged three of them together for an amazing gift. Again, all handmade in the USA and all fine quality leather! 

Looking to place a little jewelry box under the tree, but are wary of being the bearer of nickel allergy rashes? Our jewelry has been carefully tested to earn the Certified Nickel Free seal of approval! We guarantee this jewelry will never cause a nickel allergy rash. Our Made in the USA nickel free earrings are sure to cause some "oohs and aahs"; the look is spectacular!  

Our wish for you is a nickel-less holiday, but one that is complete with St. Nicholas! Enjoy the home grown feeling of Made in the USA and have a happy holiday!


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