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From One Nickel Allergy Sufferer to Another – Use Nickel Solution!

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Rita Arrup | 0 comments

My battles with nickel allergy rashes started in my early teens, with my first ear piercing. Almost immediately, I noticed itching and burning, but I discounted those symptoms until small blisters formed.  After removing the earrings and allowing my ears to heal, I avoided piercing again for quite a few years. However, in the interim I became sensitive to the metal in my watch and sunglasses. Once again, intense itching and a red rash were the symptoms. Nickel allergy was becoming a little better understood at this point in time, so I educated myself and tried to avoid any jewelry with nickel, opting for leather watch bands with 14K gold cases and clasps (not easy on a young professionals budget!) and plastic sunglasses. It was much later than I discovered a much simpler solution – Nickel Solution!

Nickel Solution is a two-part kit that allows the user to first test metals to see if there is nickel in the metal and then to brush on a protective barrier to protect the skin from that nickel. Nickel Alert is the testing part; it is a dmg spot test for nickel. It is formulated by Athena Allergy, Inc. to be a highly accurate and uncomplicated at-home test.

While it is so helpful to be able to determine if an item has nickel before I wear it, my favorite of the two-part kit is probably Nickel Guard! I use this lacquer a lot! I love fun costume jewelry and oftentimes it does contain nickel. Brushing Nickel Guard on the wires, posts, or backs of earrings solves that problem easily!  I use a bit of wax paper underneath the jewelry as it dries, just in case I get a little overzealous in my application. For me, Nickel Guard provides a lengthy protection period. It likely depends on the use of the jewelry item and possibly on the severity of the nickel allergy.

Luckily, Athena Allergy is also making my love for bright and fun jewelry a no-brainer. They are now offering gorgeous dichroic glass nickel free earrings that are amazing to wear. The sparkle and glitter of this jewelry is astounding! Even better, I don’t have to test this jewelry because Athena Allergy has already done it for me! No more painting lacquer either, these pieces are guaranteed for life to never test positive for nickel, so no more worries and definitely no more rash!

Trust me, you are going to be so glad you heeded this advice! Buy Nickel Solution (and maybe a great new pair of earrings) today!

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Nickel Free Holiday Helpers!

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Rita Arrup | 0 comments

Let the shopping begin! Nickel free shopping at Athena Allergy has gotten so much easier and lots more fun with the addition of countless belts and earrings that have the added allure of being handcrafted in the USA!

If you are looking for gifts that will show your friends and loved ones that you really care, then show them that you remember that their nickel allergy creates a valid concern for them. They simply aren’t able to wear those earrings that cause an unsightly as well as extremely uncomfortable nickel allergy rash. Or, perhaps the guys on your list don’t even recognize that their nickel allergy or metal allergy has created the abdominal rash right around their belt buckle. Be the hero and buy the gift that saves the day!

Nickel free earrings are always appreciated. We’ve discovered even our non-allergic friends love getting these sparkly dichroic glass or beautifully beaded earrings. Perfect for holiday wear, the red Interstellar Nickel Free Posts and Rodanthe Nickel Free Dangle Earrings are showing up at lots of holiday gatherings.

We also don’t know any guys who haven’t appreciated the Cold Mountain Black Belt. This handcrafted belt strap features a functional Bottle Opener Buckle! If you’re a regular Athena Allergy shopper, then let us point you to a few new belts (and there are a lot this year!).  Topping our list of popular belts are the Carbon Fiber Wide Pin Brown and The Stealth Black Belts. Both of these belts feature supple handcrafted leather straps with non-metallic carbon fiber buckles. These belts are making life easier for frequent fliers, those with high security jobs, and anyone with nickel allergy or any metal allergy. They are truly zero metal belts, as the buckle is 100% carbon fiber and it has been hand sewn to the strap, eliminating the need for metallic snaps or closures.

Distressed leather remains super popular this year and now we are offering many belts in both black distressed leather (Smoky Mountain Distressed Leather Belt and Smoky Mountain Titanium Distressed Leather Belt) along with the more traditional brown distressed leather, for example the Roan Mountain Distressed Leather Belt or the Titanium Wide Pin Distressed Leather Belt.  We now offer distressed leather belts specifically designed for women: Distressed Rose Nickel Free Belt, and for children/tweens/teens: Child’s Roan Mountain Distressed Leather Brown Belt.

Obviously, we could go on and on, but we are confident that once you begin your holiday shopping at Athena Allergy, you'll find exactly what you were looking for! 

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Carbon Fiber Belts - The Perfect Travel Accessory!

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Rita Arrup | 0 comments

Preparing for some exciting travel adventures? Be sure to add our carbon fiber belts and buckles to your packing list! Not only assured to provide an ultra-swank look, these belts will also have you passing through airport security metal detectors with ease.

The 100% carbon fiber buckle is completely metal free. That means this buckle has the even more important advantage of being completely safe for anyone with allergies to nickel and other metals. 

If your goal is to travel light, these carbon fiber belts are literally the answer! Each belt is so lightweight you'll barely realize you're wearing a belt, plus the trendy style can take you anywhere you want to go! Now available with black or brown handcrafted solid leather straps, this look is one you'll love long after you return home. 

We know you're going to love this great new look, the added advantage of being metal free makes our carbon fiber belt collection irresistible. 

 

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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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