Coming Out In Color

I've always loved leather styles, earthy brown and olive green, rough hewn looks. I'm, you know, kind of a hippie chic. And while I still think these styles are great, I've been thinking ...

For a very long time -- after I had learned that my rash was caused by nickel, but before I learned what actually contains nickel and how to avoid it -- the only thing I had really learned was to avoid all metal. That meant that I chose leather and cloth jewelry when I had a chance, and avoided earrings entirely. I cultivated an appreciation of earthy looks, and a severe distrust of anything that was metal, especially silver.

I wonder if this rings true for anyone else out there. I lived by rules that told me to be frightened, and expect pain from anything that was shiny (basically) and my love for an earthier look was really my safety zone - for a while. I had frankly, grown comfortable knowing that most of the jewelry choices out there are simply off limits. And while it's all f…

After The Party's Over

The Christmas tree stands strangely ignored, guests have come and gone, we still feel a little stuffed with shared meals, chocolate, and cookies. The gifts that were exchanged are starting to go into use - so take a minute and consider whether any of those things might contain nickel, and what you can do about it.

New cell phones and other electronics seem to come around during the holidays, as regularly as Gingerbread cookies.  So if you have a new electronic gadget, take time to get a good case for it. The metal on the casing certainly contains nickel, and you don't need it on your hands or close to your face.  Standard phone cases (the type you buy separately) made of plastic or leather should be fine. At least the current phones and tablets don't have metal buttons - but if you're still toting one of those older models around, consider how your face rubs against the nickel-plated keys as you talk. I won't "tell" you to upgrade, but avoiding those buttons …

Brag Book #1

I just have to show you this niobium bracelet. I love horseshoe links because they just have so much body and gives the bracelet a real personality, but when I put beads along the edges of this chain, it really came to life. Because of the size of the beads compared to the overall size of the links, I couldn't quite get a bead on every single edge (of the wire) but I think I came up with something even better than I had planned. By putting a bead on alternating sides, I was able to get an "stepping stone" look which still flows easily and really speaks to me. How many are there? One. Cuz that's the way I roll. This bracelet is 7-3/4 inches long (19.5 cm). Interested? Click here. 

Note: I'm going to start giving you some more product close-ups and personal perspectives labeled as my "Brag Book" so keep an eye out for more posts like this! -Donna

The Wrath of the Fashionistas

I hope you don't mind, but I trust you to dress yourself. I recently read an actual "corporate fashionista" article that tells you everything you should know about complementing your skin tone and what shapes to wear to what events, and do you know? (I thought to myself) I don't do that.

I don't do it to myself, and I don't do it to you. It's a small thing, but even if I felt that I was well-versed in face shapes, and color families, I have a hunch you've been dressing yourself for a good long time now. I mean, I imagine you have many talents in your life that have gotten you to where you are today. I think you are highly qualified to choose your own clothes and make-up in the morning, not to mention your jewelry.

I find that this angle on fashion (directed almost exclusively at women) is focused to make us feel like there are somehow "experts" out there who know our tastes and our bodies better than we do. These "experts" have the…

Flat Rate Shipping at Naturally Nickel Free

Surprises are all fine and good in their place, but nobody likes surprises when they're shopping online.
That's why I'm implementing Flat Rate Shipping at Naturally Nickel Free, on jewelry orders anywhere in the United States. It's just a little something I can do, that I think will make things easier for you. Now it doesn't matter if you want to tack on one more item to your order - you still pay the same low shipping charge.

I send all of my orders from Sunny Des Moines, Iowa via USPS First Class unless you request priority shipping. (Okay, it's cold and windy Des Moines today, but you get the idea.) This rate also applies to U.S. territories and APO/FPO addresses. I always welcome international orders as well, though sadly, this rate cannot apply outside of the U.S, and I have had to make adjustments to keep up with the demands of the post office people. You may expect more of your leisure reading material, but if you would like keep up to date about shippin…

'Tis the Season

It won't be long now, and we'll be drinking egg nog, singing carols, and exchanging gifts under the tree. Some of the gifts exchanged will be jewelry, some of that jewelry will contain nickel, and some of that nickel will starts a nickel allergy rash which lasts a lifetime. So, um, not to be a party-pooper, but let's think about that.

Gift giving and receiving does not always follow the rules of logic by which we live our ordinary lives. We are willing and happy to wear certain jewelry because it was a gift from a certain someone, whether that someone was grandma, husband, or friend.

Every now and then I need to talk to the people who are not wearing jewelry, but giving it away.  Some of you know about some of your nickel-sensitive friends, relatives, or spouses, and some of you don't.

Let's just assume for a minute that all of your friends and relatives have a nickel allergy. Now it's not too likely that that's true, but if you don't know, how can you…

Nickel Allergy - It's Not Just a Rash

You know, I'm pretty lucky. I think it's good, now and then to take stock of what's good in life. One way that I'm lucky is that my biggest ongoing health concern is my nickel allergy, which is totally manageable by choosing to wear nickel-free jewelry.

Every now and then, on my blog or website, I have made mention of nickel allergies so severe that you have to control what you eat, and even what you cook your food in. However, my knowledge of severe nickel allergies has been pretty slim, and since my allergy is not that severe, thankfully, the extreme end of the spectrum is pretty easy to ignore. I think I may be overlooking the importance of the problem, though, and I suspect you may be, too. My assumption has been that since my nickel allergy is not currently that severe, it never will be.

Let's think this through. I know (and you should know) that the more your nickel allergy rash becomes irritated,  the more severe your allergy will become in the long run (7)