One of the top questions that people ask me is “why nickel-free”? As the originator and creator (ie. the first to manufacturer nickel-free) of the nickel-free coating for metal purse frames, I’m proud that my work results in a fine finish to show off your clutches. You don’t have to have a nickel-free allergy to enjoy the 2-coat finish that allows fingerprints to wipe with ease.
“Is it better?”
The short answer is “Yes”. I believe that it is. That’s why I’ve spent a lot of time and research in coming up with a trademarked nickel-free finish for my purse frames.
The long answer is:
1. I have an allergy to nickel and cannot wear nickel earrings, for example. (swollen, red, itchiness that eventually develops into a lot of grossness) Yes, that’s my medical description. 🙂
2. I am sensitive to the topic of allergies, in general, because one of my sons has a severe food allergy. (Yes, hospitalizations and Epi-Pens galore!)
3. When I did research into nickel-free, I found that this allergy is a rising allergy, just like peanut allergy, gluten allergy, egg allergy, milk allergy, and soy allergy have all risen dramatically for my kids’ generation.
4. I like the sheen of .925 sterling silver but do not like the tarnish. So with my fine nickel-free metal purse frames(TM), I have achieved the white-silver look that I want without the tarnish.
Here’s a snippet from a very recent article on the rise of nickel allergy. You can read the entire article here:
My process used for my trademarked nickel-free purse frame is similar to the process used in jewelry. (Beyond having the lobster clasp closures on my chains, again, this is where my knowledge and work as a jeweler helps!) I have to use a plating company that has the nickel-free process and you will not find this in industrial uses … only jewelry. So despite what you might have heard, nickel-free is NOT cheaper. Not by a long shot. Call any plating company here in America.
Now that I have competitors selling knock-off, cheap, imitators of my nickel-free purse frames(TM), I don’t take this imitation as flattery. Are they even tested for lead?
Ask that seller, why do you offer nickel-free? How did you get the idea?
So handbag makers can list that their clutches made from my nickel-free frames(TM) are tested for lead and has a fine 2-coat finish extending the life of the clutch. It will wear well! Handbag makers should also note that it is “Trademarked to whilebabynaps.etsy.com and Khuong LLC.”