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HBJ at MAD NY Redefining Fine Jewelry- Chapter II

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Hannah Blount Jewelry for Museum of Art and Design NYC | Redefining Fine Jewelry 2017
The HBJ studio is so excited to be a part of the Museum of Arts and Design's second Redefining Fine Jewelry show! I will be at the opening, May 4th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Hope to see you there! 
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Hannah Blount Jewelry x Meeka Fine Jewelry | April 2017

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Hannah Blount Jewelry at Meeka Fine Jewelry Trunk Show
Join Hannah at Meeka Fine Jewelry on April 21st, 2017 from 12pm to 7pm.
Shop Hannah's newest one-of-a-kind goodies and your favorite HBJ classics at Monika Krol's beautiful PA shop.
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Behind the Magic | Aventurescence

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Aventurescence is the optical phenomena of glitter-like shimmer within a gemstone. Derived from the Italian word for 'by chance', aventurescence was discovered, by chance, in the 18th century. This optical phenomena occurs predominately inn feldspar gemstones, like sunstones; the reflective disks appear like glimmering inclusions. 

 62.75ct Grand Sunstone Vanity Necklace by Hannah Blount Jewelry

Not all sunstones possess aventurescence; most sunstones are warm-hued, varying from creamy white to vibrant orange. The prevalence of aventurescence depends on the size and amount of inclusions. Sunstone inclusions can be hematite, copper, or some other mineral. Aventurescence appears like metallic flashes within sunstones. 

 

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Caring for Your Jewelry

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Even the best made jewelry requires extra care, especially over the years. Taking care of and storing your jewelry will make all the difference for the lifespan of your piece. Understanding the materials of your jewelry will also help ensure their longevity.

In general, please remove your HBJ pieces before you bathe, and try to prevent any lotions or sprays from coming into contact with your jewelry. Store your HBJ jewelry in a box or case that can allow each piece to be housed individually (so that they don't scratch one another); when packing jewelry in the studio, we utilize small cotton pouches or plastic bags. In general, warm water and a mild soap is the safest way to clean your jewelry but there are exceptions. For diamond rings, we reccomend a ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Read more about caring and cleaning your jewelry below.

Sterling Silver
Sterling silver will naturally tarnish over time. To slow this process, wash occasionally with warm water and a mild soap. A soft toothbrush will help reach tighter areas. If the tarnish lingers, do not use a polishing cloth, as this will polish off the matte finish. Instead, try a dip tarnish remover or silver cleaner. Please avoid using silver cleaner on silver jewelry with pearls.

Gold Vermeil
Vermeil, or gold plated, pieces are comprised of solid sterling silver, that has been plated with high karat gold. Layered over that is a protective lacquer coating, which slows the tarnishing process. This lacquer, however, is more vulnerable to chemicals. Anything that is gold plated will wear over time. If your gold plated piece should begin to tarnish, gently wash the jewelry with a mild soap and use a soft cloth for drying. Avoid tarnish remover or silver cleaner, and do not use a polishing cloth. If the gold should begin to wear off, please contact the studio regarding the replating process.

Oxidized Silver
Oxidization is a patina that blackens sterling silver; it is a surface treatment, so it is more susceptible to wear. Avoid liquids and chemicals, and please keep in mind that depending on the acidity of your skin- wear time will vary. While it is not being worn, place the item in a safe, dry container. If your piece needs to be re-oxidized, please contact the studio.

Gemstones
Pay special attention to the stones used in a piece as certain stones, for example opals, are much softer than others, like diamonds, and can break relatively easily. Pearls, moonstones and opals are quite soft and are easily scratched; wear them with caution and special care. Some gemstones do not play well with water, so do your research before you clean your gemstone piece. If you ever have any questions about the make up of your piece or how to clean, please don't hesitate to contact the studio.

Gold
Solid gold will not tarnish, but it can get dirty. Wash with warm water and a mild soap. Do not use a polishing cloth, as this will polish off the matte finish. A soft toothbrush will help reach tighter areas. Remember to wash it in a bowl, rather than in the sink.

Rose Gold
Like solid gold, rose gold will not tarnish but can get dirty. Rose gold can be affected by salt more than other metals, in air or water, because of the copper alloy in it. Please leave these pieces at home when heading to the beach. Wash with warm water and a mild soap. Do not use a polishing cloth, as this will polish off the matte finish. A soft toothbrush will help reach tighter areas. Remember to wash it in a bowl, rather than in the sink.

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Hannah Blount Jewelry at Egan Day

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Hannah Blount Jewelry available at Egan Day in Philadelphia PA
 Thrilled to announce that you can now shop some beautifully curated HBJ pieces at Egan Day! I have long loved this shop and am so excited to join their roster of incredible artists. Be sure to stop by if you're in Philadelphia! 
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