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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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Hannah Blount Jewelry for Sparrow Collection

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Hannah Blount Jewelry for Sparrow Collection | rose gold jewelry | cameo jewelry
Some of your favorite Hannah Blount Jewelry pieces can now be found at Sparrow Collection in Annapolis, MD.
Hannah Blount Jewelry Cameo Grey Lady Rings for Sparrow CollectionHannah Blount Jewelry Cameo Lady Ring for Sparrow Collection
When store owner, and all around bad ass, Gabrielle asked HBJ to join her amazing selection of designers, we were so excited! The whole studio is a long time fan of her shop. Gabrielle approached us to create one-of-a-kind pieces just for Sparrow, incorporating HBJ's Cameo ladies. This collaboration created three variations of beautiful pink ladies- available with antique mine cut diamond, a ruby or all three.
Hannah Blount Jewelry Cameo Grey Lady Rings for Sparrow Collection
These truly unique ladies can be found exclusively at Sparrow
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Press | Hannah Blount, Improper Bostonian Hearts To Follow 2017

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Hannah Blount | Improper Bostonian Bachelorette 2017

I had a great time being included in the Improper Bostonian's Hearts to Follow issue, just in time for Valentine's Day! You can read my interview here. You'll notice they chose to leave out my multiple declarations of love for my dog, and my girl crush on Elizabeth Warren.

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Anatomy Of An HBJ Pearl

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Pearl Jewelry by Hannah Blount Jewelry

One of my many wonderful finds from this year's Tucson gem show was a new selection of baroque pearls. At the HBJ studio, we work predominately with freshwater baroque pearls, cultured in the USA and in China, and Tahitian pearls (which are saltwater). The baroque shapes and sometimes bumps, wrinkles or little pits and divots are all oddities that make baroque pearls so beautiful- as do their incredible, varying colors. 

There are four main types of cultured pearls; most pearls posses overtones, the change in hue over the pearls body color. Some pearls also show the iridescent phenomenon known as 'orient'.

Baroque Pearl Jewelry by Hannah Blount JewelryBaroque Pearl Jewelry by Hannah Blount Jewelry

Within the HBJ collections, we utilize hues, or color, and neutral pearls- white, grey and black. Lavender pearls are beloved in the studio for their etherial aesthetic; the latest addition of apricot (light pink-orange) hued pearls contrast the organic grit of the baroque shape with a feminine color. The aubergine orient on Tahitian pearls adds even more magic and edge to the unusual body color. 

Tahitian Pearl Jewelry by Hannah Blount Jewelry

Cultured pearls are created from the irritation of a mollusk, with human facilitation. One of their organs, the mantle (which acts kind of like skin), creates a liquid that hardens and said liquid forms into mother of pearl. Pearls are delicate, coming in at only 2.5-3 on the MOHs scale. 

Stay tuned for new pearl pieces, coming soon...

Baroque Pearl Jewelry | Hannah Blount Jewelry

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