Thursday, October 3, 2013

Don't Let Your Jewelry Make You Sick! Jewelry Hygiene and the AquaSonic Wave

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die as a result of foodborne illnesses alone. When factoring in the cases of illness from viruses and flu related sickness, these numbers grow exponentially. From constant hand washing and sanitizing to flu shots, the American public goes to great lengths to avoid getting sick. Even with all of these preventative measures, there is a major source of bacteria that people wear on their bodies every day that has been completely overlooked until now: jewelry.

I'm not gonna lie, when I received this press release, my first instinct was to pass it by, but then I noticed that the image they used to illustrate their point looks just like the primary setting on my engagement ring. So it piqued my interest and I decided to share!

“Washing your hands DOES NOT eliminate germs and bacteria from your jewelry,” explains David Bellman of Bellman Jewelers. “Even if a person washes his or her hands religiously, there can still be millions of bacteria lurking on the surface and festering between the nooks and crannies of a jewelry setting, and that bacteria can make you sick. I call my discovery “Jewelry Hygiene®.”

Bellman is the inventor of the AquaSonic Wave, the only at-home, professional-quality jewelry cleaning system that will not only make your jewelry sparkle like it just came from the jeweler, but also reduce your chances of contracting and spreading infectious bacteria that can lead to colds, flus, and foodborne illnesses. Bellman’s co-inventor is Dean Kamen, the acclaimed inventor of thousands of innovations from the heart stent to the portable kidney dialysis machine, and perhaps most notably, the Segway. Using steam, hot water, and soap and their proprietary anti-bacterial cleaning agent within a home dishwasher, the AquaSonic Wave can remove 99% of dirt and germs from an average jewelry surface.

When checked with a Hygiena ATP tester, the same device health inspectors use to test the cleanliness of surfaces in restaurants and hospitals, most jewelry surfaces have an ATP hygiene index in the 500-2,000 range. According to Hygiena ATP Levels of Clean (reference chart below), this would put the jewelry in the category of “Very Dirty” (501-1000) or “Filthy” (> 1,000), carrying a danger classification with “high risk of contamination from disease-causing bacteria.”

“When I saw the data regarding the bacteria levels on jewelry it was very frightening“, says Dr. Holly Neefe MD, a pediatrician and medical director. She continues, “In my 17 years of practice, I have never thought about jewelry hygiene, not even one time. If our jewelry is harboring infectious bacteria, it is something that the general public should understand and react to.”

Bellman’s own medical pilot study suggests timing between cleanings for optimal jewelry hygiene is 2 weeks. When Bellman surveyed customers in his jewelry store, he found that most admitted to not having their jewelry professionally cleaned for months, and even years on end due to the inconvenience of having to make a trip to the jeweler. The AquaSonic Wave allows consumers to effectively clean and disinfect their jewelry conveniently, while washing the dishes from Tuesday night’s dinner. AquaSonic Wave users can shake hands, cook family dinner, and prepare their children’s school lunches with minimal risk of spreading infectious, illness causing bacteria due to contaminated jewelry.

Bellman launched a Kickstarter campaign on September 21st to fund development and production of the final AquaSonic Wave prototype. For more information visit www.aquasonicwave.com. Pre-order your AquaSonic Wave system here: http://bit.ly/AquaSonicWave.

How often do you clean your jewelry? Did you have any idea that it was that dirty? I know I'm going to be cleaning my pieces a lot more often after reading this and I look forward to being able to try the AquaSonic Wave system as soon as it's available! Until next time...

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