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How can I buy Nicole Barr at retail?
Complete the Contact us form and we'll be glad to recommend a store near you - or call us Monday-Friday during office hours.
Why do you enamel onto 18 K gold?
On lower karat gold, like 9k, the enamel will react with the alloys.
Enameling is possible on 14k, but Master Enamellers like Nicole Barr and others choose 18k to create the most beautiful lasting colors you’ll see in this rare and beautiful art form.
Why is your silver jewelry rhodium plated?
Rhodium is a precious hard metal in the platinum family of metals. It's used by fine jewelers to plate sterling silver, as it prevents tarnishing and provides a bright reflective finish. We rhodium plate all of our silver jewelry and cufflinks when a white metal finish is required.
What is hard fired or vitreous enamel?
We use hard fired vitreous enamel for most of our jewelry and cufflinks, whether 925 silver or 18k gold. Fired enamel is powdered glass that has been fired in a kiln at temperatures up to 1450°F which melts the glass into a liquid. As it cools, it becomes a solid piece of color, like the panes in a stained glass window which never change color or fade. Jewelers like Faberge and Lalique use vitreous enamel.
Is enamel fragile?
All enamel jewelry must be handled with care, like a fine glass sculpture. Although it is durable like glass, it will also crack like glass if abused. However, in our 30 years' experience selling enamel jewelry, this problem rarely occurs. A jewelry care leaflet is included with each piece of Nicole Barr.
Is your jewelry Nickel Free?
Our jewelry meets the current standards for Nickel content as set by the EU.
Are your diamonds Conflict-Free?
Yes. We comply with the Kimberley Process for purchase of non-conflict diamonds.
Is all of your jewelry Ethically Produced?
Yes. Nicole Barr jewelry is an American owned and managed facility located in Thailand. We are committed to providing fair wages and working hours, health care, training and a comfortable, safe environment where each person has the opportunity to reach their best potential. Our employees take pride in their work and we feel privileged to have them be part of our old-fashioned 21st century company.
Do you offer a Custom Design and Manufacturing Service?
Yes. Please ask for a free quote. Minimums are 100 pieces for sterling silver, 50 pairs for cufflinks, or 3 pieces for 18 kt Gold.