Is your jewelry safe? Does it contain any radioactivity?
Peace Bronze is as safe as the pennies in your pocket or purse, and actually safer than your cellphone. Although Peace Bronze has its genesis in the copper cabling that was once carried launch codes to Minuteman III nuclear missiles, it is not radioactive, and never has had. Peace Bronze and all items we make from it have been tested and guaranteed safe by three separate sources: first by the U.S. Government during the painstaking disarmament process; second, by our metal recyclers in Iowa; and finally, by our own lab, where we test all materials for trace radioactivity with Geiger counters. Peace Bronze is entirely safe.
How much material from disarmed nuclear missile systems is actually in the Peace Bronze?
The copper we use in creating Peace Bronze comes from disarmed nuclear missile sites in both North Dakota and Nebraska. The copper is recycled for us in Spencer, Iowa. 95% of the Peace Bronze alloy comes from this copper. The remaining 5% is a mixture of Manganese and Silicon, making it a 'Silicon Bronze' alloy. This is the bronze formulation used by most sculptors working in our world today.
Does Peace Bronze contain any lead, nickel or chromium?
Peace Bronze is a lead-free alloy, and contains no nickel or chromium.
I see that From War to Peace donates a portion of its revenues to peace and social justice organizations. How do you choose such organizations?
From War to Peace is a transformational company, and we choose Partners in Peace who share our commitment to a more peaceful world. Among our partners are such organizations as the International Peace Bureau (our world's longest serving peace organization, representing over 300 groups in 70 countries throughout the world); Veterans for Peace (a U.S. organization made up of veterans who know from first hand experience that war does not work); and Homeboy Industries (a wonderful Los Angeles, California-based group committed to transforming gang-bangers into useful citizens. Their motto: Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job!).
Does From War to Peace have a print catalog?
At this time - in the interest of saving trees - our catalog is entirely digital. You can easily download a PDF catalog which is usually up to date by clicking here. But browsing out site is the best way to keep yourself up to date on new pieces and new information about From War to Peace.
Do you have a satisfaction guarantee?
At From War to Peace, we stand behind all of our special handmade jewelry and gifts. To ensure your satisfaction, all of our products are carefully and thoroughly inspected before leaving our studio. If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase upon arrival, please notify us immediately and we will attempt to correct the situation for you.
Does From War to Peace do custom work, casting from Peace Bronze?
We do not normally do custom work for clients, though there are exceptions. For example, From War to Peace casts pendants for Veterans for Peace, lapel pins for Homeboy Industries, and the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps pendant for the National Peace Corps Association. Generally speaking, custom work must reflect an organization's commitment to peace, and requires a significant minimum initial order.
What is your return policy?
Customer may return new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund, except during the December holiday period. Items bought during the holiday period will have an extended return period; the holiday period starts on the 1st of November ends on the 31st of December. Items purchased during this period are eligible for a full refund if received by January 31st. Items should be returned in their original product packaging. The buyer will need to pay for the return shipments; return shipping costs will be refunded if the return is a result of merchant or Amazon error. All refunds go to the original purchaser. A full refund will be due provided the return is received within the return window.
How should I care for my jewelry?
Protect all jewelry from scratches, sharp blows, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and sunlight. After each wearing, gently wipe each piece of jewelry clean of make-up and skin oils with a 100% cotton cloth. Store jewelry separately so it doesn't scratch other jewelry. Remove jewelry when doing household tasks such as gardening, cleaning, household repairs or other strenuous activities. Apply make-up and hair spray before putting on your jewelry. Make-up and hairspray contain chemicals that may affect your jewelry. Do not store jewelry next to heating vents, window sills, or in the car. Store jewelry away from the sunlight. The sun may fade some gemstones. Do not wear jewelry while in a pool, hot tub, or bathing. The chlorine in the water can damage metals. Frequent cleaning is recommended to maintain its true beauty. Salt water, chlorine in swimming pools, soap, perfumes, personal products, and perspiration take their toll on all fine jewelry. Wipe your jewelry carefully with a soft cloth to keep it clean and enjoy!
How do I keep my From War to Peace jewelry sparkling?
For jewelry with a Peace Bronze finish, you can soak the piece in white, distilled vinegar for about 15 minutes, then remove, rub, rinse with cold water and dry. This usually returns the luster to copper and bronze pieces. For gold or silver-dipped pieces: If using commercial silver/gold cleaners - read the label carefully and follow instructions. Do not press too hard when polishing gold or silver plated jewelry or you may damage the finish.