The AquaSonic Wave® Story
It was nearly twenty years ago when David Bellman, the inventor of the original AquaSonic, first had the idea to clean jewelry in the dishwasher. He was the first to patent the technology, first to design and develop a working prototype, and eventually sell nearly 50,000 units of the original versions. We had success, but it was limited. One issue encountered was the perception that placing your jewelry in the dishwasher was going to somehow damage the jewelry or that the jewelry might go down the drain. Being a professional in the jewelry industry, I knew this could not happen. But as inventors we have learned that many times new innovations take time to be accepted.
AquaSonic Wave® – Engineering Clean
After discovering that bacteria on jewelry created a serious health hazard, I decided to redesign a product I had invented 15 years ago, called the AquaSonic Wave®. The AquaSonic Wave® was the first jewelry cleaner that utilized a dishwasher to clean jewelry as well as a professional cleaner could. I soon realized that developing a jewelry cleaner that professionally cleaned AND sanitized jewelry was going to be complicated. This would require a much higher level of technical expertise than I have on my own, so I approached Dean Kamen with the concept of creating new and improved AquaSonic Wave®.
“My jewelry comes out sparkling like it is new again and sanitized. I feel good knowing all the germs that get on my rings while preparing dinner get washed away with my AquaSonic Wave® in the dishwasher.”
How to Test Bacteria Levels on Jewelry
Removing high levels of bacteria from jewelry and achieving a level of cleanliness defined as sanitized: “the reduction of the bacterial count of pathogens, to a safe and acceptable level”, was our goal. To measure this we use the Hygiena® EnSure™ monitoring system that can collect, analyze and report data from almost any surface. Used primarily by hospitals, restaurants, and food preparation companies, this system measures ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is present in all organic material, and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells. ATP is produced and/or broken down in metabolic processes in all living systems.
Processes such as photosynthesis in plants, muscle contraction in humans, respiration in fungi and fermentation in yeast are all driven by ATP. Therefore, most foods and microbial cells will contain some level of naturally occurring ATP. The EnSure system uses bioluminescence to detect residual ATP as an indicator of surface cleanliness. The presence of ATP on a surface indicates improper cleaning and the presence of contamination, including food residue, allergens and/or bacteria. This implies a potential for the surface to harbor and support bacterial growth.
Starbucks Acknowledges Jewelry Hygiene® as a legitimate health Issue.
Imagine having to convince 160,000 people that they can no longer wear any of their jewelry to work except for a plan wedding band. Seems impossible and yet that’s exactly what Starbucks Coffee had to do last year. As they begin to offer more food products into their stores, they realized that having employees serving food wearing contaminated jewelry was not worth the risk of spreading foodborne illnesses to their millions of customers.
So they added to their dress code new guidelines that required the removal of all watches, bracelets and rings, containing gemstones like diamonds, to be removed while at work. Starbucks is the first inter-national corporation to implement this high standard of safety. Why, because they did the same research we did and discovered that jewelry, with its extremely high bacteria loads, is a major cause of foodborne illness.
Trends and Studies
Since the onset of the AquaSonic Wave® development project, the team has been committed to exploring bacteria’s proliferation on hands, jewelry, and in our daily environments. What we’ve found is astounding and it’s through these efforts that we’ve realized “The Dirty Little Secret” surrounding the dangers of ineffective jewelry hygiene. We wear jewelry every day and it almost never gets cleaned. Families deserve a system that they can use to clean their jewelry and keep their families safe from the harmful effects of bacteria as found in and on jewelry.
The Nightingale Pilot Study:
Pilot Study Testing Bacteria Loads on the Jewelry of Healthcare Workers and on the Reduction of Jewelry Bacteria Click here to download the Pilot Study Now. By: Dana Gagnon David Bellman Hillary LeDuc
The Nightingale Project was designed to test the theory that jewelry can be a breeding ground and repository for high bacteria loads thus significantly increasing the potential of the wearer to be a carrier of pathogenic bacteria. Health care workers (HCW) are at increased risk to being exposed to bacteria regularly in their work environment. Additionally, the Pilot study tests the Ringer System, a safe, convenient jewelry cleaning device developed by DHB Ventures Group and DEKA Research and Development. The Pilot Study tests the Ringer System’s efficacy of reducing bacteria loads. Research has shown that wearing jewelry is a significant contributor to hand contamination in the health care setting. However, none of the available studies have actually tested the jewelry of the test participants... [+]