What jewelry is safe for people allergic to nickel?
Allergic Reaction to Jewelry
If you suffer from a nickel allergy and are looking for nickel free jewelry metals we can tell you about your nickel-free options. Most high quality jewelry nowadays is nickel free. However, a lot of lower quality jewelry online, and local unreputable jewelers still try to pass jewelry containing nickel on their customers.
Anyone and everyone can develop a nickel allergy, age and prior conditions don't matter. PLEASE CONSULT WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL TO CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT YOU ACTUALLY HAVE AN ALLERGY.
Why do some jewelers use nickel in the production of their jewelry?
The main reason is to decrease production costs.
How to find nickel-free jewelry?
- Nickel Free badge: This is the easiest way to find nickel free jewelry. Products that are nickel free usually have clear markings on the product packaging.
- High Karat Gold: Typically gold above 14k is designated as nickel free. The reason being that since there is more gold content theres less fillers like nickel and bonding alloys. Jewelers classify 18k and higher as nickel free.
- Platinum: High quality platinum is naturally hypoallergenic. You can be 100% sure that all platinum is nickel free.
- Palladium:Similar to platinum but less expensive. Palladium is the replacement for nickel in white gold so its less likely to cause a nickel allergy. A great alternative to more expensive platinum jewelry.
- Titanium: Titanium is naturally hypoallergenic. A great durable and affordable jewelry metal.
- Ceramic: Ceramic is a high tech synthetic material typically used in watches and rings. Synthetically created, it's hypoallergenic and durable. Apple uses ceramic in the Apple Watch.
- Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is also nickel free.
- Tungsten: Tungsten Carbide is natrually hypoallergenic. The strength and durabilty are unmatched. Also, it is extremely affordable.
If your current wedding ring contains nickel and you are experiencing an allergic reaction:
If you do not wish to stop wearing and replace your wedding ring. You can visit a local jeweler and have your ring rhodium plated along the inside of the band. This will create a metal layer between your skin and the nickel content of the ring. You will have to reapply rhodium every few years because it wears out.
THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! PLEASE CONSULT WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL TO CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT YOU ACTUALLY HAVE AN ALLERGY.