Allergic to engagement ring :(

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Eeks this sounds awful. Can you switch to platinum or palladium? Those are hypoallergenic from what I know. I would rather pay for a new setting than deal with sad scabby fingers. 🙁

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I think I’ve read that you can put a clear coat of polish on just the inside part that touchea your finger ever so often, but I don’t know.  Is there something the jeweler could dip it in, maybe?

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Yea clear nail polish will work as a temp fix, but im not sure i would be willing to do that for the rest of my life eather it will wear off in a few weeks.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You’re most likely allergic to the nickel unfortunately. The only thing I can suggest besides resetting it would maybe be painting the inside with clear nails polish, or having it dipped in rhodium. Both would have to be done quite frequently though. :/

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d be willing to bet that your white gold ring uses an alloy with nickel in it. Nickel allergies are really common. As others said, there are temporary fixes that may work, but your best bet in the long run is to have the ring reset in platinum, palladium, or yellow gold.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Your best bet is probably going to be having the ring remade in a metal that doesn’t give you an allergic reaction, like rose gold, platinum, or palladium. In the alternative (if you really wanted white gold), you could possibly see if the jeweler will remix the gold with palladium or platinum as the “white” metal. I believe a lot of white gold uses nickel in the mix, which is something that quite a few people react to.

I have read in other threads on here where ladies put clear polish on the inside of their rings to stop the reaction. For me, this wouldn’t be a good fix, as it’s not permanent. You would have to coat it again and again, as the polish will wear off. I don’t know if there’s any coating the jeweler can put onto the metal or not.

Having a metal allergy is hard! Not only is it painful, but it’s something that (often) you won’t find out about until someone gives you a really nice and expensive piece of jewelry that you want to wear all the time. That puts a huge amount of emotional pain into the mix, too. If it’s any consolation to your FI, this is not an uncommon thing. A lot of people have metal allergies to one thing or another. I have one, and I used to feel so weird and isolated because of it — until I came onto the Bee and discovered I definitely wasn’t alone!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Some shops also put nickle in their platinum so make sure you ask about that if you do plan to re-set.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

B2BMay2015: I have a nickel allergy, you probably do too. Some white gold uses nickel to make the alloy (metal mixture) white. Many places don’t use nickel because it is such a common allergy, but unfortunately that’s what this sounds like. If you want the same look, your best be is to reset in a white gold that uses another white metal in the alloy (such as palladium).

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

As others have said, it is probably a nickel allergy. Sadly it is probably best in the long term to get a new setting, and make sure that it is nickel-free. I was amazed when I was shopping that in many big jewelry stores, 100% of their white gold rings had nickel in them. I am also allergic to nickel so I ended up getting mine in platinum, and have never had a single issue. Palladium is also good, but harder to find (a lot of jewelers don’t work with it).

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

B2BMay2015:  I should add that my engagement ring is white gold, but it’s from a good independent jeweller and nickel isn’t used often in white gold alloys where I live. In fact I hadn’t heard of this issue until I came on here! I’ve only ever reacted to costume stuff (that came from the US!). So what I am saying is white gold is not out of reach, but you’ll need to deal with people who know what is in their rings.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Taiki:  I was about to suggest having the ring reset on nickle free white gold too! My engagement ring is made with a nickel free white gold alloy too, as I’m quite allergic to nickle. Like you, I seem to have had a fairly easy time of finding nickle free white gold, as I think there’s been a a move towards nickle free jewellery across Europe over the recent years.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I am highly allergic to nickel, and will have reactions within a few hours.  My ring is platinum, and I’ve worn it nonstop for over three months with no issues.  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Like others said sounds like nickel allergies, I made sure my white gold rings were nickel free (mine are made with palladium) and haven’t had any issues.

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