Post # 1
So, I’ve had my e-ring for a few years now and wore it mostly every day. Every once in awhile I’d notice that the yellow gold was turning pink in and around the shank, almost like a rose gold. No big deal, since I’d polish it and it would go back to being it’s normal color. Little by little tho, I’d notice that the inside of the shank that touches my finger started to discolor to the point where it was turning black!
I took it in to the goldsmith and he said that my skin was actually absorbing and pitting the gold and leaching the copper and other alloys out, which was causing it to turn colors. He said it was a combo of my skin’s chemistry and the goldshot alloy that the ring was cast with, and that it happens rarely to some people. None of my other gold does this, and I had to have the ring completely re-cast, which is another story. I avoided white gold b/c I didn’t want the rhodium headache, but it seems no matter what I do my skin just isn’t having it. Has this happened to anyone else with yellow gold?
Post # 3
I react the same way to any gold that’s not 24k. Your gold was probably 14 or 18k. If you have your heart set on gold, then try getting 24k (it’s hard to find and way more expensive becuse it’s more pure.) Or go with something hypoallergenic like platinum or palladium. Good luck!
Post # 4
It was 14k. He said many things can affect the casting process and I guess this was just a fluke. I don’t think 24k would hold up for a ring. If this new one does the same thing I’ll probably look at having the ring destroyed and completely reset in a different metal, which would break my heart.
Post # 5
I used to wear yello gold all the time, and then one day I suddenly started having reactions to it. It started turning my skin black. Luckily, I don’t have the same reaction to white gold. I stopped wearing yellow gold and had the one piece I really wanted to keep plated.
Post # 6
Thats so strange how for years you’re fine then one day you wake up and can’t wear it anymore. My skin didn’t turn black but I made the ring turn black. It’s at the shop getting recast but he was in a hurry and set the diamond crooked so now I have to wait even longer for my ring. So frustrated.
Post # 7
I haven’t worn yellow gold since I was about 8. I had yellow gold earrings in and my ears swelled up, and then the skin on the back of my ears started to grow over the butterfly clip on the back of the stud earrings. It went unnoticed for months and I had to sit there while my mum scrapped the skin that had grown over the earrings off with a pin, to get the earrings out. I pretty sure that would make me allaregic right?
Post # 8
I react negatively to gold even if it’s 24 K. I have a pair of beautiful 24K yellow gold earrings that I got as a HS grad gift, and I can’t even wear them 🙁 They are just sitting in the box… It really sucks because I am a flute player and my dream instrument is a rose gold plated flute. Similar to this one – http://www.kesslermusic.com/html/flutes/sf79bof/fluteangle.jpg
I would not be able to wear gold alloys either even if I wasn’t reacting to gold, because of the copper content.
Luckily FH knew this before he bought a ring.
Post # 9
Gold earrings make my ears red and sore, they always have. Necklaces and rings don’t really bother me though, although I usually don’t wear gold jewelry and if I do, it’s not for very long.
Post # 10
I developed a metal allergy like this overnight and I became incredibly allergic to nickel, but only in my ears. It was one of those things that I had worn generic earrings for years with no problem and then one day my body was like, “Nope, you’ve had enough of this now.” and everything went to hell.
Sorry to hear about your ring issues… I agree a 24k gold would probably be a bad idea for a ring, gold is a soft metal as it is and making it even more pure is just going to allow it to get dinged & broken.
Hopefully your goldsmith can come up with a solution.
Post # 11
@krayzay87: Um, yes I’d say you qualify for “allergic”. That sounded so painful! My ears did that but to a lesser extent with those plastic earrings that were very popular in the early 90’s.
@musical-lady: Aw that does suck 🙁 If it makes you feel better, I had a pair of really pretty 18K gold hoops that I got as a x-mas present and stupid me forgot I was wearing them when I was doing my OR rotations. They kept snagging my cap so I took them out and stuck them in my back scrub pocket and then at the end of my shift, I tossed my scrubs in the hospital’s soiled laundry bin and didn’t realize it until 2 days later that I tossed my earrings.
@Isabelle663: It seems like ears are always more sensitive than fingers or necks. Probably b/c of the piercing.
@Hyperventilate: That sucks! My body decided to do that to me with fish. Suddenly it’s like “Nope. Eat it again and I will kill you”. The ‘smith is using 14k again, and swears it was just a rare bad batch of gold/casting process. He’s being a sort of whiny baby about it tho, I guess because he’s forgetting that I’m not just some chick that used to work at the shop/ buddy of his, but an actual PAYING CUSTOMER. I just want the damn thing to be right.
Post # 12
@Eight6Eleven: Oooh :((( That is worse than not being able to wear them! I’m going to keep the gold earrings, of course, and give them to a future daughter. They’re quite pretty – 2mm hoops with pave diamonds.
I accidentally tossed a pair of lovely Moissy earrings a couple of years ago. They got caught up in my own laundry and the machine didn’t cough them up. Luckily I found a similar pair on MoCo so I’m happy now 🙂
Post # 13
Gold makes my skin turn black or green sometimes. I always used to think that meant it was fake or cheap jewelry, but I know this stuff is real gold, lol. I’m super allergic to nickel too so I guess my skin is just picky!