Post # 1
I’m in love with the work of an Etsy jeweler called StonebrookJewelry who works with “alternative metals.” Since FI will undoubtedly be insanely rough on his ring, I’m liking the sound of an alloy called cobalt chrome. Tough, but won’t shatter like tungsten, pretty scratch resistent, natrual color, on and on. However, the description of these rings claims that 10% of the alloy is nickel, while also claiming they’re hypoallergenic…?? When I contacted the owner, he said they used the same cobalt compound cleared for surgery and implants, but all my research says the nickel shouldn’t be nearly that high! Maybe the 10% number is wrong?
Has anyone worked with this guy? Any issues with irritation or allergic reaction to nickel in cobalt chrome? FI never wears jewelry so nickel allergy is an unknown, and I want to do something special for his ring that can’t be redone if he can’t wear it! Hayyulp!
Post # 3
I can’t speak to this specific jewelers products but when I was tested or my nickel allergy prior to a surgery, both 0.5% and 2.5% nickel and petroleum jelly were placed on my back and I was welted and blistered and itchy within 48 hours. If any nickel reaction were of concern I would ask this jeweler can use other alloys. 🙂
Post # 4
Maybe you could try buying a cheaper one and just let him try it for a while before spending money on a custom ring? DH has one that he got for around $30 from a local jeweler, but I see some on amazon for $50ish.
I have a bad nickel allergy so I personally wouldn’t wear anything with nickel in it, no matter how low the percentage. I’m also allergic to surgical grade stainless steel, so just because it’s used for that purpose doesn’t mean it is hypoallergenic for everyone. Titanium would be a safer choice, allergy wise.
Post # 5
@Westwood: +1 Buy A Cheaper One To Test It Out 🙂
Post # 6
Scott Kay and eweddingbands both say that their cobalt chrome rings are nickel free. Google tells me that typically the alloy used for jewelry is 67% cobalt, 27% chromium, and 6% molybdenum. Perhaps your etsy seller is mistaken?
I work in orthopedic research and I can tell you that there is definitely no nickel in the cobalt chrome medical implants- nickel allergies are so common that metal containing nickel would never be implanted.