determining metal allergies

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I think the most common metal allergy with cheap metals is they contain nickel. I am allergic to nickel. I have a white gold ring (no nickle was used in) and a lot of other gold, including rose gold jewelry over the years that I have no problem with at all.

Post # 4
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@banjolellie:  My husband tried titanium, tungsten carbide, platinum, white gold and was allergic to all of them.  I ended up getting him a ceramic ring and he loves it.

Post # 6
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@banjolellie:  Well luckily I found an amazing local jeweler that let me return the items once he saw what was going on.  I originally purchased a white gold ring, then the platinum, tungsten and titanium rings based on what the jeweler said (I guess those metals are less likely to have reactions).  Since none of those worked, he suggested a ceramic band as a last resort (not many style choices) and it worked.  My husband treats it just like a metal ring and he hasn’t had any problems with it, although he works a desk job.

Post # 7
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have metal allergies, and the only metals I can wear are 14k gold (or a more pure form) and platinum.  Rose gold will most likely cause an allergy because of the copper in it.

Post # 8
4494 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Nickel’s the most common allergy.  I’d avoid white gold, since it oftentimes has nickel.  The most hypoallergenic “nice” metals are platinum, palladium, and titanium.  Some people also get reactions to copper, but it’s less common – if that’s the case, rose gold’s out.  If even these give him reactions, you may have to go with ceramic as PPs said.


What you could do is get him a ring in one of the hypoallergenic metals with a rose gold inlay – I’ve seen those, and they’re cool looking.  I personally would go with titanium & rose gold inlay, since it’s cheaper – if it turns out the rose gold gives him a reaction, you won’t be out too much money.  We got titanium because my husband has super sensitive skin and my ears bleed if I wear earrings with nickel.  Titanium’s nice because it has a modern-looking grayish color, is lightweight, affordable, and strong.  We love our titanium bands.

Post # 9
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

An allergist can do testing. Nickle being the most common. 

Post # 10
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@banjolellie:  I’m actually headed to my allergist right now for a skin patch test. My SO and I need to figure out which metal we are going to go with, and since I have a crap ton of allergies, he does NOT want to have the jeweler make my ring, only to find out I am allergic, and have to pay big $$ to change it. 

I feel allergist is the best, most effective way to find out.

Good luck!

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