Post # 1
Hi, all! I’m shopping for a wedding band for my FI, who has a lot of random allergies. I know he gets contact allergies with some cheaper metals – like, he has a belt buckle that causes a small rash if his undershirt becomes untucked and the buckle touches his belly. He had a lot of food allergies growing up, and every so often just comes down with a mild patch of hives with no explanation.
He’s never worn any jewelry before, so I’m a little worried about the wedding ring. I don’t know if there’s a good way to determine if a gold alloy will cause him a problem, without just buying a gold ring to have him try it out. Which is quite an investment. :/
I will buy him a platinum ring if that’s what I need to do, and I know that titanium is an option, too. But it’d also be nice for him to have a rose gold ring to match mine, but I just don’t know if it’s an option, and I don’t know how to figure it out.
Any tips? Anyone deal with unknown potential metal allergies in someone with a lot of sensitivities before? Not sure how to figure this out!
Post # 3
- 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
@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 # 5
@housebee: Is the ceramic ring pretty tough? Or does he have to be careful with it? I’m not really familiar!
That’s a lot of different metals to try… especially the platinum and gold, that had to be expensive. Did you have to buy the platinum ring to try it out? Was there anything you could do with it (returns, etc.) once it didn’t work out? I can find information online about what the common allergies are, and what alternatives to try… but I’m looking for a way to figure out exactly what he might be allergic to without dropping a bunch of money on things that won’t work. :/
Post # 6
@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
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
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
An allergist can do testing. Nickle being the most common.
Post # 10
@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.