Ladies with Nickel allergies…

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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7098 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

 If it only happened after you added your WG band I would bet that’s what it is. You can try painting the inside of your band with clean nail polish, but it wears off pretty quickly. Could you possibly find a jeweler that uses a palladium mix for plating? Otherwise there really is no solution unfortunately. :/

Post # 4
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301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m allergic to nickel, and I get red bumps if I wear jewelry that contains it.  If you are allergic to nickel, I would recommend replacing your wedding ring with a platinum ring.  I think I’ve seen online that some people paint their nickel jewelry with clear nail polish, but I have no idea how well that works, and the jewelry would need to be re-painted as the polish wears off.

Post # 5
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895 posts
Busy bee

I have a nickel allergy and I also found out the hard way that I am allergic to white gold too. I returned the ring that was gold but the jeweler said that they could take the rhodium plating off (the part that has nickel) and it should be fine, obviously I didn’t want to bother, but it might be an option for you. My rings are both palladium.

btw I tried the clear nail polish and it didn’t work at all.

Post # 6
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613 posts
Busy bee

@ChellFish22:  I have a nickel allergy Frown I usually turn red more of a hive like blotch. But when its that time of the month I turn green. sounds like you have a nickle sensitivity. I would do a confirmation test do the hand wash and lotion until it goes away then wear only your band confirm that it is whats giving you problems. if so I would suggest getting the inside of your band plated with palladium or even switching to a platnum band. Its a sucky allergy.

Post # 7
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324 posts
Helper bee

@ChellFish22:  Aww! I’m allergic to nickel and that’s the reaction I get. I’m sorry, that sucks! I definitely agree with PPs that nail polish will help! But I do think it’s best, in the long term, to replace it with a yellow gold/palladium/platinum band. 

Post # 8
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8706 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My skin erodes when I wear nickel but it only affects my earlobes. I have a white gold ring and I am fine.

Post # 9
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have a nickel allergy, thankfully I found out before I was engaged so I could tell him not to get white gold.

You have 2 options: 

1. Replate the ring frequently so the white gold never gets exposed (plating lasts typically 3mo-1yr for most people)

2. Have the ring remade in platinum or palladium

Eventually, the platinum ring will damage the white gold and it will make it wear faster, so I recommend you just bite the bullet and get it remade. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve used the nailpolish on metal on clothes (esp jeans) because of a nickel allergy and it works well.  There are also commercial products similar to the nailpolish idea.  I have no idea how long they would last on rings.

 

Post # 11
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3007 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yup that sounds about right. The only WG I can wear are earrings I had reset. No nickel in them (so the lady said but I don’t get a reaction and didn’t pay for platinum)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

As the PPs note, that sounds precisely like a nickel allergy. If you continue to wear it your skin will start to peel off in chunks, at least mine does. I learned that lesson in my early teens because I was too stubborn to NOT wear the rings I bought at shops like Claire’s. The clear nailpolish trick isn’t particularly effective for something you wear daily, in my experience. 

You can try to get it plated in platinum or palladium, since you obviously want to keep your wedding band, but I would look into seeing if you can have a replica made in one of those hypoallergenic metals. A lifetime is far too long to deal with what nickel allergies to do skin. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@ChellFish22:  Plating is only a temporary fix, unfortunately. Nickel is used to make “white gold” whitish, and then it’s plated with rhodium to give a bright shiny white finish. It’s possible that your earrings are made with palladium rather than nickel- high quality white gold sometimes is. 

Other types of gold don’t contain nickel, they are usually alloyed with silver, copper, and zinc. Particularly if you get 18k, you shouldn’t have an issue. However, with a platinum ering I would highly recommend you get your band remade in platinum or palladium so that they don’t cause excess wear on each other. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jpalm13:  That would make sense then- they’re probably 18k white gold alloyed with palladium instead of nickel. Too bad they haven’t banned nickel in jewelry in the US like they have in Europe- most sources I’ve read say that 15-20% of people are allergic to it. That’s a lot!

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