Post # 1
If you are allergic to whilte gold, did the allergy come out right away, or over time?
I have a white gold prong set anniversary band that I’ve been wearing a lot the last few days because I misplaced my platinum ring. I have not worn this prong set band much because the side diamonds keep coming lose.
Anyway, I’ve noticed a rash and burn where my ring is. I can only wear the ring for a couple of hours tops before this happens. I always take off my ring to wash my hands and I’m pretty anal about keeping it clean. I clean it in my ultrasonic machine every couple of days. I don’t do housework or anything harsh with my rings on.
This isn’t just happening with my ring, but with my gold necklace too. I have a nice red, raw, rash on my neck and chest where my pendant and chain sits.
I just had the pendant made a few months ago so it doesn’t look like it needs to be rhodium dipped yet. I had the chain redipped at the time I got the pendant (so they both looked shiney new) and the ring was recently resized and it too does not look like it needs to be redipped.
I went to a jeweler yesterday and had them professionally cleaned to make sure they were really clean. I put them back on and a few hours later I was ready to rip my finger off.
I am really surprised this has happened because I have been wearing gold for years! I know you can develop an allergy at any time, so I was wondering what your experiences have been.
Post # 3
Usually, white gold is hypoallergenic, however, like every metal, it contains traces of nickle, of which people most commonly react to. In the case of white gold, the allergy usually presents itself over time as the white gold wears down to bring the skin into more exposure to the nickle.
You can take a little bit of clear coat and swipe it on the inside of your ring (or wherever your skin touches on the outside) to give yourself a little bit of wiggle room.
Edit: I have a strange nickle allergy. I can wear rings and necklaces with nickle in them. I cannot wear earrings with nickle, however, or my earlobes become angry and inflamed. It was an “overnight allergy” for me because as a teenager, I’d wear cheap nickle earrings all the time. Then one day my body just went “Nope.”
Post # 4
I’m allergic to white gold the same way that @Hyperventilate: is…my ears will bleed if I wear cheap earrings now (like costumey stuff from Forever 21). I can wear some white gold rings and others make me react; I have also reacted badly to a white gold chain I have. My allergy developed seemingly overnight as well..
Post # 5
Thanks. Maybe I will try the clear nail polish. I had read that before but I didn’t know if it actually worked.
Most of my earings are stainless, or at least the posts are and my ear lobes seem to be OK. This allergy has come on over the last few days, lucky me.
Post # 6
My metal allergy developed pretty quickly. One day I was wearing earrings fine and then the next my ears were getting itchy and rashy. I kept trying to wear earrings and the rash got worse and worse.
Then I couldn’t wear necklaces and had trouble with my wristwatch, eyeglass frames, jeans buttons, etc. I assumed it was nickel allergy.
I tried Simply Whispers earrings, I tried stuff labeled non-allergenic, I tried silver. Everything seemed to bother me. I didn’t have any gold to try, so I don’t know about that, but it seemed like anything else was a problem.
I stopped wearing all metals for over 20 years. Those I couldn’t avoid (jeans buttons, eyeglass stems) I coated with nail polish every so often.
We went with a platinum e-ring just to be sure, although surprisingly after 20 years of not wearing any metal jewelry, I can now wear things again. Necklaces, rings, etc. Not even special high-quality stuff, just regular sort of department store type stuff. My pierced ears have closed, so I dont’ know about earrings. I’m toying with the idea of trying again and getting re-pierced, but since that’s where my allegy had started, I’m a bit leery.
For white gold, the Rhodium should make a barrier between your skin and the metal alloy, which can contain nickel and copper, which some people react to. However, Rhodium can wear away. Your ring may need to be redipped.
Or I’d suggest trying Platinum or Palladium. Those are pretty pure metals and I haven’t heard of people having allergies to them.
Post # 7
I have always worn white gold. My original e ring, which I received last April, was white gold. In October, I started getting a rash like the one you had descibed. After trying everything possible to keep it, my FI and I decided to switch to a platinum ring last month. I no longer have any issues. I know a lot of people are able to remedy the problem, but I have sensitive skin as it is and was not willing to risk having an ongoing issue. I also didn’t know how much worse it would get after I add a white gold wedding band to the mix in May, so I switched to a platinum wedding set. Good luck!