Soo sad, I can't wear my rings =(

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had this issue with my original e ring and, sadly, had to replace it with a platinum one. I was upset about losing the sentiment of the one my husband proposed with, but I got over it eventually. I hope you have better luck than I did! I probably could have kept redipping it but I was sick of having to go without a ring so often.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have never had that…. but that is bizarre you are allergic to white gold…. maybe you are allergic to the Rhodium plating.  Also what karat is the setting,  I think the only pure gold is 24 Karat the rest are cut with some other type of alloy metal, perhaps you are allergic to the alloy metals.

Post # 5
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1193 posts
Bumble bee

Maybe there are areas so small you cannot see them that are reacting? The rhodium itself is hypoallergenic, so its probably the nickel in the white gold alloy you are reacting to. Maybe you can take it to get redipped again? I know they say it starts to wear off around the 6 month mark, which is where you are at right now.

Post # 6
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

You don’t have to replace it with platinum, you could have it melted down and platinum added to it, so technically it’s the same ring. But I’m not sure if that will be enough to stop the allergic reactions. Good luck! 

Post # 7
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595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@SupermansSweetheart:  Oh my goodness I haven’t ever seen any bees with a ring similar to mine – we are almost ring twins!

Hope your ring/finger situation is taken care of quick, I would be so sad not to wear my ring!

Post # 8
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You are almost certainly experiencing a nickel allergy. Most white gold is made with nickel. 

Your options are this: 

1. Get your ring plated frequently. Like, every 3-4 months based on your reaction.

2. Get your ring remade with platinum, palladium, or palladium white gold.

I’m sorry that you’re dealing with this- unfortunately nickel allergy is quite common (~20% of the population) and many women find out after a few months of wearing a white gold ering. It’s so common, in fact, that nickel containing jewelry is banned in Europe. No idea why it’s still allowed here!

Post # 9
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1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My sister in law is getting her rings remade in a different metal because her reaction is so strong. She gets a rash all down the back of her hand if she wears even the wedding band.

Post # 11
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2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Sounds like nickel allergy, which I also have..my set is white gold but I made sure my white gold was not made with nickel. It’s made with palladium so that I wouldn’t have an issue. The jewelers I worked with told me it’s becoming less common to use nickel in WG because of the known allergy issues, but I don’t know if you’d have any way of finding out now what your WG is composed of to make sure.

Post # 13
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@SupermansSweetheart:  Yeah, the fact that you can’t wear cheap earrings either is a dead giveaway for a nickel allergy. Sorry… it sucks but you’re probably going to have to opt for a more permanent solution. Whatever you do, don’t keep doing the cycle of wearing it and getting a rash because that could cause scarring. 

Post # 14
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1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I also have a nickel allergy, but I have a white gold RHR I wear pretty frequently that I haven’t had too many problems with (and just had it sized, I’m pretty sure the jeweler re-dipped the whole thing while they had it though because I just got it back and it looks amazing!).  I got a platinum wedding set though because of the irritation (which was fine with me, I prefer platinum x10000 to white gold). White gold earrings cause problems as well.   

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Definitely sounds like a nickel allergy to me. They can become more severe over time.

Post # 16
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778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am allergic to my white gold rings as well. I’m going to look into getting them re-set in a different metal because I’m honestly really tired of the white gold coming off so fast and easily on me. I don’t even wear my rings everyday! I can’t wear them to work (wash my hands way too often) and I don’t wear them in the shower or when I’m cleaning and it still wears down after 2-3 months! It’s crazy. I do notice that my allergy gets worse once it’s worn down a lot though. I have the same issue with fake earrings as well. It’s a total bummer.

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