Post # 1
My beautiful engagement ring turns my finger black 🙁 No other reaction, no redness or itch, just leaves a dirty mark. I’ve had it cleaned and polished, so I KNOW it isn’t dirt.
My local jeweller (not where he bought it) thinks it is the alloy mix that it was made with, perhaps copper or nikel content is high?? Does anyone have any experience of this? What would you suggest?
Post # 2
I’ve never heard of that issue with people I know with rose gold. I don’t personally have rose gold. Only yellow gold and white gold (which my white gets plated regularly). However, it doesn’t sound like an issue only exclusive to rose.
This article may help you though on metallic abrasion:
Post # 3
Rose gold is basically gold and copper and silver. If your ring is solid 14k, it is 58.3% gold (by weight) and it is usually going to be mostly copper and sometimes a bit of silver for rest -something around 32% copper and 10% silver though there are some variations in that to make the alloy more pink or more red and so on.
I don’t usually see nickel in rose gold, and generally a reaction with nickel is quite obvious (rashes, itchiness, redness).
It sounds like it could be a chemical reaction or corrosion – to lotions, to humidity, to your own sweat even! Much like some people wear through rhodium more quickly, some people have more corrosive reactions with their rings.
Some people do have reactions to the copper alloy (or silver, for some, though generally silver is quite hypoallergenic) in rose gold. Usually it does not affect people as straight copper does since it is alloyed, but some are more sensitive to it. I for example will turn green if I wear a copper bracelet, but I can wear a rose gold ring (14K+) without issue, but you may possibly have issues even with rose gold alloy.
If you aren’t willing to get a new ring, I would try painting the inside of the ring with clear nail polish. You will need to do it fairly regularly, though. I used to do this with costume rings all the time and it works quite well. I imagine you could see about getting only the interior rhodium plated as well. You would need to get it redone probably every 6-12 months but it would work well.
Post # 4
This happens to me every time I get a new piece of Rose or yellow gold jewelry. In my case it stops after a few weeks (or I stop noticing;) ) I would give it a little time and see if it stops!
Post # 5
I’ve only had a similar reaction to yours when wearing copper jewelery…so it sounds like there is a high copper content in your ring.
I had a similar issue w my ering and my jeweler’s fix may work for you. I really wanted a vintage ring, so DH got me a platinum ring…but it had white gold solider. I have a nickel allergy (so no white gold) and picked my ring out…so I have no one to blame but myself for my issue. We went to get it reset since the white gold causes bruises on me and I was given this remedy by my jeweler: clear nail polish. I use Sally Henson’s (super cheap at the drug store) clear nail polish and it lasts for 2-3 months…no bruising…no redness. When the bruising and redness return, I just add another thin coat and I’m good again.
Post # 6
I have heard that suggested, too! Glad to hear it works for you. I am consifering rhodium or platinum coating on the inside…… but even when the OUTSIDE of the ring is touching my other fingers (on either side) it leaves them black!!!
Post # 7
I’ve only had this happen when I was wearing a very high end micro type face powder that got under my ring and actually caused this. Weird I know, but I quit using that powder and it stopped. I am sure there is nothing wrong with your ring.
Post # 8
I hate to say this…but something sounds a bit off. Can you take it to another jeweler and have it appraised or checked out? Just to make sure everything is a-ok?
I’ve heard dipping helps too 🙂 Berricle.Com makes cz’s that look just like modern ering styles, should you consider the stand in route. Mine was about $20 and only one person has ever noticed it is different (which is weird, because I intentially bought different cuts…one is square and one is round so I didn’t get mixed up).
Post # 9
RayKay said it all. The copper or silver in the ring is reacting and leaving a residue you can see. Clean the ring thoroughly and remove it whenever you apply cosmetics or skin cream, avoid getting it wet. Make sure you dry it every time you wash your hands. Change your skin cream (if you have added anything new). Copper really like to react to bromine (used in pools and hot-tubs). Some people notice their rings causing this after alcohol, during stress or hormonal changes.
I don’t seem to have a rose gold reaction, but do have to keep my copper jewelry coated or I turn green. I use an everbrite product (https://www.everbritecoatings.com/copper_jewelry.htm), just avoid getting it on your gems. You can also use Renaissance Wax, but it is more suitable for fairly simple designs. You can also try Jewelry Shield. It looks similar to nail polish, but it does not contain the same volitiles and seems to work better for me.
If none of this works, you can either get it plated with rhodium (high maintenance) or switch your settings. I’d advise you stick with platinum or palladium if you go that route. Just be aware that palladium is a bit of a PITA for re-sizing and can be hard to locate an experienced bench to work with it…