Post # 1
After hearing other friends say that their platinum settings got dull, the jeweler saying its hard to buff out and shine up again after wear. We went for a 18k white gold setting.
However a few weeks ago my finger started to swell up get itching and started blistering. I found out that I am allergic to nickel. Nickel is used in almost all white gold! Anyone else have this problem? I now can’t not wear my ring. Its like torture… you have this beautiful ring you have been waiting for so long and its just sitting in its box. 🙁
Post # 3
One of my friends is allergic to nickle and she paints (the stems on) all of her earrings with clear nail polish so she can wear them!
Not sure how you would feel about doing that to such a precious ring though, haha. Maybe see about getting it reset or plated in platinum?
Post # 4
That’s so frustrating! I knew I was allergic to nickel before my husband bought my engagement ring, so he bought a yellow gold ring. I’m not sure if this would work for you, but I have heard of people putting a thin layer of clear nailpolish on the inside of the ring so you’re skin is no longer in contact with the nickel.
Is there anyway that you could have the ring reset in platinum?
Post # 5
oh no! I’m so sorry that totally s*cks! I don’t have the same problem but if you didn’t want to get platinum you can have it re-set in Palladium. That’s what metal mine is and I’ve been very happy with it.
Post # 6
This happened to my mom. Her finger looked like it was rotting! She bought a new ring in sterling silver and has had no problems with it. My sister also has bad metal allergies. Sorry this is happening to you!
Post # 7
@TobeMrsC: I’m that way with “cheap” jewelry. My ring is White Gold and it’s fine so I don’t think it’s nickel that I’m allergic to but if it’s not gold or sterling silver, I can’t wear it.
Post # 8
Thank you all!! Now I have some options!! I am going to try the clear nail polish on the inside see if that helps. Its a thicker band so that might not help it, but hey if I can get it back on my finger in the meantime..
Post # 9
Just as a note on the nail polish – it does wear off, I know my friend periodically has to re-paint her earrings (her ears get icky from the allergy – I won’t go into detail because it’s REALLY gross! but whenever they start to act up, she knows she needs to repaint those earrings).
Post # 10
Yeah, try the clear nail polish trick. I am allergic to nickel aswell and that works for me. However, you will have to reapply the nailpolsih every now and then.
Post # 11
That sucks. FI’s mom had to have her ring cut off in the ER she had such a bad reaction.
Post # 12
Aw, that sucks. I’m also allergic to nickel. I do the clear nail polish trick on things like belt buckles, but I’d hate to do it on a nice piece of jewelry I’d want to wear my whole life.
Is it possible for you to get the ring reset, as expensive as that might be? There are other metal options less expensive than platinum for people with nickel allergies. My ring is palladium, which is fine for those with nickel allergies. Another option is white gold alloyed with palladium rather than with nickel.
Post # 13
what if you had a layer of platinum or palladium added to the inside of your wedding band? it’s a more permanent and “nicer” solution than nail polish.
Post # 14
That happens to me with certain gold jewelry, but for some reason not my white gold engagement ring or wedding bands. The clear nailpolish trick doesn’t help, I still break out and my skin turns green. I don’t know exactly what it is, maybe the carat weight? Because I have no idea why my e-ring doesn’t give me the same problem and it is definitely white gold.
Post # 15
I have the same problem, at first i kept getting it replated but that got tired quick. I got another ring, in silver and white sapphires i wear all the time. I’m replating the ring one more time and using it only for special occ. when i want/need that bling.
Post # 16
@judya64: instead of having it plated, I wonder if your jeweler could solder a thin band of platinum or palladium inside the band. plating is a super thin veneer, but an actual band of metal added to the inside could last a while – like a thin ring inside your ring. you would have to size the whole thing up a teeny bit, but I think it would be worth it if it works!