(Closed) Allergic to your ring! :(

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 18
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210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@TobeMrsC:  How long have you had your ring for?  It’s possible the rhodium plating has worn off.  If it’s been a while, 6-mos to a year, you might try going to a jeweler and having it cleaned and replated.  It may cost a bit, but it’s an option if you don’t want to put nail polish on there.  The allergy stems from your body’s reaction to the metal salts that are created when your bodily oils/sweat come into contact with the metal.  Keep it dry and clean as best as you can.  So make sure you take off your ring when you plan on coming into contact with water (pools, dishes, showers, baths, etc) because water + ring = really irritated skin.  You might even try to dry your finger under/around your ring when you wash your hands in the bathroom. 

Post # 19
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414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It sucks you didn’t know about your allergy until after you got your ring.  ๐Ÿ™  I’ve got a pretty severe metal allergy also, but I’ve known since I was a preteen.  I used to paint the insides of all my jewlery with nail polish back in high school, but it wore off so quickly and was such a pain to keep up that eventually I just stopped wearing jewlery altogether unless I was sure it was plain silver.  (There have been  couple nasty surprises with finding out something is NOT silver, ouch)  Also, it’s one thing to paint nailpolish onto a cheap ring from a mall store for teens, and quite another to be doing it to a good piece of expensive jewlery.  I would NOT recommend that as a long-term solution.  Your engagement ring is an everyday-for-many-years piece, and I think you need a more permanent fix than painting or replating. 

I would recommend having it reset – I’m sure there’s a jeweler who can recreate your band in a different metal.  It might be a bit pricey, but it’s worth the expense when you consider the long term.  I got my engagement ring custom made in a white gold/platinum mix so that the nickel content would be pretty close to 0, and except for the occasional mild itch, I’ve had no issue.  If I was having a problem, though, I would definitely be resetting it, not playing around with temporary band-aid fixes.

Post # 21
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210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Just as an educational tidbit for future bees that I’m sure will come upon this via search function, here’s one way to test a nickel allergy without having to buy an engagement ring to find out some sad news. Sorry it’s a little bit late for you, TobeMrsC. ๐Ÿ™ 

 

I’ve had a nickel allergy since I was ~11.  I’ve always just bought that “sensitive solutions” junk from Claire’s/The Icing and I’ve done OK.  But every once in a while I would buy random earrings because they looked cute, even though it wasn’t “nickel free” and generally speaking, I didn’t have an awful problem with them.  I seemed to be able to tolerate even old-ass earrings from a random antique store.  And I tell you, I could taste the nickel just by licking it.  But I would only get itchy if I wore earrings for like…a week straight without cleaning them.  I considered myself mild in allergy.

So when I used to click around looking at rings to send to my bf (love the “drop a hint” link), I figured he could just buy whatever in platinum.  THEN I found out how much platinum costs.  Whoops, oversight.  So what we decided to do was buy a cheapy 14k white gold band (like really tiny, 2mm) for ~$100 and for me to wear it for as long as I can, as full-time as I can to see if I exhibit a reaction.  Though I had a metallic taste in my mouth for the first 2 days, I’m about 6 weeks in and I haven’t had any problems. 

So if you discuss rings with your SO at all and you are uncertain about your metal tolerances, this is a good experiment to run while you’re “waiting” for him to get you the real thing. 

 

Best of luck to you TobeMrsC, if the Pt reset doesn’t work out for you, you can always investigate having your ring “double dipped” in rhodium for extra Ni protection.  I read that on here once, so I’m not sure how real/viable it is.  Ask your jeweler at your next visit!  I’m kind of curious.  ๐Ÿ˜› 

Post # 22
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2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I just came across something that I didn’t know before– you can get nickel free 14K white gold!!

I was browsing through Sitragem.com and in the dropdown menu where you choose what metal you want, nickel-free gold was offered.

interesting! maybe those ladies who are allergic should ask your jewelers about it!

Post # 23
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313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@janie-janie: Yup, there is nickel-free white gold! My jeweler gave me the option to have white gold alloyed with palladium instead of nickel. I’m not sure if there are other non-nickel metals that gold is commonly alloyed with.

Post # 24
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2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@doingathing: so interesting! I learn something new every day. perhaps there is gold out there that is alloyed with palladium too.

anyway, I’m lucky- I’m not allergic to nickel. but those ladies out there who can’t afford platinum: ask your jeweler for other options! google it. or you could always buy a nickel-free setting from sitragem and then choose whatever stone you want!

Post # 25
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210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@janie-janie:  Yeah, nickel-free white gold is alloyed with palladium among other things, but unfortunately, many lines aren’t offered in such a metal.  A custom jeweler may have access to it, but it all depends if they are willing to work with it.  Some jewelers are picky and don’t like working with certain materials.  Lines like Tacori and what not do not offer their lines in a nickel-free metal other than platinum.  I asked.  Imagine how heartbroken I was.  ๐Ÿ™ 

Post # 26
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Newbee

I am not going to get an engagement ring or a wedding ring and neitheir is my SO. I’m allergic to nickel and to nail polish and my fingers swell on and off because of medication I’m using. He trains in martial arts: jewelry is dangerous. I don’t wear any jewelry except for my medic alert bracelet, which is made of titanium. So just as a tip: you could get ring(s) made of titanium or not wear ring(s) at all.

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