(Closed) allergies to nickel/white gold

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
Member
3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mrsztobee:  Your allergies sound identical to mine. My allergist told me to wear 18k or higher gold to avoid problems. I had a heirloom 14k yellow gold promise ring that I was able to wear for 4 years with no problems. With my engagement ring I decided to avoid all of those allergy shenanigans and just went with palladium which looks and feels alot like white gold but gives me absolutely no problems.

Post # 4
Hostess
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

White gold is not pure gold. It is coated with palladium, rhodium, or any number of other things. It sounds like you are allergic to one of those, not actual gold since white gold is actually yellow gold that is coated with one of those metals. 

I am allergic to just about anything that isn’t pure gold. My engagement ring is 24kt yellow gold, and I have not reacted to it after 2 years.  

Post # 6
Member
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mrsztobee:  Yup.  Nickel allergy, confirmed last summer with an allergist.  Some alleviation with an alkaline diet, but my chemical make-up reacts to much that isn’t pure or mixed with stable/non-reactive metals. 

I cannot even wear yellow gold with midline copper/nickel alloy.  Today, unfortunately, jewelers won’t initially disclose alchemy/purity of their metals let alone admit cheaper (and reactive) alloys when you purchase.  They did 10+ years ago; there was consistancy in metal purity 10+ years ago.  Many of us did not have an itchy red reaction to even 10k, so, research or no, the very tolerance of pure, or non-reactive quality alloys of silver, gold and steel for all of us just a decade ago testify to this. 

Ask your jeweler what the specific alloy is.  

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