posted 12 years ago in Rings
Post # 5
1770 posts
Buzzing bee

It’s fairly common.  You can find gold that’s dipped in other stuff.  It’s just you have to search for it.

Post # 6
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have this allergy. I went with palladium because it is hypo allergenic. I had a white gold ring once and it completely ate through my skin. I have no problems with my palladium ring.

Post # 7
173 posts
Blushing bee

I like sterling as a white gold alternative, but I am cheap and palladium is expeeeeensive 😀

Post # 8
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

platinum and palladium are both good choices, depending on what you can afford.

Post # 9
983 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You have to watch, a lot of sterling silver is dipped in rhodium to make it a little tougher.  I guess that sterling on it’s own gets dinged and scratched very easily.  I know that my sterling ring was dipped in rhodium.

I say that platinum is your best bet.

Post # 10
106 posts
Blushing bee

After 1+yrs of wearing my set I developed a reaction to my white gold rings.  Since you’re talking about such a big and lasting purchase I’d recommend a visit to your dermatologist.  Your doc can run do an easy skin test for metal allergies (your issue with white gold could be due to the nickel alloy too) to help guide you with your decision on an alternative.  My doc says metal allergies as well as “wedding finger dermatitis” (irritation from not letting your finger breath or from residual jewelry cleaner) is common.  In my experience, jewelers are more interested in pushing a sale or pulling a CYA that they aren’t as forthcoming with potential issues with metals as they should be so I’d be cautious about looking to them for advice unless you know they’re trustworthy. 

Post # 11
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was just about to say what ShellyT said!   I would check to see if you are allergic to nickel.  When you wear jeans, does your belly button area where the button hits on the skin, is it irritated?

I agree, I think platinum and palladium are your best bests!

Post # 12
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m severly allergic to nickel but have NEVER had an issue with my white gold ring (18K) there really shouldn’t be any nickel alloy in white gold at all (unless it is a lesser quality–you can opt for different alloys if you have a decent jeweller). We were going to go with pallidium, but it is waaaaaaaaaay expensive. 

If you are actually allergic to the gold/rhodium,  definitely consider platinum/pallidium. I would also get an allergy test just to be sure of what is causing the irritation.

Post # 13
15 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve always heard that it is very common to have nickel as an alloy for white gold in the US. Here in Sweden and I guess in larger part of Europe it is forbidden over a certain (very low) level due to the fact that it is very easy to get allergic to nickel. Here the main alloy in white gold is rhodium. We bought my Engagement Ring from James Allen but went with yellow gold because of this.

Post # 14
6 posts

The nickel is most likely what your allergic to in white gold. A lot of people dont realize that gold comes out of the ground gold (as in yellow gold), there is no such thing as white gold in nature. Gold ends up as white gold after they blend it with other metals (including nickel) and then plate it with rhodium.

Like many others have already said Platinum is a great alternative to white gold, and platinum rings can be had for around the same price as a high quality white gold ring. Platinum is 95% pure so you wont have problems with allergies. There are other metals which are hypoallergenic (like tungsten) but they come with their own set of problems like the inability to be resized.

I found this chart a while back and found it very helpful in differentiating between the different metal options. My choice would be platinum when you look at all of the different factors, and believe me, platinum is not out of your budget.


Post # 15
5 posts

Platinum and palladium are both options. The differences are that palladium is less common and so jewelers may know less about working with it…which could translate to a less secure diamond. Platinum is known for holding stones more securely than any other metal. Another difference – platinum is heaftier, palladium is light. That is a personal preference. If you like a more substantial feel platinum is good. If you like a really light feel palladium is good.

Post # 16
5259 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you have something made, ask the jeweler NOT to rhodium plate it.  It is so toxic, so it makes sense your poor skin in acting up.  I know someone who can only wear sterling silver, but watch out, sometimes they even dip that in rhodium.

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