Post # 1
I just wanted to ask and see if people have experienced alleric reactions more frequently with one metal more than others.
My Fiance has had metal sensitivity to things such as belt buckles (I’m assuming it’s the nickel content), and I’m concerned that his wedding ring might irritate his hand when the time comes. D: His dog tags have given him the same problem in the past.
Does anyone know of a white metal that is truly hypoallergenic? I hear that titanium is, but also feels very light which makes me concerned that it would seem cheap? Does anyone have titanium rings that they could speak for?
White gold I’m concerned about because of the nickel alloy, and tungsten can’t be resized, which is ng.
Any help/input would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to my white gold ring. I get a huge rash that turns into dry/itchy/red skin underneath my ring. When i scratch at it I get a bunch of tiny bumps. I wish i knew how to help it though! I’ve heard that coating your ring with clear nail polish will help but mine would always flake off in a couple of hours.
Post # 4
Platinum and palladium are hypoallergenic. I have a titanium right hand ring that I love, but it is very light, and it also can’t be resized. You can find white gold alloys that are nickel free, but they’re not super common.
Post # 5
I have lots of metal allergies. I’m allergic to nickel which is in rhodium plating that they put on everything!
I had a promise ring that was white gold and I was allergic.
I can usually wear sterling silver, but I recently bought a ring that was sterling but it was covered in rhodium ( I didn’t know when I bought it) It only took a few hours for my finger to break out in a rash.
My engagement ring is palladium and I haven’t had any problems with it, I’ve been wearing it 24/7 for almost a year now.
According to jewlers platinum should be okay too but I’ve heard conflicting stories.
Post # 6
I also have a pretty strong nickel allergy. Belts, bra clasps and the back of watches will make me break out in a rash. My e-ring is white gold plated with palladium rather than rhodium as others have stated above, and I’ve never had an issue with it.
Post # 7
No ring is truly hypoallergenic. Every metal uses nickel to varying degrees. Titanium and platinum I believe use minimal amounts. Palladium plating your ring can also reduce the risk of reaction, however nickel is used in electroplating, but this doesn’t usually cause an issue.
ETA: Fixed my metals.
Post # 8
I’ve never been officially diagnosed, but I’m fairly certain that I have a nickel sensitivity/allergy. I didn’t always have it. It developed in high school after about six months of wearing my 10k white gold class ring and almost never taking it off. I still wore it after that for years, right up until I got my engagement ring (I used to wear my class ring on my left ring finger), and I found that it only caused an issue when I got my hands wet while wearing it. I’ve found that my ears are more sensitive than my hands. I rarely wear earrings now because within a couple of hours, sometimes even minutes, my ears get irritated and look infected.
I was worried that I’d have a reaction to my engagement ring, but it’s 18k white gold and I haven’t had any issues so far (it’s been about 2.5 months) and I rarely take it off. So I think I’ve determined that 18k has a small enough amount of nickel that it doesn’t bother me. I’ll have to make sure that my wedding band is 18k, too.
Post # 9
Thank you everyone for the replies! It’s sounding like white gold caused issues for a lot of you. :/ With that kind of a track record I’m not sure that I’d want to risk it.
So I guess platinum and palladium are the way to go? Any opinions on which is better/the difference between the two?
I’ve read that platinum’s heavier, denser, and more expensive than gold but I don’t know about the comparison to palladium? If it was platinum it would match my e-ring, but since we’d be getting bands out of the same material (we want them to match) it would be a shame to have to swap one or both of them out. :/
Any advice on picking between the two?
Post # 10
I am VERY allergic to nickel. I cannot wear earrings, metal belt buckles, name badges with metal backings/hooks, etc. I pretty much never wear jewlery or belts, unless they are beaded or plastic/fabric! My e-ring and wedding band are white gold and I have had absolutely no problems with allergic reactions. My fiances wedding band is made of titanium. It is very light, but we aren’t married yet, so im not sure how it will wear. I would be afraid I would lose it b/c it feels like you aren’t wearing anything…but it is what he liked.
Post # 11
It will probably depend on your fiancee, you should see if you can have him try out some different options first – it ruins the surprise, but sometimes the practicality is worth it. I have a metal allergy – to the point that even the aluminum in anti perspirant (yep that’t the active ingredient) causes me to break out – but my white gold ring hasn’t bothered me one bit and neither does platinum. Have you considered high karat yellow gold?
Post # 12
@Sunnydale: How do you mean try out? We’re planning on going to a jeweler’s to try out different sizes and styles, but wouldn’t he have to actually buy the ring and wear it for a few days to see if it irritates? As for the yellow gold, we’d both really prefer if it was a white metal, and since we really want the rings to match it wouldn’t go with my e-ring anyway.
Post # 13
Our jeweler has a great return policy, i.e. we could bring our rings back as long as we didn’t damage them or resize them or anything… You should try to explain the situation to a small jeweler and they will probably work with you. You’d probably only need to “try out” the ring for only a week to determine whether he was going to get irritated or not.
Post # 14
I’m allergic to nickel, so I can’t wear white gold. My ering is platinum.
My Fiance has never worn jewelry besides a watch, but he has pretty sensitive skin so we’re going to avoid white gold. I think we’re going to get his ring in cobalt chrome. It comes as close as possible to “truly hypoallergenic”- they use it for medical implants. It has a nice weight, a lovely naturally white color, and it’s very strong but not very expensive.
Scott Kay has a large selection, and James Allen has some nice ones too. Most seem to be about $2-300, versus around $2000 for platinum.
Post # 15
@pandabird: I have a nickel allergy. I have to buy sterling silver earrings and necklaces or else I’ll break out or get infections when the plating wears off.
We went with palladium for my engagement ring (and our wedding bands, which match) because it’s hypoallergenic. As PPs have said, platinum is, as well. We mostly chose palladium because it’s the lighter metal. They’re supposed to age about the same – both get a patina after a bit – and wear the same – with both, the metal moves instead of wearing off like with gold. I’ve had no problem with the ring, and I’ve had it for over a year.
I have heard of people with severe nickel allergies having reactions to platinum, but that could only be an issue with severe allergies. You might want to talk with your jeweler about the two metals, the differences between the two, and your FI’s allergies. You want zero nickel content; even a bit could irritate him after a while depending on how allergic he is.
I’m afraid that I don’t know anything about any of the “alternative” metals, sorry.
Post # 16
I used to wear yellow gold all the time (back in the 90’s when most people wore it too). Then one day, out of the blue it started turning my skin black (even though it was real gold). (Fake metals of any kind have always been really bad about turning my skin black.) I had to stop wearing yellow gold altogether. I don’t think it’s an allergy or anything – just the chemical makeup of my skin. It doesn’t itch or swell, just turns black.
My wedding set from my previous marriage was yellow gold, and when I would get home from work at the end of the day, my entire knuckle would be black. No matter how often I cleaned it. And it came from a reputable local jewelry store.
Since I stopped wearing yellow gold, I haven’t had a problem with any other metals. I can wear stainless steel, sterling, white gold, and platinum all with no problem. When I first started having issues, the jewelry store told me that platinum is the best for sensitive skin, then yellow gold, then white gold – but that obviously hasn’t been my experience.