Post # 1
I have a pretty bad sensitivity to nickel. If I wear cheap earrings my ears will swell up really badly by the end of the day. If I wore them for a few days, things would go scaly. Same deal for gold, especially white gold. The only metals that do not bother my ears are stainless steel and silver. I don’t wear a lot of other jewelry daily, so I am not sure whether I am sensitive to necklaces or bracelets. I’ve never had a reaction to my jeans button, so I guess I am not as reactive as some people.
I originally wanted white gold until I stopped to think about my metal sensitivities. I know the reaction to gold jewelry is due to the fact that gold has a lot of other metals mixed into it, so it’s only somewhere between 60-75% pure depending on 14k vs 18k. My understanding is platinum is supposed to be 95% pure, but I would think would leave open the possibility that it could be 5% nickel.
I am so scared of spending the extra money for platinum rings and then still having a bad reaction to them. So I’m wondering if anyone here or anyone you know has ever had an allergic reaction to their platinum ring?
I did a whole bunch of googling and actually couldn’t find an answer to this. I was also on the phone with my allergist this morning (stupid cherry blossoms!! so pretty, but so evil to my sinuses!!) and she had never heard of a reaction to platinum jewelry, but seemed to think it was possible.
She suggested I borrow someone’s ring to wear for a few weeks, so if anyone has one they want to send me let me know… haha I was actually trying to see if I could find some relatively cheap platinum stud earrings. I know it’s different to actually put the metal through the ear, but it seems like it would be an easy way to wear it and forget it. She suggested taping it on, but I’m even more allergic to surgical tape than to nickel, so forget that!
Post # 3
I have a pretty bad allergy to nickel too. I can really only wear silver and gold. I actually wanted white gold, and then we had the option to upgrade, my FH really wanted to upgrade, so we did. I never even though about a potential allergry to platinum. Thankfully, I do not!!
At one point, there was one small bump, that I got really nervous about (about 6 months after I started wearing it), but it went away within a week. I have been engaged since Oct with no problems!
Post # 4
I’m allergic to nickel & silver but wear any gold 14k or higher and platinum without an issue. Hopefully that helps you!
Post # 5
I know people that have skin reactions to gold, therefore, they went with the platinum for their rings. I don’t anyone that has had an allegic reaction to platinum.
Post # 6
No worries! Platinum comes in either 950 or 900 — 95% or 90% pure platinum. The other 5-10% depends on who’s making it, but it’s always ruthenium, iridium, and I think there’s one more they will cut it with — never nickel.
I’m allergic to nickel, my ring is platinum, and I have NO problems. Platinum is great too, because you don’t lose metal over time like with gold.
Post # 7
Found a good link explaining: http://www.pricescope.com/journal/overview_common_alloys_used_jewelry
There are 4 platinum alloys commonly used in the USA.
- Pt900/Ir = 900 parts platinum, 100 parts Iridium
- Pt950/Ir = 950 parts platinum, 50 parts Iridium
- Pt950/Ru = 950 parts platinum, 50 parts Ruthenium
- Pt950/Co = 950 parts platinum, 50 parts Cobalt
If you’re still worried, I do have two platinum bands I picked up off eBay. One isn’t stamped, and the only real confirmation I have on either one is from the sellers who said they tested as platinum. They feel similar weight to my engagement ring, so I’m pretty sure they are platinum. I could lend you one for awhile if you’re worried!
Post # 8
I’m really allergic to nickel, even from jean buttons, and platinum is just great on my skin. I’m also ok with white gold and silver. Platinum is so beautiful too!!! Love the satin look it gets after wearing it for a while.
Post # 9
I am allergic to nickel and silver. I can wear 24k gold, palladium and platinum. I decided on palladium for my engagment ring, much cheaper alternative to platinum!
Post # 10
Platinum is not alloyed with nickel, so it should be fine. Love platinum.
Palladium is a less expensive option.
Post # 11
I’m terriby allergic to nickel (ears swelling and turning green, with cheap rings my fingers turn green and scaly/peeling, etc.) and I have had zero problems with my platinum engagement ring. I’ve been wearing it since August with absolutely no skin reaction. It’s anecdotal evidence, but I hope it helps.
Post # 12
Ok thanks everybody. I will accept your anecdotal evidence as fact, and if anything bad happens to me I’ll come back and warn the future generations! I almost wonder whether I could get away with 18k white gold… but I showed SO a picture of a bad reaction to a ring and he is now completely sold on platinum. He grosses out easily heheh 🙂
Post # 13
Everything I have read about platinum says it is hypoallergenic. Same for palladium. I think you can also get white gold made with a palladium alloy for more sensitive skin. You should be fine!
Post # 14
I haven’t had any issues with my platinum ring (knock on wood). I wouldn’t chance the white gold unless you can find someone who uses palladium instead of nickel, but that’s not very common unfortunately.
Post # 15
Does the nickle allergy run in your family? All the women in my family have it and it seems to get progressively worse with age. My grama can now barely handle coins without breaking out on her palms.
I used to be completely fine, but now I have the same problem with earrings as you do! I can no longer wear silver earrings, and even gold will irritate them after a few hours. However I’m still totally fine wearing silver rings, I have a few that are on me 24/7 and no issues so far. But in another 10-20 years I may no longer be able to wear them. So I would go with platinum just to be safe!!
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I have a nickle allergy (swollen ears that ooze), skin turns green and gets itchy from cheap necklaces and rings, etc., and I have no issue with my palladium rings. Palladium is in the same family as platinum, but is a light weight like white gold. I didn’t like the heaviness of platinum, so palladium was a great choice for me. All of the hypoallergenic properties and no need to re-dip, but not heavy to wear. Win!