(Closed) Does everyone with nickel allergy have a sensitivity/ allergy to 14k white gold?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
460 posts
Helper bee

At least in Scandinavia there are no nickel in neither white gold nor silver. Silver had nickel when I was a kid but it got forbidden by law later. 


You can hardly find platinum here, most wedding jewellery is white gold. Or other colors of gold.


Do you have other standards regarding nickel where you live?

Post # 4
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I have pretty bad reaction to nickel (pain, itchiness, redness, sometimes mild swelling – all very annoying in combination) but never had anything like this happening with any kind of white gold.

Post # 5
8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If a jeweler cannot guarantee that it’s mixed with palladium I would not get white gold. It’s almost always mixed with nickel in the US.

Allergies to nickel can get worse with time also. The more you’re exposed to it, the worse the reaction will become usually.

Post # 6
59 posts
Worker bee

I have nickel allergy and I’m not allergic to white or yellow gold. But because I was worried that I might get a reaction to it in the future, we decided to buy my e-ring in platinum. 


Post # 7
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

Most WG is rhodium plated to give it that shiny look (unplated WG looks “whellow” – kinda like a champagne colour.)

I think the rhodium plating would help control your allergy – you just have to ensure that you keep it up because it does need to be replated every so often.

Other white metal options for you are platinum and palladium – they are considered hypoallergenic.

Post # 8
3132 posts
Sugar bee

What about platinum? 

Post # 9
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I have a pretty bad nickel allergy, similar to what pricklypear91 described. 10k white gold has caused problems for me, but I haven’t had an issue with 14k white gold, and I am the U.S.

Post # 10
384 posts
Helper bee

I have issues with a 10k white gold ring that I wear on my right hand sometimes- if I wear it too long I get exzema or something on the webbed parts between my fingers. Whereas my engagement ring is 14k white gold and I have zero issues with it. I suspect it’s a nickel allergy too.

Post # 11
1059 posts
Bumble bee

My friend had to stop wearing her e ring because it caused major hives on her finger. I suggested she get it re-rhodiumed. Not sure if she ever did but I do know she’s wearing it again so I’m assuming she did. I believe David Klass uses no nickel in his rings if you want to call and get a quote from him. But double check just to be sure. Otherwise, maybe you should go platinum. It’s better to pay a bit more to go platinum than to pay for the ring and then never get to wear it because it causes hives or something. 

Post # 12
1346 posts
Bumble bee

Why don’t you just go with platinum instead?  I have a really bad nickel allergy (get horrendous hives and itchiness that takes forever to heal once it gets triggered with nickel on my skin).  Personally, I chose to not take that chance at all with white gold  (regardless of what the jewelers promised me) and went with platinum for all my rings and it’s worked out great.  Depending how bad your allergic reactions can get, I wouldn’t take that chance at all with WG.  

Post # 13
705 posts
Busy bee

I can’t wear nickel or white gold. But Yellow gold and silver are just fine.


Post # 14
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have a nickel allergy and my white gold ring has not bothered me yet and its been over a year.

Post # 15
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I have a nickel allergy and a 14k WG ring. I haven’t had any issues with it. I take it off to sleep just to give my finger a rest and some air. 

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