Post # 1
Okay here’s the scoop:
We bought FI’s wedding band a couple of months ago – tungsten band. We both fell in love with it, and it’s very good quality (Dura brand Chisel line, I believe). So the other day he wore it overnight to “test it” (he’s not used to wearing any jewelry at all) and the morning after had developed an aweful rash EXACTLY where the ring was!
This rash has since gotten even worse, lots of little red bumps on his finger… 🙁
I told him “Ohmygoodness! You’re allergic to commitment!!” Haha.
Anyways, in truth it’s not so funny. We both love this ring and already paid for it, obviously. We also picked tungsten for reasons of durability, look and price. After a little more research, however, Fiance discovered that sometimes tungsten actually has a tiny little bit of *nickel* in it. Super…
Just wanted to forewarn you bees who are searching for bands to be careful of this – we had NO idea.
Also – any of you have alternative metal suggestions? We’re looking at gold, platinum, cobalt, titanium… or perhaps we can find “pure” tungsten?
Thanks bees!! 🙂
Post # 3
I have this problem with any ring, whether Gold, Silver or Platinum. My ring now is Sterling Silver and I coat it each month with clear nail polish, no problem now. It is a chemical reaction with his system that is causing it.
Post # 4
I would look at stainless steele, both DH and I have stainless and he works construction and I am hard on my hands and they both look as good as the first time we put them on.
Post # 5
You can seal the ring with nail polish . It will wear off but you just redo it once in a while.You can use Nickel Guard which is like clear nail polish but is made to bond with metal and lasts longer. A jeweler may also be able to seal the ring with rhodium or another protective coating. But none of these remedies last forever.
Post # 6
Yeah I need to wear at least 14k gold to not be allergic. You could try stainless steel like the above poster suggested. Just make sure that whatever you buy is nickel and lead free!
Post # 7
My mother is allergic to everything except gold. Or at least that’s what she says. 😉
You should figure out what he’s allergic to before committing to a ring. Titanium might be an option… it’s what they use for surgical operations, so I suppose the allergy risk is extremely low. Just make sure it’s pure as possible.
Post # 8
I read that some ppl are allergic to tungsten because of the nickel content. Also read about people developing nickel allergies later in life. It’s a pretty common allergy. I’m sensitive to it only in earrings, but have looked only at palladium rings since I already have a bit of a nickel sensitivity.
You still have plenty of options: stainless steel, titanium, palladium, or platinum. The first two will be considerably cheaper.
Post # 9
Titanium is almost 100% hypo-allergenic. It’s what good piercers use for piercing jewelry because it’s so intert and so very very few people react to it (where as a good chunk of the population has some level of nickel allergy).
That said, the down side of titanium is if he ever hurts his finger to the point where they’d have to cut the ring off, there’s no cutting off a titanium ring- they chop the whole finger. Fiance wears a titanium ring on his right hand, and when he broke his thumb a couple years ago his whole hand swelled up so big they nearly had to take the ring finger off as well.
Most gold you’ll find has nickel in it- unless you get pure gold, in which case it’ll be so soft it’s hardly worth having. Maybe platinum- I don’t know much about how intert it is, but my friend who has a wicked nickel allergy can wear it without problems. Your best bet, honestly, is probably to talk to a piercer! They know a lot about what’s good to put in a body, only makes sense they’d know what’s good, metal wise, to wear on one.
Post # 10
Suggestions…trial and error but yellow gold, stainless steel, or white gold (made with palladium not nickel)
Post # 11
@rachelmdbride: i would look for gold. my Fiance has an allergy to nickel as well…gold is all he can have on.
Post # 12
palladium would be a durable and cheaper alternative
Post # 13
They do not chop off your injured finger if you’re wearing a titanium band on it! This is a myth many jewelers use to dissuade people from buying titanium since gold, platinum, palladium, etc. are pricier. Titanium can indeed be cut through.
They simply need to make two cuts in a titanium ring to make it into two pieces, since titanium will not bend. Just about every hospital has the tools available to do so.
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Post # 14
We got our titanium rings from seller titanium knights on etsy. Super beautiful, cheap, and light. And won’t aggravate my nickel allergy!
Post # 15
Was it just from wearing it one day? I had a platinum band that did this, my finger was nasty! Red, bumpy, raw in spots, with peeling in others. It was just moisture sitting under the ring and not enough air circulating. A narrower band that is looser might help (that and consciously drying the finger and then putting the ring back on each time the hand gets wet).
Post # 16
Pinkfrog: I’m sorry but I had to giggle at the whole “They cut your finger off” thing. No, they don’t, and I’ve worked for both jewelers and ER depts. I’ve had to cut rings off people. Sometimes I would have rather lopped off the entire finger
OP, sorry to hear your Fiance has a nickel allergy, but hey, at least he “tested” his ring ahead of time, so hopefully you guys have time to search for a hypo-allergenic ring he can wear. Look into titanium or surgical/stainless steel. They even make pretty cool ceramic, silicone and wooden rings if all else fails.