Post # 17
Palladium is a great alternative. My close friend has an allergy to anything silver or gold, and they couldn’t afford platinum so they went with this. They even had her engagement ring made with palladium (with platinum prongs for strength) to match and her set is simple but beautiful.
Post # 18
I would have to agree with the palladium. I have TERRIBLE metal allergies to everything with the exception of my platinum Ering. Palladium and platinum are naturally hypo-allergenic. Palladium will also always be white like platinum without the huge price tag!
Post # 19
I am allergic to every metal except sterling silver and gold.
ETA I would not recommend stainless steel.
Post # 20
@rachelmdbride: oh my! I’m sorry for your husband! My fiance is allergic to metal and gets a rash if his belt buckle touches his stomach for too long. I’m glad I read this so I know for him. I have to see if nickel causes his reactions also.
Post # 21
try titanium… and get it somewhere like overstock.com so that the price wont bother you if it doesn’t work out! (DH got his for like $20…)
Post # 22
I have mild psoriasis, and my white gold engagment ring happens to be one of the things which causes it to flare up. 🙁 This doesn’t happen for any other metal for me (nickel, silver, etc. are all fine!). In my case, I just rub a perscription steroid cream underneath my ring every night.
Post # 23
I have huge issues with metals too and the same thing happened with my tungsten stand-in. I have a palladium wedding set and have very little problems with them (I did at one point have one red bump, but that could’ve been from when I caught my ring on something).
If you’re dead set on him wearing this ring, you could try clear nailpolish on the inside as a barrier.
Post # 24
@rachelmdbride: My husband has a tungsten ring. He also got little red bumps under his finger when he first wore it for a few days. I looked it up & its suppose to be hypo allergenic. So he kept wearing it then the bumps went away & never came back. We think its where the ring is so thick he sweated under it or something & wasn’t use to that wide of a ring but now is. Maybe give it 3-4 days to see if the rash goes away first?
Post # 25
Thank you so much everyone for your input! You’ve all given me LOTS of ideas and things to think about. I hadn’t really considered palladium or titanium…
Interesting… I’ll have to get him to try this! 🙂
Why would you specifically not recommend stainless steel?
It’s good to see that other people have had issues with this as well! 🙂
Post # 26
Tungsten Carbide is the best type of Tungsten to get, because Cobalt in other derivatives will turn your fingers colors after a little bit of time.
I am highly allergic to nickel (if it comes in contact with my skin for more than 5 minutes, I start to get a pretty big wheal where it is). I have nickel grommets in my coach eyeglasses and have to keep them painted with GOOD brand clear nail polish (like sally hansen, not NYC or something that peels off on your fingernails quickly), and I get 100% absolutely no rash.
There is no need to get a new band – this is a very common allergy but the aforementioned solution that I mentioned (along with other PP) is a very common and successful solution. Good luck!
Post # 27
If you have a nickel allergies, buy jewellery from the UK. The maximum percentage of nickel in jewellery sold in the UK is 0.01% (which is as close to a complete ban as is feasible).
Post # 28
Thsnk you! We will be trying that!
That’s good to know, thanks!
I appreciate all of the kind words and suggestions from everyone – you are such helpful bees! 🙂
Post # 29
Only some tungsten carbide rings are made with nikel. We got our bands from e-wedding bands.com partly because, at the time, they made a big deal about how they didn’t use nikel and their bands were superior because of this. So your Fiance could probably still wear tungsten, just find a supplier that doesn’t use nikel! After tons of research, I’m personally convinced tungsten carbide is the best option for any man’s band so would urge you to try again if your man likes this metal!
Post # 30
I would not suggest clear nail polish. that is a chemical, rubbing up against his skin all day and night? and is it worth the hassle?
I have an entirely different suggestion: maybe the rash is occuring because the skin is not breathing. before you invest in another expensive ring, get a stainless steel ring as a trial. if his skin stops breaking out, then yes, he was allergic to something in the tungsten. if it keeps breaking out, then perhaps he can’t wear a ring at all.
honestly, I think stainless bands look really nice. I have one as a plain wedding band I wear sometimes. it’s a darker metal color.