FI allergic to titanium/stainless steel. Solutions?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
2263 posts
Buzzing bee

daaangerzone :  Look up #ensorings on Instagram or Google. There aren’t a ton of photos of the copper rings, but there are several that show it off pretty well.

Post # 18
4686 posts
Honey bee

daaangerzone :  I’m allergic to nickel so anything that might have a trace was out. I would try yellow gold. He could even have a yellow gold band for occasions and the enso rings for work? I have heard that platinum does in fact have a tiny bit of nickel in it but because the metal is so hard it doesn’t rub off on the shin and cause issues. But you’d need to ask the jeweler to be sure. Because everything I’ve heard here is opposite of that, but that’s what our jeweler said. 

You could also try white gold with a zinc alloy instead of nickel. I had a hard time finding that so I went with yellow. 

I use the enso rings when my hand eczema pops up. (In my case I had it before the ring so I know it’s not the ring)

Post # 19
3335 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Yep! Here’s my copper silicone from Enso.

Post # 20
4686 posts
Honey bee

Oh and I’ve seen the Enso copper silicone ring, it looks so neat! 

Post # 22
2011 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

It could be that it’s moisture/soap under the ring causing the rash. My Darling Husband was getting that, so now he only wears the ring during the day. That gave his finger some time to heal and stopped the rash. He didn’t change the ring–just how long he wears it.

If you Google “wedding ring rash” you can see more info on this common problem! 

By The Way, yellow gold can have nickel in it. You have to buy the nickel-free 14k gold. I know that because I have that problem with 14k gold earrings because I’m allergic to nickel. 

Post # 23
1914 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

daaangerzone :  I have the copper Enso ring too; I actually don’t love it on my skin tone :/

I tried to reply to your original post before it went away; I also suspect he may just be getting irritated from moisture or soap residue underneath the ring, not the metal itself. A silicone band should be an easy/cheap way to test that theory out.

Post # 25
4417 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

daaangerzone :  Have you thought about going with a palladium wedding band. It is hypoallergenic, doesn’t contain nickel and is a cheaper alternative to platinum.

Pompeii3 is selling 6mm palladium rings for around $400. I just purchased one from there my dad a few months ago because he lost his original band. My hubby also got his band from them and its held up well. I can attest to the quality of their plain bands if your hubby wants something plain.(not sure about their more detailed ones)

I’ve also read that a simple test to check if you are allergic to nickel is to tape a US nickel to your arm for 48hours abd see if you get the same symtoms. It might be worth a try???

Post # 26
2705 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Tungsten is another option.  DH’s ring is tungsten (well, tungsten carbide) and I really like it.  It wasn’t expensive either; the only thing to know is that it can’t be cut off – if it needs to be removed from his hand for whatever reason it would have to be shattered, basically.  Also they can’t be resized.

Post # 27
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My first thought echoes some of the other posts – it’s most likely to be a sweat-type rash rather than an allergy – particularly if he’s working with his hands all day and his ring is a snug fit. If he has no rash, wears either of the two rings (say, out to dinner) then takes them off, is the rash there and itchy? Either way you have your answer. Allergies will produce a fairly quick reaction. Try it before forking out for an expensive ring.

I’d stick with a silicone band (safer for work anyway) and have a metal ring to wear for special occasions if he has no allergy.


Post # 28
5519 posts
Bee Keeper

get him a wood band, he shouldn’t have any metal problems after that.

Post # 29
1994 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

daaangerzone :  I’ve never had any problems with white gold or yellow gold. I’m not actually sure why I react to the metals, but I don’t think its the nickel because I react to sterling silver and surgical steel and I don’t think those have nickel (not sure though). It was really fun when I was 18 and I got my belly button pierced without thinking it through… 

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