Post # 1
i’m totally heartbroken by this, and i think he is too. he’s been wearing his ring since october with no problems, and then suddenly yesterday he has a scaly, red, raised rash on his finger under the ring. it wasn’t expensive on the scale of engagement rings, but it was expensive for us, and it’s so perfect for him…he really loves it. plus after wearing it for 4.5 months, i guess we’ve both grown pretty attached to it.
one thing i’m a little confused by though…i know this can happen with nickel-alloy white gold that’s been rhodium plated…the person with the allergy is fine till the rhodium wears off, and then they react to it. but, i’ve worn rhodium-plated white gold jewelry before (from the same jeweler that made FI’s ring, even), and it gets a warm quality to the color when the rhodium wears off. FI’s ring still LOOKS bright white to me on the inside. and my rings always wore the plate off on the bottom of the shank first, and his rash is only on the top of his finger (under the stone). this makes me hopeful that maybe he got soap or something stuck under the stone…something that might not bother him getting washed off right away, but would cause a rash with continued contact.
anyway, for now he put the ring away until the little rashy spot heals up. we’re going to clean it tonight and rinse it thoroughly too. if he breaks out again after putting it back on, i guess we’ll have to send it back to the jeweler and have them remake it in palladium-alloy white gold, and hope it turns out just as perfect. 🙁
Post # 3
It could just be that he was sweating under the ring & got a rash. I would have him take it off for 2-3 days. Then put it back on & see what happens.
Post # 4
Try what Mrs.Estep suggested. My Fiance is allerfic to nickel and can’t wear gold/white gold at all. When we first got promise rings, his allergy wasn’t acting up that bad and he chose to go with a white gold band (silly boy) and he broke out in like a week or two.
I hope he’s not allergic to it! Especially since you’re both attached to the ring 🙁
Post # 5
I’m so sorry to hear this, I have a metal allergy as well. I was pretty heartbroken when about a week after I got my ring (14K white gold) I started to get a rash around my finger. Most sapphire rings come in 10K and I knew that I might not be able to handle it because of my allergy, so we had my engagement ring custom made with 14K, so I figured I should be ok. When I got a rash the first time, I ended up taking my ring off for a day or two until the rash went away and then put my ring back on. I noticed that the rash came back, so I repeated the process, eventually I stopped having a reaction to it. I do notice that during the summer and when my hands are sweaty my finger itches a little but thats about it. Luckily I get free rhodium dips (which I get every 6 months) for my ring, which I believe helps a lot with the allergy problem. Perhaps you can get it redipped and see what happens. Good luck!
Post # 6
I have a nickel allrgy, too. I can’t wear white gold with nickel in it at all – even with plating. It rubs off in certain spots very easily, and is very thin!
Also, some white golds are whiter than others without rhodium, so the fact that it’s white doesn’t mean the plating is still there. or especially that it is perfectly coating the gold.
Post # 7
Fiance seems hopeful that he just got some soap under the stone (it’s a bezel setting, so right against his skin) at work. he says the soap they have in the restrooms at his office dries his hands out pretty badly just from washing them, so it’s not a huge leap to think it’d cause a rash if he didn’t get it washed off thoroughly. PLUS the rash is really bad in the middle of the top of his finger and then tapers to the sides where the ring might rotate on its own throughout the day. and i’m really pretty sure judging by the color that the rhodium hasn’t worn off in any substantial amount yet. like i said, i had a white gold ring from this same jeweler, 14K and everything, and it definitely was slightly yellow underneath the rhodium. i don’t know that this jeweler even offers the palladium white gold alloy.
i guess only time will tell. i really hope it’s just soap.
Post # 8
I can’t wear nickel white gold either, even if rhodium plated as it does wear too easily. I would be plating constantly!
It does sound like, based on where the irritation is, there may be something irritating him under the bezel area rather than the nickel in the gold. Some rings trap moisture and such really well, and it is easy to get bacteria or other irritants causing rashes and so on.
I would, as you are doing, remove the ring until the rash clears, and ensure to disinfect the ring thoroughly and dry it out well before trying again.
If he still gets irritated, you may want to look at remaking the ring in palladium-white gold or palladium/platinum if he is set on a white metal.
Post # 9
I hope it’s just from the soap! I don’t have a nickel allergy but I do have very sensitive skin when it comes to washing my hands (which I do a zillion times a day) and harsh soaps are the worst!! I carry a little bottle of my own soap (actually, it’s Johnson’s bedtime baby wash, LOL) with me everywhere I go, even work, and it helped my hands be less icky and irritated. Maybe your Fiance can try doing that?
Post # 10
I have a nickle allergy, That sounds just like mine. I wear 14k WG for my ring and there are days I can not wear it. I dont know how it would affect the metal but I just put some clear nail polish on the inside of my ring and have no issues. i can always tell when its wearing off cause it gets super itchy and red then I have to leave it off for a few days and let it heal!
Post # 11
Future Brother-In-Law brought up a relevant point as well today…he and Fiance both play guitar, and apparently guitar strings have a lot of nickel in them. Fiance has been playing for close to 15 years and never had this problem before. i don’t know if having lots of short-term contact intermittently over a long period of time with fingertips instead of having it against somewhat less durable skin constantly makes a difference though.
Post # 12
It’s true that some white golds are whiter then others. My grandmother had her ring nearly 60 years and never once needed it rhodium plated, it was always very white.
Usually the rash is caused by moisture under the ring. If possible he should remove his ring before washing his hands and make sure they are thoroughly dried before putting his ring back on. He may also want to have his ring sized up a quarter size so it gives a little more room to breathe.
I have also heard of applying a thin coat of clear nail polish to act as a buffer between the gold and your skin.
Post # 13
I bet it’s the moisture, because I’ve had the same rash. I stopped wearing the ring and it cleared up (it did take a few weeks). I haven’t had the same issue since. Someone else suggested boiling the ring in vinegar/water, it was another thread from the last week or two. It helps kill the fungus/germs hiding in the crevices of the ring. I vaguely remember boiling my ring somehow when I had my rash.