(Closed) Finger is turning black where ring sits HELP

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There isn’t much you can do with rose gold, but I’m not sure why it would be turning your finger black. I used to get a black or green ring from wearing very cheap jewelry.

I would suggest to get it rhodium plated [but its not white gold]. I don’t know if there are any plating options for rose gold.

Post # 5
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

Could they add a thin layer of nickel free metal inside the ring so you can still have rose gold but not have to have the reaction?

Post # 6
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have a custom rose gold e-ring and inside the band, where it sits on the underneath of my finger, I often get a single black spot.  I’m not sure if it’s dirt that has collected there or a reaction to the copper in the rose gold but I just clean it when I clean the whole ring and ignore it for the most part.

I don’t know if this helps but hopefully you can get some answers!

ETA: http://www.finishing.com/337/58.shtml  (found this via google)

Post # 7
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Sounds like you may be having some kind of reaction to copper, given that rose gold is usually alloyed with copper. Copper jewelery can leave green/black marks on the skin (I think often when in contact with a lot of water or from sweat, but don’t quote me on that), so it could be that the copper content in your ring is high enough to result in that kind of thing.

Post # 8
4713 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

Ok off the wall but could you be pregnant? I never had a problem with any of my rings until I was preggers then everything turned black on me

Post # 9
481 posts
Helper bee

Just a thought – my ering is 10k gold, and the high-alloy content made my finger turn black for about two/three weeks. Then it eventually wore off (?), and it doesn’t turn black anymore. I wonder if you continue to wear it if the blackness will eventually stop happening?

Post # 11
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The copper in the rose gold is what’s turning your finger black. I’ve never had it happen from rose gold, but I’ve had it happen from straight copper before.

Post # 12
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This is going to sound unbelievable but if you have an iron deficiency, this happens. It happened to me and as soon as I started taking iron tablets it stopped. I had them prescribed by the doctor though, not off the shelf. You can google it…it’s some kind of freaky science fiction but it’s true! 

Post # 13
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@loonyloo:  Yes! I’ve heard that rose gold can do this depending on the amount of iron in your blood. I haven’t had a problem with mine, but it was something I considered when I decided to get rose gold. Hope you can get it worked out soon! =)

Post # 14
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Everyone has had good suggestions so far, and I’d check with the jeweler to see if he can put a coating on the inside, to prevent it from coming into contact with your skin!  Good luck!

Post # 15
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Any gold can turn your finger black. It has to do with metallic abrasion — your fingers are abrasive on a very tiny scale. Every time you put on your rings, your fingers will rub against them and cause degeneration of the coatings and thinning of the metal.

If you live in acidic environments (Close to oceans or salt water), wear your rings when damp (Your skin or the ring) or even the general makeup of your sweat, you’ll likely see your rings “break down” faster than someone with the same chemical makeup living in a less salty, drier environment.

Post # 15
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a nickel allergy and was told rose gold had no nickel with the earrings check your posts and backs all my earrings have to be solid 14k yellow gold only you might wanna also think of this i have heard of copper allergies and most ppl who have nickel allergies have copper allergies as well and this will cause that black or yellow greenish ring around your finger i know you dont wanna say anything hun but as a fellow bee with nickel allergy you need to speak up n tell your Fiance and jeweler i kept silent not telling my hubby till one day he saw when I took off my rings after we were first married that my finger was raw n bleeding n swelled he said you need to have that looked at n i told him i was allergic to White Gold he said why told him i had been like that as a girl he told me to take off the rings n we would figure this out on how to get a new set long story short while rings were in jewelery box they walked away after a family party 🙁 i was heartbroken but we had insurance thank God it took me a good 2 years to finally breakdown n get the new set but when we did we told our jeweler my allergies and she took care of us so hun speak up dont suffer along i am sure your Fiance will understand n want you to have rings that you can wear that wont cause your problems its not like you want another ring just cus you want another ring you have very true need for a new type setting in Yellow gold or platinum those are only two metals that dont have nickel or copper sorry for your heartbreak n good luck 

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