Post # 1
First time poster here and I must admit that I may have mislead you with the title. He isn’t exactly allergic to marriage, but he is allergic to nickel! We didn’t know at the time we purchased his band, but apparently some Tungston bands have traces of nickel in them. My sweet husband wore his rash/itch/scab inducing ring for 6 months of marriage. He is very sentimental (and perhaps stubborn?) and didn’t want to give up on the ring he recieved on wedding day. After some reaserch and persuading from me he reluctantly agreed to switch his band for an almost identical band in Titanium (no nickle, wish we would have known this before the nups). That was a couple weeks ago and has been rash/itch/scab free since!
He does love his new ring and I don’t think he’s removed it since he’s put it on but I know he feels a bit sad about not wearing his origional band. As of right now, it is sitting in our closet in its box. I’d like to do something with it, perhaps as a vday gift. The only thing I can think to do is some sort of shaddow box project with wedding pictures and memories but I am planning something similar for an anniversary gift (which isn’t until July but what can I say, I’m a planner).
Usually, I am fairly crafty but this one has got me stumpped. I know from previous stalking that you ladies are super helpful and quite creative. I’d love to hear any suggestions!
Thanks guys 🙂
Post # 3
Sorry, I don’t have any suggestions, but someone has to…so BUMP!
Post # 4
If it’s the sentimentality that he dislikes losing, what if you two went and got it “blessed” or something? Either by your officiant? Church? Something?
I think that may make it feel more special to him than “just a replacement ring.” I think you shadowbox idea is cute for your anniversary.
Post # 5
I’m not a jewlery expert, but is there some sort of plating you can get on it that will keep the nickel from touching the skin? Like the plating that goes on white gold rings?
Post # 6
Okay, according to my internet research, with white gold rings bothering skin b/c of nickel you can “replate your ring with a heavy “pore free” layer of platinum or rhodium. This will serve as a protective barrier over the nickel white gold.” I don’t know if this would change the look of his ring, but maybe it is an option that would make him happier? You could talk to a jeweler about it.
Post # 7
Woah, I never even thought of replating the ring. I’ll have to look into this! Thanks guys 🙂
Post # 8
Tungston rings tend to have a darker grey color to them, no? If you plated it with rhodium or platinum, you will get a very shiny bright white. So unless that’s the color of the band, it would drastically alter the look of the ring. And if it’s got that brushed chrome look or any textured designs, I don’t think that will show throught the plating either.
Go to a jeweler, perhaps, and see about making it into something else? Like a neat keychain or something that he can use/look at every day. I don’t mean melt down or anything, but like…solder on a chain and key ring or something. 🙂
Good luck with it! I have a nickel allergy too and have found it a nightmare to deal with whether I will tolerate a white gold engagement ring.
Post # 9
You may struggle to find a company to do this, but there are alternative metals that you can have plated on, such as platinum. Platinum plating is more hypoallergenic. It’s a noble metal so it can be electrodeposited–but you may need a specialty company to have this done. But it’s an option =].