(Closed) Hypoallergenic (but pretty!) engagement rings…? Please help!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a pretty bad nickel allergy too (my ears swell up if I wear cheap earrings, I get a rash on my abdomen when I wear certain belts, and I’m allergic to many watches). I have a Palladium 950 ring from MoissaniteCo which hasn’t caused me any bother at all. I’m UK based, too, and MoissyCo’s service was second to none! I thoroughly recommend them.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

If it’s any help I have what my doctor called “hyper allergic contact dermatitis” I react to almost anything if it touches me long enough, including my own sweat XD

I wore a palladium band for a few months to test if it was safe for my wedding ring and I was fine ^_^ Everyone is different but if you were worried you could get a thin plain palladium band to test it out like I did?

Nickel makes my skin swell within seconds, it’s vile stuff!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

Palladium is related to platinum and doesn’t have nickel, so I’m not sure how that could cause an allergy problem. As far as I know, if you’re not allergic to platinum, you won’t be allergic to palladium either.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Anardana:  It sounds like you get a reactive contact dermatitis rather than a true (type 4) allergic reaction (which is what I get). A type 4 allergic reaction comes on slower (over hours) and is material specific (so you wouldn’t get it with a sweat reaction, for example), whereas contact dermatitis is much quicker (within seconds/minutes) and can happen with a much wider range of materials or chemicals. 

The confusion about whether palladium causes a reaction or not may be related to that – it is highly unlikely to cause a true allergic reaction, but it could still cause a reactive dermatitis. Do you wear rings usually? If you do and have no problems with sweat rashes/dermatitis under your normal rings or jewellery then a palladium ring should be fine.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@bikukii:  I have a standard procedure with jewelry where I don’t get moisture trapped under, I don’t wear it for a long and I never sleep in it. I’ve not had problems operating on these rules and after a while they’ve become just part of my routine like cleanse tone mousturise, anti allergy tablets, factor 50… I never wear cheap Or costume jewelry. I tried on a tiara in a dept store and my scalp reacted very quickly so if you plan on a tiara It might be worth bearing that in mind! 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Have you considered rhodium or rhodium plated?  That should be far more affordable than platinum.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We bought a platinum e-ring due to my being allergic to nickel, and have been wearing it for several months now and it has been great – no problems whatsoever.

Another alternative is to go with white gold that has an alloy that doesn’t use nickel.  You can have the jeweler tell you (or check with the ring maker if it’s from a different place) if their white gold alloy contains nickel.  Some do use nickel in the US, but it is getting fewer and fewer due to allergies.  The maker of my ring used nickel in their white gold.  My local jeweler could make the ring in a non-nickel alloy.  

Rhodium plating also will separate you from any nickel in white gold.  For me I didn’t want to count on that, because of it wearing off and maybe getting a reaction before realizing it needed replating.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@Jennlee:  

 

Well, that explains why some white gold gives me a rash and some doesn’t.

 

I have some nice costume jewlery from Jewlery TV that is rhodium over sterling silver and it’s by far the most comfortable jewlery I’ve ever worn.  I also like the heft.  I don’t know what to expect re longevity tho.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I am allergic to nickle (I turn colors and ooze stuff) and have had no problems with palladium. My rings are palladium and I have been wearing them daily for 2 years.

Post # 14
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Newbee

I just recently found out that I’m allergic to nickel too. I’ve always had problems with yellow gold, but never connected it to nickel. I tried on a white gold ring and had a terrible reaction, so . My boyfriend is all about finding a deal, and so am I. We’ve both joked that we have fine dining taste on a McDonald’s budget. I found a website where I can get a platinum solitaire for a great price. A very similar setting in a jewelry store that we visited was three times more expensive. My boyfriend and I are still in college and we both plan to be teachers, so there is NO money there lol. The website is adiamor.com, you should check it out and see if it fits in your budget πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I love my Palladium wedding set, and have had no more puffy finger issues since switching from white gold.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I would not recommend just getting anything and rhodium plating it, because the plating comes off and a person with allergies will need to get it redipped more often than usual. 

@Stormchild:  there are types of white gold that are totally free of nickel. you might want to seek out a good quality jeweler who will really know their product for sure. alos be sure you they guarantee you can return or exchange the ring if it turns out they were wrong and accidentally sold you something that gives you a reaction. 

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