Post # 1
So, here’s my dilemna. My guy is pretty sure he’s allergic to certain types of metal (he had a necklace given to him by an ex, and every time he tried to wear it he would break out in a horrible rash). He doesn’t know if the necklace was silver or white gold, and the ex is evil so there’s no way to find out. Basically, one of these days I’m going to force him to try to wear one of my white gold rings (one not too girly I hope) on his pinky to see if he is allergic or if the necklace was actually made of something cheaper. A friend of mine has the same allergy, it’s an allergy to the nickel alloy they use in a lot of different metals (IE silver and gold) to make them stronger, and when he got married he had a heck of a time finding a wedding band; gold and white gold were out of the question, platinum was too expensive (and believe it or not, may be strong but does scratch). They decided on palladium, because they liked the look of it over anything else. They’re rings look dark to me, almost like pewter, so I don’t want one for myself (I think it looks beautiful with antique-y settings, but not with what I had in mind) but don’t know if this is an option for him? I want something for him that can be sized / cut if possible, because in his job the risk of hurting his hand and having the ring cut off in the ER is too high to risk something else. Does anyone know if this is the case with palladium? I think he’d be OK with this metal if nothing else because of Iron Man LOL, but I’m fine with that. Can anyone show me what alternatives they’ve gone with, and if they can be sized or cut?
Post # 3
Your Fiance is likely allergic to nickle.
I am also allergic to nickle (I get rashes from it after wearing it for just 2-3 hours) and I cannot wear any gold less than 14k, I also can’t wear most silver. Perhaps your Fiance can wear 14k or 18k gold. My ring is 18k yellow gold and I’m not allergic to it at all. I also have 14k white gold earrings that I am also not allergic to.
I think palladium can be cut easily enough, but I have heard that resizing it can be trickly as a lot of jewlers won’t work with it. As it becomes a more popular metal though, that’s becoming less and less of a problem.
Post # 4
I agree, if he breaks out wearing 10k, 14k gold, it is more likely that he is having a reaction to the alloy in it, not the gold part. some cheaper white golds have nickel in the alloy, I’m sure 10K would be the biggest offender there.
i’m sure palladium would be fine too, and yes– they would be able to cut it off if need be.
no matter what metal he chooses, he should ask lots of questions about the alloy and whether or not it contains nickel. if the jeweler can’t answer it, he should go elsewhere.
finally, he should make it clear to the jeweler that he might need to exchange the ring and find out if that will be allowed. I bet most stores would allow him to have a trial period as long as he tries to not scratch it.
finally– if your Fiance has a danegerous job, are you sure it’s a good idea that he wears a ring? he should ask the person in charge of safety at work. it can be very unsafe if he’s working with tools (a ring could catch and drag his hand into the tool) or climbing around on ladders all day (if he falls and the ring gets caught on something, it could rip his finger off).
sorry, I don’t mean to frighten you — these are the facts of rings and working with your hands.
Post # 5
We went with a tungsten ring. It’s the only ring he’s ever worn that hasn’t reacted with his skin. He now owns a tungsten watch as well that also doesn’t react with his skin. He is constantly commenting on that (even after more than two years!). I vote tungsten.
Post # 6
Tungsten rings are cheap & have soooo many styles to pick from!
My hubby picked this one (that I found on my own which reminded me of the nascar flag) & he LOVES nascar so thus he loved the ring! 🙂
Post # 7
A less common, but just as useful option is to get a ceramic ring! It sounds crazy, but my best friend’s husband has one since he’s a pipefitter and needed a ring that would break upon impact so his finger wouldn’t get chopped off. It’s very very durable and there are a lot of cool design options.
I think this one is the one he has: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Ceramic-White-Carbon-Available/dp/B005750FKI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1312227135&sr=8-5
Post # 8
DH’s ring looks like this one below and its made from tungsten