- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2019
I’m still waiting, around a year out from an engagement according to our timeline, but I’ve started thinking about rings in the meantime! However, I’m a bit concerned because I have a metal allergy, so I don’t know what type of metal would be best for the ring. I don’t know exactly what I’m allergic to, but I’ve had reactions to things made with sterling silver and with nickel in them, as well as jewelry labelled “hypoallergenic”. I have never worn a piece of gold or white gold jewelry consistently for a long period of time nor do I ever wear rings, so I honestly don’t know how I’d react to those. But my reactions basically have been:
– With earrings, my ears get bright red and swollen and start bleeding within 10 minutes to an hour or so
– With necklaces, after a few days of daily wear, I get bumps around my neck as well as (sorry TMI) very painful pus-filled blisters on my chest where the pendant lies and on the back of my neck where the clasp lies. I have some scar tissue on the center of my chest due to one particular necklace, like a thickened bump of skin (visible only to me but still) due to this reaction
– I had my nose pierced a couple years back, and for the entire year that I had the stud in, there was swelling and redness and oozing and a keloid in the area. I religiously followed the hygiene instructions the piercing place and my doctor gave, but it was still just a hot mess until I finally removed it a year after getting it done
So basically I’m just not sure what kind of metal to get for my engagement ring or wedding band, since I definitely don’t want to have a reaction nor do I want to have to replace it 🙁 I’ve read that palladium/platinum are safer choices than white gold, since the rhodium plating on the white gold may trigger a reaction, but I don’t know if that is a common experience. Can anyone speak to their experiences with this? Should I buy a white gold band to wear on my right hand for the next several months to see if I can tolerate that?
Thanks so much all!!