(Closed) Metal allergy to ering and wedding band… help! (photos included)

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 33
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

that’s insane?!  and how come they won’t credit you for the 14k if you changed metal?  what kind of place is this

Post # 34
5592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Strange. I’m also severely allergic to nickel. Do you have the same issue with belt buckles, bra hooks or watches or anything?  For me my tummy is the worst (and super sexy and easy to explain why I have a scabby rash by my belly button…).

We headed off the issue with buying a tacori set that uses palladium instead of nickel and they’ll redip in the same eventually so I’d definitely inquire about a palladium dip.

Post # 35
360 posts
Helper bee

this same thing happened to my mom, her rings were originally yellow gold and her finger kept reacting to the gold it looked like they’d burnt her finger she actually has a scar now. in the end she got them rhodium plated, but i think it still happens from time to time she ended up buying a plain platinum band to wear when it flared up to give her finger a break, because it would be too expensive to have all her rings set in it. maybe you could try that and just alternate?

Post # 39
2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@puppiekisses:  Tacori uses palladium too. That’s what my ring is mixed with and I haven’t had an issue. 

Post # 40
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m having a problem with my ring too 🙁 Only had it just over 3 months. I don’t get a rash like you are talking about.I just really hurts. Weird, not like the skin hurting or itchy, more like an arthritis “my finger is goig to fall off” feeling. Really scares me. So I sent it off to get rhodium plated. But from reading on here that seems like a temporary solution. Any ideas? What could be wrong? My fingers do turn green from cheap metal but not my engagemnt ring. no discoloration, no rash or itch…just pain and uncomfortable, worse when wet. And it’s not too tight, I’ve had that checked. 

Does anyone know if rose gold is less prone to problems? i might exchange it for a rose gold one..but I think my fiance would be sad. But what else can I do?

Post # 41
1590 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LibbyDawn:  “Does anyone know if rose gold is less prone to problems? i might exchange it for a rose gold one..but I think my fiance would be sad. But what else can I do?


Rose gold is a mix of gold and copper.  As long as you don’t have issues with copper, it should be fine.

Post # 42
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@yariselyasmine:  I feel for you.  I developed a nickel allergy in high school/college and it was so icky and inconvenient!

I ended up stopping wearing jewelry entirely because pretty much anything (I didn’t have any “good” jewelry to try) made me get a rash.

For things that I couldn’t avoid (the back of jeans buttons, eyeglass stems, etc) I would coat them with clear nail polish.  Not the easiest, and it wore off invisibly and I’d eventually start to get sores at some point.

For my allergies, we bought my eRing in platinum.  No problems!  Still, that is an expensive solution.

For white gold, you can get a palladium alloy instead.  Palladium is more expensive than nickel, so it will still be an added expense (in my case the platinum was only $500 more than the white gold with palladium alloy).

Have you tried a rhodium redip?  If the rhodium is covering the gold alloy, it shouldn’t be touching you and you shouldn’t react then.  However, I know that metal allergies can be tricky – I used to try Simply Whispers jewelry which had 24 carat gold plating on earring posts and such, and I’d still break out – either the plating was not fully covering, or some part was not plated or something.  It is so hard!

Almost any gold alloy (yellow, white, rose) can contain nickel.  It is more prevalent in white gold because the white nickel helps the color, but all gold alloys can contain nickel.  Most yellow and rose would contain less nickel than white gold, but nickel is a cheap and hard metal and is often used because of those qualities.  Rose will also contain copper which is also a fairly reactive metal and some people do react to it.

Good luck!


Post # 44
29 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

Do you clean around with your rings on?  I asked because that happened to my sister in law, she started cleaning with clorox (regular kind) while wearing her rings and she broke out too.  She got a weird rash.  she couldn’t wear her rings until all cleared out and changed to organic cleaning supplies to clean her house.


Post # 45
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If you have a nickel allergy you very well could have a copper allergy as well. I have both, they tend to “go together”.

Platinum is a very expensive metal and $4000 sounds about right to have the whole ring remade with all the custom work and engraving. (Your rings are stunning btw). Does this price include the selling back of the white gold to the jeweller? 

If it were me, given that I have both a nickel and copper allergy and that I love the look of white gold, I would be going with platinum/palladium. 

I’m sorry that this has happened though. It sucks 🙁

Also, these types of allergies can develop over time, so 3 years ago you might not have been allergic but you are now. 

Post # 46
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Sorry! Just realise that I made a mistake. It’s COBALT not copper that people who are allergic to nickel are commonly allergic to. 

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