(Closed) Nickel allergies and rings

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Im allergic to nickel…and have a white gold (18k) ring. I have never had any problems…I didn’t even think about this when trying on rings… I usually notice in cheaper rings and earrings.

Post # 4
3974 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Are you sure you’re allergic to 14k and 18k gold? I have a pretty bad nickle allergy too, but I can wear 14k gold and up. I have an 18k yellow gold ring and I’m not allergic to it at all.

Another option is palladium, which is very close to platinum in appearance and is much, much cheaper.

Post # 6
97 posts
Worker bee

I’m allergic to ‘white gold’ Gold doesn’t really suit me and I don’t have any so I could be allergic to that to?? 

I have a beautiful diamond set of earings and necklace brought for me one Christmas by my Fiance. I asked what they were made of (it was quite early on in our relationship and he wasn’t aware of my allergy) he said ‘the most expensive metal’ and laughed. It didn’t go down well the next day after I had left them on and they were itching like mad!!!! I can just about wear the earings for a day or an evening and then I have to wait a day or so for the irritation to go down before I can wear them again. 

I still love the set to death though and the necklace only gives me a rash around my neck if I wear it for more than a few days in a row.  

My poor Fiance had it put quite clear to him that he had the choice of Platinum for a ring…… and that was it! 

Post # 7
41 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

The only thing to be aware of with a gold e-ring and a platinum band is that mixed metals will sometimes wear each other down. I’ve always been advised to have the same metal in both.

Post # 8
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m allergic to nickle as well. Here is the thing, though. Jewlery chains make their own white gold because white gold doesn’t occur naturally. Its yellow gold that has been mixed with white metals to make them white. Most jewlery stores are getting away from using nickle, but a few still do. I totally can’t wear JB robinson jewlery. But Kay and zales white gold does great because the used an extremely low amount of nickle to mix. So you should just ask them what metals they use to mix. and it there is just a tiny tiny amount of nickle, you should be fine.

Post # 9
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m allergic to nickel too, I also get the rash from buttons on pants, from belt buckles, from earrings that are plated in something other than nickel but have nickel as a base, etc. Seriously, I can wear earrings with nickel in them for about 2 minutes before my ears start to get red and irritated! Yellow gold (14 karats or above) has no nickel in it. If you’re showing allergies when wearing yellow gold, it’s likely a yellow-plated piece of jewelery or less than 14k. Not all white golds have nickel in them, but many places don’t know what metals are blended with their yellow gold to make the white, so unless they specifically can look up and find a nickel-free white gold (as they did for you at Zales), I always assume white gold has nickel in it. I’ve had too many vendors say, after I explain my situation, that they don’t “think” their jewelery has nickel, only to get home and find myself allergic to it. Other than yellow gold and nickel-free white gold, your options (as far as I know) are:



-surgical steel (depending on how sensitive you are, since surgical steel can still have a trace amount of nickel in it– less than 1%)

titanium (again, can occasionally be alloyed with nickel)


Hope that helps! Maybe other people know of other alternatives too 🙂

Post # 10
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I also have a nickle sensitivity. My ring is palladium, which is a white metal in the platinum family. It’s more affordable than platinum, but with similar durability and allergy-free properties. Here are my palladium rings

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