(Closed) Nickel Allergy :( what type of metal for engagement ring?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m assuming you’re asking about this because you want a “white” metal. Platinum, 18kt palladium alloy white gold or plain palladium will work fine. I’ve put them in order from most expensive to least. I’m not fond of plain palladium, I’ve found that it bends and can get misshapen. All my jewelry is 18kt, with the palladium alloy I don’t have to get the rings rhodium plated, they stay nice and white.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I have always had sensitive skin and our jeweler recommended platinum if I’m planning to keep my rings for a lifetime.  It’s more expensive for sure, but worth it.  I love my rings set in platinum and the extra weight make them look and feel so sturdy.  Even if I ever upgrade, I would still use platinum as I don’t want to take chances. I have worn 14K white gold and 18K white gold in necklaces and bracelets and have gotten terrible skin rashes from them.  I had to stop wearing my beautiful watch that my husband bought for me on our honeymoon because of the nickel in it as my wrist would break out in rashes all the time and that pained me greatly.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

18k white gold has more nickel content than 14k white gold. You need to speifically ask them for palladium white gold and I’ve found it hard to come by – maybe a custom job will do the trick but by then you could have purchased the platinum. European countries do not use nickel. It may be possible to purchase a setting internationally. Personally, I just go with yellow or rose.  🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Palladium is awesome. Not much more spendy than gold, never needs to be dipped!

My own ring is palladium.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Some white gold is alloyed with palladium, which would work for you. Otherwise palladium and platinum would also be great, with palladium being the more affordable of the two.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Mine is palladium, and I love it.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have 14k white gold. I can wear any kind of gold but thats it. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I do not know this to be true for certain, but a very knowledgeable bee from the ring boards once explained to me that the reason white gold now has to be dipped in rhodium (whereas white gold from decades ago did not) is that it is no longer made using nickel, due to many people having allergies to nickel. This may only apply to some white gold, however.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I am also allergic to nickel and have done a lot of research. You just have to ask whether a jeweller has hypo-allergenic/nickel-free white gold. If they do, you’re good. White gold that is alloyed with palladium/platinum is used by some places. Palladium is also nickel free. My ring will be coming from Ritani (ritani.com) and they have palladium, plus all their white gold is nickel free 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

len1011:  I have a pretty severe nickel allergy too, and so I went with palladium. You can also go with platinum, though for the price there is no visual difference between palladium and platinum. Though I’m sure someone here willsay otherwise.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

len1011:  I’m also allergic to nickel.  We decided to go with platinum just to be on the safe side, even though A. Jaffe (ring designer we chose) does nickel-free white gold as well.  Like MsElle said, just do some research and see if the jeweler/designer does nickel-free white gold if you want to keep it more budget friendly than platinum.  Palladium is hypoallergenic as well, but not as many jewelers work with it, so be sure to ask your jeweler about that prior to purchase, if you go that route. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Funny thing is, in the current market gold and platinum are neck and neck as we speak – gold is maybe a little HIGHER than platinum yet the costs haven’t trickled down to actual jewelry.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you are worried about budget, have you considered silver? My new ring is made of sterling and I love it. Just like platinum, you don’t have tp worry about roduim plating. 

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