(Closed) Question for those of you allergic to white gold….

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
9115 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Usually, white gold is hypoallergenic, however, like every metal, it contains traces of nickle, of which people most commonly react to. In the case of white gold, the allergy usually presents itself over time as the white gold wears down to bring the skin into more exposure to the nickle.

You can take a little bit of clear coat and swipe it on the inside of your ring (or wherever your skin touches on the outside) to give yourself a little bit of wiggle room.

Edit: I have a strange nickle allergy. I can wear rings and necklaces with nickle in them. I cannot wear earrings with nickle, however, or my earlobes become angry and inflamed. It was an “overnight allergy” for me because as a teenager, I’d wear cheap nickle earrings all the time. Then one day my body just went “Nope.”

Post # 4
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m allergic to white gold the same way that @Hyperventilate: is…my ears will bleed if I wear cheap earrings now (like costumey stuff from Forever 21). I can wear some white gold rings and others make me react; I have also reacted badly to a white gold chain I have. My allergy developed seemingly overnight as well..

Post # 6
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My metal allergy developed pretty quickly.  One day I was wearing earrings fine and then the next my ears were getting itchy and rashy.  I kept trying to wear earrings and the rash got worse and worse.

Then I couldn’t wear necklaces and had trouble with my wristwatch, eyeglass frames, jeans buttons, etc.  I assumed it was nickel allergy.

I tried Simply Whispers earrings, I tried stuff labeled non-allergenic, I tried silver. Everything seemed to bother me.   I didn’t have any gold to try, so I don’t know about that, but it seemed like anything else was a problem. 

I stopped wearing all metals for over 20 years. Those I couldn’t avoid (jeans buttons, eyeglass stems) I coated with nail polish every so often.

We went with a platinum e-ring just to be sure, although surprisingly after 20 years of not wearing any metal jewelry, I can now wear things again.  Necklaces, rings, etc.  Not even special high-quality stuff, just regular sort of department store type stuff.  My pierced ears have closed, so I dont’ know about earrings.  I’m toying with the idea of trying again and getting re-pierced, but since that’s where my allegy had started, I’m a bit leery.

For white gold, the Rhodium should make a barrier between your skin and the metal alloy, which can contain nickel and copper, which some people react to.  However, Rhodium can wear away.  Your ring may need to be redipped.

Or I’d suggest trying Platinum or Palladium.  Those are pretty pure metals and I haven’t heard of people having allergies to them.


Post # 7
1035 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have always worn white gold. My original e ring, which I received last April, was white gold. In October, I started getting a rash like the one you had descibed. After trying everything possible to keep it, my Fiance and I decided to switch to a platinum ring last month. I no longer have any issues. I know a lot of people are able to remedy the problem, but I have sensitive skin as it is and was not willing to risk having an ongoing issue. I also didn’t know how much worse it would get after I add a white gold wedding band to the mix in May, so I switched to a platinum wedding set. Good luck!

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