Post # 1
so when my fiance’e and i got engaged he got me a white gold ring with diamonds obviously.. after a fedw days of wearing it.. i got like a rash ony my finger. and i didnt think anything of it i just thought thats what happens b.c i dont normally wear any jewlery exept earings or other piereced things and those are sergical steel.. and whne i was a kid nickel would awlays make my skin turn green and it would get itchy but i know my ring isnt nickel . so i guess that is a moot statement. and i have heard that usually white gold is plated with rhodium but since i got an allergic reaction to it right away does that mena i might be allergic to rhodium. or could i be alleregic to white gold.. or what else could it be?
Post # 3
White gold is not a metal in and of itself, it’s usually yellow gold that’s mixed with a nickel alloy (this is what makes it white and not yellow). This is why when the rhodium (what makes it super white) wears off, the white gold appears slightly yellowish or tinged, since it’s not a true white metal and just multiple metals mixed, if that makes sense. 🙂 I believe it’s possible to get one that contains no nickel, but it’s pretty uncommon.
Post # 4
I agree with pandabird, white gold is an alloy (there’s no such thing as pure white gold), and it has to be mixed with other metals for strength and color. Unfortunately, it is most commonly mixed with nickel. It’s true the gold is plated with rhodium, but its an incredibly thin layer (its not like dipping a strawberry in a chocolate fountain, but rather microscopic thinness), so any rubbing or hitting the ring against something can remove part of the layer.
You can get white gold that doesn’t have nickel in it, but usually you have to specifically ask for it. It is possible to have a rhodium allergy, but its very uncommon.
Although probably unlikely in your case, I’ve heard that sometimes the water that gets trapped underneath the ring (from washing hands, etc) can sometimes cause a rash. I suggest taking off the ring for a few days, let the rash go away, then put it on, making sure to completely dry both the ring and your finger whenever it gets wet. If it still causes a rash, then you have your answer