(Closed) Show me your yellow/rose gold lovely\'s because my white gold seems to hate me!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
8001 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I am so sorry you seem to be allergic to your rings. Platinum tends to be non-reactive, and higher karat gold tends to be less reactive, too. My rings are 18K yellow gold. There are also platinum alloyed white golds which tend to be better about allergies than nickel alloyed white gold.

Post # 17
1252 posts
Bumble bee

 Engagement ring is 14k yellow and my wedding band is 10k.  I’ve always loved white gold but my rings converted me.

Post # 18
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel your pain OP! I had to switch from white gold as well because of an allergic reaction. My jeweler said it was due to nickel and that they now have nickel-free materials available due to how common the allergy. I went with rose gold for my new ring:

Post # 19
5641 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

Rose gold

Post # 20
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Post # 21
2156 posts
Buzzing bee

You probably have a nickel allergy. If you really want to stick with white gold, the easy solution is to get a better carat -at least 14, possibly even 18k. 10k gold is less than 50% gold…meaning it’s mostly alloys – and likely nickel (there are non-nickel alloys but those are not typically used in 10k). 14k is over 50% gold..18k even higher. Get a higher quality gold ring, and you’ll have fewer allergic reactions. 

Post # 22
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Here’s my rose gold set!

Post # 23
953 posts
Busy bee

Luckily, I’ve never really had any major problems with any basic jewelry metals, except for the plated copper or unstamped and or  costume/fun ones that I have gotten for cheap on amazon or elsewhere, which have turned my finger green after a day or two of wear.  I have had 10k gold make my finger itchy a little bit, but no rashes or anything,  but never with 14k or higher carat of any color gold, platinum,  or with sterling silver either. So definitely good suggestions there to try if you really want gold!  I’m having a moissy I just purchased being set in yellow gold, and can’t wait to see it all finished,  add it’s been quite a while since I’ve worn any yellow gold.  Anyways. ….lol ! I ramble at times! 

I’ve never seen or worn palladium, so I can’t say,  but have heard that it’s great for people who react to other metals.  

Here’s my rose gold and morganite ring with a diamond halo and shank, with peekaboo diamonds on each side of the gallery.  Multiple pics so you can see the details/ angles. I’m absolutely in love with rose gold! 


Post # 25
1520 posts
Bumble bee

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9k rose gold and haven’t had any problems with it. I’ve heard quite a few people who have had allergic reactions to white gold. It depends what your allergic to on whether to higher bit in white gold would help you. But the fun part of having yellow or Rose gold you don’t need to redip!

Post # 26
413 posts
Helper bee

Not sure how long you have had your ring, but I had mine maybe a week before getting itchy under the ring. It’s 18k white gold and I made sure there was no nickel alloy as I’ve had issues in the past.

I realised it was the stamp – for some reason it is raised – and it was rubbing a lot combined with swollen hands and sweatiness from humid weather it didn’t help.. I turned the ring around so the stamp didnt rub as badly and so far so good.

Also, I was talking to a colleague who said she gets a bad reaction that is worse when she hasn’t given her rings a clean for a while, as she has hollow bits where skin and whatnot can gather.

Just another perspective in case you have something physical that might be issue before changing things competely.  If that doesn’t help though, it’s no fun to put up with an allergy, and the longer it lasts the longer it takes to heal up 🙁

Post # 27
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I react to white gold horribly because I’m allergic to rhodium plating that they put on it.  Ask your jeweller to take the rhodium plating off and see if it helps.  It did a world of difference for me.  I just had the inside of my ring and the bottom of my bands done – my tops are still super white. 🙂

Post # 30
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Several PPs are correct – as a former Kay Jewelers employee, I’ve seen a lot of people who can’t wear most white gold because of the nickel used in the alloy. (Usually nickel and silver are added to make the metal close to “white”.) So sorry your ring caused you literal pain! I also second the suggestions of trying a higher gold content – though you will likely need 18k, which is 75% gold – or a nickel-free white gold, or platinum or palladium. Palladium is in the platinum family, but is lighter weight and looks a little lighter in color than platinum, and costs less. If I’d gone with a white metal, I would have opted for palladium, mainly because I wouldn’t want to have to keep getting the rhodium plating redone on white gold.

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