Post # 1
A friend of mine who was married recently has become allergic to her wedding band, but not her engagement ring, both are 14k white gold. She developed an awful scaly rash when she got married, even though she wore her white gold engagement ring for a year before the wedding. She’s tried wearing just the e-ring, no prob, then just the wedding ring, horriable rash and swelling, same thing when she wears both.
Her e-ring was bough used, and the wedding ring was brand new. It took a few months for the rash to start- could she possibly be allergic to the rhodium plating?
Isn’t this odd?
Post # 3
It is a little weird, but allergies can develop at any time. And rhodium is porous, so maybe it’s something else in the ring itself.
I have the same type of problem with necklaces. I would always get a scaly rash from wearing anything and it took me years to finally be able to find something that worked.
Post # 4
some 14k gold mixes contain nickel, some are nickel free and are more expensive even though they are still 14k. It is possible that one ring contains a metal she could have an allergy to, the other not. Ask your jeweler if they can remake the ring in palladium. It’ll cost the same abouts but will be hypoallergitic 95% pure.
Post # 5
This is gross, but it may be a fungus or bacterial infection rather than an allergy. The same thing happened to me and it turned out to be a reaction from keeping my rings on when I washed my hands. The moisture would get trapped under and between my rings and then my finger would react to it. I had to stop wearing my rings for a whie, sterilize them in boiling water (I know this sounds crazy, but regular ring cleaner wouldn’t kill the bacteria) and then once my finger cleared up, I now have to take them off when I wash my hands. It makes me paranoid to take them off, but I try to be very careful so as not to lose them.
Post # 6
@puppiekisses: Oh I hadne’t thought that different white gold mixes could contain more or less nickle. I’ll pass that along to her.
Post # 7
There are different alloys of white gold that are made with different types and different percentages of metals. She’s probably allergic to nickel, which is a very common allergy. The two rings might be made of completely different alloys.
Post # 8
It’s probably alloyed with nickel – I’m having to be really choosy with wedding bands because I’m badly allergic to nickel and it can be really tricky to find one that doesn’t have it. She might want to look into finding a ring that specifically doesn’t contain nickel or something that’s hypoallergenic like titanium.