Post # 1
So… my SO ordered my ring a few weeks ago, and we ordered white gold. i have lots of other white gold jewelry, and the only time i’ll have a reaction to it is (i think) if soap or water gets under my rings and then i’ll have some dry skin.
WELL, SO told me i’m not supposed to look at my ring (but then said if i feel like i really need to, i can take a peak), and he put it in a pretty obvious spot and i wanted to try it on again to make sure it fit when my hands were really cold (and it did). While i had it on, i did notice my finger felt kind of itchy.. i’m not sure if it’s because i’m not used to having a ring on that finger or if it’s a reaction. there wasn’t a red mark or anything and i kept it on for an hour or so (i figured that since i had already broken the rules i should enjoy it as much as possible bahaha). but i am worried because i can’t wear “cheap” jewelry without a mild reaction. i guess i probably should have gotten the ring in palladium, but i really love how white gold looks, especially after the rhodium plating dulls down a bit.
anyways, we’re still in the period that i could exchange my ring if i came clean to SO, but i really don’t want to have to get palladium. i also don’t want to develop a bad reaction. so i guess my question to those of you who do have allergies is: how quickly do you develop a reaction? did it ever go away? do you have a reaction to all white gold? i know since it’s an alloy, there could be a higher Ni concentration in this ring than the other white gold rings that i have.
Post # 3
What kind of white gold is it? You could just have a reaction to jewelry with a lower proportion of gold. If you’re worried about it, I would wear it for longer and try not to play with it while it’s on. Put it on and leave it over night and see what happens. You definitely don’t want to be allergic to your ring!
Post # 4
@sleepyhead22: the only time i’ll have a reaction to it is (i think) if soap or water gets under my rings and then i’ll have some dry skin.
I think you may have already answered your question. if you want to test to see if you have a severe nickel allergy, go to claire’s and buy a necklace or bracelet in a silver-tone color (make sure it’s not rhodium or silver plated). if it breaks you out, then you are at least more sensitive than most.
don’t try this with earrings. it’s super common for people to not be able to wear nickel in a piercing, so that won’t really tell you much. I can’t wear nickel earrings, but I can wear nickel bracelets or necklaces.
anyway, if a claire’s piece breaks you out, then I’d advise that you try on your white gold ring for a while. you have already seen it anyway. I think that the ability to return/exchange your ring far outweighs some kind of superstition or tradition. that is a LOT of money at stake if you can’t wear your ring!
Post # 5
ahhh i want to wear it overnight, but i’m still not really allowed to wear it at all so i’d feel so guilty. it is 14k white gold, which is like most of my jewelry, and i chose it just because i felt confident that i’m NOT allergic to it as opposed to other metals that i don’t own. hahaha i guess it could also be the rhodium plating that my skin is sensitive to.
Post # 6
@janie-janie: that’s a really good idea, i’ll definitely do that. some rings will turn my fingers green, but i’ve never actually broken out when wearing them or had any kind of redness/swelling. i totally agree that since i’ve already seen it, it wouldn’t be a huge deal (minus the fact i’d have to admit that i’ve been trying it on LOL).
Post # 7
I have a metal allergy – earrings are the worst, but I will also get itchy from the underside of a watch, from a bracelet or necklace, or from a belt buckle touching my skin anytime it isn’t gold or silver…even sensitive skin earrings start to bother me after a few months of wear . My e-ring is heirloom 14k white gold from DH’s grandma which was just barely yellowed when I got it and both before and after dipping I had no issues (older gold might have a slightly different mix of metals though). I also have no issues with my rhodium plated 14k white gold wedding band that I’ve been wearing 8 months. Occasionally my finger will be itchy there just cause of the ring touching my little hairs ony fonger – definitely ot in an allergic way. If I were you, I’d explain my fears in a hypothetical way and say I feel the need to test drive overnight.
Post # 8
I have a nickle allergy too. It usually takes about a day of prolonged contact for me to break out but lots of stuff causes it (necklaces, braceletes, rings, watches, belts, the metal button on jeans, and when i was little, the snaps on onesies). However, I have a 14K white gold ring and have zero problems with it and I rarely take it off. I’d be willing to bet you’re ok and the itching was caused by something else. But if you’re worried, I’d try it on again and see what happens.
Post # 9
I have a horrible allergy to nickle…I react to necklaces, buttons on jeans, earrings with super itchy red rashes and welts, but I had a white gold ring I was able to wear all the time, so we got my engagement ring in white gold.
Sadly, a week after regular wearing my finger broke out in awful rashes to the point that I had to stop wearing my ring until it healed…I’d start wearing it agian and the rash would be back a few days after. I was so sad…We went to our jeweler and he suggested a gold/palladium mix…it would cost $400 for the new setting. I didn’t want to do it but my fiance wanted me to enjoy my ring, so we went ahead with it.
BEST decision ever. No more rashes!! The ring is beautiful and I love love love it. My white gold ring was ALWAYS too tight on me, I thought holy cow I must be retaining water! We got the new ring in the same size (on my jewelers advice) even though I thought I should go bigger. But the ring fits beautifully! Turns out my finger was completely swollen because of my allergy.
The ONLY difference I notice in the ring compared to white gold is that it scratches much easier than white gold does. My jeweler can buff scratches and scuffs out though. I’d rather have scuffs than itchy angry rashes! I find when I hold it up next to a white gold ring it looks identical!
Post # 10
I have an allergy too and I am fine with white gold. (For whatever it’s worth!) 🙂
Post # 11
thanks you guys, overall i feel a lot better and think that it just felt off because i was preoccupied with it. my skin will sometimes get irritated from a watch, etc, but that’s almost always because i needed to clean it and once i do the irritation goes away. my ears are more sensitive, but never go into a huge reaction like i’ve seen other peoples’ online. i think i’ll ask him tonight if i can just wear it for a night and see, since we only have another week before our exchange period runs out.
Post # 12
I’m fairly certain I have a nickel allergy (buttons on jeans bother my skin), but I haven’t had any trouble with my 18kt white gold ring.