"I Can Only Wear Gold Jewelry" – The Truth About Jewelry Allergies
I can only use gold jewelry, everything else breaks me. " How many times did I hear that exact phrase from my mother when I was a child? Every time I gave her jewelry, that was her answer.
Why everything, except gold, breaks my mother? Is that statement true? When I started designing jewelry more than ten years ago, I decided to find out I wanted to design jewelry for my mom that I could use without fear of one Now I'm going to Tell me what I discovered.
My mother, like many people, develops contact dermatitis when her skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry.Your dermatitis is the result of an allergic reaction to the nickel that is found in many types of Nickel allergies are very common, in fact, one in seven people is likely to suffer from a nickel allergy.Most often, women tend to suffer nickel allergies than men, with the symptoms of an allergy to nickel. Nickel Once the allergy Once it has developed, a person will remain sensitive to nickel for the rest of his life.
Nickel is found in many types of costume jewelery, especially those produced in mass. It can also be found in other everyday items such as coins, zippers, eyeglass frames and cell phones.
So, why is my mother allergic to nickel? For some reason, which science does not yet understand, his body has confused nickel (or similar metals like cobalt) as a threat. In response to that threat, your body causes an immune response (also known as an allergic reaction) to get rid of the threat. This reaction causes it to tear with an itchy rash. But others may have a more severe reaction to nickel.
Now that I knew what was causing my mother's breakup, I set out to find out what kinds of jewelry did not contain nickel.
First I looked gold jewelry . Generally speaking, yellow gold (more than 14 carats) will not cause an allergic reaction. However, white gold can. White gold alloys contain nickel and other "white" metals to produce their silver color. One in nine people will react to nickel in white gold.
Another form of gold jewelry is full gold or "GF" jewelry. The golden metal of jewelry is created when a base metal is covered with a layer of gold. Stuffed gold differs from gold by the amount of gold applied. The layer used in gold-filled jewels is typically 50 to 100 times thicker than the layer used to coat gold products.
Then I looked at the silver jewelry. For those who are sensitive to nickel, fine silver and sterling silver are excellent choices for "white" metals.
Fine silver is, by definition, 99.9% pure silver. Generally, jewelry is not made of fine silver because the metal is extremely soft and does not resist normal wear well.
Most silver jewelry is made of sterling silver. Sterling silver is, by definition, 92.5% pure silver. In most cases, the remaining metal at 7.5% is copper. Copper is infused to harden the silver and make it more durable. I use this type of sterling silver in my jewelry designs. It is an excellent metal for people allergic to nickel. Sometimes you can distinguish sterling silver by a brand "925" found in jewelry. This is common in manufactured parts, but may not be present in handmade jewelry.
Some other metals that are considered safe for people with nickel allergies are:
Copper – Copper jewelry is generally considered pure and not mixed with nickel or nickel alloys.
Platinum – Platinum jewels contain 95% platinum and 5% a secondary metal typically iridium.
Titanium – Titanium jewelry is both hypoallergenic and durable. It is a highly recommended metal for those who suffer from nickel allergies.
Niobium – This is a relatively new metal in the jewelry industry. It is a rare earth metal that can be anodized (naturally coated with beautiful colors). Like titanium, this metal is recommended for those suffering from nickel allergy, especially those looking for a touch of color.
Since I gave you a list of safe metals, I thought I would also give you a list of metal terms to be careful about when you buy jewelry.
Fashion or costume jewelry generally has base metals including nickel. Sometimes these metals are silver; however, the veneer will wear out over time and expose the skin to base metals. If you choose a plated metal, remember that it should be replaced regularly.
Some have suggested that brass may be a hypoallergenic option. However, my research has suggested that brass is sometimes alloyed with small amounts of nickel or even that it leads to strengthening the metal.
Silver or nickel plated German is a metal to stay away from jewelry. German silver does not contain silver. Silver refers to the silver coloration of the metal. The color is derived from a combination of nickel, zinc, lead and tin found inside the alloy.
Surgical or stainless steel: surgical grade stainless steel is made to be in the human body. However, the steel alloy contains between eight and twelve percent nickel. I have heard various reports on how safe this metal is for people with nickel allergies. Since the steel alloy contains nickel, I would tend to avoid it, but some people swear it.
If you buy a piece of jewelry and are concerned that it may contain nickel, commercial test kits are available online. These kits contain chemicals that react in the presence of nickel.
Investigating a bit can prevent a nickel allergy attack and still allow you to wear beautiful jewelry.