Have you ever taken off a ring and seen a rash or redness?
If so—or if you never want that to happen—you might want to start wearing hypoallergenic rings.
Most people think that hypoallergenic jewelry is just gold, but that’s not entirely the case. First, not all gold is hypoallergenic. And there are also lots of other metal types to choose from.
In this article, we’ll look at the most common reasons people wear hypoallergenic rings, why some of us develop metal allergies, and the best types of jewelry to choose from.
But first, I wanted to share three of my favorite hypoallergenic rings. Check them out below, or keep scrolling for the rest of the article!
Juliana 3 Ring Set
Minimalist Thumb Ring (Resizable)
Sasha Sparkle Ring
What are hypoallergenic rings?
Hypoallergenic rings and jewelry are made from metals that very few people are allergic to. No metal is allergy-free for 100% of jewelry wearers (including gold!), but some metals are more common irritants than others.
Hypoallergenic rings are safer, more comfortable to wear, and better protect your hand health.
The great news is that many hypoallergenic metals are gorgeous. The most common metal allergens are inexpensive filler metals used in cheap fashion jewelry, while precious metals are usually safest.
It’s also a high-quality product. Instead of using cheap filler metals, hypoallergenic rings are held to a higher standard and are more likely to include high-quality precious metals.
And finally, this kind of jewelry can prevent allergies from happening later on.
If you need to replace your existing jewelry with hypoallergenic options, the most critical pieces arerings, earrings, and body jewelry like nose rings.
Since these pieces come in such close contact with our skin and we wear them so often, it’s more important that they don’t irritate your skin.
Using hypoallergenic jewelry is especially true if you wear a wedding ring or engagement ring all day. Many people think it’s natural to have a “wedding ring rash,” but it’s a metal allergy in reality.
How metal allergies form
Every time we wear jewelry, sweat, oils, and skin cells dissolve microscopic bits of the metal. In someone with an allergy, those molecules induce a reaction. The most common reactions are itchiness, blistering, or swelling where the jewelry touched the skin.
Many people think that having a metal allergy is simple—either you’re born with it, or you aren’t.
But this isn’t the whole truth. Anyone can be susceptible to a metal allergy with enough exposure. In other words, your current jewelry can give you an allergy.
People without metal allergies should be extra diligent because wearing irritating metals every day can develop a permanent allergy. Wearing nickel today could result in a lifelong nickel allergy tomorrow.
If you want to avoid a skin reaction, these are the most common metals to avoid:
Nickel. By far, the most common metal allergen is nickel. Some studies have shown that up to 28% of people are allergic to nickel. Nickel is a white, light metal that’s used as filler in lots of jewelry.
Palladium. Research has shown around 7-8% of people have a palladium allergy. It’s sometimes used in fine jewelry instead of platinum.
Cobalt. This metal has a steely or burnished look and is common in men’s wedding bands. Around 1-3% of people are allergic to cobalt.
Low-karat and white gold. Gold is mixed with other metals called alloys. Nickel is a popular choice—it’s where white gold gets its color. Look for 14k or higher and nickel-free white gold.
Stainless steel. Some claim stainless steel is nickel-free and hypoallergenic—but nothing could be further from the truth! Stainless steel is made of around 8% nickel.
Most commonly, metal allergies happen together. In other words, if you’re allergic to nickel, there’s a good chance you also have an allergy to palladium or cobalt.
7 hypoallergenic metals to buy
Thankfully, there are more hypoallergenic metals to choose from than allergy-prone metals to avoid!
The most common include:
18k gold. The higher the karat number, the more gold (and less alloy) in every ring. Pure gold (24k) is too soft to wear, so look for 18k, 20k, or 22k.
Sterling silver. Sterling silver is made from 92.5% pure silver, alloyed with other metals. The most common alloy is copper, which is also hypoallergenic.
Nickel-free metals. One of the easiest ways to find hypoallergenic jewelry is to look for a “nickel-free” label. For example, nickel-free white gold uses other white metal alloys.
Platinum. This precious metal is common in jewelry and is a little more expensive than gold. It’s a bright white metal that resembles white gold.
Tungsten carbide. This combination of tungsten and carbon is the hardest metal known to exist. It has a dark, steely look that’s common in men’s jewelry.
Titanium. This strong, naturally occurring hypoallergenic metal has a light silver color and can be burnished to a high shine.
Copper. Copper is one of the most common metals around, in everything from coins to vacuum cleaners. Copper is hypoallergenic and is the alloy that gives rose gold its color.
All jewelry we sell at Blush and Bar is nickel-free and made from either 18k gold or sterling silver. You’re safe with us!