Have you ever worn a lovely new piece of jewelry, only to suffer green skin, an itchy blister, or an angry red rash immediately afterward? Congratulations—you’re one of the many people to suffer from an allergic reaction to metal. It’s no fun!
What metal is my skin reacting to?The most common metal people are allergic to is nickel. Usually jewelry that does not contain nickel is labeled “nickel free” or “hypoallergenic.” These terms are often used interchangeably. Nickel is a metal substance, white in color, that is often used in jewelry alloys—i.e. metal blends used to craft jewelry and other items.
1. You’ll get better quality jewelry.
Unsure if the jewelry you’re eyeing is just cheap, low quality junk wrapped in a pretty package or a well-made piece that will last? Look for a “hypoallergenic” label—it can be a helpful tell. In most cases, hypoallergenic jewelry is made from higher quality materials such as gold, copper, sterling silver, titanium, or platinum—or alloys with combinations that do not contain nickel.
2. You’ll protect your skin.
Everyone with a nickel allergy knows the unique unpleasantness of an icky, red blister on their ears after wearing a cheap piece of jewelry. An allergic reaction to nickel feels and looks just terrible! Poor quality metal can even turn your finger, neck, or wrist green—or cause a terrible rash when exposed to sun, water, or sweat. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it deserves to be treated with care! Project the skin you live in by choosing quality metals for your everyday jewelry. You care about what goes in your body, but what about what goes on it?
3. You’ll get more value for your dollar.
Quality jewelry may cost a little more than the cheapest item on the shelf in the beginning, but consider how many more wears you’ll get out of it than the cheap stuff that instantly tarnishes and discolors your skin! When you choose jewelry that will adorn your skin or hands every day, it’s important to make the right investment. Cheap pieces are tempting today, but they won’t seem so appealing when you have to throw them away within a matter of weeks. Choose quality materials that won’t tarnish and will last.
Blush & Bar Jewelry is proud of the materials we use to craft our NYC-designed, ethically produced jewelry. If you’re looking for quality pieces at fair prices, take a look at the Blush & Bar collection. We back each and every piece with a lifetime guarantee. Our work is hypoallergenic, safe, beautiful, and designed to last. ALL Blush & Bar Jewelry is hypoallergenic and safe. Shop some of our favorites below.