Nickel, copper, and other non-pure metals can cause allergic reactions in those with sensitive skin. Such reactions include rashes, itchiness, and other skin irritations. The best solution to avoid these allergic reactions is to switch to hypoallergenic metals for your jewelry. Common hypoallergenic metals consist of stainless steel, gold, and sterling silver. Continue reading to learn more about these hypoallergenic metals.
Gold is a metal commonly sought after in jewelry for its lovely, yellow hue. Gold jewelry is found in different karat counts; jewelry components are usually in 14kt gold because 24kt (pure gold) is too soft. Therefore, the other 10 parts are made from other metals and can be made with other hypoallergenic metals. This can be perfect for those with skin sensitivities.
Gold-filled or gold-plated is a great affordable option for those who want to enjoy gold jewelry. These use other metals as the main component and cover it with a thin layer of gold. It can be long-lasting without fading if properly taken care of.
Although stainless steel can contain nickel, it is still considered a hypoallergenic metal. This metal is made of alloy, which can include chromium, steel, and nickel. However, it can come in different grades of nickel content. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosives and rusting, and is commonly used as surgical instruments or piercing jewelry.
Sterling silver is an alloy. It can tarnish easily, so it is typically plated with rhodium to keep its shine. Because of silver’s delicate nature, silver jewelry is often silver plated or filled. Similar to gold, another metal would be used as the main component with a thin layer of silver to coat it. Sterling silver is a great option for those with less severe metal allergies.
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