Jewellery Advice for Metal Allergy Sufferers


For many people, wearing jewellery isn’t as enjoyable as it should be. That’s because many people suffer from metal allergies.

Having a metal allergy doesn’t mean that you have to abstain from wearing jewellery altogether, however. Choosing the right type of jewellery will help allergy sufferers to enjoy their accessories, and the advice from local jewellers will always help.

What are the Signs of a Metal Allergy?

If you’re not sure whether you suffer from a metal allergy, there are a few tell-tale signs to look out for. These include:

·  Inflammation: inflamed skin, often accompanied by discolouration where the skin turns either red or green when in contact with jewellery.

·  Dermatitis:  a redness and itching of the skin immediately on contact with certain jewellery.

·  Swelling and blisters: these can become uncomfortable and painful when caused by jewellery.

What Causes a Metal Allergy?

The most common causes of a metal allergy are metal alloys. These are two metals which are mixed together to strengthen the metal. Gold is normally mixed with silver, copper, zinc, cobalt or nickel, and whilst this gives the gold a longer lifespan, it does reduce its purity, therefore making it less suitable for allergy sufferers.

Allergy sufferers may find, therefore, that they are sensitive to a 10 karat gold ring, but do not react to an 18 karat ring, for example, as the 18 karat ring will be formed of a purer gold, with less of the alloy metal included in it.

If you do suffer from a metal allergy, you’ll probably also find that white gold or rose gold is less suitable for you, as an alloy is used to create the gold’s colour. If you’re at all unsure as to what gold will be suitable for you, take the advice of jewellers that are aware of the karat of the gold in the piece you’re looking at.

What Jewellery is best for Metal Allergy Sufferers?

If you do suffer from a metal allergy, however, fear not! You don’t have to go completely bare of accessories, as there are some metals which will be better for your allergy, as well specifically hypoallergenic jewellery.

If you suffer from an allergy, consider the following metals:

·  Argentium Sterling Silver: this is made from 92.5% silver and just 7.5% alloy, making it more suitable for allergy sufferers.

·  Platinum: a silvery-white looking precious metal, not only is this metal highly durable, it’s almost entirely pure, and therefore more suitable if you suffer from a metal allergy.

·  Palladium: similar to platinum in look, it does not react to oxygen at room temperature and therefore doesn’t tarnish. It can be used to replace the nickel in white gold to make it hypoallergenic.

·  Tungsten and Titanium: these are most commonly used in men’s jewellery and wedding bands, and are highly durable and scratch resistant.

·  Higher karat yellow golds: as mentioned above, the higher the purity of the gold, the less likely it is that your skin will react to it.

If you require any advice on the best type of metal for allergy sufferers, speak to reputable and experienced local jewellers. Ilford, Barkingside and Loughton allergy sufferers can trust the advice of EK Jewellers, as we offer a range of pieces to suit all skin types.


Posted on by Ian Tubby.