How To Choose Hypoallergenic Jewelry

In our previous article, we brought you 3 really good reasons why you should wear only nickel free jewelry.

We've talked about nickel definition and applications and its harm to our environment and to our health.

Everyone can develop nickel allergy, at any age, but you can prevent it by wearing only nickel free hypoallergenic rings or other jewelry and diminishing by that your exposure to nickel.

Sounds good, but what should I do now about my wedding ring, you ask yourself?

Don’t rush to buying a nickel free ring as a replacement to your beloved wedding ring. There just might be a solution to that.

If your wedding ring contains nickel and you’ve become allergic:

If you’ve already got yourself a wedding ring or other piece of jewelry that you want to wear constantly, and you don’t have the option of exchanging it to a nickel free hypoallergenic ring, you still may be able to solve this.

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Contact your jeweler and ask for rhodium plating inside of your ring. This will create a metal barrier so you can keep wearing your ring. Please note that rhodium wears out so you will have to reapply it again once every few years.

There’s another technical and permanent solution I offer my clients – if you want to hear about it email me to

How to choose nickel free hypoallergenic jewelry?

First, make sure your jewelry is made of 14k, 18k, or 24k yellow gold or rose gold. Usually, rose gold and yellow gold doesn't contain nickel. However, in some cases, small amounts of nickel does make their way into rose gold and yellow gold alloys. This is because of reasons related to casting methods. 

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Since White gold may contain nickel, it gets a little bit trickier:

  • Look for nickel free jewelry – there are plenty of beautiful hypoallergenic jewelry in white gold and it’s pretty easy to find, especially online. 
  • Look for higher gold karat in white gold– anything lower than 14k usually contains nickel and other allergenic alloys. 
  • Choose naturally hypoallergenic metals like platinum and palladium. 
  • Additional hypoallergenic metals used in jewelry industry: titanium, tungsten and even ceramic, sterling silver, copper.

If you have additional questions about hypoallergenic jewelry, we’ll be happy to assist. Feel free to contact us anytime.