Hypoallergenic Nickel Free Jewelry

About Nickel-Free Jewelry - Rings, Bands, Necklaces and Bracelets

Nickel allergies are known to develop with increased contact and cause dermal irritation such as rashes. Over the years, it has become entrenched in the jewelry industry due to its low cost and effective strengthening and shine-producing qualities in alloy compounds. Mining of precious metals results in shattering consequences for both the environment and the local communities which become victim to inhumane labor conditions.

Juliet&Oliver is committed to the use of strictly eco-friendly nickel-free recycled gold in recognition of the harmful effects of mining practices on the environment through water pollution and environmental devastation such as toxic waste. By limiting our resources to recycled metals and more specifically to recycled gold, we contribute to the effort to raise the consciousness of harmful mining practices and decrease the global demand for ‘dirty gold’ extracted through dangerous open-pit mining.

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Our commitment to nickel free jewelry production also stems from our recognition of the harmful effects of heavy metals such as nickel on both humans and animals. According to the general definition, a heavy metal is any metal or metalloid that causes environmental and bodily concern. This is generally due to a high-density concentration leading to toxicity (ie. carcinogenic or mutagenic).

Heavy metals are separated into two groups – metals with a biological role in the body, and metals without a biological role in the body. The former become toxic when the high-density concentration surpasses the necessary exposure to the body. The latter, however, are toxic in essence.

Nickel, as a metal without a biological role in the body, is a toxic metal, thus accounting for the commonality of nickel allergies.Nickel allergies are known to develop with increased contact and cause dermal irritation such as rashes.

Juliet&Oliver wishes to make Nickel Free engagement rings and nickel free wedding rings and bands available for wear even to those with skin sensitive to nickel.


Jewelry Nickel Allergy Symptoms

Have you ever noticed red, itchy skin under that gorgeous ring you just bought?

Rings, necklaces, and bracelets are the weakness of almost every woman. But sometimes the jewelry that looks so beautiful in the store’s display window can cause an allergic reaction.

Nickel is natural metal and is often mixed with other metals such as iron that is used to produce stainless steel. Used in a multitude of common items such as glasses, pens, coins, etc we come in contact with it almost every day. The skin tends to react the most when it has prolonged exposure to the nickel-containing compound.

Nonnickel free jewelry that is worn for hours at a time can definitely cause a reaction.Nickel allergy is one of the most common skin allergies that exist. The symptoms usually start showing up within 24-48 hours after skin’s prolonged contact with the nickel containing piece of jewelry. Symptoms that you may find are itching, redness, rash, dry patches, and swelling of the skin and blisters.

Nickel allergy is usually lifelong, meaning it can’t be cured completely. The symptoms, of course, can be alleviated with the treatments we discuss in the section below.


Nickel Allergy - Best Treatments

Naturally, the best would be to buy only from stores who offer Hypoallergenic Jewelry / 100% nickel free jewelry. If your ring (or another piece of jewelry) causes any skin reaction, remove it right away and let the skin heal. You can apply an antihistamine or hydrocortisone cream available over the counter or if you have a medium to severe reaction it is always a good idea to check with your doctor who can prescribe a higher concentration cortisone cream.

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How to choose nickel free jewelry?

  1. Nickel Free badge: Look for jewelry that is marked as nickel free. This is the easiest option.
  2. Higher gold karat: Look for pieces that are higher than 14k, anything lower usually contains nickel and other allergenic alloys. That’s why many jewelers (like me) offer nickel free jewelry in 18k and higher.
  3. Platinum: This metal is naturally hypoallergenic and it's known by its silvery white shiny color. This is a great choice but it’s a little bit more expensive than 18k white gold.
  4. Palladium: Palladium has this silvery white color like platinum but less expensive. This is a replacement for nickel in white gold so that the accessory is less likely to cause metal allergy and is a good option when you cannot afford to buy platinum jewelry.
  5. Titanium: Titanium is a highly durable metal that is also hypoallergenic. Many men's rings incorporate this metal for its desirable properties. Titanium jewelry resists corrosion even with exposure to sweat and chlorinated pool water. Some gold jewelry uses titanium alloys instead of nickel or other metals.
  6. Ceramic: High-tech ceramic is a synthetic material primarily used in watches and rings. Since there is no metal, this material is hypoallergenic yet highly durable. Some men prefer ceramic jewelry over metal for its lightweight feel and solid colors that do not chip or fade over time.
  7. Tungsten: Tungsten is a hypoallergenic metal often used as an alloy for gold jewelry and it has a brushed finish.
  8. Stainless Steel: And of course, there is also stainless steel which is nickel free.

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 ring, you still may be able to solve this. 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. But, 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 but it’s kind of a professional secret

If you found out that your favorite ring, contains nickel and is causing you an allergic reaction, consider plating the ring in one of the nickel-free metals – yellow gold, sterling silver, copper, platinum or titanium. It’s interesting to note that white gold may contain nickel, which is why we do not suggest re-plating your jewelry in white gold if you have a nickel allergy.

The only way to stop allergy is to buy %100 nickel free jewelry. Prolonged contact with nickel can cause an allergic reaction. Do not keep wearing the piece of jewelry that caused a reaction – the allergy will keep coming back.

Choose Nickel Free Engagement rings and Wedding rings

Here at Juliet & Oliver, we use only the highest-grade materials to produce our Hypoallergenic nickel free jewelry. While nickel might be contained in the white gold, we also use rose gold, yellow gold and other non-nickel contained metals that are manufactured in a nickel free environment, so you can always find the ring that is not only beautiful but also doesn’t cause any discomfort to you or any environmental pollution. Juliet&Oliver wishes to make nickel free engagement rings and nickel free wedding rings available for wear even to those with skin sensitive to nickel.