Can you guess one important thing that you overlook while shopping for your jewelry? You guessed it right; it’s looking for jewelry which does not give you a rash, or say choosing hypoallergenic jewelry!
A year back, I happened to buy a beautiful bracelet that I needed to wear to my sister’s wedding. I loved the way it was made and the sparkling stones seemed beyond perfection. But the nightmare was after an hour of wearing that bracelet, my wrists started to itch and I ended up taking that off. After complaining to the shop, I realized that it had elements of Nickel in its making.
So, I can imagine what it feels like ending up wearing a non-hypoallergenic jewelry, unknowingly. Since Nickle is a very common metal in jewelry, you need to be careful in selecting a Nickel free jewelry. This is what I am going to share in my article today; how can you pick a hypoallergenic jewelry.
Let’s read on…
1) Stay Away from Nickel Jewelry:
If you have experienced a green crusty residue on your skin after wearing a certain jewelry, that means you are allergic to Nickel. The main reason for this material being popular is that it is cheap. Why Nickel jewelry leaves residue is because it erodes in sweating and moisture. So, before you make your selection or purchase, make sure your jewelry does not bear Nickel.
2) Look for Zinc or Palladium Alloys :
Skin friendly alloys like Zinc will not cause any irritation on your skin. Opposite to Nickel or Cadmium, these alloys are used to make high-quality jewelry which is worth purchasing. Palladium is related to Platinum, which is also called white gold, is hypoallergenic, pure and affordable than platinum. Moreover, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly hypoallergenic material, you can definitely go for jewelry made up of stainless steel.
3) Don’t go For Leather Jewelry:
I know, this sounds a bit strange since leather is not a metal. For sure it is not, but when it comes to tanning the leather, it makes it doubtful of being free of metal. If your leather bracelets have undergone through metal tanning procedure, then it will have metal residue hidden which may cause irritation in your skin. If you still desire to wear this type of jewelry, I would suggest you go for pleather- a good substitute for leather.
4) Don’t Go for Gold Plated Jewelry, When Buying Fine Jewelry:
Gold plated jewelry means it us made-up of other materials which could be Nickel-based, with just a thin layer of gold on it. When you buy fine jewelry, look for pieces that are labeled as 14k gold (or higher). This means that they have a higher ratio of purity of gold.
5) Use Metal Testing Kits to Your Satisfaction:
I use this kit whenever I go shopping for jewelry. These kits have a set of solutions that you can rub on the jewelry to find out what metal the piece is made up of. Very easy to use- you just have to put a drop of that solution on the cotton ball and rub a small part of the jewelry on the cotton. If the color of the solution changes, this means the metal has non-hypoallergenic elements in it. You can also test your jewelry at home especially if you need to wear some antiques.
I learned these shopping hacks after a lot of experiments. This guide will for sure help you out finding the hypoallergenic material for your skin. Share in the comments below, if you have ever experienced an allergic reaction from jewelry.