Do I have a metal sensitivity?
What ring metals are hypoallergenic?
Hypoallergenic Engagement Rings Metal: Platinum
You’re probably familiar with platinum, the oft-name dropped highly valued metal used in luxury fine jewelry, but most don’t know that it’s great for sensitive skin. A “noble metal” because of its resistance to corrosion, platinum also resists tarnishing and oxidizing. Simply put: it’s hard to dull its shine or damage its beauty. Beyond good looks, platinum is super durable and perfect for active lifestyles.
Hypoallergenic Engagement Ring Metal: Palladium
Palladium is like platinum’s less mainstream counterpart. Still relatively unknown, palladium has the purity and bright tone of platinum but is less dense, lighter, and more budget-friendly. Not only will the white metal not tarnish, but it also won’t irritate temperamental skin. Because of its malleability, palladium is a dream for creating elaborate metal work and because it’s lightweight, it’s great for setting large gemstones like diamonds, sapphires, and rubies.
As the most ancient precious metal, gold has been used since the beginning of time for jewelry and for trade. We love gold for its versatility: you can choose from yellow, white, or rose gold and its softness lends well to intricate jewelry design. Ranging from 10k to 24k, the higher the karat the higher the percentage of pure yellow gold. 14k is the standard in the United States and clocks in at 58% pure gold. 18k is more common in Europe, and 22k is the norm in India and other Asian countries. Jewelry made with high-karat gold looks more saturated and is softer since it isn’t mixed with other, stronger metals. Pure gold is out of the question for jewelry; much too soft on its own. Lower-karat gold like 10k contains higher amounts of other metals including copper (this creates the pink hue of rose gold), silver, zinc, or other metals and it also makes it harder.
Am I allergic to my engagement ring?
The short answer is probably not. More likely, you just need to clean your ring. Germs, bacteria, and build up from cosmetics love to live under your ring and cause irritation, redness, dryness, itchiness, flakiness, white bumps, and rashes. Some people even develop an allergy to their soap, which gets trapped under the ring and dries under the metal. This all can lead to wedding-ring rash or itch, also known as wedding-ring dermatitis. True gold allergy is rare, and reactions to platinum are even rarer. If you think you’re allergic to your engagement ring, step one is to get your ring cleaned by the professionals. If you have an Abby Sparks Jewelry ring, you’re entitled to VIP treatments that include deep cleaning and stone inspection to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape. We also have quarterly “Dirty Parties” where clients can bring in rings for a quick clean while sipping on wine and hanging out with like-minded ladies at our design studio.
Custom palladium wedding band (left) and custom platinum wedding band (right) by Abby Sparks Jewelry.
Hypoallergenic rings for Men
While men are believed to be less likely to have a nickel allergy, it’s likely the numbers are skewed as men wear jewelry less often than women. At Abby Sparks Jewelry we don’t only make engagement rings for women. We believe in men having access to unique and stylish wedding bands. Men with nickel allergies can create rings that won’t irritate their skin but still reflect their own personal styles.
Have you fallen in love with a non-hypoallergenic ring? At Abby Sparks Jewelry we can create the perfect custom engagement ring, or wedding set with the nickel-free materials that you need. We’ll work with you to design an engagement ring exactly how you want it, completely unique, and 100% one-of-a-kind so you can guarantee that your ring will work for you. Want to design an engagement ring for your girlfriend but don’t know what she wants? We’ve got a solution for that too with our Loaner Ring.