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Jewelry when you're allergic to everything



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amother
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Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 3:10 am
I'm getting increasingly allergic to metals as I'm getting older. To the point that my one pair of 18K gold earrings make me itch, and even my necklaces cause a rash. Definitely can't wear silver.

I'm a kollel wife who appreciates nice things, but I don't want to spend a fortune on jewelry at all - I wish I could wear costume jewelry or just have a pair of pretty hanging earrings that didn't hurt me. Are there any options? I guess I would spend a bit more if I was guaranteed not to react, but definitely not looking for high end or even mid priced jewelry...
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anothermother6




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 4:54 am
Are your earrings white or yellow gold? Yellow gold is supposed to be very allergy friendly.
I am also allergic to silver...
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SuperWify




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 5:07 am
I have the same problem. I only wear high quality gold. As of now I have one pair of weekday earrings that I got for a milestone birthday and one pair of Shabbos that I got as a Kallah. Im ok with this because I like classic pieces even though sometimes it would be fun to rock a huge fashion statement earring.

I also must give my ears breathing space - not sleep with them always- and clean my earrings even 2 weeks. Hanging earrings are lighter in the ears than studs.
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amother
Dustypink


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 7:08 am
Try earrings with surgical steel posts. I have a child who broke out in hives from 18k gold earrings. Several years later someone told us to try the steel and those worked for her.
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amother
DarkPurple


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 7:10 am
Look for nickel free. Very often people react to the nickel in alloys
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amother
Leaf


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 7:20 am
For earnings I wear platinum. Everything else causes me to react. But I only have this problem in my earring hole not other jewelry
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amother
Nasturtium


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 8:42 am
For dangly earrings, you can switch out the hook for niobium earrings hooks, which are remarkably non-reactive. In my ears, I only don't react to niobium and platinum.
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amother
Maroon


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 8:47 am
Leaf and nasturtium,
Where do you get platinum from? My local jewelry store told me platinum is incredibly expensive.
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amother
Nasturtium


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 9:19 am
amother Maroon wrote:
Leaf and nasturtium,
Where do you get platinum from? My local jewelry store told me platinum is incredibly expensive.


That's why I usually use niobium instead!

But also, rhodium is in the platinum family, and white gold is commonly rhodium plated. So I can wear rhodium plated white gold, with the caveat that I have to be extremely diligent about getting it replated.
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piegirl




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 9:25 am
I react to everything… really. Every year I try a new website with supposedly non reactive jewelry. For the first time I didn’t react to something! It’s kids jewelry but I don’t care

https://chanteurdesigns.com/
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amother
Whitewash


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 9:30 am
Platinum. Have your jeweler switch out just the earring post of white or yellow gold earrings to platinum. Not cheap, but cheaper than an all platinum pair.
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amother
Maroon


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 6:24 pm
Thank you!
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amother
Dill


 

Post Mon, Apr 15 2024, 7:37 pm
amother Nasturtium wrote:
For dangly earrings, you can switch out the hook for niobium earrings hooks, which are remarkably non-reactive. In my ears, I only don't react to niobium and platinum.


Came here to post exactly this. When I was younger I could tolerate stainless steel and gold, but sadly no longer. I've been wearing niobium earring hooks for a few years now with b"h no issues.
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