Not being able to wear jewelry is a sad thing. Who wouldn’t want to wear beautiful, sparkly jewelry pieces on different occasions and look their best? Are you allergic to different types of metal, such as gold, silver or platinum? Well, don’t worry as you can always opt for alternative materials.

You must know the type of metal you are allergic to so you can prevent any allergic reactions. Furthermore, it is important to note that if you have a sensitive skin reaction to jewelry, then you are probably allergic to only one type of metal. Therefore, rest assured that you are not completely barred from wearing jewelry. Here is what you can do to avoid jewelry that you are allergic to.

·    Nickel and Stainless Steel

The most common metal that people are allergic to is nickel. It leads to a red rash and itchiness. People can’t help but scratch the affected area, resulting in blisters. Stainless steel can also give some people a skin reaction because it is often mixed with nickel as well. So if you are buying jewelry, make sure to read the description to see if it is 100% stainless steel.

· Copper and Rose Gold

Rose gold has gained popularity in the last few years, but for people who have a copper allergy, it might be time to ditch rose gold as it is often mixed with copper. Hence, it is advisable to stick to other metals with a rose gold finish.

·    Brass

It is often used as a base metal and is coated with another metal, such as gold or sterling silver. If you notice that your skin turns green every time you wear a certain piece of jewelry, it means that it has brass in it and you should avoid wearing jewelry that includes it all together. Since brass is an alloy of zinc and copper, it is likely that you are also allergic to copper or zinc or both.

·    Plated Metals

Your best option to wear jewelry without any allergic reactions is to stick to its purest form. It might be a bit expensive, but it is worth it in the long run.  For silver, look for a jewelry stamp rating of sterling 925,  which means it is 92.5% pure. For gold, always get 14k or higher to avoid any allergic reactions.

·      All That Glitters…

Not all types of gold are a safe bet either. Many types of gold come with alloys and other metals that trigger a reaction, like rose gold, as mentioned previously. White gold is mixed with nickel, so steer clear of that. Yellow gold is also mixed with copper or brass in different amounts, so you must also check its purity.

Lastly, I would highly recommend reading the label of any jewelry before purchasing it.

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