Hypoallergenic Jewellery - All You Need to Know if You Have Fake Jewellery Allergies

The truth about hypoallergenic jewellery  - Eshly Jewellery


Can you relate? You’ve just arrived home with your new piece of jewellery and you can’t wait to wear it. You put on a cool outfit and accessorize yourself with your newfound treasure. But as the day wears on, you feel your earlobes itching; you can’t wait to get those earrings off. You realize that you’re allergic to your earrings-there’s something in the metal that’s incompatible with your skin. Your original excitement turns to grim disappointment. We’ve all been there.

Allergic reactions to jewellery are all too common, being that nearly 17% of women and girls suffer from an allergy to nickel or other metals.

How do you know if you have a metal allergy?

When it comes to figuring out if you have a metal allergy from jewellery, you will want to observe areas of your body where the jewellery touches.

Common signs of metal allergies from jewellery include:

  •         Rash (contact dermatitis) on the neck
  •         Itchy earlobes
  •         Swelling
  •         Blisters

Read here about treating an allergic reaction to cheap jewellery.

17% of women have metal allergies - Eshly Jewellery

What is Hypoallergenic Jewellery?

Hypoallergenic is a term that’s gained popularity in the jewellery industry as being safe to wear. What is hypoallergenic jewellery made of? It’s made without metals that cause allergic reactions, namely nickel, the common culprit for metal allergies. Nickel is a white metal that’s commonly used in alloys to add strength and color to metals. Because so many people are allergic to nickel, metals are sometimes marked as hypoallergenic in order to inform consumers that this item is devoid of nickel and safe to wear.

Pros of Buying Hypoallergenic Jewellery

  •         You’ll have no surprise rashes: If you stick to buying hypoallergenic, you won’t have surprise accessory malfunctions during the day - that desperate itch that forces you to have to remove your jewellery. Hypoallergenic is kind to your skin and won’t leave you scratching away at your ears and neck.
  •         You’ll have durable jewellery: Hypoallergenic jewellery is durable because it’s made from high-quality metals. Buying such jewellery is a long-term investment, as you’ll be able to wear it repeatedly for years to come.
  •         You’ll have classy jewellery: Quality metals make jewellery elegant because they won’t tarnish or fade. Your jewellery will stay looking shiny, classy and stylish. Explore here for gorgeous pieces of hypoallergenic jewellery that will keep their sparkle over time.
Hypoallergenic jewellery is more expensive but longer lasting - Eshly Jewellery

    Cons of Buying Hypoallergenic Jewellery

    •         It’s sometimes mislabelled: Some jewellery labelled hypoallergenic may still cause allergic reactions since hypoallergenic does not always mean 100% nickel-free. Jewellery labelled hypoallergenic can still contain trace amounts of nickel which can pose a problem for people who are especially sensitive to nickel. Hypoallergenic is hard to authenticate because it’s a word that has no medical definition or any sort of testing or regulation backing it up. In other words, anyone can slap on the term.
    •         It’s more expensive: Hypoallergenic jewellery can be more expensive than cheap costume jewellery because it’s manufactured with higher quality metals.
    •         It’s difficult to find: It can be hard to find cheap hypoallergenic jewellery since most stores that sell costume jewellery, sell coated pieces. The coated pieces are a time bomb since they’re made of cheap metals and then coated with gold or silver. It’s only a matter of time before the coating wears off and you’re exposed to what’s underneath.

    Sensitive Skin? Metals to Buy and Metals to Avoid

    Here’s a list of metals that are safe to wear:

    It’s good to know which are good metals for sensitive skin when shopping for jewellery. The most important rule: the higher the purity of the metal, the less likely it is to cause irritation. Here’s a list of hypoallergenic jewellery metals.

    •         Platinum
    •         Rhodium
    •         Niobium
    •         Titanium
    •         18K Gold (and higher) 14K may have trace amounts of nickel
    •         Surgical Stainless Steel
    •         Argentium Silver
    •         Copper

    If you know you have sensitive skin, avoid these metal allergens:

    •         Nickel
    •         White Gold
    •         German Silver
    •         Costume Jewellery

    Is Sterling Silver Hypoallergenic?

    This is a super common question.  The Answer? It depends. Some people do get allergic reactions to sterling silver, but this is very rare. The sterling silver alloy typically contains pure silver (92.5%) and copper (7.5%) or other metals like zinc. Just be aware that there are "less-than-reputable" jewellery manufacturers that will mix in cheaper options like nickel. Also, be careful of dubious manufacturers who may sell genuine silver jewellery that is actually just silver-plated jewellery. Silver-plated means that there is a thin layer of silver coating over the base metal which can easily scratch off, exposing your skin to the cheap metal underneath.

    Jewellery Tips for People with Sensitive Skin

    •         Keep all jewellery clean and free of tarnish. Read more easy ways to keep your jewellery tarnish-free.
    •         If you have a favourite piece of jewellery that’s causing you irritation, consider asking a jeweller if a protective layer of metal or film can be added to parts of the piece that touch your skin.
    •         Try this simple hack: add up to 3 coats of clear nail polish or UV stable lacquer to the parts of the jewellery that touch your skin. This works well for some people.
    •         Being that there’s a large selection of hypoallergenic jewellery on the market today, seek out jewellery that has been specifically designed for people with sensitivity to metals. Consider investing in a few high-quality pieces that you can rely on for being kind to your skin for long stretches of time.

    Goodbye Rashes, Hello Radiance: Buying Hypoallergenic Jewellery

    While several known allergens infiltrate the jewellery market, you now have the knowledge to discern which metals to buy and which ones to avoid altogether. Fortunately, there's no shortage of stunning, hypoallergenic jewellery items available for you at Eshly Jewellery. Browse our collection of jewellery to find affordable yet radiant hypoallergenic fashion jewellery pieces for every occasion. 

    Sensitive skin? Discover a large selection of hypoallergenic jewellery - Eshly Jewellery