Fashionably Nickel Free

by Quality Gem on October 17, 2014

silver pearl earrings What are metal allergies?

People who are allergic to certain metals can experience an allergic reaction known as contact dermatitis.  Nickel is one of the most common causes of contact dermatitis,  which is an itchy rash that appears on the skin.  You can develop it at any time in your life.  Some people only experience it in their ears while others may be extra sensitive, even just to zippers or eyeglass frames.

Nickel in Jewelry

If you think you’re allergic to gold or silver you’re probably not, most of the time the culprit is nickel.  Often people don’t realize these precious metals are alloyed, meaning mixed with two or more other types of metals.  Alloying precious metals allows them to be more workable and durable, or improve their appearance. For example, pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry without alloying it with other metals. White gold is created by alloying it with silver toned metals… like nickel.

Fashionably Nickel Free

Just because you have a nickel allergy doesn’t mean you can’t wear fashionable jewelry.

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Fire Opal Facts

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fire opal colors

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Betsy Frost Design

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Belair Men's Watch

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Graduation Charm

Watches A great gift for a soon-to-be college student or job-hunter.                                                  

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In Loving Memory of Gloria Janofsky

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Gloria Janofsky

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First Holy Communion Gift Ideas

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Cross Locket

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