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Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Below are some suggestions for managing nickel-caused sensitivities to silver.  Of course, such allergies are medical conditions and should be diagnosed and treated by your physician.  A strategy for preventing future episodes should also be developed with your physician.

  • Switch to stainless steel jewelry.  Such jewelry is often sold as "hypoallergenic."

  • Buy high quality silver jewelry, such as fine jewelry, which is 99.9% silver, to minimize the possibility of contact with nickel. 

  • For those old pieces you just can't throw out, consider having them replated with a high quality, nickel free out coat.  This will provide some protection from leaching nickel, at least until the plating wears down.

  • Pierced ears are a major cause of contact dermatitis.  Buy earrings that have stainless steel ear posts.  Another approach is to use steel or plastic backs on your earrings, which serve as a barrier between your skin and nickel-containing parts.

  • Don't wear your jewelry when you are not out and about.  When at home, take it off to reduce exposure time.

  • Some people report success with pretreating their skin with a cortisone skin cream.  Cortisone can increase the skin's resistance to metal.  Of course, talk with your doctor first about this strategy.  For mild sensitivities, a moisturizing cream may provide ample barrier protection.

  • Another barrier approach that has a few fans is the application of clear nail polish to those parts of the jewelry piece that comes in contact with the skin.

  • Damp skin and humid days can exacerbate nickel allergies.  Stay dry and go without jewelry on hot, humid days.



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"Silver 101"
"Sources of Silver"

"Sterling Silver Defined'"
"Silver Standards"

"Silver Marks and Hallmarks"

"Silver Testing Kits"

"The Silversmith"
"Silver Coins"

Plating & Treatments

"Silver Plated Jewelry"
"Gold Vermeil Jewelry"
"Rhodium Plated Sterling"
"Antiqued Silver"

Fake Silver Jewelry

"Alpaca Silver Jewelry"
"German Silver Jewelry"

Silver Jewelry Styles

"Bali Silver"
"Indian Silver"
"Thai Hill Tribe Silver"
"Tibetan Silver"
"Turkish Silver"

Silver Allergies

"Silver/Nickel Sensitivities"
"Hypoallergenic Jewelry"

Recent Developments

"Argentium® Sterling Silver"

"Silver PMC®"

"The Origins of Tarnish"

"Tarnish Removal"

"Firescale (Firestain)"

"Proper Silver Storage"

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