When a wedding bands turn your skin a
different color, most often green or black, this is usually not an
allergic reaction. It is simply the ring reacting to the air, your
finger, and other factors such as perspiration.
turns your skin green. Most people will say, "I don't own any copper
jewelry." Though most people don't wear pure copper jewelry,
it may be present in high enough levels to cause this reaction in other
metals, such as 10K gold.
Sterling sliver is usually between
7-8% copper, but most stains are usually black because sterling silver
is prone to tarnishing. It can be plated with other metals to help, but
eventually the plating will wear off exposing the base metal.
hardly ever stain our skin, it's the other metals present within that
cause the problem. Often times silver, copper, and nickel are used to
strengthen gold and make it more economical. The lower the karat of
gold, (10K, 14K, 18K, and 24K are the most common), the lower the
concentration of pure gold in the jewelry. In the United States, 10K
gold only has to be 41.7% pure gold, making the rest of the ring
something that could cause this reaction with your skin. While some
people are allergic to 10K gold, they may be able to solve their
problems by simply wearing 18K gold instead.
After all is said
and done, there are some simple methods to avoid the dreaded green
stain on your skin. Here is a list of the best options Wedding Rings Forever has created to
fit any budget.
#1 - Platinum rings rarely reacts with skin because they should be 95% pure platinum. Though expensive, platinum is the best there is.
#2 - Try switching to a higher karat gold, such as 18K or 24K gold.
#3 - Stainless steel, ceramics, and titanium are economical and normally won't cause allergic reactions or discoloration.
#4 - Look for jewelry specifically labeled hypo-allergenic.
#5 - Coat your jewelry with clear nail polish where it comes in contact with your skin.
#6 - Keep your skin dry and clean where you wear your jewelry.
#7 - Simply don't wear the pieces of jewelry that offend your skin 24/7.