Hypoallergenic Jewelry Facts
The term “hypoallergenic” simply means that the jewelry is made from metals that are safe to wear, don’t cause allergic reactions, and don’t contain nickel.
Since a large number of people (up to 15% to be precise) are allergic to nickel, nickel is not considered hypoallergenic. In fact, jewelry that is described as hypoallergenic contain zero to a little bit of nickel. In simple terms, hypoallergenic = low in nickel or nickel-free.
Note: hypoallergenic does not entirely mean nickel-free
The interesting thing about metals is that the higher the purity of the metal, the least likely they are to cause problems or allergic reactions. However, these can still happen.
Fun fact: some people are allergic to 14K gold but not to 18K gold, yet both have high purity!
With that said, let’s get into the metals that are safe to wear (but these depend on your skin)
- Gold (14K or higher)
- Sterling silver
- Stainless steel
*Most, if not all of our pieces are made of zinc along with other metals mentioned above.
- German silver: this is actually nickel with a fancy name
- White gold: it contains nickel to enhance its whiteness