THEIR JEWELRY: What Jewelry Should You Wear If You Have Sensitive Skin?
When it comes to buying jewelry, quality is king - not just for longevity but for the more practical reason that jewelry that is more affordable often causes skin irritation or allergic reactions. Whether you have a nickel or copper sensitivity or not, it helps to learn a bit more about the metals and materials used in the production of jewelry. This will allow you to make more educated choices about what pieces to buy. There are many people who will never know the frustration of breaking out into a rash when putting on their favorite costume jewelry, however, everyone can understand the green rings left on your fingers or the itchy skin around your earrings.
Signs of Sensitive Skin
The key to irritation-free accessorizing is figuring out what metals you might be allergic to. If you think you might have sensitive skin, it means that your skin most likely gets irritated or has an allergic reaction. You will often see redness, flaking or little tiny itchy bumps under the skin.
Things to Avoid When Jewelry Shopping
If you know you tend to react to certain metals, try and stay away from them. Most mainstream jewelry (as in the more affordable jewelry) tend to use copper, brass or nickel as a base metal. This is often gold-plated, and with steady wear, the layer of gold will rub off and your skin will be exposed to the base metal. This is when you will see unwanted irritations. These sensitivities can also happen over time so listen to your body. Jewelry should make you feel beautiful, not itchy, green or swollen.
Why We Chose Our Materials
We have done our best here at Their to offer solutions for those who react to nickel, brass and copper, as our Founder Lauren does. We have chosen to work with 14K solid gold, as well as 14K gold vermeil and 925 sterling silver plated with rhodium. Gold vermeil is the safest option for more affordable jewelry (gold plated, gold vermeil, gold filled) as the base metal is sterling silver. If you want a higher-end looking piece of jewelry for less money, then Gold Vermeil is for you, as most people do not have sensitivities to sterling silver.
Gold Product Picks For Those With Sensitive Skin:
The Evan Groove Huggies - 14K Recycled Solid Gold
The Finn Hoop Earrings - 14K Semi Solid Gold
The Finley Smiley Signet Ring - 14K Recycled Gold Vermeil