Every custom creation Knox Jewelers builds to order is crafted by hand and made to last a lifetime, if not longer. We want every custom engagement ring we create to be a dream come true, and we don’t want metal allergies to stand in the way of wearing our custom designs. As every ring we create is built from scratch, it is possible to cast your custom creation is a hypoallergenic precious metal. A metal allergy does not need to prevent you from wearing your desired types of fine jewelry, there are ways to work around this obstacle.
There is no need to sacrifice your love for jewelry or the ring styles you prefer if you create your engagement ring in a safe precious metal. The first step in approaching custom ring design with a metal allergy is to understand exactly what it is that irritates your skin. An actual allergy to gold is an extremely rare occurrence. What is more common is an allergy to the alloys added to gold to make it more durable and usable in jewelry. The most common irritation we encounter is the reaction to nickle used as an alloy in white gold.
Nickel is usually the cause of irritation in fine jewelry. This metal intolerance usually causes dermatitis, which is an itchy rash that appears where your skin has come in contact with the metal. Dermatitis usually disappears within a few days after removing the jewelry.
If you have a metal allergy there are precious metal options available that will allow your custom engagement ring safe to wear on a daily basis. We work with numerous hypoallergenic metal that can be used to create your dream ring!
- 14 karat Yellow or Rose Gold is usually safe as nickel is not commonly used as an alloy in either.
- 18 karat White gold could be used if your metal allergy is only mild. 18 karat will reduce the amount of alloy used by 25%, so less nickel will be present in the gold. It would not be suitable for people with severe allergies, but its usually enough to reduce irritation from a majority of customers.
- Platinum is a naturally hypoallergenic metal. Creating your custom engagement ring in this metal will also provide you with the durability and longevity that platinum allows in jewelry.
- Palladium is also a naturally hypoallergenic metal. Not all of our custom designs can be made in palladium, only a few would be manageable in the metal selection.
Metal allergies do not have to prevent you from custom creating the engagement ring of your dreams. There are options available that will allow you jewelry to be safe to wear on a daily basis. Contact us today and inquire about the precious metal options available to you, we can absolutely work around your allergies!