Do your ears get irritated when you wear earrings? Then you probably have metal sensitivity and instead of opting to never wear earrings again, you just need to buy hypoallergenic ones instead.
Sensitivity to metals causes allergic reactions like itching, oozing, redness which if you know you know. Common metals that are guilty of this are; nickel (#1 culprit), copper, lead, zinc, cobalt or chromium, often found in fashion jewelry - wreaking havoc on sensitive skin.
So what's the alternative? Look for earrings with the earring post and back (any part that touches your skin) made out of hypoallergenic metals like titanium, sterling silver, stainless steel and 24k gold.
If you are still on the fence on whether hypoallergenic jewelry is for you or not, here are 3 reasons to buy hypoallergenic jewelry:
1. It's the best for your sensitive lobes
Sensitive lobes deserve some love too. Most people with sensitive ears either deal with it (a no no) or don't wear any earrings at all (so sad). This is where hypoallergenic jewelry come in, they minimize irritation and save you from spending your hard earned coins on earrings you can't wear.
2. They come in a variety of styles
Forget what you've heard, hypoallergenic jewelry comes in tons of styles that look amazing. It is true that most fashion jewelry is made with cheap metals but there are brands (like Closed Caption) who specialize in hypoallergenic earrings that are fun and trendy and not a snoozefest.
3. They last a long time
Due to the high grade quality of the metals used in making hypoallergenic jewelry, they tend to last a very long time which make them worth the investment. Silver might get black but don't be fooled, that is a normal reaction and all you need are silver wipes which you can just buy anywhere. Just gently wipe the silver and it'll be back to shiny gorgeousness in a second.
Here are the best hypoallergenic materials/metals to lookout for when shopping for jewelry (remember only the parts that touch your skin need to be hypoallergenic):
This metal is lightweight, super strong and highly durable which makes it an ideal choice for jewelry. Our smoky caramel dangle earrings make a fine titanium pair for elevating your looks without worry.
Clementine Earrings with Titanium Pushback
Known for it durability, strength and ability to reflect light better when polished, stainless steel jewelry like these Dhalia smiley earrings just work - no irritation included.
Waves Earrings with Stainless Steel Pushback
925 Sterling Silver
If you're not a fan of gold jewelry, then think 925 sterling silver. It contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals like copper or zinc and rarely ever causes irritation like the Louise hoops. In the case that irritation occurs, it's likely due to a copper allergy and it might be best to opt for jewelry in other metals like platinum or titanium.
Flower Dangle Earrings with 925 Sterling Silver Pushback
Some may argue that Brass jewelry is not hypoallergenic. Why? Because brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and while brass is nickle-free, people who react to it are often irritated by the copper component. Bottom line find brass jewelry that has a lower copper component like our night lovers charm hoop.
Prophecy 24k Gold Plated Brass Hoop Charm
Truth be told, not all gold jewelry are hypoallergenic because gold jewelry is often an alloy (mix) of silver, copper and some zinc. This means that gold jewelry with a higher percentage of copper or zinc than gold, could cause irritation. So when choosing a gold jewelry, the purer the gold the better. For example, high quality 24k gold is better than 4k gold.
Grape 24k Gold Plated Brass Hoop Charm
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