Sterling Canyon asks: Are you one of the unfortunates who is allergic to Sterling Silver or Gold jewelry? Perhaps a Gold ring you love wearing causes your finger to flair up in a rash. While most people are allergic to something on our planet, you’d be surprised to learn that an estimated 23% are allergic to either Gold, Silver (Sterling Silver), or Platinum. Some women can’t be without their Gold wedding ring or bracelet.
They don’t have to be. Simple solutions are at hand when it comes to combating the mild allergic reactions to metals. A coating of Rhodium can be applied to the area that touches the skin. Rhodium is a derivative of Platinum and is silver tone. A jeweler can apply a coating to parts of your jewelry and this will provide a barrier between the allergic metal and your skin. A jeweler will apply it for around $50. This coating will need to be re-applied periodically. Many Sterling Canyon jewelry necklaces and earrings already contain a coating of Rhodium. This coating is applied during the manufacturing process and has a more permanent bond than what the neighborhood jeweler can offer. White Gold should already have a Rhodium coating because of the nature of the metal combination. it should not require re-coating as often as yellow Gold and won’t be as noticeable. Good luck with your efforts to combat your metal allergies. If all else fails, perhaps a trip to your allergist would be a good bet.