Before you jump the gun, look below the surface: There are many who appear to be allergic to gold, silver, rhodium or platinum, when it’s what’s mixed-in or found below those precious metals that’s the culprit. It’s typical that these individuals are allergic to the nickel present in or below the metal after the, gold, silver, rhodium or platinum tarnishes or wears away.
Fashionable remedies: Because Medical ID Fashions sells fine designer jewelry, it’s important to have options for customers with metal allergies. We usually recommend using our medical grade stainless steel ID plates and chains. And for beaded fashion bracelets that mix precious stones with pewter, brass and zinc — substituting stainless steel for these metals is typically an effective remedy.
What makes it strong can hurt: Even medical grade 304 stainless steel contains trace metals such as nickel and cadmium. Although, without the help of these trace metals stainless steel wouldn’t be so tough. What’s more, surgical 316 stainless steel has even higher levels of nickel and cadmium than 304. However, for most people, these trace metals are so tightly bound molecularly that it doesn’t leach out to affect them. Even so, some people are so sensitive to nickel and cadmium that even stainless steel is ruled out.
When stainless steel fails: Wearing our all-bead glass or precious stone styles is the best way to avoid any metals. For some people, just wearing bigger stone or glass beads prevents the metal “findings” from touching your skin. This can be another way to live with some metals. Special modifications are possible to accommodate our customers with allergies. These include using epoxy coatings on ID tags and other metal surfaces.