SIlver jewelry #1: What if you are allergic to silver jewellery?

Professionals say, that most of the time a silver jewelry allergy, in reality, is a nickel or copper allergy. As you might know from our previous posts, silver itself is very soft material and for the jewelry making it is being mixed with other stronger materials. The items from IDenteco store, for example, are made from sterling silver, which means that 92.5 % in the jewelry is pure silver, the rest -other materials (usually copper or nickel)

Allergy symptoms

It is known that around 7-15 % of people can have these allergies. The usual symptoms are the following:

-skin color change to green or blue

-red flaky skin

-irritation

-itchy and dry skin

Treatment

In order to treat allergic reactions, moisturize your skin before wearing any silver jewelry. There are special creams or products designed to protect your skin. The alternative is to apply powder to the skin underneath the silver and wearing the jewelry less often and not for a long time.
Always keep silver jewelry and your skin clean, it will help to avoid complications.
I am a huge fan of sterling silver jewelry myself, but until now I cannot wear silver earrings for a long time, especially the heavy ones. However, I cannot refuse to wear them, so I occasionally put them on and keep the problem under control :).

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KC78 ...

Have you tried a higher grade of silver? More pure, harder to find. I used to react to things with silver plating because of the copper or other elements underneath coming through from wear.

IDenteco ...

the highest quality of silver is 925, which means only 92.5 % is silver, the rest is still other metals. I personally have some silver earrings that perfectly fit and don’t bother me, while the same material but maybe heavier ones can cause irritation. All subjective I guess

seoziw22 ...

Real 925 sterling silver jewelry consists of 92.5 percent pure silver and the rest in some kind of alloy, typically copper. This is much different from silver plated, where a layer of silver is placed over another metal or alloy, and can be scraped off or tarnished easily.

cosyjewelry.com ...

Thank you for share

Wandering Rock Designs ...

.925 isn’t the highest quality, fine silver is .999 but typically too soft for any jewelry other than accents on a stronger metal. Custom alloys can be made by a professional jeweler and I bump up the silver content especially when recycling scraps to ensure the alloy is well above 92.5%.

IDenteco ...

Yes, as you said though 999 is too soft for the jewelry. Nowadays, there are also a lot of fakes even if 925 number is present.