For most couples, the exchanging of rings is an important part of their wedding ceremony. Your rings are a visual symbol of love that you can cherish for a lifetime. For some people however, rings can cause an allergic reaction that results in redness, itching, rashes, or blisters. Although this is a real concern, it doesn't mean that wearing a wedding band isn't possible. Jewelry allergies are often caused by certain elements in the metal. Fortunately, you can buy hypoallergenic rings that will help prevent these unpleasant reactions.
At Larson Jewelers, we offer a selection of hypoallergenic wedding bands here on our site. Nickel is typically the culprit when a person has an allergy to the rings that they wear. A reaction from a nickel allergy is called allergic contact dermatitis because the reaction occurs when contact is made between your skin and the metal. It can happen to anyone at any age. To avoid this, you will want to avoid metals such as white gold. To obtain its white appearance and to add strength for jewelry-making, gold is mixed with other metals to create a white alloy. To create 18k white gold, for example, 75 percent gold is mixed with 25 percent white metal. One of the white metals used is nickel, which is why many are unable to wear white gold rings without suffering from a reaction. Fortunately, there are now other metals and materials on the market that are hypoallergenic and will not cause most people to have a reaction, even if they are allergic to nickel.
Ceramics, cobalt chrome, platinum, palladium, and tungsten carbide are all examples of materials that are used to make the hypoallergenic wedding rings that we offer for sale on our site. Ceramic rings are typically metal-free unless the specific design includes a metal such as tungsten. Because ceramic bands are free of metal, they cannot and will not cause a nickel allergy. These hypoallergenic rings have an attractive shine and the added benefit of being extremely hard and scratch-resistant. Tungsten is also considered a hypoallergenic metal, although it is alloyed with a small amount of nickel. Because this amount is so small, it generally does not create a problem, although it could potentially be problematic in severe cases. Both platinum and palladium are naturally white, scratch-resistant metals that are popular alternatives for couples who want their rings to have the look of white gold but require hypoallergenic wedding bands. Our rings made of either of these metals are 95 percent pure, with a 5 percent ruthenium plating for increased strength.
Cost can be a factor for some when deciding whether to purchase platinum or palladium, as the latter is less expensive while platinum is one of the most expensive and high-value metals on the market. Other hypoallergenic metals that we carry here at Larson Jewelers include titanium and cobalt chrome. For your convenience, we offer both men's and women's hypoallergenic wedding rings and a vast online selection, so you'll surely be able to find the ideal rings for your wedding. When you shop with Larson Jewelers, you can look forward to comfortably wearing your wedding ring for years to come.