Jewelers! What kind of metals won't turn my skin green?
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So, I'm looking to buy a ring for myself, but my budget is rather limited.
I know that in the past, cheap rings (made of some silvery looking metal?) have made my fingers turn green. Also, earrings that aren't gold have had a tendency to irritate my ears.
What do you think? Does that mean I can only get a gold ring? Or are there other (cheaper!) materials that I could consider?
I'd like something I could wear every day!
Posted at 11:33 pm Jul 14, 2008 EDT
Oh, back to your original question...sterling is more expensive than it used to be, but it's still MUCH more reasonable than gold. (Sterling is hovering in the vicinity of $20-ish dollars per ounce, as opposed to the $900-ish dollars per ounce for gold.)
You might be able to get away with silver plated, as well. That's a piece of mystery metal that's been plated with a very thin layer of fine silver. Bad news there is that it wears off, and the underlying metal might give you a reaction.
I wear sterling silver rings every day. They do eventually wear out or at the very least need refinishing, but they're pretty darn sturdy if well constructed!
Posted at 11:50 pm Jul 14, 2008 EDT
Ah, thank you, triplelle. That makes sense. Have you heard of sterling silver irritating skin, or does it usually have a high enough silver content to avoid that?
(I know every person will react a little differently, I'm just trying to get a sense before I plunk down a bunch of money!)
Posted at 11:51 pm Jul 14, 2008 EDT
I use ring mounts which have no nickel content in them and they have never gone green yet, they are fully adjustable to so no need to worry about will it fit me.
Have a look and see if there is something that might take your fancy, if not happy hunting
Posted at 11:52 pm Jul 14, 2008 EDT