What is Metal Sensitivity - How Do Hypoallergenic Metals Help With Metal Allergies?

May 31, 2017

What is Metal Sensitivity - How Do Hypoallergenic Metals Help With Metal Allergies?

What is Metal Sensitivity?

Metal hypersensitivity is a common condition that affects 10% to 15% of the human population. It is estimated that up to 17% of women and 3% of men are allergic to nickel and that 1% to 3% of people are allergic to cobalt and chromium.  

What Do Metal Allergies Have To Do With Jewelry?

Most jewelry allergy is caused by the metal nickel. Used in the manufacture of precious metal alloys. Many time nickel is used to create less expensive jewelry like much of today's costume jewelry.  Nickel is often used in the base metal which is then plated with gold or silver. Often times allergies to gold or silver jewelry are actually and allergic reaction to the nickel, a trace element in gold or silver  used in the manufacturing process of gold jewelry to whiten and/or strengthen the piece.

What Are The Symptoms of Metal Sensitivity?

In addition to the local skin reactions, metal hypersensitivity can also manifest itself as more chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. There are numerous local and systemic symptoms that, when considered together, can be caused by metal hypersensitivities.

Common symptoms of metal hypersensitivity from wearing non-hypoallergenic jewelry include:

  • blistering of the skin
  • hives
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • rash
  • reddening of skin
  • swelling

Bling Chicks Jewelry is made with Hypoallergenic Metals.

Hypoallergenic jewelry is jewelry that is made out of pure metals such as platinum, 18k gold, titanium, copper, and stainless steel, fine silver and sterling silver.  

Sterling Silver:

Some people are allergic to silver, but most people who are allergic to nickel are not allergic to silver because sterling silver is an almost pure metal usually made from 92.5% silver and 7.5% of other metals like zinc or copper, so it does not contain nickel, the most common source of allergies.  

The quality of our silver pieces is important to us for this reason.  We want our sterling silver jewelry to look great, and feel great when you wear it.  


Because aluminum is lead and nickel free, most people will have no reaction when wearing aluminum jewelry.  That is why we use aluminum for our discs for stamping our messages, in our cuff bracelets, and in some of our chains.

Surgical Stainless Steel:

Surgical stainless steel contain 2-3% molybdenum for even greater resistance to harsh corrosives resistance, and is frequently used for stainless steel watches and marine applications. Like most other stainless steel, it contains 8-10.5% nickel, making it unsuitable for people with nickel allergies.  You are better off going for aluminum or sterling silver for a nickel free metal jewelry.

The Bling Chicks Care About The Quality of The Metals We Use In Our Jewelry.

Here is the lesson, we want you to know what makes Bling Chicks different.  We really focus on creating quality pieces that you can safely wear and enjoy for years to come.  We do not want to sell costume jewelry.  We want to provide our customers with QUALITY pieces at affordable prices.  That is our promise.   Shop today knowing that the custom jewelry piece you pick will be a favorite.  


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