What Is NICKEL Free Jewelry? | Hypoallergenic Jewelry

(upbeat music) – This is Jill Maurer
with Your Jewelry Minute, and today I’m answering the question “Why does my jewelry say nickel-free?” The reason it says nickel-free is a lot of people are allergic to nickel. It will create a rash when it comes into contact with the skin. About one in eight people
are allergic to nickel, and it used to be that even fine jewelry was made with nickel. White gold and silver
were alloyed with nickel, so a lot of people
would be allergic to it. A lot of times nowadays, fine jewelry won’t say it’s nickel-free, it just is. Most people creating white gold would not use nickel, and I know that I don’t use nickel in my silver, and most fine jewelry
designers today don’t. They’re just too many problems with it. Too many people are allergic to it. So usually when you see this label, it’s usually on costume jewelry, and costume jewelry is
where a lot of nickel is and has been used even up until today. So when you see the sign nickel-free, they’re just trying to tell you that you’re likely not
to be allergic to it. And you might also see a little sign that says hypoallergenic,
that would also mean, or should mean, that it
doesn’t have nickel in it, because that is the metal
really that more people are allergic to than any other. Just because it says nickel-free, that doesn’t mean that it won’t turn your finger green or black. That is not an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction would be a rash. You’ll know it if you get it. It’s an awful awful thing. This has been Your Jewelry Minute. If you have a jewelry question for me, just ask me in the comments below. Until next time. (upbeat music)

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