12. Feb 2022
Best Metals or Materials for Sensitive Ears
Metal allergies are more common than you think.
If you happen to have sensitive ears, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about hypoallergenic labeled jewelry. Yet when we have them on, we don’t feel as comfortable as we expected to be.
Well, if you didn’t already know, the term hypoallergenic simply indicates that the jewelry is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. There is a lot that goes into creating the perfect earrings for sensitive ears, and we’re here to talk about it. But first, let’s shed some light on what a metal allergy actually is.
Medically referred to as Contact Dermatitis, this condition is an allergic reaction that occurs when you come in contact with a particular substance. Signs and symptoms of such metal hypersensitivities can range from small and localized to more severe and generalized, such as: such as swelling, chronic inflammation, rashes and more.
What’s interesting here is that such allergies don’t occur immediately, instead, the reactions begin to happen after your skin has been in contact with the material for an extended period of time. This would explain why your favorite piece of jewelry didn’t hurt when you wore it the first few times.
So, what do we do?
Let’s dive into some of the best metals we can use for sensitive ears or those with contact dermatitis and take a closer look at the quality and craftsmanship that makes our hypoallergenic earrings stand out among the rest.
What metals are safe for your sensitive ears.
Before we go ahead, I want you to remember. The difference between pure metal and metal alloy is that the latter is a combination of different metals. What you need to look out for is Nickel and Cobalt. They are commonly used because they make weaker metals stronger and lighten their tone. Superior metals such as Gold and Silver are quite soft in their natural form, thus a hindrance to creating intricate designs. Unfortunately, most of what you’ll find on the market is filled with metal alloys, found anywhere from upper to lower price range. In our opinion, it’s not worth it, especially when you have other, better options.
Of course, the most premium of them all, Gold. It’s important to note that there are different quality levels of Gold that play a determining factor in the severity of your allergic reactions. Always make sure to check the karat-weight to find out how much gold is in a particular setting. Karat is the measure of the purity of gold. To avoid any potential allergies for super sensitive skin, it is recommended to opt for 14k Gold or higher, which is purer in form and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Remember, gold plated is not the same as Gold. For over 5 decades, Simply Whispers has worked closely with dermatologists, pediatricians, and our design team to create a safe and hypoallergenic line of beautiful jewelry such as our 14k Gold Stud Earrings.
Another extravagant material, and when it’s high in purity, Sterling Silver will not cause an allergic reaction. They too, are quite soft in their natural form and require some form of metal alloys such as Copper and Nickel. This makes it tricky to differentiate and choose the perfect set of silver earrings while trying to cope with your allergy. We’ve carefully designed and created our silver earrings such as the Silver Mini Huggie Earrings to adhere to our strong focus on bringing you the silver intricacy you so truly deserve!
An excellent choice and not just because of its hypoallergenic properties but also because it is a lightweight and durable material. Users have had the least reactions with titanium jewelry, it is comfortable, strong, and delicately light on the ear. We recommend going for earrings that are implant grade, commercially pure, and of course, medical grade. Sound confusing? We’ve got you covered. Check out these beautiful violet crystal titanium earrings. Better yet, check out our elegant collection, ideal for people with Nickel sensitivity.
For those who don’t know, Niobium is a chemical element molded to make jewelry. It can create high quality jewelry and is just as surgically stainless as titanium and steel. Niobium is a rarity, and a common reason is its diverse nature as it holds the ability to be anodized, resulting in various exquisite designs and colors. I’d recommend you to take a look at these heavenly Turquoise Crystal Niobium Earrings priced at an astonishing $33!
Here’s one you don’t hear about often, and here is the reason: it’s just too expensive. Though it is non-reactive and a go-to for piercings.
A little tricky, hard to distinguish good metal alloys from reactive ones. It is however an excellent alternative to both Gold and Silver, in terms of affordability and piercings. The term SSS for Surgical stainless steel refers to a combination of Corrosion-resistant metals. Our collection of stainless steel earrings have been carefully designed to cater to your need for non-reactive, beautiful, and budget-friendly jewelry. Check out these Stainless Steel Round Crystal Stud Earrings, promising it’ll melt your heart!
Our jewelry provides a vast array of pure and safe metals focused and directed at those who’ve had allergic reactions to jewelry. After decades of hard work and experience, we believe to have perfected and redefined, what hypoallergenic jewelry indicates to be. I’d welcome you to take a look at the versatility we have to offer!