Essex, Florida (PressExposure) June 03, 2009 -- Gold, platinum, and white gold are some of the most popular metals used in jewelry today, particularly in rings. This is primarily because they possess the luxurious qualities that people commonly look for in jewelry. Gold is a metal that has always been regarded with value even during the ancient times. Its long lasting luster and mirror-like shine make it a very attractive choice for jewelry. Platinum, on the other hand, is considerably more recent than gold but has been around for quite a while already. Its silvery-white color and greater durability than gold make platinum a refreshing alternative to gold as a material for jewelry. Its expensiveness is also a reflection of its luxurious feel. White gold, the cheaper alternative to platinum, features the same silvery-white luster but presents an attractive choice for those that can not afford to buy these platinum jewelries. Though popular, these materials could cause skin irritations.
Skin Irritation Causing Jewelry
Among gold, platinum, and white gold, gold commonly causes skin irritation. This is because gold usually possess nickel. Gold of any karat would contain nickel like 14K, 18K etc. Less the karat value more shall be the nickel content and so more problems therefore, it is always better to wear high karat gold jewelry. Nickel is also used in jewelry made up platinum and white gold. Metal used in artificial jewelry contains nickel too. The platinum and white gold jewelry is quite expensive and beyond the affordability of the common man therefore, cases of allergies to this metal is heard less. Moreover, another reason is platinum and white gold is hardened by palladium that does not cause any allergies. Palladium is more expensive than nickel. Alternative to Allergies Causing Jewelry
Because gold, platinum, and white gold causes skin irritation and allergies, people are having a hard time finding a wedding ring that wouldn't cause any kind of skin irritation. One perfect alternative to this is tungsten rings. Newly introduced into the market, tungsten rings rapidly grew very popular because of its features. Metallurgist suggested that tungsten be considered as the perfect alternative to gold and platinum mainly because of its density, which is similar to that of gold. Its hardness makes it ideal for rings that will resist a number of scratching due to daily wear or from the nature of the wearerâs job. Also, tungsten usually needs no polishing, which is especially useful in designs with a brushed finish.
Apart from being durable and tough, tungsten rings are also known for their hypoallergenic composition, whereas gold, platinum, and white gold are known to cause skin irritation. Another form of tungsten rings are tungsten carbide rings, which are more durable than tungsten alone while maintaining its hypoallergenic composition.