Everything You Need To Know About Nickel-Free Earrings
Unlike popular belief, allergies to metals like nickel aren't just something you're born with. In fact, they can appear totally spontaneously, at practically any point in life.
With so many people getting itchy ears, or swollen earlobes every time they decide to put earrings on, nickel-free earrings are naturally becoming a pretty hot subject in the modern world. So it's not surprising that many people find themselves wondering what they are and why they're so damn popular. That's why we've decided to write a quick article on everything you need to know about nickel-free earrings.
What Are Nickel-Free Earrings?
The most common assumption is - they...don't contain nickel? 10 points to Gryffindor! While it's not exactly hard to figure out what they are - the important question is, "why do they exist?"
In most traditional jewelry, whether it's found in stores like AnnLouise, or even at your local supermarket - manufacturers use some amount of nickel to reinforce the design and give white or silver earrings an even whiter appearance. This is especially true for silver earrings and most cheaper steel pieces. Aside from this, it just so happens to be pretty cheap - and it's, therefore, a great way to widen the margins for most jewelry manufacturers.
Why Is The Nickel In Your Earrings Potentially Bad For You?
Let's face it - it probably won't kill you or have you come down with any serious illness. But, it definitely can (and likely will) trigger an allergic reaction at some point in time.
Unbeknownst to most people, nickel is actually a metal that can very easily irritate your skin, especially on the more sensitive parts of your body such as your earlobes. In turn, this leads to the well known itchy feeling most of us experience at one point or another, when wearing our earrings.
But that's the best-case scenario.
Some of the less fortunate people end up with sore and swollen lobes, while others have to deal with bleeding, cracked skin, and in some of the worst cases - regular infections.
But It's Not Just Nickel
While nickel is definitely one of the prime suspects - it's not the only metal that you could be allergic to. In fact, other common metals found in most jewerly such as copper, silver, and even stainless steel, could also be just as bad for some people.
These metals are just as wide-spread as nickel - for example, those gorgeous rose gold earrings you're got in your drawer? That's a gold-copper alloy.
So now that you have a good clue of why going nickel-free (and potentially avoiding other metals) is a great idea when you're picking out a new pair of earrings, you're probably asking yourself - what should I buy then?
To avoid any potential allergic problems with nickel and these other metals, you should definitely consider picking up a pair of hypoallergenic earrings, such as our Atsa collection.
Here at Antteros, we've designed a lineup of stunning hypoallergenic earrings that allow women to lead a pain and allergy-free life without sacrificing the beauty of their jewelry. We offer options made from surgical stainless steel, gold, and even sterling silver to make sure you look great and feel great too.