What Metals Are Hypoallergenic for Wedding Rings?

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While in the past there were few alternatives for those whom experienced allergic reactions to their wedding rings, today you have a choice of hypoallergenic metals. Whether you're looking for a traditional, contemporary or startlingly unique wedding ring, hypoallergenic metals can be crafted into the ring you have always envisioned.

Platinum

The platinum used for jewelry is often 85 to 95 percent pure, among the rarest of precious metals and is fully hypoallergenic. It is durable and heavy with a substantial feel. Its lustrous, white color is ideal for wedding rings, either shining on its own or complementing many stone settings. For a wedding ring to be considered pure platinum and bear a "Plat" or ".95 Plat" stamp, it must be at least 95 percent platinum.

Titanium

Titanium wedding rings are becoming popular not only for being hypoallergenic, but for their availability in a variety of colors. Black titanium wedding rings are the most commonly available. More durable than steel, titanium does not tarnish, corrode or react to body chemistry. Lightweight and 99 percent pure, titanium is less expensive than platinum and offers a "rich" look without the cost. When you buy titanium, keep in mind that these wedding rings might not be re-sized easily or at all.

Gold

For those looking for traditional wedding rings, 24 karat gold is ideal. Twenty-four karat gold jewelry is made from pure gold and is hypoallergenic. In this pure form, gold is malleable and can be crafted into various shapes and sizes. However, requiring lifelong gentle care to protect from scratches and dings, 24 karat gold rings are high maintenance. Yellow and white gold alloys made with hypoallergenic metals such as platinum and palladium are suitable alternatives.

Tungsten

Wedding rings made from nickel-bound tungsten carbide are 100 percent hypoallergenic as the tungsten is bound to the nickel, keeping it from seeping out and causing irritation. Cobalt alloy tungsten, also commonly used, is still hypoallergenic but leaves the ring susceptible to damage from skin oils. Like titanium, tungsten is very strong, durable and lightweight. Tungsten is ideal for wedding rings as it can remain shiny and scratch-free with daily wear longer than any other metal.