A new type of gold is out now that does not cause nickel allergies. It is a European type, according to my tattoo/piercing artist. It is a jewelry made from gold but instead of having nickel, which all gold contains a small amount, this has palladium instead of nickel. It makes it possible for those with nickel allerges to wear gold jewerly again, especially in gold.
For those that prefer the silver look, it is available in white gold as well and to me at least, white gold looks like silver anyhow so I can't imagine anyone telling the difference. My daughter loves silver but she does buy a lot of white gold jewelry because it looks like silver and is of better quality than your average piece of silver jewelry. But please, do not consider me as knocking silver pieces. It simply is not my cup of tea, so to speak. My preference is gold but when it comes to nickel problems, even gold has nickel issues except for the latest gold with the nickel-free option of pallidium.
I hope this helps someone out there. I know it has done wonders for me. I actually lost a beautiful navel piercing because I had a bad reaction to surgical steel jewelry. It is a good thing it happened because I had to undergo surgery sometime later and the incident made me aware of the fact I had a severe nickel allergy.
Last edited by paise; 10/26/06 09:00 PM.