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Jewelry should last a lifetime. Has yours?

Jewelry should last a lifetime. Has yours?

Knowing the type of metals in your jewelry is extremely  important to prevent any allergic reactions. Jewelry is meant to last forever not turn green right after you purchase it. We decided to make this blog for the jewelry lovers who want details behind the sparkle and shine.

So many companies pride themselves in selling “Real authentic jewelry”. Yet don't even know the difference in metals. Even worse they don’t rely on that information to the customers. What ends up happening is the customers paying exorbitant prices for the same jewels found at TJMaxx. Here we break down the different types of metals available on KORNATAKORA.COM Therefore you can buy your products knowing exactly what they are.

Symptoms of Jewelry Allergic Reactions:

  1. Itching, redness, tenderness, swelling, and warmth to the exposed area.
  2. Blisters and dry patches of skin resembling a burn may also appear where the metal has come into contact with your skin.
  3. Sour smell or residue leaking from ears.

According to the National Institutes of Health, allergic symptoms resulting from exposure to metals typically appear 24 to 48 hours after exposure. Although we have heard of cases appearing as soon as 12 hours.

No more not knowing! Knowledge is power, especially when it is the difference between having a nasty rash or irritation. Let's dive into the mystery behind the metal!

Metals to Avoid if You Have Sensitive Skin:


  • Nickel is the number one allergy internationally. The reaction may appear as an itchy, red rash with watery blisters where the jewelry touches your skin.
  • Stainless Steel can sometimes, but not often, trigger a nickel allergy because it contains trace amounts of nickel and iron. If you have hypersensitive skin it might be best to avoid stainless steel as well.

COPPER & ROSE GOLD (Gold & Copper Alloy)

  • It might be an end to a rose gold era for you ladies with a copper allergy. If you are allergic to copper you may also be allergic to metal alloys that include copper, like the ever-so-popular rose gold, which contains a mixture of gold and copper to achieve its pinkish hue.
  • If you’ve had any reaction to copper before, avoid it altogether and see if lower amounts used in alloy metals trigger any effects. On the other hand, if jewelry set in rose gold doesn’t bother you, alloys might be one of the few ways you can enjoy the look of copper jewelry.

BRASS (Copper & Zinc Alloy)

  • Brass is often used as a base metal that has been coated with either sterling silver, or gold. If your skin turns green after wearing a necklace or earrings, it most likely includes some amount of brass in its metal composition. Brass is actually an alloy of copper and zinc, so if you’re allergic to brass you are likely allergic to copper as well.


  • Stick to what’s pure. Even silver plated jewelry can cause allergies. Look for stamps on the jewelry that indicate it is Sterling 925 (meaning it is 92.5% pure).
  • 14k Gold or higher is also your best bet to avoid any issues. Jewelry is often plated with silver or gold over metals like copper and brass in order to keep prices low.
  • Don’t mistake plating as a foolproof barrier to allergies. Be sure to do your research about what the base metal is before purchasing anything that has been plated.

GOLD (a variety of colors = a variety of alloys)

  • Many confuse all gold jewelry to be a safe option when trying to avoid jewelry allergies. However, certain types of gold jewelry often contain other metals that can trigger a reaction.
  • White gold is usually alloyed with nickel or other common white metals to give it its whitest hue.
  • Yellow gold is often alloyed with silver or copper in varying amounts, unless your setting is made of solid gold (unlikely).
  • Be sure to check the karat weight to see how much gold is actually in the setting. Karat is a measure of the purity of gold. To avoid any potential allergies, opt for 14k Gold or higher which is purer and less likely to trigger any reaction.
  • Any jewelry set in gold 14k or less means that at least half of the setting consists of other metals or alloys, which could include copper or brass.

If you have highly sensitive skin make sure to check out the karat weight of any gold jewelry that has been planted with other metals. Be sure it is a base metal of 14k gold or higher, and if not, be sure to re-plate your jewelry often to maintain that solid buffer between your skin and what is below the base metal. Whatever you do, just be sure! Never spend 50 or even 100$ on jewelry that isn't up to par! Always do your research, and if your ever not sure email your girl at AKUA.ATAKORA@YAHOO.COM 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next blog. In the meantime stay pretty in those jewels.