Fact Or Faked: Guide To Overcoming Fake Jewelry


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Let's face it ladies, diamonds are a girl's best friend, and everyone knows this, (except for your best friend...haha). The glitz and glamour of jewelry just makes it so hard to resist - instantly pairing what cocktail dress you will wear with those earrings or the perfect blouse to go with the diamond necklace you just bought last week. Besides its beauty and extravagance, the only bad thing about jewelry, is FAKE jewelry.

Have you ever bought a ring, and after about two weeks of wearing it a faint blue or green outline of the ring started to form around your finger? Or worn a necklace that gave you the break-out from hell? Yeah, fake jewelry has no problem letting you know that what you're wearing is actually worth one dollar and two packs of gum....whoops. Well, according to ehow.com, jewelry rash is often caused by a lower grade of jewelry. Less expensive jewelry contains a significant nickel content and often times; nickel is what causes the irritation. Although it may seem like your skin has just been chemically poisoned, there's no need to fret my friends. As soon as you spot a rash, breakout or itching; you must take the jewelry off immediately. With time (between a few hours and a day or two) the discoloration and itching should subside. However, if your jewelry is just too precious to let go and you do decide to leave it on, ehow.com has listed some instructions you can follow to prevent heavy irritation from reoccurring.

1.  Keep the area dry. Bracelets can cause an allergic reaction soon after you've washed your hands, if you failed to completely dry the area. Dry your hands and wrists completely, along with the jewelry after you have gotten them wet. Though this isn't foolproof, it can help.

2.  Buy quality jewelry. Cheap jewelry often has plating over the nickel to prevent the nickel from coming in direct contact with the skin. However, sometimes the plating wears off after you have worn the jewelry for a while. Once this happens, you may break out into a rash. Though pure silver or gold jewelry is substantially more expensive, you will save yourself from an unsightly rash by spending the extra bucks.

3.  Have your jewelry electroplated again: This will help to conceal the nickel. Though this will work for a while, it's likely that the plating will rub off again and you will be faced with a similar problem.

4.  Use clear nail polish on the area of jewelry that touches your skin. Clear nail polish will help to seal the nickel. The polish can wear off, so be prepared to reapply the clear coat as needed. However, this is a very cheap alternative that will let you wear your favorite pieces.

5.  Have your jewelry cleaned. If you are getting rashes from expensive jewelry, it's likely that is has come into contact with a substance that irritates your skin. Take it to a jeweler to get it cleaned and polished. Try your luck after the cleaning process, as you are likely to see results.

 

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I have been suffering from this problem but with my cartilage piercing! I got it pierced this past June at a kiosk in the mall - probably not the smartest move but it was on impulse. I later found out that I should have gotten it pierced with a needle instead of a gun, this usually results in less infection. The type of earring I chose has also led to an infection. It was a silver ball but maybe not pure silver. A pure silver or gold earring would have been a better choice. I have currently taken my earring out and now cannot get it back in :( Bye bye cartilage piercing..
Also, my friend has experience skin irritation as you wrote in your article. She has extremely sensitive skin and wore a cheaper gold and red necklace the other night. Just after a few hours she has a rash in the exact shape of the necklace. It went away within a day or two like you said. She has also had extensive problems with piercings. One that actually landed her in the hospital!

This is very interesting, many men and women in the united states wear jewelry so these infections and negative reactions effect a large number of people world wide.While the effective cleaning of new piecing, sterile licensed piercing procedures, and quality of new jewelry can help lower reaction rates. some people have negative reactions to other jewelry not piercing, such as rings and necklaces Would you ever considered what causes these negative effects? and how prone to allergic reactions are we? What even causes these topical allergic reactions?

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