Metal allergies, also known as contact dermatitis, can cause skin reactions when in contact with certain metals. Here is some information related to metal allergies:

Common Allergenic Metals

Nickel is the most common metal allergen, with approximately 10-20% of the population being sensitive to it. Other common allergenic metals include cobalt, chromium, and certain alloys containing these metals.


Metal allergies can cause various symptoms, such as redness, itching, rash, swelling, blistering, dry patches, or even oozing and crusting of the skin. The reaction may occur immediately upon contact or develop gradually over time.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Metal allergies are typically a type of allergic contact dermatitis, which is an immune response triggered by the skin's contact with an allergen. The body's immune system recognizes the metal as a threat, leading to an allergic reaction.


Metal allergies are usually acquired over time through repeated exposure to the allergen. Initially, individuals may not exhibit any symptoms, but with continued contact, sensitization occurs, and subsequent exposures can trigger an allergic reaction.

Common Sources

Metal allergies can be triggered by various sources, including jewelry (such as earrings, necklaces, rings), watches, eyeglass frames, belt buckles, zippers, buttons, and even certain dental work or medical implants.

Nickel Allergy and Fashion Jewelry

Nickel is frequently used in fashion jewelry as a cheap alloy, making it a common cause of allergic reactions. Avoiding jewelry containing nickel or opting for hypoallergenic alternatives can help prevent reactions.

Testing for Allergies

If you suspect a metal allergy, a dermatologist can perform patch testing to identify the specific allergens causing the reaction. This involves applying small amounts of potential allergens to the skin and monitoring for a reaction over several days.

If you're uncertain whether your favorite jewelry is causing a reaction on your skin, we recommend scheduling an appointment to visit our expert jewelers. Our knowledgeable professionals can assess your jewelry, discuss your concerns, and provide guidance and insights regarding potential allergies or sensitivities.

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