- May 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm #687403
My husband and I don’t usually make too big a deal out of birthdays, but I have a milestone coming up and he’s been asking me what I want because he knows I kinda want to celebrate this one.
I very rarely wear earrings because I’m allergic to a lot of metals, but I think something I might like is a pair of gemstone studs that I can wear basically all the time. I’ve done a little reading on what materials are good, but can anybody recommend an actual store that might sell good quality hypoallergenic gemstone earrings (that’s a mouthful!)?
I’m not a big jewelry person so this kind of thing isn’t really even on my radar. The only place I could think of is Tiffany’s, and I didn’t see anything I liked on their website. Plus, I don’t really understand why a grown women would want $300+ earrings that are literally branded and just advertising Tiffany’s. But anyway, I’m thinking maybe rubies or sapphires, and teeny tiny ones at that (my ear lobes are small!)
Thanks in advance for any store ideas you have. Appreciate the help!May 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm #687405
I’m a big proponent of hitting up a tattoo parlor for the best quality of jewelry for piercings. Let them know what you’re looking for and sometimes they can design something with you. My piercer lady who LOVES to design is in Chicago.May 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm #687408
Any “real” jewellery store. Also, gold jewellery of 18k or higher is always hypoallergenic. As is high-quality sterling silver.May 18, 2017 at 4:03 pm #687410
Yes, when I pierced ears, the 24k gold (I guess plated) studs we used for piercing were considered hypoallergenic and came in all the birthstones. The less expensive stainless steel ones were not. I think a piercing place is a good idea, or your local (I see you’re not in the US) neighborhood jeweler may have earrings with 18+ karat plating. I’m not sure the entire earring can be 18 or 24k because that is really soft gold.May 18, 2017 at 4:07 pm #687411
Thank you! The piercing place/tattoo parlor idea is really clever and I definitely wouldn’t have thought of it. We don’t live in the US but I’ll actually be visiting there next month and may wait to buy the earrings because everything is really expensive where we are. Not sure my husband will love the idea of giving me money to buy my own gift on my trip haha, but I think it makes sense if it will cost less and also guarantee that I won’t be allergic.May 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm #687412
I would just say you may not be able to be 100% sure you won’t be allergic. My mom was never able to wear any pierced earrings (she got her ears pierced around 40 and ended up letting them close because nothing worked).May 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm #687413
I got my ears pierced when I was 6 and wore earrings all the time at least until college. It’s just in more recent years that my ears are so sensitive, which I guess is a little strange.
But something even stranger is that my grandma got her ears pierced as a baby (there’s a baby picture of her where she’s totally naked but wearing earrings) but never wore earrings after childhood. She’s about to turn 102 and the holes never closed, even after 90+ years! And yes, every birthday we absolutely drag out that funny baby picture 🙂May 18, 2017 at 5:31 pm #687414
I have two friends who only got sensitive in their 20s. Gold works for both of them. One can wear sterling silver, the other can’t. You’ll probably just have to try things and see what works.May 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm #687415
I have this same problem, my ears turn bright red and I want to scream. Some piercing/tattoo places do have real stones with good materials I have been able to wear. Otherwise I get a 24k gold option. Those are the only options that don’t cause the issue for me.May 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm #687419
You could try blue nile or brilliant earth. I’m not sure where you are outside the US but I would assume they ship anywhere. Blue Nile has periodic sales. I got earrings for the ladies who stood up with me at my wedding and was really happy with the price & quality.May 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm #687420
I am in the same boat and can only wear gold. When I was younger I would often buy cute costume jewelry and then wind up getting terrible rashes on my neck and infections in my ears. I really loved big earrings in college and I paid the price haha. Sometimes it seemed like my allergy was less-bad: I could wear a pair of sterling silver earrings for months with no problem and then out of nowhere a rash would flare up that would take weeks to heal. And nickel? FORGET IT. I know within 10 minutes if jewelry has nickel in it as it’ll start itching like crazy. I’ve completely given up on anything that isn’t gold at this point. If you’re coming to the US soon, gold is pretty easy to find. The small pearls that I wear most days are from Macy’s.May 18, 2017 at 9:14 pm #687421
Just want to point out that 18k gold can very much cause irritation and allergies and these things can worsen or change over time unfortunately. I can’t wear any of my 18k gold rings anymore or anything with sterling silver. I have some body piercings that are titanium which have been fine, though I’m not sure earrings are typically made with them. Pierced lobes tend to react not as strongly so 18k yellow gold (not white or rose) should be a strong option. I’ve also seen many earrings made with steel and that is usually good too.