Golden Comfort: The Reason Gold Earrings Irritate Your Skin

You've probably purchased solid gold earrings or gold-plated earrings and still had trouble with skin reactions. The culprit often lies in the type of gold and the plating method used. Affordable lower karat gold, like 14K, tends to contain a higher level of nickel, a common allergen. When the thin layer of gold plating wears down over time, your skin is exposed to the cheap base metal underneath the plating, which is likely brass or copper. The direct contact with your skin triggers reactions like rashes behind or under your earlobes. 14K is prone to discoloration and easily tarnishes, which could be another contributing factor to skin irritation.

At the other end of the spectrum, 24K gold boasts the highest purity but comes with a hefty price tag and requires meticulous care to maintain its shine. It also scratches easily, making it less practical for everyday wear.

We use 18K PVD gold plating for our gold colored pieces, striking a balance between quality and affordability. PVD (physical vapor deposition) plating involves bonding a layer of gold to a base metal using a specialized process, resulting in a durable finish with a luxurious appearance. This method has a far higher resistance to wear than traditional gold plating. What sets our jewelry apart is the base metal we use: medical-grade stainless steel. Not only does this material offer excellent corrosion resistance, but it's also hypoallergenic, making it suitable for sensitive skin types. 

In summary, when it comes to gold jewelry, the key lies in choosing high-quality materials and plating methods. With our 18K PVD gold-plated stainless steel pieces, you can wear your jewelry with confidence, knowing that longevity, comfort, and style are prioritized. Discover more about our materials here.

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