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If a person has a natural high acidity level in his/her skin, it is possible for his/her finger to "turn green" from silver or gold jewelry, especially when the weather is hot and humid. Please donít blame silver or a manufacture of silver jewelry. The green is actually caused by oxidation, and all silver will oxidize (it's also what gives silver a tarnished look). There are some cheap jewelry items that cause the same effect. Most of them contain nickel. It's not poisonous in small quantities but it can provoke a reaction in people allergic to nickel.

This "green finger effect" may also be an allergic reaction to alloy elements in sterling silver or gold. In some cases, the alloys, used to make jewelry more durable, may react with your body chemistry, causing a harmless green or black discoloration on the skin, which can be easily removed with soap and water. For this reason, most retail silver jewelry and white gold jewelry is plated with rhodium, which serves as a defensive layer and prevents this reaction from happening to anyone with allergy.

Another reason may be lotions, soap or chemicals that come into contact with your skin on an everyday basis.

Steel Fashion RingsIf a person has this allergic reaction, we would recommend to buy rings with rhodium plating. It is durable and gives silver a bright platinum sheen look. Another solution is to clean your silver jewelry as often as possible with polishing cloth. After about a week or two, the reaction should stop occurring.

As an alternative to silver jewelry we recommend stainless steel jewelry. It is clean, modern, non-hypoallergenic, untarnishable, extremely strong, and comfortable. Please visit our new collection of stainless steel jewelry.

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Amy, 2010-01-11 10:15:42
Coat the inside of the rind with clear nail polish. Simple fix.
washington, 2009-11-18 13:52:38
tungsten doesnt have this problem...
pearl, 2009-10-03 06:58:33
nice post and beautiful band designs....

carolyn, 2009-09-30 21:57:35
Is there any way I can coat a ring with rhodium or something to prevent the grren finger.
j d, 2009-07-18 11:59:27
Rhodium coating the jewelry with stop this from happening and also keep the piece looking great for a long period of time.
carruff, 2009-03-10 19:32:18
I cannnot wear anything with nickel or copper in it. I have found that titanium will not cause the green effect with my skin.
nan, 2009-02-17 14:53:16
I had the shank (band) of my 10K gold ring replaced. It is about 10 years old with diamonds and ruby set in. I have several 10K rings on both hands. Witihin hours of putting my ring with the new band on, my finger turned green. They tell me it's an alergy or lotion. ????????
ann, 2008-12-09 13:10:14
seal gold jewelry with clear gloss nail polish, repeat when necessary
Mithun Rao, 2008-06-21 01:47:40
Usually the copper content in silver or gold jewelry reacts with the skin's acid and green coloured cupric oxide is formed. So in a way it is the jewelry that should take the blame too.

Mithun Rao
Chris Hrasna, 2008-04-01 22:05:59
Sulfazine will do this. Any Sulfur pills will cause this
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