I popped the question. He said yes. His ring finger says no. How do we deal with his crazy metal allergies?
I proposed to my boyfriend on New Years Eve, and he (thank goodness) said yes. I knew that he had an issue with most jewelry (can't wear gold, silver, or really anything with nickel), so I did a pile of research, and ended up buying a ring very similar to this one
. All my resources told me that Tungsten Carbide was hypoallergenic; even though it uses nickel as a binding agent, there's supposedly something that prevents the nickel from actually leeching into the skin and causing a reaction. He was thrilled; the ring is classy, masculine, and since the one I bought had a small diamond, it's still pretty "engagementy".
Less than 24 hours later, his ring finger and two adjoining fingers had exploded into a nasty rash.
So now what?
The ring can still be exchanged/returned, but I'm now hesitant to buy him any jewelry, even if it's labeled "hypoallergenic". I'm looking for some personal anecdotes of what works for people who are allergic to jewelry (especially if you've had a reaction to tungsten carbide). Has anyone had an allergic reaction to Titanium? Platinum? Palladium? Stainless Steel? I can (pretty safely) assume that if a MeFite has had a reaction, my new fiance will react as well. What are the pros and cons of non-metal rings, like polished wood, or ceramic? Any other ideas are more than welcome.