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June 07, 2022
"UGH! I wish I could wear earrings! Yours are SO cute, but earrings just irritate the heck out of my lobes.”
HYPOALLERGENIC EARRINGS EXPLAINED
When you see "hypoallergenic earrings" tread lightly. The hypoallergenic moniker is tricky and to call a spade a spade, an up-sell method. The Hypoallergenic label, or Surgical label for that matter, doesn't require any manufacturer to meet any set standards, so it loosely means that is causes fewer allergic reactions...which makes it frustrating for those of us who are very sensitive.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE SEARCHING FOR NICKEL-FREE JEWELRY VS HYPOALLERGENIC JEWELRY
The most common metal sensitivity is nickel. Surgical Steel is often marketed as the premier hypoallergenic option and it most likely contains nickel...making it not a truly hypoallergenic option. If you're one of the souls who tried gold/silver to find out your ears would not vibe with those precious metals and are screaming "WHYYYYYYYY" into the void, it may be that the artist chose nickel to bolster (alloy) the gold/silver because it's too soft to hold up as jewelry on its own. They alloy it with another metal(s) for integrity purposes. However, if the gold, silver, surgical steel jewelry you are considering is labeled "nickel-free" you should not react to their pieces. Of course, if you have additional metal allergies you may want to inquire directly with the artist + jewelry maker for peace of mind.
TRULY HYPOALLERGENIC METALS
Going back to the lament that opened this post, when I hear that sentence IRL I burst into a smile because I understand completely. I too have INSANELY sensitive ears. I recognized early on in my business that there was a need for cute, timeless, affordable, & truly hypoallergenic earrings so I decided to only make earrings that fit that bill.
WHAT ARE OUR EARRINGS MADE OF?
Every pair of Grey Theory Mill earrings are made with Surgical Grade A titanium posts/hooks. Our posts are 99.9 percent pure titanium ASTM F67 Grade 1. Titanium may contain some very slight impurities, but is Nickel-Free & Cadmium-Free. Titanium is the least allergenic metal; less that 0.6% of people are allergic to it! Our earring backs are made with Grade 430 stainless steel pads. Both our earring post/hooks & backs satisfy the US & European requirements as nickel-free and lead free.
PS: are your earrings suddenly giving you trouble? Remember to clean your hooks/posts with a little q-tip of rubbing alcohol to wipe away buildup of oils & bacteria!
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