Lately, when I've been wearing my white gold wedding rings, Ive been getting a red rash on my finger What can I do to make this stop and enjoy wearing my rings again?great question! There are several factors that couldr rash. You could possibly be allergic to nickel.be causing youEven if you didn't have an allergy in the past, a new one could By Karly Bulinskidevellop over the course of time. Sometimes white gold, becauseit is made with alloys, could contain trace amounts of nickel. Inorder to combat and/or rule out this issue, I suggest getting yourring rhodium plated or "dipped". Rhodium is a member of theplatinum family and does not contain any nickel and thereforeacts as a barrier on your skin. Rhodium does wear off, so it willneed to be reapplied every few years or so depending on howtten you wear your rinYou could also be developing a rash because your ring is dirty.We use our hands A LOT throughout the day and anything thatouch while wearing our rings is going to get onto and underthem. The only way around this is to take them of I know it's ahassle, but you should remove your rings while you shower, cook,put on lotion and garden. You especially should remove yourrings while you sleep. If there is a contaminate present, sleeping isat time for bacteria to grow and irritate your skin. You'll also Karly Bulinskiotice a reduction in swelling if you give your fingers a little "timeoff from wearing rings.Graduate GemologistEmail jewelry questions to:suzanne@ steffansjewelers.comBe sure to clean your rings regularly. I know there are several oldwives tales out there to clean rings such as boiling them in vinegaror karly@steliansjewelers.comor brushing them with toothpaste, but honestly the best way tokeep them clean is by using a jar of jewelry cleaner (they are veryminimally priced, we sell them for $3 a jar). In addition to cleaningour rings at home, they should always be brought in to the storebe professionally cleaned and checked every six months. It'sa free service and your jewelry looks brand new when it's done!If, afier trying out all of these helpful tips, you're still getting a rashon your finger it may be time to seek the advice of your doctorBut usually the rash can be cleared up with these simple, yet WWW.STEFFANSJEWELERS.COMeffective pointers. Have a sparkly day!JEWELERS1 9 4 6We have diamonds in all shapes and sizes!Stop in soon and give one its forever home. You'll be so happy you did!Located in the Fountain Shoppes 325 N. Front St., <Rt. 31> McHenry815/385-6070 Hours: M, T, W, F: 10-6 TH: 10-7, SAT: 9-3, SUN: Closed

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Lately, when I've been wearing my white gold wedding rings, Ive been getting a red rash on my finger What can I do to make this stop and enjoy wearing my rings again? great question! There are several factors that could r rash. You could possibly be allergic to nickel. be causing you Even if you didn't have an allergy in the past, a new one could By Karly Bulinski devel lop over the course of time. Sometimes white gold, because it is made with alloys, could contain trace amounts of nickel. In order to combat and/or rule out this issue, I suggest getting your ring rhodium plated or "dipped". Rhodium is a member of the platinum family and does not contain any nickel and therefore acts as a barrier on your skin. Rhodium does wear off, so it will need to be reapplied every few years or so depending on how tten you wear your rin You could also be developing a rash because your ring is dirty. We use our hands A LOT throughout the day and anything that ouch while wearing our rings is going to get onto and under them. The only way around this is to take them of I know it's a hassle, but you should remove your rings while you shower, cook, put on lotion and garden. You especially should remove your rings while you sleep. If there is a contaminate present, sleeping is at time for bacteria to grow and irritate your skin. You'll also Karly Bulinski otice a reduction in swelling if you give your fingers a little "time off from wearing rings. Graduate Gemologist Email jewelry questions to: suzanne@ steffansjewelers.com Be sure to clean your rings regularly. I know there are several old wives tales out there to clean rings such as boiling them in vinegar or karly@steliansjewelers.com or brushing them with toothpaste, but honestly the best way to keep them clean is by using a jar of jewelry cleaner (they are very minimally priced, we sell them for $3 a jar). In addition to cleaning our rings at home, they should always be brought in to the store be professionally cleaned and checked every six months. It's a free service and your jewelry looks brand new when it's done! If, afier trying out all of these helpful tips, you're still getting a rash on your finger it may be time to seek the advice of your doctor But usually the rash can be cleared up with these simple, yet WWW.STEFFANSJEWELERS.COM effective pointers. Have a sparkly day! JEWELERS 1 9 4 6 We have diamonds in all shapes and sizes! Stop in soon and give one its forever home. You'll be so happy you did! Located in the Fountain Shoppes 325 N. Front St., <Rt. 31> McHenry 815/385-6070 Hours: M, T, W, F: 10-6 TH: 10-7, SAT: 9-3, SUN: Closed

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