3 Rivers Beads makes every effort to use the best findings available. Surgical stainless steel ear wires are used as much as possible due to the low percentage of nickel content (approximately 8-10 %). Be aware that “hypoallergenic” metals may also result in skin irritation. The majority of jewelry suppliers lower the content of nickel in their metal alloy products, however that does not mean that plated metals will not cause allergic reactions to those with skin sensitivities. Please be aware that metal alloys may cause itching and/or redness in the area where the jewelry is worn. Once the offending metal is removed, wash the area with soap and water. If you are prone to breaking out after wearing metal alloys please have the ear wires/clasps replaced with a metal you can tolerate or use a protective polish that can be applied to metals sold in stores or online. You may also seek a nickel test kit.
Surgical stainless steel can be stored in a plastic pouch/bag and does not corrode or tarnish. Please separate storage with other metals. For further information, please access “Surgical Steel and Hypoallergenic Metals” a blog from “Rings and Things” blog by Polly, dated June 3, 2013 for review. For dermatological information, please review “Nickel Allergy: Diagnosis and Treatment”, mayoclinic.org, August 3, 2021.