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Is Sterling Silver Hypoallergenic?

Those with sensitive skin may wonder if sterling silver is hypoallergenic. Sterling silver can be a brilliant option for those who do suffer from skin reactions. Our guide walks you through the benefits of hypoallergenic sterling silver.

What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?

Hypoallergenic refers to any product that should not trigger an allergic reaction. For those with sensitive skin, this can be a top priority when looking for all kinds of products, from silver jewellery to clothing.

Is All Silver Hypoallergenic?

The different types of silver are made in different ways which affects how hypoallergenic they are. Pure silver is entirely hypoallergenic, however is often too soft to use in jewellery. This is why sterling silver, also known as 925 silver, is very popular for jewellery, as it contains 7.5% other alloys. For the most part sterling silver uses copper as its alloy, as copper itself is also a hypoallergenic metal. With both metals combining, sterling silver is hypoallergenic too making it perfect for earrings and rings.

Plated silver on the other hand is often created using nickel which can irritate skin easily, coated by a layer of pure silver. This means that silver plated is not as hypoallergenic as the other kinds of silver.

4 Benefits of Hypoallergenic Sterling Silver

Hypoallergenic sterling silver has so many incredible advantages that will inspire your jewellery style:

  • Enjoy High Quality Materials - sterling silver is a high quality hypoallergenic metal that creates stunning bracelets and necklaces, perfect as a centrepiece to your ensembles.
  • Avoid Rashes - the hypoallergenic nature of sterling silver means that allergic reactions such as rashes can be avoided when wearing it.
  • Comfortable to Wear - with sterling silver being hypoallergenic you'll experience little to no irritation whilst wearing your favourite jewellery pieces - making them comfortable to wear all day long.
  • Durable - sterling silver is a durable metal that makes it perfect for jewellery such as stud earrings which you reach for everyday. The added bonus is that because sterling silver is hypoallergenic you'll be able to keep your studs in all day!

Keep Your Silver Clean to Reduce Allergies

Keeping sterling silver jewellery clean is essential to reduce irritation. Throughout our day to day lives the items we wear can pick up dirt and grime which could lead to uncomfort when worn against the skin. To clean your silver chains and stacking rings, simply polish them with a cloth. For those that contain gemstones such as diamonds, avoid submerging in water whilst cleaning as this can loosen the precious gem. With dirt removed your sterling silver will remain hypoallergenic.

Explore the World of Hypoallergenic Jewellery

Sterling silver is not the only precious metal that is hypoallergenic, after all it is used as the base for lots of gold jewellery. Gold vermeil is the process of coating sterling silver with a layer of gold. As with silver, the higher the quantity of pure gold, the more hypoallergenic it becomes. We use 18kt gold vermeil, which means 75% of its make up is pure gold. Similarly, rose gold jewellery is created with the alloy constituent being made of copper, which is hypoallergenic making rose gold a brilliant metal for people with sensitive skin.

We have a stunning collection of hypoallergenic sterling silver jewellery, crafted from recycled silver. The cool tones of this metal can effortlessly take your look from morning meetings to drinks with friends. Whether you're looking for a sentimental silver engraved necklace or a pair of bold silver hoops to stand out from the crowd, we have the sterling silver designs for you!

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