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Questions about gold allergy are popping up quite regularly on social media. Users are complaining that their jewelry is causing pesky skin reactions — people with sensitive skin report seeing black smudges or having irritated skin on the ring finger. Most of them are not allergic to gold but can be allergic to other metals that are present in a gold ring. Because gold itself is a very soft metal, it's always alloyed with different types of metal. If we used only 100% pure gold, then the ring would quickly lose its shape. That is why all gold jewelry, has a certain percentage of other metals such as copper, silver, nickel, zinc, etc. Either of these alloys could cause an allergic reaction. Most of the people that can't wear jewelry are allergic to nickel and today many gold alloys can be found that are nickel free. If you're one of the unlucky ones, don't despair! Ask your jeweler if they offer jewelry made of nickel-free gold alloys too. Saying that one has a gold allergy is therefore not entirely accurate.

Rose gold jewelry has been getting more and more popular lately and is being used to create all kinds of jewelry. No one knows for sure, who used it first. It started to appear in 19th century Russia. Rose gold is a mixture of gold, copper and silver. Just like other jewelry, rose gold jewelry is not made entirely out of pure gold. Without any additional mixtures, pure gold jewelry would quickly deform and lose its shape. Because it's so soft, it's mandatory to include other types of metal, when making any kind of jewelry.

Shopping on Etsy is secure and safe most of the time, but like everywhere, there are some bad eggs present. Luckily there are ways of finding out who's the real deal and which shop does not have good intentions. We have been present on Etsy for several years and have seen a few cases where certain shops were not selling their own handmade products. Here are the few basic steps you should consider, before completing your purchase: