If you have a metal allergy, you still have plenty of awesome options for hypoallergenic wedding bands that are far from boring. There are a handful of metals that are non-irritants AND other unique, alternative materials used to make rings that won’t cause a skin irritation:

  • Titanium
  • Platinum
  • Nickel-bound Tungsten
  • Ceramic
  • Elysium
  • Silicone

Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of each of these six options AND to see some ring design inspiration.

What Ring Metals Are Hypoallergenic?

Titanium and platinum are 100% hypoallergenic ring metals. Both metals are similar in appearance, but very different in composition and cost. Titanium is a low-cost, lightweight, alternative metal. Platinum comes at a premium price and is considered a precious metal.

Titanium vs. Platinum Wedding Bands

Deciding between a titanium wedding band or platinum wedding band is totally personal preference. If you’re looking for rarer, heirloom quality jewelry, opt for platinum. If staying budget-friendly is top priority, titanium is the way to go. Best of all, many ring designs can be crafted in either titanium and platinum, so if you find a unique titanium ring, it’s likely it can be made in platinum (and vice versa).

Is Tungsten a Hypoallergenic Ring Metal?

Not all of it! It depends on its composition as tungsten used for jewelry is usually an alloy (mixed with other metals). If tungsten is mixed with cobalt, it’s not hypoallergenic; cobalt causes skin irritation for some individuals.

Nickel-bound tungsten carbide is 100% hypoallergenic. That seems unlikely because nickel is the usual suspect metal allergen, but because the tungsten is bound to the nickel, it prevents it from being an irritant. Because science.

Jewelry by Johan’s handcrafted tungsten men’s wedding bands are hypoallergenic. Here are some of our favorite designs.

Black Hypoallergenic Wedding Bands

Black wedding bands are popular and most “black metals” are not natural; they are created with a plating or coating over a metal or alloy that isn't black and could be non-hypoallergenic. So, if the plating wears or chips, the true color shows through and your skin could become exposed and irritated. That said, use caution with those and do your research on ring composition.

If you want a black finish ring and full peace of mind, hypoallergenic black ring options include black ceramic and Elysium rings.

Black Ceramic Rings

The jewelry grade ceramic used in our black ceramic wedding bands is not the same as the stuff that was used to create grandma’s brick-a-brack. It’s not only 100% hypoallergenic, but is also non-conductive, lightweight and very scratch-resistant.

Elysium by Lashbrook - Crushed Diamond Rings

Not only are they black in color, but Elysium rings are THE hardest and most unique rings available...they’re really made from crushed diamonds! We wish we could take credit for creating them, but we can’t. We just consider ourselves lucky to be a partner of the inventor and to have the opportunity to offer some of these awesome rings in our store!

Silicone Wedding Bands

Needless to say, silicone is not a metal, so it’s not an allergen. Some opt for a silicone wedding band for everyday, while others choose this type of ring as a back-up. More specifically, they wear a silicone ring for work and more hands-on activities that might cause premature wear or damage to a more traditional, primary wedding band worn daily.

Jewelry by Johan does not create silicone bands, but we are happy to refer you to GrooveLife Silicone Rings for some awesome options, including solid colored silicone rings and others with unique patterns like these. (We will receive a commission if you buy, but no pressure!)  

Find Your Perfect Hypoallergenic Ring

Don’t let a metal allergy prevent you from finding a hypoallergenic ring that fits your lifestyle and personality. Browse our huge selection of hypoallergenic wedding bands that includes both traditional and alternative styles. If you’re still struggling to find an existing design that you love, have us create a custom wedding band just for you.

Visit Jewelry by Johan on Pinterest. Our Hypoallergenic Rings board has even more ring design inspiration!

September 09, 2019

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