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Old 04-13-2013, 08:48 PM
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Just a side note on silver and allergic reactions - it's very rare for people to be allergic to silver. Usually, people who react to sterling silver are reacting to the metals used in the alloy to strengthen the silver. It's possible that you are one of the rare people who are truly allergic to silver, but it's also possible you are actually allergic to copper (the most common additive used to strengthen sterling silver), or platinum, germanium, or zinc, since these are other additives sometimes used in the alloy. Edited to add: I couldn't remember what Tiffany uses, but I just remembered - they use copper and iridum, which is the metal used in platinum alloys.

It sounds like you have found a great solution in your company - wear pieces electroplated with a high ml thickness in high quality metals that do not provoke an allergic reaction for you!

Did you know that about 15% of the population is allergic to nickel? Being nickel free or nickel safe is so important!

The steel in surgical steel usually contains about 10% nickel, but something about the way it is bound in the metal keeps it from leeching out which is why most people with allergies don't react to it. Still, I have heard of people reacting to surgical steel, and as I said earlier, that's been my experience with my daughter.

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