When you are shopping for jewellery, knowing the difference between hypoallergenic jewellery and 925 sterling silver jewellery can help you make an informed choice.
Hypoallergenic means “below normal” or “slightly” allergenic. The term was first used by the cosmetics industry in the 1950’s, and subsequently became a popular marketing term for jewellery.
Hypoallergenic jewellery is made for people who experience allergic reactions to certain types of metals. Most people who experience reactions, are allergic to nickel.
Hypoallergenic jewellery is made of pure metal, often stainless steel, which does not contain nickel.
Silver and gold, by contrast, can contain varying degrees of nickel. People who are allergic to nickel can still wear these metals if they purchase high-quality -- or "fine" -- silver or gold, which is 99.9 percent silver or 99.9 percent gold.
Sterling Silver Jewellery
925 Sterling Silver is a combination of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. The other metal in sterling silver is generally copper, but it can also be germanium, zinc or platinum. Traces of nickel can sometimes be found in sterling silver jewellery. However, most people who are allergic to nickel can still wear 925 Sterling Silver jewellery.
Symptoms of a nickel allergy include: skin rash, redness, swelling, itching and burning at the site of contact. When this occurs, immediately remove the jewellery, and in most cases, the symptoms will disappear.
The jewellery at Zookkie, is predominantly 925 Sterling Silver. We also stock other metals, such as zinc alloy. On each item description, we will note the type of metal.