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Mana_Prysm

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posted 12-29-2004 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mana_Prysm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems like every time I get and start wearing a new silver necklace chain, it gives me a rash! A ring around my neck where the chain touches my skin. Ones that I've worn for some time don't give me the same problem. I've noticed this with every newly bought or un-worn chain I've had.

I like to wear my chains and pendants all the time.

I've noticed the necklace _is_ marked with the appropriate hallmark, so it is silver.

I have very sensitive skin, and it reacts to nickel-and obviously the coating that the companies put on their silver.

What can I do to get rid of the coating is on these chains? Will soaking it in Vinigar work? If so, how long? How else can I get rid of the coating?

What on earth do they coat these chains with?

Thanks.

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adelapt

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posted 12-29-2004 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One common treatment of silver jewellery, to reduce the likelihood of tarnishing or marking, is plating it with rhodium. An older item may not have been plated this way. If it is rhodium plated over silver the item would still qualify as silver for marking purposes. Possibly it is this metal you react to.

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Mana_Prysm

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posted 12-29-2004 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mana_Prysm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe.. but I had the same problem with other necklaces I've had.. How many years ago did they start using this technique approxamately?

Because the necklace chain that gives me no problems now is only around 5-6 years old. It gave me the same problem at first, then stopped giving me problems a month or so after I started wearing it, so..

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posted 12-29-2004 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This earlier discussion (Allergic to 1 out of 100 sterling silver bracelets?) may be of interest.

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Mana_Prysm

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posted 12-30-2004 02:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mana_Prysm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, that has quite a bit of good info. It might be the rhodium that I'm reacting to... But would it really wear off in only around a month?

Hmm.. I wonder if it's only sterling silver I can tolerate. I've got a nice pair of earrings that are supposed to be silver, but might not. Or maybe they're a different kind. I get a nasty itching and brown crusty build-up if I try to wear those for too long.. Yuck. I'll have to look for a hallmark.

I'm totally fine with yellow gold. I've got a pair of 10k gold earrings I've worn most of my life and they've never given me problems..

I suppose I'll just keep washing that chain with vinegar and gently rubbing it in between my hands.. Maybe that will solve the problem..

I don't have a problem with most second-hand silver.

It might be some sort of polish? *fingers crossed*

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Dale

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posted 01-02-2005 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the same problem only with gold. Real gold gives me a rash. My understanding is that since I drink tea, the tannic acid in my system from the tea reacts with the gold. It could very well be something in your diet causes you to have problems with silver. What that would be, I have no idea. Perhaps someone here who is into food and metal interactions could enlighten us.

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Mana_Prysm

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posted 01-02-2005 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mana_Prysm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm.. That's interesting. Tannic acid causing a reaction to gold.. Hmm.. I eat a lot of dairy? I wonder if that has anything to do with it.

Nope, the earings that caused problems aren't marked. Probably full of nickel.

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