The more jewelry costs the better quality it is, right?

Not so fast! This is one case when it’s crucial to look at the metal composition of any jewelry before considering an expensive piece of jewelry that you are going to wear close to the skin. A pricey piece of bling might make you feel beautiful but its safety isn’t guaranteed by that price tag.

Going to the other end of the cost spectrum won’t help you, either. One of the least expensive metals used in jewelry is nickel, but it isn’t a good choice for earrings.  So, drop the price tag and go instead to the composition of that beautiful piece you are considering.

Nickel, as well as cobalt, palladium, and any gold less than 14k can cause an allergic reaction. Some pieces are plated with a safe metal but when the plating wears off, the metal underneath can cause a reaction. It may happen immediately after a piercing or it may develop later. Whatever you paid is wasted if that happens, whether it was a luxury item or a cute pair of earrings that were on sale at the mall.

Because you’ve done your research, you know to look carefully for jewelry made from surgical-grade stainless steel, titanium, 18-karat yellow gold, or nickel-free yellow gold and sterling silver. There are many safe choices of metals.

Fortunately, there are creative jewelry manufacturers like Blomdahl who provide a wide array of jewelry choices safe materials. Medical-grade titanium sounds boring but be prepared to be surprised. Blomdahl’s medical-grade titanium earrings, for example, are comfortable as well as beautiful, and they come in many colors and styles. Plus, their jewelry uses only genuine Swarovski crystals and high-quality Cubic Zirconia to create eye-catching, beautiful earrings.

Surgical grade plastic is one of the newer materials for safe earrings. Check out all of Blomdahl’s choices that meet these criteria.

Many people limit themselves to a few pieces of jewelry because they have learned the hard way that their skin reacts to many metals. But who likes to rotate 3 or 4 pairs of earrings? It’s not necessary to pay a lot for beautiful earrings, plus they aren’t even the safest choice.

Know what to look for before you purchase and then wear those beauties with confidence.