Growing up, my mom used to tell me that she had expensive ears. She couldn’t wear any earrings that weren’t gold, pure silver, or labeled, “nickel free,” “medical grade,” or “hypoallergenic.” My mother’s choices were limited and, as a child so were mine.

Unfortunately for me, I had inherited my mom’s “expensive ears.” I was, and still am, allergic to cheap earrings. Growing up, it was such a disappointment to go to the mall and see all the latest styles in earrings, at really great prices, and know that I couldn’t wear them. Sometimes I would buy a pair anyway thinking that maybe this time things would be different. However, without fail, within an hour or two of wearing my fun new find, my ears would start to glow red and begin to itch.

Nickel-Free Earrings Are Good for Your Skin

I learned that nickel allergies or “expensive ears” are widespread. Medical earring estimates tell us that over 18% of jewelry wearers in North America are allergic to nickel. That includes 11 million children in the U.S.

Exposure to nickel and other metals that are not hypoallergenic can leave your skin discolored, itchy, red, and sore. If you suffer from nickel allergies, consult with an allergist to find out exactly which metals to avoid. You’ll need to buy only nickel-free or medical gradeearrings and jewelry to prevent problems.

How Does Medical Jewelry Protect Us?

We’re close to our jewelry both sentimentally and physically. Those cherished pearl earrings passed down to us by our grandmother on our wedding day or those sparkling stand-out studs that add the perfect finish to every outfit, hold a special place in our hearts and minds. They are also literally pierced through our skin. We can’t get much closer.

With that in mind, we should make sure that what we’re putting through our ears, and our children’s ears are safe. Earrings that won’t itch must come from pure metals like gold, surgical steel, medical-grade titanium, and medical-grade plastic. Cheap jewelry can contain nickel, lead, cadmium, and other metals that cause allergies. Long wear and exposure to our skin’s natural oils, or to water, can cause these chemicals and allergens to make their way into our bodies, causing sore, itchy skin and possibly other problems too. When you’re buying your next pair of earrings, make sure they’re nickel-free, medical-grade plastic or medical-grade titanium.

Your Confidence Soars When Wearing Nickel-Free Earrings

The best thing about nickel-free earrings is that you don’t worry about wearing them. They keep your skin looking and feeling great. Good looking earrings allow us to be comfortable and confident during those long hours at the office or anywhere else. Wearing hypoallergenic earrings, you can avoid having to remove them halfway through that big presentation. Nickel-free jewelry gives us the power to move confidently through our day, without worry.

My days of having “expensive ears” are over thanks to Blomdahl USA. They carry a wide selection of nickel-free earrings, made with medical-grade plastic and medical-grade titanium. Now, I love shopping for new earrings. I hope you do too.