Are These Earrings Hypoallergenic?

Rhodium plating is often labeled as hypoallergenic. Interestingly enough, there is no standard for a product to be labeled "hypoallergenic." There are no minimum requirements—for anything from makeup to jewelry findings.

The earring wires Peg Howard uses for her Slice of Light earrings are rhodium plated nickel alloy. The rhodium plating serves as a buffer for people who are sensitive to metals.

Allergic reactions to earring wires are usually caused by sensitivity to nickel. Nickel is mixed with most metals used in making jewelry. There can even be small amounts in jewelry made of silver, gold and even platinum. Rhodium plating lessons the likelihood of metal sensitivity.

If you have a mild sensitivity to metals, the rhodium plating will probably do the trick. Most ears love these earrings.

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