Before buying Indian costume Jewelry, do you spare a thought for what it is you are buying? No? But you need to do so; because you never know what reaction it may cause when it comes in contact with your skin. Most costume jewelry is manufactured with plated metal such as gold plating or rhodium plating, resembling gold or platinum. There is a thin coat of metal over another less expensive metal, such as gold-plated silver. The base metal used is often nickel, brass or silver. Some fashion jewelry contain no precious metal whatsoever, which is why they are so inexpensive and easily sold online.
Why Use Metals in Fashion Jewelry?
With precious metals being as expensive as they are, fine jewelry made of gold and platinum are unavailable to the common man for daily use. Inexpensive metals like brass, stainless steel have become increasingly popular in countries like India. With the fashion Indian jewelry growing in leaps and bounds, today the fashion designers are using metal alloys to make safer costume jewelry with gold plating over silver and other metals at a fraction of the price of fine jewelry. Here are the top reasons why designers are picking brass alloy and other metal alloys to make modern fashion jewelry:
- Low Price
- Anti corrosion
- Anti allergic
- Superior finish
Is Fashion Jewelry Safe?
Nickel is usually the metal in jewelry that causes most skin allergies, because nickel forms salts after it dissolves in water. Copper and cobalt have similar reactions. Even gold and silver can cause the skin to flare up, though in extremely rare cases. When nickel and copper are mixed with gold and silver, it reduces its price, purity and karat value, making it harder and also causing itchy skin.
Copper is also used to make brass jewelry, so if you are allergic to copper or brass, you should avoid using costume jewelry. Sometimes lead and cadmium have also be known to be used, but this is seldom seen.
Today there are many hypoallergenic materials designers pick from to create beautiful jewelry, with the help of modern technology. Those who have sensitive skin and have metal allergies, selecting jewelry that does not irritate the skin can be quite a challenge. It’s best to know which metals you are allergic to before buying and always read the product description. Opt for palladium alloys instead of copper and nickel. It is closely related to platinum, hypoallergenic and affordable. Today, jewelry makers can use hypoallergenic metals that allow allergy sufferers to pick women’s accessories that will not itch.