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Giving you the facts: 3 Reasons Why Jewellery Turns Green, Black, or Causes Skin Irritation"

Giving you the facts: 3 Reasons Why Jewellery Turns Green, Black, or Causes Skin Irritation" - By Rae

Have you ever experienced the frustration of finding your favourite earrings or jewellery tarnished with a green or black hue? Or perhaps you've noticed your skin itching and turning red after wearing certain accessories? These common occurrences can be attributed to various factors, ranging from the materials used in jewellery to individual skin chemistry. In this blog post, we'll delve into the reasons why earrings and jewellery may tarnish or cause skin irritation, along with tips on how to prevent. 

1. Metal Allergies and Skin Sensitivities: One of the primary reasons why earrings and jewellery can cause skin irritation is due to metal allergies or sensitivities. Certain metals, such as nickel, copper, and brass, are common culprits for triggering allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. At By Rae all our pieces are made from high quality stainless steel which contains no nickel, copper and brass so perfect for those with sensitive skin

2. Tarnishing and Oxidation: Tarnishing occurs when metals react with elements in the environment, such as oxygen, moisture, and sulfur. This chemical reaction causes the metal to develop a green or black patina over time. Copper and sterling silver are particularly prone to tarnishing due to their composition. Additionally, jewellery made from alloys containing copper or brass may also tarnish more easily. That is why at By Rae we have made sure to make all of our pieces water, sea and sweat proof to ensure that even moisture doesn't cause your pieces to tarnish!

3. Poor Quality or Cheap Materials: Jewelry made from low-quality or cheap materials is more likely to cause skin irritation and tarnishing. These pieces often contain higher levels of nickel or other allergenic metals, as well as inferior coatings or plating that can wear off over time. Investing in high-quality jewellery made from hypoallergenic materials, such as stainless steel, can help minimise these issues.

Understanding why earrings and jewellery turn green, black, or cause skin irritation can help you make informed decisions when selecting and caring for your accessories. By opting for high-quality, hypoallergenic materials such what we use at By Rae and following proper maintenance practices, you can enjoy your favourite jewellery pieces for longer without worrying about tarnishing or skin discomfort.


By Rae xoxo