As someone with moderate metal allergies, I can attest to the difficulties of curating a perfect jewelry collection. Those trendy, inexpensive pieces tend to leave me itchy and flaunting a not-so-cute rash. Thus, my jewelry collection is much more limited due to the absolute necessity for quality pieces. There’s no such thing as an impulse purchase, as every new addition is carefully weighed by the item’s worth and how much I’ll really be able to wear it—which isn’t always easy considering how tempting it is to buy everything in sight.
Sound familiar? I know I can’t be the only one facing this problem. To shed some light on the matter, we consulted our friends at Brooklyn-based jewelry brand Catbird to help break down what metals you should steer clear of if you have sensitivities, plus what to wear instead. In other words, you can shop with confidence that your pretty new ring won’t leave you itching for something else. Keep reading for our complete guide to hypoallergenic jewelry.