An allergic or chemical reaction to your favourite fashion ring can result in your finger turning green. While many gold and silver rings do not cause this problem, rings not treated with rhodium, a layer to prevent such reactions, often expose your skin to the alloys that were used to make the jewellery more capable of withstanding wear. Fortunately, there are few ways you can combat this issue so you can continue to wear your ring without the unpleasant colour change.
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Things you need
- Clear fingernail polish
- Moisturising lotion
Use a brush applicator to paint the inside of the ring with clear nail polish. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes to an hour. After it dries, you can apply another layer of polish and allow it to dry.
Apply a layer of moisturising cream to your finger and rub it into your skin before placing the ring on your finger. This can create another barrier to prevent the alloys from causing a reaction.
Remove the ring before you wash your hands or immerse them in water. Water may assist the metal ions in absorbing into your skin. Re-apply the layer of moisturising lotion before placing the ring back on your finger.
Tips and warnings
- Take the ring to a jeweller and ask if they can electroplate the inside of the ring with metal to form a protective layer. This would be appropriate for a ring you really adore or that was expensive.
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