How to Stop My Finger From Turning Green With Fake Jewelry

Written by cynthia measom
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How to Stop My Finger From Turning Green With Fake Jewelry
Fashion jewellery treated with alloys can result in the green finger effect. (ring image by Oleg Ivanov from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Clear fingernail polish
  • Moisturising lotion

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

    How to Stop My Finger From Turning Green With Fake Jewelry
    Choose a clear nail polish to paint the inside area of your ring. (manicure image by 26kot from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    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.

    How to Stop My Finger From Turning Green With Fake Jewelry
    Apply hand lotion to your finger before putting on your ring. (perfumed lotion image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    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.

    How to Stop My Finger From Turning Green With Fake Jewelry
    Avoid wearing your ring when your hands come into contact with water. (washing hands image by Julia Britvich from Fotolia.com)

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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