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Old 02-23-2007, 09:31 AM   #1
 
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I've worn my wedding/engagement ring for 13 years. Why is it turning my finger black now? The band is yellow gold, the setting is white gold. I'm also having the same problem when I where a ring on my right hand that has yellow gold band. My fingers don't turn black if I wear silver.
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I've worn my wedding/engagement ring for 13 years. Why is it turning my finger black now? The band is yellow gold, the setting is white gold. I'm also having the same problem when I where a ring on my right hand that has yellow gold band. My fingers don't turn black if I wear silver.
Maybe you are developing an allergy either to the gold or what it is cut with.

Some alloys do that to me, too.
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Old 02-23-2007, 09:45 AM   #3
 
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Are you able to wear 24K gold? If not, you may be allergic to the gold. If you can wear 24k gold, then you probably developed an allergy to one of the metals mixed with the gold, most likely nickel.
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Couldn't this be an iron deficiency too? I've always heard that someone with low iron can take a gold ring across their skin and it leaves black marks. I know one girl who was anemic that could do this.
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Couldn't this be an iron deficiency too? I've always heard that someone with low iron can take a gold ring across their skin and it leaves black marks. I know one girl who was anemic that could do this.
Weird, I have never heard that before.
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Have you changed to a different lotion or hair product? I've noticed this occasionaly myself and it usually has to do with a product that I am using.
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Thanks for the replies. I haven't been using a different lotion, but I have changed my hair products. I've never heard of the iron deficiency, but my diet has slighty changed since getting braces. My teeth hurt a lot and I've had to eat according to what I can chew. I'll keep an eye on these things. Thanks again.
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Couldn't this be an iron deficiency too? I've always heard that someone with low iron can take a gold ring across their skin and it leaves black marks. I know one girl who was anemic that could do this.
Weird, I have never heard that before.
I know it's weird. I'm not sure of the science behind it, but I really have seen a girl who could do that. It only works with gold or white gold though, not sterling or costume jewelry. I don't remember for sure if rings and such left marks where they were, but it would make sense I suppose, since just swiping them on her skin caused a black streak.

Just did some research on google... and eh, I don't know. Lots of people say not possible, lots of people say it is or that their rings did leave black marks when they were pregnant/anemic, etc. So it may not be true. I suppose it is an idea anyway, though - something to look into.
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My SIL just emailed me and said it's because I have too much iron in my blood. Now I'm really confused.
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My SIL just emailed me and said it's because I have too much iron in my blood. Now I'm really confused.
Do you think it could be a bruise? I've never heard of a metal allergy making someone's skin turn black. I'd think the area would be red and inflamed as blood rushes there to carry the immune-system response.
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Have you been drinking orange juice?
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That happens to me occasionally. My jeweler said that it can be an effect of my skin being extra acidic, for whatever reason. But oddly, it always happens when I play pool... maybe some reaction to the wood in the pool cue?
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My SIL just emailed me and said it's because I have too much iron in my blood. Now I'm really confused.
Do you think it could be a bruise? I've never heard of a metal allergy making someone's skin turn black. I'd think the area would be red and inflamed as blood rushes there to carry the immune-system response.
No, it's not a bruise. The black around my whole finger washes off.

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No, but I've been drinking apple juice.
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No, but I've been drinking apple juice.

There is a name for it (and darned if I can think of it) where some people get black marks on their skin from orange juice or other highly acidic foods. It's not harmful...just a PITA.
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Have you been drinking orange juice?
I was going to ask if you've been eating/drinking foods with higher acid levels like orange juice, tomato sauce, etc. This happens to me sometimes, too. Usually when I've been a big pasta kick!
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No, but I've been drinking apple juice.

There is a name for it (and darned if I can think of it) where some people get black marks on their skin from orange juice or other highly acidic foods. It's not harmful...just a PITA.
Yep, that's what I get!
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Both my gold & silver rings turn my fingers black & I can draw on my hands w/my rings as well. I tried it write on a couple of girls hands that I work with and sure enough they both had the black lines. I tried it on the guys that I work with and it didn't do a thing. I remember reading somewhere that it has to do with the chemistry in your body but who knows. I also read this:
Gold itself hardly ever stains your skin, it's the other metals that gold is mixed with that do. Copper, nickel and silver can be used to alter the color of gold, and make it stronger and more affordable. Any of those metals can cause discoloration on your skin.

The lower the "K" number on your gold (Karat), the less pure gold it contains--and the more other metals. Some people never have a reaction to the metals in even 10K gold, but others must buy 18K pieces to stop the discoloration.

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You, the consumer, need to be concerned with the alloys if you are allergic to certain metals or have a high acid content in your body. Acid can turn the jewelry that you wear on your body to black and appear to be of poor quality when it actually is not.
http://www.bbb.org/alerts/article.asp?ID=441

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Q - Why do my 14K gold rings sometimes leave black/dark marks on my fingers? I clean them regularly and wash my hands before putting them on?

A - It is the mix of the other metals in the 14K gold which is causing the rings to react with your skin. I would check the cleaning materials you are using

- if you are using a liquid dip to clean the rings are you rinsing all the residue off thoroughly?

- are you making sure that the rings are completely dry before wearing them?

- do you use a cloth to buff up the metal? Again this could be leaving a residue on your fingers.

If the cleaning materials are OK then it could be one of the following:

- a high meat diet can cause an acidic skin which may react with the alloy

- hand creams can cause a reaction

- certain drugs can make you also react with the alloy

- if your hands are still slightly damp after washing this maybe causing the problem.

- do you notice this this when you are hot? If so then it could be the sweat from your fingers getting trapped underneath the rings (this is common when the bands are quite wide)

You need to check through the above and try and eliminate as you go along to see what the cause is. If you are still getting problems, some jewellers sell a clear lacquer which can be painted on the inside of the ring to act as a barrier, but this is temporary solution. Other wise you can get the rings gold plated but this will eventually wear away and may change the yellow of the gold rings (a high caratage gold will be very bright and yellow).
http://www.argenteus.co.uk/questions-answers.htm
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I haven't read all the responses, but are you using any new cleaning products? I had something turn my skin a sort of gray color once after cleaning.

I can't remember what the product was but maybe there is something in some cleaning products that react with the gold. Just a thought.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:45 AM   #20
 
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I've been wearing my wedding ring again the last couple days and my finger quit turning black. I guess whatever was in my system is gone now.
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