Here at AGTG Creations we strive to use metals that are as hypoallergenic as possible while still offering a good selection of desirable jewelry options for our discerning customers.
In our fine jewelry we specialize primarily in Argentium® Sterling Silver and Niobium; although we do offer Rose Gold-Filled jump rings which contain less than .05% (less than one half a percent) of nickel.
Excerpt taken from our supplier’s website:
“Our gold-filled material is not guaranteed to be 100% nickel free but the content is very low. Gold-filled, or gold overlay, is made by heat- and pressure-bonding a thin layer of 14K gold to a brass core. This is the global standard practice for the manufacture of gold-filled and silver-filled materials.
The brass core in our material is CDA 220. The Materials Safety Data Sheet for CDA (Copper Development Association) 220 designates that the alloy must contain less than 0.05% (one half of one percent) nickle [Ni] and is compliant with European Union nickel content laws.”
For those with a serious nickel allergy we recommend care be taken when purchasing jewelry containing Gold and Gold-Filled materials.
For those who enjoy the color of silver, a great alternative to White Gold or traditional Sterling Silver is Argentium®. Argentium is a modern sterling silver that was discovered and initially formulated and researched by Master Silversmith, Peter Johns at Middlesex University, London.
The end result of much testing and research is a purer, whiter and more brilliant, hypoallergenic, highly tarnish resistant and responsible sterling silver that is slowly changing the jewelry industry for the better, one beautiful piece of jewelry at a time!
Visit our ARGENTIUM® The Finest Silver page for more information.
For those who enjoy a spot of color now and again (or even lovely gobs of it) Niobium is a great non-allergenic metal. Niobium is available in several rich colors that are achieved through a through a process that involves no chemicals or dyes whatsoever.
During the process the raw metal ‘reacts’ to its environment by producing a very thin layer of niobium oxide; it is this layer that refracts the light on the metal causing the surface to change color. This color is permanent, however, because only the outer layer of the metal is affected, jewelry with Niobium prefers a gentler treatment.