- Good to know
Discolouration of skin or jewelry
This has nothing to do with cheap material, but with all kinds of other factors.
- What is it because of?
Metal (often an alloy of several metals) and real silver can discolor or cause discolouration on the skin under the influence of:
- perfume or cosmetics (especially substances such as calamine, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and electrolytic oxide)
- water (moisture causes corrosion/rust)
- sweat (salt and moisture -> corrosion/rust)
- use of antibiotics or certain medications
- the acidity of the skin also plays a role; the more acidic the skin, the faster jewelry discolors. The acidity can be influenced by health, medication, nutrition, heat (sweating), cosmetics, etc.
- Redness of the skin or an allergic reaction is usually a reaction to moisture in combination with soap (residues) or cosmetics.
- Discolouration of real silver jewelry is easy to prevent by regularly cleaning and polishing the jewelry.
Real gold can sometimes also discolor in response to chemicals in cosmetics or medication. The more karat gold, the less quickly it discolors.
- Tips & Tricks
When it comes to metal jewellery, unfortunately there is nothing we can do about these discolorations, except to advise you to choose stainless steel in the future, which rarely discolours.