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Did you know that up to 20% of women have a nickel allergy that prevents them from wearing most earrings without discomfort? Couple this with the fact that many metal alloys contain nickel, not to mention other metals that can trigger allergic reactions (sterling silver, 10k and 14k white and yellow gold, most base metals in costume jewelry, etc), and it's easy to see why so many women cannot wear earrings.
Higher-karat gold is often unsuitable for use in earrings due to its softness, and platinum (which is also hypoallergenic) is not always within everyone's budget for each and every pair of earrings. Enter titanium.
We have found that medical implant grade titanium, the same stuff they use in artificial knees, is the most reliably hypoallergenic metal for earrings. If you have sensitive ears and have trouble with other "nickel-free" jewelry (remember, nickel allergies are just one type of metal allergy, and it's no secret that a lot of "nickel-free" jewelry still contains small amounts of nickel), we strongly recommend giving titanium a chance.
3mm Surgical Grade Titanium Earrings
(Our best selling titanium earrings, tens of thousands sold)
We currently offer 3mm and 4mm ball earring studs made from the alloy "ASTM F136 Titanium Alloy". This alloy has been evaluated by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and has been recommended by them for use in surgical implants and other medical devices. The alloy consists primarily of titanium, but does also include aluminum and small amounts of vanadium. These elements are typically considered hypoallergenic, but aluminum allergies are an (exceptionally rare) possiblity. They are truly nickel-free, nickel again being the most common source of metal allergies.
Infected ear holes are another source of symptoms similar to metal allergies. For that reason, the hypoallergenic earrings we sell come sealed in a sterile container and include sterile wet wipes. We have now sold tens of thousands of these earrings without complaint. Most customers leave these earrings in long-term, day and night, with comfort.