I went to a different jeweler today about the reaction I’ve had to my wedding ring. Remember that my doctor diagnosed me with a nickel allergy? Remember that I went to see another jeweler who basically told me that there wasn’t much he could do? We were ready to see how much it might cost to get the diamonds reset into something that wouldn’t, oh, I don’t know, cause my skin to blister up and bleed.
Well, Mr. NewJeweler figured out the problem, after informing me that yellow gold does not have nickel in it. “They” (has anyone ever actually met “them”?) only blend nickel with gold to turn white gold into yellow gold. My ring, being yellow gold, doesn’t actually have nickel in it… or it shouldn’t.
This jeweler actually spent some time looking at the ring with his little eye-thingy. He went through a few minutes of examining and hmmming and ohhhhing while I resisted the urge to chunk my very adorable but very active and curious son through the front plate-glass window of the store and into the street. Getting Jet to stop touching things!! was harder than nailing jell-o to a tree, but perhaps not quite as difficult as herding cats.Mr. NewJeweler told me that the part of the ring that had the I Love You cut out of it was actually white gold, which had nickel in it. The light bulb went off in my head — this would explain why I was having the reaction only on the top of my finger instead of all the way around it. So, he said he should be able to cut that part out and it would stop bothering me. He doesn’t think it will affect the stability of the ring, but he can fill it in with yellow gold if it looks like it will. Best case scenario: twenty-five smackers and I get to wear my wedding ring again! Yay! Worst case: about $100, depending on how much gold costs at the hour he decides to fill it in. Still not bad, considering we were looking at resetting the diamonds in platinum for around $1200.