You've had a long day at work. You come home and feverishly ditch your work clothes for your favorite pair of comfy pants and take off your jewelry, only to look down at your hands and see a green stain where your favorite ring used to be. The ring is turning your finger green!
First of all, there's no need to panic - you're not breaking out into a rash or having an allergic reaction, and you definitely don't need to toss your favorite ring into the garbage.Anyone who is a fan of wearing rings has experienced this harmless but unsightly inconvenience. There’s more behind the green tint than just the passage of time or the quality of your jewelry. The experts at ReadYourHeart let you know why some jewelry can turn your fingers green and how to prevent and fix the problem.
One way which is helpful to combat reaction is to get a high-quality silver ring which is plated in rhodium. That will decrease the speed with which the ring tarnishes, plus make it brighter, harder and more durable.All of ReadYourHeart's sterling silver jewelry is rhodium plated to give your jewelry a long-lasting shine and wear.
WHY ARE MY STERLING SILVER RINGS TURNING MY FINGERS GREEN?
There’s one major myth about jewelry that turns your fingers green-- and we want to put it to rest. Just because your fingers turn green while wearing a silver ring, does not mean that the ring is fake silver or low quality.
The real reason behind the development of a green tint on your skin lies in a ring’s metal composition. There are a few important things to know about your sterling silver rings:
- Pure silver generally takes a liquid form.
- For this reason, jewelry made from silver needs to be alloyed, or blended, with another type of metal.
- The most common type of metal combined with sterling silver for the purpose of jewelry-making is copper.
When your jewelry is made of 925 Sterling Silver and 925 Sterling Silver coated with 14kt Yellow or Rose Gold, it means that the composition is 92.5% pure silver which has been alloyed with 7.5% copper. The mix with copper provides the durability and workability necessary to create jewelry.
While the copper is a vital part of the creation process, it has a tendency to result in the green coloring on your fingers.Keep in mind:everyone’s skin reacts differently to copper. There are many reasons that people react differently to copper, including:
- the varying content of chemicals in the skin,
- the composition and severity of sweating,
- the products and creams one uses.
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HOW CAN I PREVENT MY FINGERS FROM TURNING GREEN?
Now that you’ve learned a bit more about some of the reasons your sterling silver jewelry may be causing your fingers to turn green, it’s time to find out what can be done about it! There are ways to prevent your fingers from turning green, which include:
1. AVOID LOW-QUALITY JEWELRY
Although it is not the only reason that your fingers may turn green, rings made from subpar materials are very likely to leave you with the green imprint on your fingers. Be sure to inquire about the materials used to make the rings you’re wearing. Rings made from a combination of pure silver and copper are reliable, and if they do happen to turn your fingers green, it won’t be due to low-quality.
2. KEEP THE AREA DRY
If you wear rings over skin that is damp or wet, you increase the likelihood of ending up with a noticeable green tint. Be mindful and remove your rings before washing your hands or taking a shower. Try to allow lotions and other body products to absorb into your skin before putting your rings on, as well. There are chemicals in beauty and cleaning products that prompt oxidation and will accelerate the deterioration of your rings. Don’t forget: If you are going to swim in a pool, make sure you take your rings off. The chlorine will cause your fingers to turn green and damage your rings permanently.
3. USE CLEAR NAIL POLISH
One simple and practical method to avoid green fingers is to coat the inside of your sterling silver rings with clear nail polish. Here’s how:
- Paint the inside of your rings with clear nail polish. You can apply nail polish to any part of the ring that touches your finger.
- Leave your painted ring on a flat surface to dry for at least 20 minutes, or until the nail polish is completely dry.
- Wear your ring!
- Apply the clear nail polish as needed.
It’s important to note that matte rings will be given an added shine using this method.
4. TRY A POLYMER BARRIER
Another option other than clear nail polish to protect against green fingers is the use of a barrier product, such as Jeweler’s Skin Guard. These barriers are designed specifically to seal the metal and prevent staining.
- Just one application of a polymer barrier will prevent staining for about 2 months.
- You can apply the barrier as much as needed, in relation to how often you wear your rings.
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WHAT TO DO WHEN MY FINGERS TURN GREEN
If your fingers have already been colored green by your sterling silver rings, there are a few simple ways you can remove the stains. Try one of the following methods:
1. EYE MAKEUP REMOVER & RUBBING ALCOHOL
If you have sterling silver rings, it’s a good idea to keep some waterproof eye makeup remover, or rubbing alcohol, on hand just in case you need to remove green stains.
- Use this method for small stains.
- Put your liquid of choice on a cotton ball and rub the area gently.
- Remember to rub in the webbing of your fingers, as the green coloring often concentrates on the nooks and crannies.
- Wash your hands promptly after to avoid drying, especially when using rubbing alcohol.
2. NON-ACETONE NAIL POLISH REMOVER
For more drastic, dark green stains, nail polish remover may be necessary.
- Wipe the area with the cotton ball gently but firmly to remove the stain.
- If your skin is irritated or you have open wounds, try one of the above methods instead.
- This method can be quite harsh and should not be used more than once per week.